Feed Lot

FEB 2018

Feedlots and cow/calf operations in the beef industry who feed 500 or more has annually on grains and concentrates; maintain 500 or more beef cows; backgrounder, stocker/grower, preconditioner; veterinarian, nutritionist, consultant

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There's something to be said for doing things "like it's always been d one." More than likely, our pred- ecessors tried various methods and decided this was the best course of action for one reason or another. But sometimes, a new approach is not a bad thing. One article in this issue looks at vaccinating high risk calves on ar- rival, versus a 14-day delayed vac- cination protocol. A University of Nebraska veterinary epidemiolo- gist led a webinar last fall dis- cussing research that showed little difference in morbidity with on ar- rival and delayed vaccination strategies. The research might prompt you to analyze your current processing strategy with high risk calves and see if you should stick with "how it's always been done," or consider a new strategy. FEED•LOT magazine is also try- ing something new – offering free subscriptions to smaller, qualified operators. In the past, cow/calf and feedlot operations over 500 head qualified to receive our publication free of charge. However, we know there are a large number of full time operators that fall below the 500-head threshold. With that in mind, we have lowered our qualifi- cation number to reach smaller operations. But our goal remains the same – to offer information that career cattlemen learn from, ideas that save or m ake money, and tidbits that can be put to use. For those who renew or activate a new subscription to FEED•LOT from now until May 1, 2018, your name will be put in a drawing for a $600 gift certificate to Cuchara Cab- ins and Condos in Cuchara, Col- orado. Visit www.feedlot magazine. com/subscription to throw your name in the hat and complete your subscription. Another "idea" to keep your eye on is on the Electronic Logging Mandate (ELD) as it relates to the agriculture industry. This is one idea that is not a good thing for the industry. NCBA's government li- aisons say Congress is listening, but as of press time the industry is op- erating under a short-term waiver. In closing, if you have bulls in a cold climate, be sure to read the ar- ticle on scrotal frostbite. Author Heather Smith Thomas discusses the danger of frostbite and ways to avoid the problem. In her research, she came across a story about a lady who was not afraid to try a new ap- proach to the problem. It's a story that's too good not to share… Some years ago a lady in Saskatchewan had bulls that suffered frostbite and felt sorry for them. Thinking to prevent future problems, she knitted little scrotum warmers and called them oyster ovens. She thought this was a spectacular idea to keep bulls from getting frostbite! She envi- sioned that knitting oyster ovens would be a successful home busi- ness, until someone pointed out that covering the testes could warm them too much, which could result in what you are trying to prevent—a decrease in semen quality. Here's to considering new ideas! FL 4 FEED•LOT  February 2018 EDITOR'S DESK By JILL J. DUNKEL NEW IDEAS

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