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IBCA sets up beef program

Thursday, October 29, 2009

A great opportunity for beef project 4-H'rs and beef producers alike is forthcoming locally at 6:30 p.m., Nov. 5, in Harris Hall, Putnam County Fairgrounds.

This is the joint meeting of the Area 5 Purdue Extension and Indiana Beef Cattle Association (IBCA). The IBCA region representative will also be elected at the meeting. A ribeye steak sandwich meal will be provided and there is no charge for the program.

The program focus will be about calving, vaccinating for scours and the Sandhill Calving System. Cow/calf numbers in Indiana and nationwide have been declining since 2007 and it is important to understand significance of calf survival to maximize production in addition to considering input costs for profitability.

Scours is usually caused by a bacteria or virus and is one significant threat to new born and young calves. Rapid dehydration is a characteristic of scours and is a leading cause of death. Force feeding electrolytes with an esophageal feeder to rehydrate the calf is an important part of treating calf scours according to Purdue Beef Specialist Dr. Ron Lemenager. The program will provide discussion regarding nutrition, antibody protection from colostrums and weather protection to go on offense against scours.

The Sandhill Calving System (also to be discussed) is a management strategy designed such that each cow that is calving is able to give birth in a clean pasture. It involves rotating bred cows to a clean pasture on a weekly basis. Lemenager recommends starting out with a set number of cows ready to calve within a month of each other while moving the non-calved cows to a clean pasture each week. This separates newborn calves from later-born calves thus minimizing the spread of disease.

Besides, Purdue Extension staff, others including Dr. Jason Huff of West Central Veterinary Services, will be giving tips for cow-calf health and provide insight to when one should look for veterinarian help when calving problems develop.

Also, representatives from IBCA will be present for questions and provide comments.

Those interested in attending should RSVP to the Purdue Extension-Putnam County office by calling 765-653-8411.



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