The Benefits of Reduced or Low-Stress Livestock Handling

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Handling livestock, whether to provide routine care or for treatment of sickness, is a common and often unavoidable part of livestock production.

However, there are instances where handling can be avoided, and it is important to be aware of the performance effects that livestock handling may have.

Why low stress and non-handling matters

There’s plenty of evidence to suggest that cows are affected by the stress of handling, and this stress can greatly impact growth, health and reproduction and, ultimately, your bottom line. Continue reading “The Benefits of Reduced or Low-Stress Livestock Handling”

Modern Bovine Products: All-Natural Ingredients That Match or Outperform Antibiotics

The Durvet staff, along with several of our vendor partners, have been planning for the changes in VFD and antibiotic laws…and the decline and departure of use of antibiotics…since the upcoming changes were first announced several years ago.

Working with our vendor partners we’ve sourced modern technologies to utilize all-natural ingredients that match or outperform antibiotics.

Calf herdIt’s well known that the long-term use of feed antibiotics has led to new strains of pathogens that are resistant to feed antibiotics.

Additionally, a primary source of intestinal infections in bovine is linked to the Rota and Corona viruses (which have never been susceptible to antibiotics).

Consequently, we see a huge potential for the transition to all-natural therapy in the calf care industry. Continue reading “Modern Bovine Products: All-Natural Ingredients That Match or Outperform Antibiotics”

Antibiotics Update: Will New Administration Try to Mitigate Rules on Antibiotics Usage in Food Animal Production?

cattleThe short answer: probably not. Furthermore, dealers shouldn’t change their preparations to comply with the new rules governing the judicious use of antibiotics in food animal production, as we have been stressing for more than a year in ProfitBuilder.

President Obama and his administration’s strategy to restrict the use of antibiotics in agriculture went into effect on January 1, 2017. Agri-Pulse Communications reported in its newsletter (November 30, 2016) that “he’s also leaving behind some proposals that could easily be reworked or spiked by the incoming Trump administration.”

“And starting in 2017, no antibiotics important in human medicine will be labeled for use for growth promotion and feed efficiency,” Agri-Pulse noted. “Only disease treatment and prevention will be approved uses on animal antibiotic labels.” Continue reading “Antibiotics Update: Will New Administration Try to Mitigate Rules on Antibiotics Usage in Food Animal Production?”

Keeping Livestock Healthy: Internal Parasite Control is a Year-round Business

The cattle industry loses about $3 billion each year in lost weight gains, poor feed conversion and increased disease because of internal parasites, says Mark Alley, DVM, Managing Veterinarian at Zoetis, in a recent report.

With the financial impact and animal welfare concerns for cattle operations, he adds, it is important for producers to understand parasite control. Dr. Alley recommends year-round parasite control especially in the fall and again in spring before summer pasture turnout.

livestockParasites also pose a significant threat to the health of small ruminants, which are becoming popular with hobby and small-scale farmers.

According to the Purdue and Kentucky [joint] Extension Service, parasites can damage the gastrointestinal tract of goats and sheep, and result in reduced reproductive performance, reduced growth rates; less productive animals in terms of meat, fiber and milk; and even death. Continue reading “Keeping Livestock Healthy: Internal Parasite Control is a Year-round Business”

2016 Has Been a Tough Year for Agriculture

Post written by the Durvet Team

2016 has been a tough year for agriculture.

Whether you’re involved with livestock production or farming, it’s been harsh. Prices this year have been depressed throughout the year for most segments.

cattle_1Cattle prices have been cut almost in half compared to what they were in 2013. Hog prices have fallen from record highs in 2014 to their lowest levels since 2009.

Corn and Soybeans have been hard hit as well. The average price per bushel of corn is only half the value vs. what they were valued in 2012. Soybeans have lost one-third of their value from 2011.

What does that mean for the average family farm? Continue reading “2016 Has Been a Tough Year for Agriculture”