The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will begin annual surveys on operations regarding cattle, goats, sheep and catfish in the first weeks of January. During the first two weeks of January, Louisiana producers will have the opportunity to report their beef and dairy cattle inventories, calf crop, death loss and cattle on feed information.
Coccidiosis may produce symptoms in calves three weeks to one year old, but it can infect all age groups. North Dakota cattle producers have been losing young calves to coccidiosis this spring, according to Gerald Stokka, North Dakota State University Extension veterinarian and livestock stewardship specialist.
Prolonged heat stress this year may bring a smaller calf crop next year. Herd owners are seeing cows known to be pregnant coming back into heat to be rebred. Pregnancy losses are due to several reasons, says Scott Poock, University of Missouri Extension veterinarian. “The first is increased internal temperature of the cow.”
Fluctuating coffee prices, lower demand for cow dung as manure and increasing foreign cattle varieties may be part of the changing local economy, fuelling man-carnivore conflict around the Bandipur Tiger Reserve. In the centre of this could be the replacement of native cows with the more expensive “hybrid” cattle, note researchers Jared D. Margulies from the University of Sheffield, and Krithi K. Karanth from the Wildlife Conservation Society.
The heat is taking a toll on the cattle ranching industry in North Texas, forcing owners to sell earlier than normal. Because of the drought, the Decatur Livestock Market has seen almost twice the number of cattle being brought in. Conditions are forcing ranchers to sell their cattle too soon and is costing them thousands. With the hot and dusty weather, ranchers are going to auctions early and selling their cattle at a loss.
Drought has put its grip on nearly 80 percent of Arkansas and the state’s ranchers are having to make decisions to handle rapidly dwindling amounts of forage for their cattle. The U.S. Drought Monitor map released Thursday showed the 79.83 percent of the state with some drought rating. Severe drought appeared in 2.19 percent of the state.
Oklahoma State University Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources estimate that cattle operation losses from April wildfires in Oklahoma exceed $26 million, based on available information. Oklahoma State University Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources estimate the preliminary totals on some 1,600 head of cattle lost and 2,100 miles of fences affected.
Oklahoma producers who planted wheat after the final planting date in October for the Livestock Forage Disaster Program may still be eligible this year for payments at a reduced rate. As one of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s disaster assistance programs, LFP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers who have suffered grazing losses because of drought or fire.
A spring blizzard with high winds and moderate-to-heavy snow blasted much of South Dakota late last week and this past weekend, killing some livestock and sending a number of cattle producers scrambling to protect their cows and young calves. Initial reports from across the state indicate there were some scattered livestock deaths attributed to the storm. However, many farmers and ranchers are still digging out, so the total number of cattle losses may not be fully known until the snow melts.
New Zealand is the first country in the world to undertake a mass kill of dairy and beef cattle possibly infected with mycoplasma bovis in an effort to contain a disease that is established in the herds of the country's trading partners. Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) director of readiness and response Geoff Gwyn said other countries had "learned to live with it". "We're not prepared to do that so in the first instance we're going to try to get rid of it."
THE Mowanjum Pastoral Company, near Derby, has been granted an option to expand its irrigation activities which will allow it to dramatically expand its cattle numbers. The West Kimberley Aboriginal Corporation company plans to develop an irrigation precinct, feedlot and related infrastructure with the option for freehold tenure. The Mowanjum irrigation plan is part of the Water for Food Land Tenure Pathway for Irrigated Agriculture project funded by Royalties for Regions. Mowanjum is a 55,000 hectare pastoral lease which has grown its cattle numbers from about 250 head a few years ago to almost 2000 head.
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