The well-being of cattle -- beef or dairy -- is an important issue for consumers, the beef and dairy industries, and, of course, to the animals. In this publication, a Purdue University professor discusses well-being More...
This bulletin is the first in a series on animal welfare assurance and audit programs. Three Purdue University researchers discuss the foundation of animal welfare, ways to assure livestock and poultry welfare, nation More...
This video addresses the issue of using stressed corn in a drought as feed for cattle. The problems/challenges such as the high nitrate levels are addressed. Silage vs Greenchop is addressed. introducing high nitrate More... Free Download
Alternative forage and nitrates are discussed - precautions and making silage. Opportunities and precautions when looking to alternate ways to feed cattle. Safety in feeding cattle high nitrate feed is discussed.
Lick tubs offer dairy producers a nutrient supplement option for their pasture-raised young heifers. This publication explains what lick tubs are and provides findings of a lick tub study conducted by Purdue University r More... Free Download
Pricing silage crops can be much more challenging than pricing grains. This publication outlines methods for determining prices for various types of silage and includes a Web link to Purdue's Corn Silage Crop Calculator More... Free Download
Drought conditions create numerous challenges on a dairy farm, including slow regrowth of pasture, hay and crops to be ensiled, reduced yields, lower forage quality and increased production costs. This publication looks More... Free Download
Drought can affect dairy farms long after the dry spell is over. That is especially true when it comes to the manure applied to crop fields and the rate at which it is applied. This publication offers tips for fertilizin More... Free Download
Distillers grain is a popular livestock feed because of its availability and the cost of alternative feed grains. This publication looks at how best to incorporate distillers grain into the diets of post-weaned dairy hei More... Free Download
Dairy farmers considering shutting down their operations following a drought should carefully weigh the pros and cons of exiting the dairy industry. This publication walks dairy farmers through the decision-making proces More... Free Download
Mycotoxins in corn and other grains can reduce performance in both ruminants (cattle, sheep, goats) and non-ruminants (swine, poultry) and can have detrimental effects on both finishing animals and reproducing males and More... Free Download
There is growing concern over a possible link between MRSA (methicillin resistant
Staphylococcus aureus) and livestock production. This publication answers several of the most common questions surrounding this issue.
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This 3-page publication discusses the storage and handling concerns that must be addressed and the requirements that must be met for wet DGS or DDGS to be an effective feed for dairy replacements.
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This 3-page publication discusses the feed value of distillers' grains for lactating dairy cows and the steps that should be taken to capture the maximal feeding value from corn ethanol co-products.
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This publication covers parturition—the process of giving birth—in livestock. It covers the anatomy of the reproductive tract, fertilization and pregnancy, as well as specifi information related to each speci More... Free Download
This publication discusses the complex hoof structure and the role that it plays in the overall health of an animal. A lame animal is not only in pain, but it is an extra expense that most producers cannot afford. This p More... Free Download
Estrus or "heat" is a period during the reproductive cycle when female animals become sexually receptive, signaling they are ready for mating. This publication provides information about the estrous cycles for various an More... Free Download
This publication concentrates on the timely application of manure nutrients to crops. It deals with the part of a Manure Management Plan that utilizes manure as a fertilizer. A summary of manure handling options is in More... Free Download
Animal identification is the basis for keeping accurate production records of the herd/flock. This publication provides information about numbering systems and identification methods such as ear tagging, freeze branding, More... Free Download