With spring here, many producers are dreaming about green grass and licking winter wounds. For some producers, those wounds include the effects of at least one major wreck in a group of cattle, especially if you're a backgrounder or feeder. In “12 truths about BRD wrecks,” on page 16, veterinarian Mike Apley presents his lessons of experience where bovine respiratory disease is concerned.
Spring may not seem an appropriate time to talk about the virtues of fall calving, but if you live in the tall-fescue zone of the U.S., you should be. Spring and early summer is when endophyte-infected fescue is at its most toxic level, and when your cows are most likely bred for spring calving. In “Fall calving with tall fescue,” on page 18, “Grazier's Page” columnist Jim Gerrish provides the details.
Livestock anthelmintics are among history's miracle drugs. But like any formulation acting on living organisms, the process of natural selection in the target population eventually leads to lessened effectiveness as populations resistant to the formulations develop over time. In “Is Your Dewormer Working?” on page 20, Editor Joe Roybal talks to experts about the issue of anthelmintic resistance in the U.S.
Ranchers and researchers alike have long puzzled over the complex nature of pinkeye. One year, you think you have the situation in hand, but the same program seems to fall apart the next. In “Pinkeye Problems,” on page 28, Managing Editor Alaina Burt looks at the some of the variations and the causes, and presents some strategies and tactics for addressing the challenge.
The past decade has brought tremendous change to beef-production systems across the world, writes Contributing Editor Clint Peck. And nowhere is that more true than in the ambitious agricultural economies of South America. In “Ten Years Later,” on page 40, this frequent traveler to South America details the trends and progress in Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay and what they mean for the U.S.
A surreptitious video by a Humane Society of the U.S. operative at a California slaughter plant has put the entire livestock industry on notice - keep your house in order. In “An Ounce Of Prevention,” on page 64, Senior Editor Burt Rutherford presents some proactive advice from experts on how to prevent your operation from becoming the next victim. It involves management diligence, proper hiring and training.