Oklahoma Farm Report masthead graphic with wheat on the left and cattle on the right.
Howdy Neighbors!
Ron Hays, Director of Farm and Ranch Programming, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network  |  2401 Exchange Ave, Suite F, Oklahoma City, Ok 73108  |  (405) 601-9211

advertisements
   
   
   
   
   
   

Beef Buzz News


Sandhills Calving System Drops Scours Mortality in Newborn Calves to Near Zero

Tue, 11 Dec 2012 10:17:57 CST

Sandhills Calving System Drops Scours Mortality in Newborn Calves to Near Zero
Sanitation is imperative to the health of newborns at calving time. Kansas State Extension veterinarian Dr. Larry Hollis says using multiple pastures to rotate cattle through during the calving season leads to healthier calves. The Sandhills Calving System which was developed in the Sandhills of Nebraska makes use of rotating pastures to dramatically improve healthy outcomes during calving season.


"They've shown through many years of successful work with this system up in the Sandhills of Nebraska where it was developed that if we can keep the newborn calves away from the older calves, we can stop a lot of the different causes of scours whether it's viral, whether it's bacterial, whether it's protozoa, it doesn't matter what the cause is. Those older calves that pick this up either from the environment or from their moms serve as amplifiers. And they take in a few organisms and they pass out thousands to millions of them. And, so, like the term amplify means, that's what they do with those disease organisms. When these later-born calves hit the ground, say after the first two to three weeks of the calving season, they get exposed to that huge load of disease organisms that are being put out in the calving area by those older calves and so the younger calves are more susceptible and they're getting exposed to larger challenge loads and that's when we get into the huge scours wrecks."


Hollis says employing the Sandhills system is easy and effective. The pregnant cows are turned out into a pasture where they calve for seven to ten days. At the end of the period, the pairs are allowed to stay in that pasture and the pregnant animals are turned out on another pasture. The cows are allowed to calve for seven to ten days and pairs are allowed to stay and the pregnant females are moved to another pasture. This process continues, Hollis says, until all the cows have given birth.


The success of this system in eliminating scours is almost total, Hollis says.


"It's been a tremendous success in areas like the Sandhills where, 20 years ago, they might experience five percent death loss in calves or higher in some operations. This system has kind of revolutionized that whole management."


In a test of the system on an 800-900-cow beef herd with an average mortality rate of 10 percent per year, the mortality rate dropped to zero after the Sandhills Calving System was adopted. Click here for more on this study and the Sandhills system.



The Beef Buzz is a regular feature heard on radio stations around the region on the Radio Oklahoma Network- but is also a regular audio feature found on this website as well. Click on the LISTEN BAR below for today's show- and check out our archives for older Beef Buzz shows covering the gamut of the beef cattle industry today.


   


   






Dr. Larry Hollis describes the Sandhills Calving System.
right-click to download mp3

 

WebReadyTM Powered by WireReady® NSI

 

Beef News

  • Derrell Peel Sees Beef Cow Culling to Set All-Time Record by the Fourth Quarter of 2022  Mon, 26 Sep 2022 10:03:22 CDT
  • Integrity Beef Helping Producers Develop Value Added Cattle  Fri, 23 Sep 2022 11:18:28 CDT
  • OCA's Michael Kelsey Likes Pond Cleanout and Drilling Water Wells as Possible Investments of Emergency Drought Funds  Thu, 22 Sep 2022 10:58:02 CDT
  • Iowa Cattleman Tells Lawmakers About Improvements Needed in EQIP and CRP  Wed, 21 Sep 2022 10:21:45 CDT
  • Beef Demand Remains Stronger than Anticipated Despite Stubborn Inflation   Tue, 20 Sep 2022 09:41:19 CDT
  • As Drought Persists, Cow Herd Liquidation Continues   Mon, 19 Sep 2022 10:03:30 CDT
  • Integrity Beef Receives Climate-Smart Ag Grant to Ensure Longevity and Sustainability of the American Ranch  Fri, 16 Sep 2022 09:35:58 CDT
  • Hereford Breed Continues to Provide Value to Cattlemen as Demand Remains Strong  Thu, 15 Sep 2022 09:00:11 CDT
  • Consumers Keep Buying Beef, but Many Looking for Ways to Keep Cost Per Meal Affordable  Wed, 14 Sep 2022 10:42:26 CDT
  • Decades of Work by Beef Industry Yields a Billion Dollars Monthly in Beef Exports   Tue, 13 Sep 2022 09:44:36 CDT
  • Biden Administration Hurries to Finish Their Finalized Rule on WOTUS- Ignoring Supreme Court Arguments in October   Mon, 12 Sep 2022 10:53:15 CDT
  • Mary Thomas Hart says Livestock Regulatory Protection Act is a Top Priority for NCBA  Fri, 09 Sep 2022 08:54:03 CDT
  • Cattlemen's Congress- The Mecca for Domestic and International Cattle Producers  Thu, 08 Sep 2022 09:58:03 CDT
  • PJ Budler Working with Cattlemen's Congress to Make it a Premier Destination for International Cattle Producers  Wed, 07 Sep 2022 09:37:02 CDT
  • As Concerns Over China Rise, They Remain a Top Tier Destination for US Beef  Tue, 06 Sep 2022 10:39:19 CDT
  • ICYMI- OSU's Rosslyn Biggs talks Rural Vet Shortage Across the Country   Mon, 05 Sep 2022 12:37:29 CDT
  • Beef. It's What's for Dinner. Remains a Top-Tier Brand to Consumers   Fri, 02 Sep 2022 08:52:58 CDT
  • USDA Proposal on Electronic ID Tags Only for Animal Disease Traceback   Thu, 01 Sep 2022 10:01:40 CDT
  • NCBA Supportive of Cattle Electronic ID System to Aid in Disease Traceability  Wed, 31 Aug 2022 09:10:48 CDT
  • OSU's Derrell Peel Sees Tighter Cattle Numbers Translating Into Falling Beef Production  Tue, 30 Aug 2022 10:18:19 CDT
  • FSA Administrator, Zach Ducheneaux, Working to Continuously Improve Assistance Programs for Cattle Producers   Mon, 29 Aug 2022 10:04:40 CDT
  • Jaymelynn Farney Provides Insight on Good Forage Options for Cattle Producers in Fall 2022  Fri, 26 Aug 2022 10:20:15 CDT
  • Cover Cropping a Valuable Strategy for Ranchers, says Jaymelynn Farney   Thu, 25 Aug 2022 13:16:08 CDT
  • Hay Supplies are Short and Likely to Get Worse, Says Cattle Marketer Bob Rodenberger   Wed, 24 Aug 2022 08:00:08 CDT
  • Significant Decline in Female Numbers Coming in 2023 says Derrell Peel   Tue, 23 Aug 2022 09:48:22 CDT
  • USDA August Cattle on Feed Report Run-Down with Derrell Peel  Mon, 22 Aug 2022 10:14:46 CDT
  • Upcoming Webinar to Educate Cattle Producers about the Newest Pest Threatening the Industry  Fri, 19 Aug 2022 09:06:31 CDT
  • NCBA's Kent Bacus Says Beef Exports Looking Great in 2022- But There's Still Trade Challenges to Conquer  Thu, 18 Aug 2022 09:16:08 CDT
  • Dr. Glenn Tonsor Sees Red Ink Disappearing Soon in His Latest Feedlot Closeouts  Wed, 17 Aug 2022 09:24:01 CDT
  • Everyone Has a Role in Beef Sustainability, says Debbie Lyons-Blythe   Wed, 17 Aug 2022 05:02:31 CDT
  • OSU's Rosslyn Biggs talks Rural Vet Shortage Across the Country   Mon, 15 Aug 2022 11:14:52 CDT
  • Producer Owned Beef Processing Plant to Break Ground in Early 2023 in Amarillo  Fri, 12 Aug 2022 09:27:19 CDT
  • NCBA Chief Veterinarian Kathy Simmons talks about a New Threat to Cattle Producers, the Asian Longhorned Tick   Thu, 11 Aug 2022 10:11:48 CDT
  • Factors to Consider When Planning for Drought with Dr. Laura Goodman  Wed, 10 Aug 2022 10:14:29 CDT
  • OSU's Dr. Laura Goodman Provides Strategy for Optimizing Forage Growth in Dry Conditions  Tue, 09 Aug 2022 09:07:33 CDT

  •  

       

    Ron salutes our daily email sponsors!

    Oklahoma Beef council Oklahoma Ag Credit Oklahoma Farm Bureau National Livestock Credit Ag Mediation Program P&K Equipment Oklahoma City Farm Show Union Mutual Stillwater Milling Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association KIS FUTURES, INC.
       

       

    Search OklahomaFarmReport.com

    © 2008-2022 Oklahoma Farm Report
    Email Ron   |   Newsletter Signup   |    Current Spots   |    Program Links

    WebReady powered by WireReady® Inc.