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.
The ongoing COVID-19 serves as a reminder to cattle ranchers about the importance of sound, common sense biosecurity measures that can aid in reducing the risk of a disease outbreak in the new 2020 calf crop.
After calving, a normally healthy cow needs 52% more protein and a substantial increase in energy as she begins the lactation phase. Meeting those nutrition requirements will positively impact rebreeding.
The latest monthly cattle on feed report showed the January 1 inventory in feedlots (over 1,000 head) at 11.958 million head, 102.3 percent of one year ago. This is the largest January on-feed total since 2008.