Proper Implanting Technique

There is no question that with a proper implanting protocol, calves become more efficient in terms of feed to gain ratios. The improved ADG, F:G and lean carcass yield observed from implanting calves results in improved returns per head; in general each implant, if properly placed, should return $15 to $40. These improved returns and feed efficiencies become increasingly important in years when feed prices are high. However, if an implant is improperly placed, the benefits of the implant quickly diminish. What is meant by an improperly placed implant or an implant defect? A defect is when the implant is: missing, abscessed, partially lost,...

Cattle-Classifieds

Do you have cattle for sale in Alberta? If you are an existing client, or would like to be a client and post cattle on VAHS Cattle-Classifieds, please contact us at CodyC@vahs.net. Disclaimer: VAHS is not acting on your behalf, is not purchasing or selling livestock, is not providing information about livestock that are for sale to assist in the purchase or sale of the livestock and is not otherwise dealing in livestock as that term may be defined in legislation governing dealing in livestock in any province or territory of Canada.  All advertisements on VAHS Cattle-Classifieds are “invitations to treat” and not “offers” to sell...

Developing a vaccination program: Video

Dr. Nathan Erickson talks about the details involved in developing a vaccination program. Also included are tips on risk management, tetanus protection, new vaccines, and preventing injection site lesions. Also please check out the following link http://www.beefresearch.ca/blog/vaccination-video/ for some more great information at BCRC regarding...

Heifer calving date positively influences calf wea...

Heifer calving date positively influences calf weaning weights through six parturitions R. A. Cushman, L. K. Kill, R. N. Funston, E. M. Mousel, and G. A. Perry J. Anim. Sci. 2013.91:4486–4491 ABSTRACT: Longevity and lifetime productivity are important factors influencing profitability for the cowcalf producer. Heifers that conceive earlier in the breeding season will calve earlier in the calving season and have a longer interval to rebreeding. Calves born earlier in the calving season will also be older and heavier at weaning. Longevity data were collected on 2,195 heifers from producers in South Dakota Integrated Resource...