1. Provide Sufficient Nutrition – A gestating beef cow can utilize some extender feeds such as poor-quality hay or cornstalks, but they also need to have energy to help the rumen utilize these high fiber feeds. Also, protein is needed to maintain the immune system, keep the muscles strong in the cow, and allow for good quality colostrum to be made. The closer to calving, the greater the nutrient demands. 2. Provide Adequate Calcium and Phosphorus – Calcium is needed for good bone structure/strength and muscle strength. Cows low on calcium will have a difficult time calving. You may see...
As we get to the end of the grazing season, it is a good time to deworm your livestock. If you are looking for natural/organic products to use, consider these great products from Dr. Paul’s Lab: Eliminate Boluses, CGS Remedy, S&G Pills.
The immune system is the key to maintaining health. It is being recognized as an extremely intelligent system that is unique to an individual. Many things can be done to assist, enhance, and improve its function. In the highly inter-related systems of the body, nutrition, stress, environment, and microbiome are all vital to maintain optimal function. It is an exciting time in animal agriculture as new research and new products become available.
Maintaining health and productivity in animal agriculture is undergoing a major shift. There is a difference between treating disease and restoring health. The old paradigm of just administering the appropriate medicine to treat a disease is being replaced by a multifaceted approach to enhancing an animals inherent vitality. The word "holistic", once only used in the organic world, is becoming the accepted approach. Follow our blog for more helpful animal health tips and insights from Doc Tom!
Hi, I am Doc Tom Roskos. I love cattle, sheep, and goats, and I enjoy raising them on my farm and watching them grow on other people's farms. I enjoy talking about them and reading about them. I have integrated conventional, organic, and natural methods in keeping animals healthy and thriving. I offer veterinary consultations either by phone or on-farm. I also sell a wide variety of animal health products on this website to help you achieve your best animal health goals!