Minerals and management factors that impact forage quality

CM-MR-37-3-Minerals-and-management0650USEby Steve Wagner

Dr. Silvia Abel-Caines holds a Master’s Degree in ruminant nutrition, a PhD in large animal veterinary science and another doctorate in Immunology, and for two days moved among us at the Coulee Region Organic Produce Pool (CROPP) Cooperative Regional Agronomics School. (CROPP is known for their Organic Valley® label).

Soil health is Albel-Caines passion. “I like to make the connection between the health of the soil, the quality of the grass, and how the cow gets healthy as she eats what is intended for her nature,” said Abel-Caines, who places equal value on human nutrition. [Read more…]

Cowside diagnostics

by Sally Colby

Veterinarian Trent Lartz believes that cattlemen can do a lot of their own diagnostic work, and what they observe and record will help their herd veterinarian do a better job for them.

“What’s the number one diagnostic tool?” asked Lartz. “It’s the thermometer. It tells us a lot about what’s going on.”

Lartz says the normal body temperature of mature cattle ranges between 100.4 and 102.8; depending on time of year. [Read more…]

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) claiming horses, states encourage vaccination

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) has confirmed the first case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in a Virginia horse this year. The horse, from Suffolk, was a Saddlebred mare. She exhibited symptoms on June 22 and was euthanized June 23.

In North Carolina, a Pitt County quarter horse has been confirmed as having died after contracting EEE. The disease is a mosquito-borne and preventable in equine by vaccination. [Read more…]

American Farm Bureau supports national GMO pre-emption bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Farm Bureau Federation is supporting proposed U.S. Senate legislation that establishes federal pre-emption of state laws that mandate labeling foods with genetically modified ingredients.

The AFBF has maintained that, unchecked, such laws have the potential to become “an unruly patchwork” of state-by-state legislation.

The bill acts “to stop the expansion of state laws that threaten interstate marketing and effectively ignore science,” explained AFBF President Zippy Duvall on June 28. [Read more…]

New York State hosts 2016 National Holstein Convention

CF4-PP-2016-National-Holstei1nby Elizabeth A. Tomlin

New York State was host to the 2016 National Holstein Convention, which took place at the Saratoga Hilton and the Saratoga City Center in Saratoga Springs, NY, June 27 –July 1st.

Over 1,300 young folks and adults from all over the United States attended the convention, which included a premium Holstein sale. [Read more…]