As we are still in a drought are you testing your feed? Nitrate Testing
Test kits cost less than $5 per test is it worth it to lose even one animal?
Read all about it in depth at: www.ansi.okstate.edu/research/1996rr/14.pdf
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Udder characteristic traits impact on survival is avoidable. Evaluation starts with elimination of "funnel-shaped" teats and "pendulous" broken udders with poor suspension and animals with chronic mastitis. Antibotic treatments may be a good treatment, but culling cattle which have dry quarters is generally the best option. (Evaluation System is being developed.)
Besides performance and growth impacts or lost dollars, poor udders impact newborn calf's passive immunity. Most absorbtion of colostrum occurs in the first six hours after birth, so big or funnel shaped or pendulous udder (bag) makes it harder for a newborn to nurse. Research now shows the importance of passive immunity in some statistics from Clay Center, Nebraska. Calves with inadequate passive immunity had a 5.4 times greater risk of death prior to weaning, 6.4 times greater risk of being sick during the first 28 days of life, and 3.2 times greater risk of being sick prior to weaning compared to calves with adequate passive immunity. Calf health is impacted in weight loss and thus daily gain.
Severe weather or hard delivery, first calf heifers, and lack of prompt nursing reduces the "bonding" and overall lifetime health of the calf. Colorado State has done extensive studies on antibodies in the blood of calves and absorption and is developing lifetime identification, vertical integrated alliances, for organic markets need calves with heighly developed disease immunity. Ranchers needs managment factors that enhance the development of strong passive immunity, which is what is making opportunities for small breeders, and helping forward thinking rancher prepare for value added marketing. What does this have to do with Red Poll Cattle? Everything they are one of the only beef cattle that have been judge for quality of teats, suspension, quantity, quality, and they make a rich milk like goats that people and infants are not allergic reaction to it even when allergic to regular cow's milk.
Efficient Mature (10 year old) Red Poll Cow still has a good udder.
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Here is a heifer no bag here yet: A different type or style of body confirmation in a small frame beef type