A drought year can affect a beef producer's bottom line for three years. Proper planning and management can minimize the longer-term economic impact. In this publication, Purdue University experts review 18 management pr More... Free Download
This publication, by a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine, calls attention to coxiellosis, an infectious disease that can affect animals and humans. It's a hardy bacteria that ca More...
This article advises sheep and goat owners on the importance of colostrum, the first milk produced after birth, which is essential for the survival of newborn lambs and kids. It discusses benefits of using high-qualit More...
Making excellent quality hay is a process that requires proper use of the right harvest equipment at the right stage of forage growth. Doing this will minimize yield and quality losses so nutritional needs of livesto More...
To make excellent quality hay, the forage needs to be cut at the right growth stage and packaged into a bale at the right moisture content without incidence of rain damage. Baling hay too wet can result in mold format More...
There is much to learn about raising chickens in a cage-free environment to produce eggs. Poultry specialists from Purdue, North Carolina State and Auburn universities have put together a primer of things you need to More...
Consumers have many options when it comes to eggs, including eggs labeled as "cage-free". This paper explains how cage-free eggs are produced at the farm level as well as the benefits and challenges associated with c More...
Horses have been important to humans for millennia, and even those who have never ridden or even petted a horse care about their well-being. In this publication, a Purdue University professor discusses well-being fro More...
"Probiotic" is a buzzword that isn't well understood. This publication explains the probiotics that exist in the gut of mammals, the chemicals they produce, the implications for animal welfare, and how to store them.
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Meat goats are ruminants and get the nutrients they need through a wide variety of feedstuffs. Because of this, producers must thoroughly understand digestive physiology and nutrition before they can develop an effici More...
Ionophores are a nutritional biotechnology that are commonly added to beef cattle and poultry diets. In this video, learn how this antibiotic is used, how it works and why there is no concern for antibiotic resistance.
Phytase is a nutritional biotechnology that is commonly added to swine and poultry diets. In this video, learn how this enzyme is used to enhance production efficiency while also helping to alleviate environmental concer More... Free Download
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
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
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
This brochure offers quick tips to help grain producers, livestock producers, and storage and handling personnel minimize the risk posed by aflatoxin. Additional information is available on the Managing Moldy Corn websi More... Free Download
Publication providing beef cattle producers information on preconditioning, a management practice for preparing calves for a successful feedlot experience. Covers team building, weight gain, herd health and nutrition and More... Free Download
The use of antimicrobials (substances that kill or inhibit microorganisms) in food animal production is one of the more controversial agricultural practices in the United States. The author of this 4-page PDF publication More... Free Download
Molds are a concern because they can reduce grain quality and storability. Under some conditions, certain molds can produce mycotoxins, substances that can be harmful to livestock and humans. This brochure explains basic More... Free Download
The rapid rise in the number of processing plants that use corn to produce ethanol has increased the availability of co-product feeds. Feedstuffs produced from the ethanol industry have now become mainstream commodities, 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
During the 2009 Indiana corn harvest, livestock producers heard numerous reports of mycotoxin levels high enough to cause concern. The main mycotoxins in feed grains that sheep and meat goat producers need to be concerne More... Free Download
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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The desire to begin raising poultry must be carefully considered before the first purchase. This publication details information about Housing Birds, Placing Birds, and Water and Feed. More... Free Download
Feeding Colostrum to Beef Calves describes why it is important to get a calf off to a good start by ensuring adequate colostrum intake. In addition to providing antibodies, it provides essential nutrients. Besides being More... Free Download
This book introduces animal owners to livestock and pet poisoning caused by plants in Indiana. Forty-nine poisonous plants are discussed. Symptoms and general treatment are noted. Line drawings are given for each plant More...
This one-page publication entitled, "Vomitoxin in Feed Wheat for Hogs" discusses vomitoxin and how it has caused the 1996 wheat crop to be diverted from human food to animal feed. Vomitoxin causes feed refusal and poo More... Free Download
This one-page publication entitled, "Head Scab of Wheat" deals with gibberella, the cause of head scab in wheat. Deoxynivalenol and zearalenone are two mycotoxins possibly produced by head scab. Feeding scabby wheat More... Free Download
This publication is intended to help the horse owner to understand the basics of a good horse feeding program so that it can be best decided which management regime will best suit individual situations. More... Free Download