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Animal Health

The Kerr Center livestock program uses a whole-farm approach to herd health.

Difficulty in birthing causes many later problems

for both cow…

  • longer interval to next calf
  • reduced fertility

  …and calf alike:

  • reduced immunity
  • slower weight gain

Early intervention with difficult births is key.

disease

Disease depends on both exposure and immunity.

To boost immunity:

  • reduce stress
  • supply adequate, quality forage
    and
    water
  • use vaccines properly
To reduce exposure:

  • keep it clean: facilities, water, animals, pastures
  • avoid crowding
  • prevent mingling with other farms’ animals

 

Detect problems early – monitor behavior and performance:

  • behavior on pasture: grazing? resting?
  • body condition scoring

Publications Related to Animal Health

  • Help Your Calves Hit the Ground Healthy

    Bottle-fed calves may be cute, but as anyone who’s kept one can attest, they’re a nuisance – and worse, a drain on time and profits. Healthy cattle who can deliver healthy calves with minimal assistance…

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  • Cattle Dentition Video

    This is a video of David Sparks, D.V.M., from the 2011 Healthy Soils, Healthy Livestock conference, explaning how to determine a cow’s age by looking at her teeth.

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  • Parasite Control: The Value of Multi-species and Rotational Grazing

    This is the text of a presentation by Dr. Steve Hart at a 2010 meat goat field day, covering ways to use grazing rotations and stocking of multiple livestock species to manage parasites in meat…

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  • Forages: What Goats Like and What They Don’t

    This is a presentation by Erin Campbell-Craven, from a 2011 meat goat field day. It describes goats’ feeding behavior and dietary requirements, with an emphasis on managing goats on pasture.

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  • Managing Goats for Herd Health

    This is a presentation by Ann Wells, D.V.M., from a 2011 meat goat field day. It describes a holistic approach to goat health management, and includes a list of other resources.

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  • Goat Health Materials List

    This is a list, from a 2011 field day, of goat health products used in the Kerr Center’s goat program; it includes notes on use and suppliers.

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  • Birthing Kit for Goats

    This is a list of materials, used in the livestock track of the 2012 Oklahoma Beginning Farmer & Rancher program, to have on hand when pregnant goats are due to kid.

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  • Sustainable Livestock Production Circle

    This is a diagram from the livestock track of the 2012 Oklahoma Beginning Farmer & Rancher Program.  It illustrates the basic interconnection between soil, forages, animals, and weather in livestock production.

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  • Soil Health and How it Relates to Healthy Cattle

    This is a presentation by Ray Archuleta from the 2011 Healthy Soils, Healthy Livestock conference. It covers simple soil health monitoring techniques, basic soil science, and sustainable livestock management.  

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  • Heifer Management

    This report covers heifer selection and nutrition, early puberty, target weight concept, proper feeding, breeding, calving difficulty, and bull selection.

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  • Holistic Approach to Animal Health and Well-Being

    This is a presentation by Ann Wells, D.V.M., from the 2011 Healthy Soils, Healthy Livestock conference. It covers livestock health management from a whole-farm perspective, including an emphasis on “wellness promotion” as opposed to “disease…

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  • Herd Health Overview

    This is a presentation by David Sparks, D.V.M., from the livestock track of the 2012 Oklahoma Beginning Farmer & Rancher Program. It includes a detailed discussion of vaccines, discusses managing both immunity levels and disease…

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  • Birthing Kit

    This is a list of supplies to have on hand during cattle births.

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  • Cattle Dentition

    This is a handout by David Sparks, D.V.M., from the 2011 Healthy Soils, Healthy Livestock conference. It is a visual guide to determining a cow’s age by looking at her teeth.

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  • Body Condition Scoring of Beef Cows

    This is OCES publication ANSI-3283. It has been used as a handout at several Kerr Center workshops on beef cattle as a reference for body condition scoring.

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  • Beef Cow Herd Health Protocol

    This is a handout by David Sparks, D.V.M., from the 2011 Healthy Soils, Healthy Livestock conference. It consists of a short list of health management practices grouped by age, from 6 week prior to birth…

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  • Management for Animal Health

    This is a presentation by David Sparks, D.V.M., from the 2011 Healthy Soils, Healthy Livestock conference. It covers beef cattle health management, including calving issues and proper use of vaccines.

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  • Beef Cattle Assessment

    This is a presentation by David Sparks, D.V.M., from the 2011 Healthy Soils, Healthy Livestock conference. It covers economic comparisons between conventional cattle management and management focusing on cost efficiency.

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  • Reproduction and the Bottom Line

    This presentation by David Sparks, D.V.M., from the Oklahoma Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program, discusses the management of goat reproduction to maximize profits.  It covers basic goat reproductive anatomy and physiology, the effect of single…

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