Thursday, December 9, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
have a look - John & Martha Hubschmidt and Christian Tice are selling 81 head of Holsteins, heavily Semex bred cattle, lots of type, longevity and production.
It's the furthest farm south in NJ I go to, but one of my favorites and will miss the stops there to see them.
Good Luck Friday!
|the really good pictures are in the catalog - but on a hot july day|
this Hubschmidt cow enjoyed drinking straight from the hose
For more of her antics - click right on the pic below:
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Have a look at the new blog page for Klein Farms Dairy
and Creamery in Easton PA - just one more week to enter the "Name Sassy's Calf Contest" (she's the nice red holstein shown at the top of this page) - you can see more of her on their page and the comments section is down bottom of the page
KleinFarms Blogspot page
Why is this important? Cows with names give more milk!
Cows with names give more milk - Telegraph
Better yet, go visit the farm - nice cows to see, great store, and
the Klein's have a terrific place to visit. They do a tremendous
job with their farm and creating cheese and yogurt and other dairy
products from their herd.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
He'd had a long run of being the farm dog and will be greatly missed. And it made me think about how much I appreciate all these dogs, who are a part of my day every day all year long.
So here's to all those dogs that make working with the cows (and sheep and goats) more of a pleasure - out of hundreds of pictures of these canine friends that i've snapped over the years are a few that a pictured below - in a collage and in a slideshow below that
Have a look - your dog might be in there!
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
depending on their age, they often are suffering from e.coli scours(usually those 8-9 days or younger)or rota/corona virus infection(those 8-9 days or older). proper colostrum management(particularly scourgard vaccinated cows), use of passive antibodies given orally(first defense boluses), and correct antibiotic usage are all important. but firstly it is most important that they have the lost fluids and electrolytes replaced.
those affected by e.coli have undamaged intestinal villi, so they usually will respond to oral fluids(a summary of this topic and how to assess the calf can be found at http://www.acornemb.com/scours.htm - it is typically why i will ask if a calf can stand on it's own)and a good dose of probiotics. those with viral scours can have damaged villi and oftentimes giving IV or SQ fluids is a way to bypass that damage and assure that dehydration and acidosis that have developed are reversed. SQ fluids can be given easily on the farm to a calf that is weak, but can still stand on it's own with help. Key point is to be sure they are warmed up completely before administering - cold fluids under the skin will sit there and not absorb quickly - and that is no help.
don't take them off of milk at this time(dairy calves) - electrolytes are helpful certainly, but they still need the energy and calories supplied by milk. i have come across calves that have lost tremendous amounts of weight but have their hydration restored - remember that these youngsters have a slim margin of reserve and particularly in cooler weather they can use this up quickly. don't worry about the scours extending a day or two extra - remember that if you replace in the front what is coming out the back they will cope with it fine and work through this episode.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
There is a new 'twist' this year - the first 8 LDA's of each 2 week rotation
Monday, January 25, 2010
It's not too far from calving season and this idea from Beef magazine seems worth a closer look to help improve this year's conception in your cows. Providing the precursors such as linoleic acid, via soybeans, that can help with involution of the reproductive tract and improve the pregnancy rate is an idea worth considering.
Brinkley got the idea of feeding whole beans to brood cows from research by Chris Zumbrunnen, Extension livestock specialist; Monty Kerley, beef nutritionist; and David Patterson, beef reproductive physiologist — all of the University of Missouri.
“A few years back, I read a report in BEEF magazine about research with safflower seeds fed to late-gestating beef cows, with a significant increase in conception rates,” Zumbrunnen says. “Could we increase conception and calving rates in northern Missouri and Iowa by feeding whole soybeans?”
“Yes,” the Missouri researchers learned, but some work on the timing was needed. Most response came from feeding 3.5 lbs. of whole soybeans/head/day from 45 days before the start of calving until the cow calved. The regimen resulted in a 76% conception rate on first service, and a 93% overall pregnancy rate. By comparison, feeding combinations of corn gluten and soybean meal resulted in conception rates of 50-62%.
“Soybeans contain a fairly high level of polyunsaturated fatty acids (such as linoleic acid), used to synthesize prostaglandins, which in turn initiate and maintain the reproductive process,” Zumbrunnen notes. “The study females were spring-calving cows in good condition, with an average body condition score of about six.”
Since Brinkley feeds all his cows soybeans, he doesn't have a control group for comparison, but estimates a 20% improvement in conception rate.
“We synchronize heats and breed all cows by artificial insemination,” he says. “My cows are in good body condition at breeding time.”
Some producers are concerned feeding whole soybeans (fat is the most concentrated source of energy) in late gestation might produce heavier birth weights and, with it, more calving problems.
“We've seen a slight increase in calf birth weight,” Zumbrunnen says, “but no increase in calving difficulty as a result of the increased birth weight.”
Other common producer questions:
Q. Aren't raw soybeans toxic to cattle?
A. Overfeeding soybeans can be toxic, but — at 3-3.5 lbs./cow/day — whole soybeans are as safe as feeding low levels of any grain.
Q. Must soybeans be processed into meal or extruded before feeding?
A. Not for cattle. In swine, however, soybeans must be processed or heated to destroy the trypsin-inhibiting agent.
Q. Aren't soybeans too expensive to feed?
A. Over the past four winters of feeding whole beans to cattle, the cost has ranged from 25¢-29¢/cow/day.
“Soybeans here now are just over $5/bu.,” Brinkley says. “That makes the cost under 9¢/lb.”(adjust that to $9.00 beans as of feb 2010 - JH)
Q. Can I feed twice as many beans every other day and get the same result?
A. “Normally, about 5% fat is as high as you want to go in a beef cow's diet,” Zumbrunnen says. “Above that, you risk nutritional scours. Adding 3.5 lbs. of soybeans to a grass or hay diet gives a dietary fat content of about 5%. I'd be concerned about going much higher than that in one day.”
Q. What kind of facilities do I need to feed whole soybeans?
A. “I don't use bunks or troughs,” Brinkley says. “I pour the beans right on the grass, and scatter them out so all the cows can get to them.”
Q. Can I feed lower-quality beans and still get good conception response?
A. You can feed small-seeded “BB” soybeans that would incur a market discount and still get the same response. You might not want to feed badly cracked or moldy beans.
“Although last year, I fed damaged soybeans that had been under flood, and I couldn't see any difference in pregnancy rate,” Brinkley says.
“We've consistently seen a 14-23% boost in first-service conception rate by feeding 3-3.5 lbs. of whole soybeans/cow for 30-45 days before calving,” Zumbrunnen adds. “Raw soybeans are a safe, effective way to economically supplement beef brood cows.”
James D. Ritchie is a freelance writer based in Lebanon, MO
see article here: (http://beefmagazine.com/mag/beef_beans_boost_conception/)
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Saturday, January 2, 2010
- needles ARE disposable and not collector's items!
- see that calves get their modified live vaccine three weeks before the stress of weaning instead of the same day of(along with castration and other things that might just make that an 'injection' instead of an 'immunization').
- dehorn calves by 4 weeks of age - put the scoops away
- same with banding - if you can do it early - do so. if you're doing it later, don't forget the tetanus antitoxin
- make sure everyone uses/knows how to use lidocaine/analgesics in these calves, especially if you have to scoop.
- drag those pastures and break up the manure pats while there is still a bit of winter left - as good at reducing parasite load as many dewormers
- plan for pinkeye - ear tags and good fly control, vaccines for some herds
- see that calving cows and their calves get adequate selenium, whether orally with SelPlex or injection with MuSe/BoSe - it helps
- plenty of fresh water for calves - dip a bottle in the bucket - do you want to drink it? you should!
- delivering calves? scrub and be clean. lots of lube. it's not that much of a rush
- big calf -using the puller? a dose of dexamethasone pre-pull can help with keeping the nerve damage minimized
- and don't forget those vaccines - if you mix them up - they don't get better with age!
- and finally, everybody likes new needles!