A moderate to high lice population in feeder calves significantly decreases average daily gains, and one study suggests losses from lice are more than $126 million annually. Here's a guide to proper lice treatment.
With 41% of the nation in drought conditions, there is no doubt that lack of pasture is creating management challenges in the worst drought areas and likely leading to some regional destocking and relocation of cows.
The bi-state sage grouse, a rare game bird found along the California-Nevada border, was slated for protection under the Endangered Species Act until the Fish & Wildlife Service reversed course in March.
Producers should be aware of the increased risk of "summer pneumonia" in suckling calves following heat stress. An increased respiratory rate and stress of heat may overwhelm the natural defense mechanisms of the lungs.