Exercise Proper Management When Grazing Corn Fodder
Many producers have turned to letting cattle graze corn fodder as a cost-effective feedstuff amid record-setting drought. But a Purdue Extension animal scientist says there are certain precautions to take to keep animals healthy.
When hungry cattle are turned out on corn stalks with no prior rumen adaptation to starch, they can suffer acute acidosis - a sudden drop in rumen pH caused by rapid grain overload that can lead to illness or death.
"In the more seriously stressed, lower-yielding fields, some producers are reporting ear drop resulting from stalk quality issues and 'nubbin' ears that are slipping through the stripper plates of the combine head," Ron Lemenager said. "Collectively, this ear drop can create acute acidosis when grazing corn stalks if not managed correctly."
Remember the Atkins Diet that helped sell so much beef back in the early 2000s? It turns out Atkins-style high-protein, low-carbohydrate diets could provide benefits beyond weight loss, by helping prevent the onset of cognitive impairment in older people.
Researchers at the Mayo Clinic conducted the study examining relationships between diet and cognitive impairment, with funding from the National Institute on Aging, and published their findings in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.
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Voters across Middle America who consider agricultural policy and rural issues high priorities have been largely invisible in this year’s presidential campaigns, says Dr. David Flynn, chairman of the economics department at the University of North Dakota.
We’re hearing far too little about issues affecting agriculture and rural economies, Flynn said during an interview withAgriTalk Radio’s Mike Adams on Tuesday. These issues are of critical importance to the entire country, he says, but are overlooked as both campaigns focus on regions and demographics where they believe the most votes are up for grabs.
The candidates, he says, have an opportunity to make ag issues relevant to all voters by, for example, discussing them in the context of energy policy. Both campaigns discuss the energy sector as a job creator, but do not mention the role of agriculture in energy policy.
Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Extension | Updated: October 15, 2012
Many Oklahoma cow calf producers will use wheat pasture as a major source of winter feed for beef cows. If wheat pasture is the predominant feed in the diet of mature beef cows, providing an appropriate “wheat pasture” mineral mix will be helpful in preventing grass tetany at, or after the calving season begins.
Grass tetany, caused by magnesium deficiency does not seem to be a major problem in Oklahoma although occasional cases are reported. It typically occurs in beef cows during early lactation and is more prevalent in older cows. The reason is thought to be that older cows are less able to mobilize magnesium reserves from the bones than are younger cows. Grass tetany most frequently occurs when cattle are grazing lush immature grasses or small grains pastures and tends to be more prevalent during periods of cloudy weather. Symptoms include incoordination, salivation, excitability (aggressive behavior towards humans) and, in final stages, tetany, convulsions and death.
Michigan State University Extension | Updated: October 15, 2012
The worst portion of the 2012 drought in the Midwest occurred with the summer heat in June and July, but the hope for recovery never came to most pastures in late summer and fall. Some regions received substantial rains for a few weeks in August but even those areas have turned dry again. Pasture growth never flourished for most of the growing season. Now with the frost and snow season knocking on the door the hope of additional pasture growth is rapidly vanishing across the Midwest.
Management decisions made by grazing farms in 2012 may not have been according to textbook recommendations. Many farms remained optimistic or indecisive for too long, over grazing pastures and hurting the plants growth potential for next year. When you are between a rock – no pasture growth left, and a hard place – feed prices at unprecedented levels, the decisions are not easily made. Given all of this there are still decisions that can be made yet this fall and next year to reduce the impact of this year’s drought on the livestock grazing farms.
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