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Dairy culls require careful management to ensure they don’t suffer when going to slaughter.

Vets call for better management of dairy culls

The sector agrees better guidelines and improved transport conditions are worthy goals

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) wants to see a better way of handling compromised cull dairy cows. It’s calling for greater co-operation amongst producers, their vets, as well as transporters, processors and cattle marketers. In a resolution adopted at its annual summer meeting, the CVMA says cull dairy cows “have an increased likelihood of

In a year where feed may be short, extra culls need to be considered.

When feed is in short supply, time to cull

Beef 911: Downsizing the herd will be profitable if you have good records and good reasons for culling

With the shortage of feed across Western Canada, this may be a good year to downsize by extra culling. The question of what the next wave of culls should be goes beyond reproduction — the fall is also an ideal time to consider culling problem cows. The yearly cost to maintain those cows is at


Manitoba cattle producers fear they’ll be sending more stock than usual to auction this fall as a feed shortfall looms.

Dry weather forecasts a season of hard choices

With pastures burning up and the forage harvest a fraction of normal, cattle producers are searching for affordable feed alternatives while considering how many cattle they must sell

Mike Duguid knew it would be a tough year for feed in the spring while he was assessing the winterkill in his alfalfa and poor pasture growth on his Interlake farm. “Some of the grasses had windburn and there was no moisture,” the Camp Morton-area producer said. “Lots of grasses require more moisture than southern

Beef 911: Don’t let freemartins become a management headache in your herd

Some will reproduce normally and are well worth keeping, but others need to be culled

With better nutrition and management and a higher incidence of twins in the Charolais, Simmental, and Holstein breeds, some larger herds can have up to a 10 per cent twinning rate. With the odds of 50 per cent of the twins being mixed sexes, it is no wonder freemartins are not an uncommon occurrence. Remember

Enthusiastic crowd greets Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin says her struggles with autism gave her the ability to see the world as animals do and that allowed her to create new animal-handling procedures that earned her international renown. But in a speech to a packed house of more than 700 here recently, Grandin not only demonstrated a keen understanding of how


Wildlife Are Livestock Too

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has a reputation for focusing on the symptom, ignoring the source and accomplishing nothing. The reason why farmers in Riding Mountain National Park have suffered stress, financial loss, and had their livestock exposed to reportable diseases is because governments have covered up the reportable diseases in the park. A cull

Wildlife Group Opposes Riding Mountain Elk Cull

“They’re going in there and taking out healthy animals.” – DALE GARNHAM, MWF Manitoba hunters are up in arms over Parks Canada’s handling of a wildlife cull to control tuberculosis among elk in Riding Mountain National Park. The Manitoba Wildlife Federation opposes the cull in principle but says if it has to occur, it shouldn’t

Targeting Breeding Herd Output Fundamental

Breeding targets can only be achieved when there is a ready supply of gilts available to replace sows that are culled or which die. Bernie Peet is president of Pork Chain Consulting Ltd. of Lacombe, Alberta, and editor of Western Hog Journal. His columns will run every second week in the Manitoba Co-operator. In my


Extended Swine Cull Program Accepting Forms

The extended national cull breeding swine program will begin taking applications from eligible hog producers as of May 7. The extended federal program, delivered by the Canadian Pork Council, goes further back to include breeding swine culled between Aug. 1 and Oct. 31, 2007. That’s on top of any breeding swine covered under the original

Indian state reports fresh bird flu outbreak

Health and veterinary workers culled poultry in a densely populated eastern state in India Jan. 3 after a fresh outbreak of H5N1 bird flu, officials said. The latest outbreak of the virus in poultry is the fourth in the state of West Bengal since 2007. Bird flu first broke out in India in 2006. Millions