Basic Beef Cattle Biology

B ulls a r e selec ted to pr oduc e c a lves with

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Unformatted text preview: ing a bility (milk pr oduc tion). B ulls a r e selec ted to pr oduc e c a lves with high wea ning weights but you a lso wa nt low bir th weights (to a void dystoc ia ). Unfor tuna tely, feedlot oper a tor s wa nt to buy a nima ls with a potentia l for fa st, effic ient gr owth, a nd pa c ker s wish a nima ls wer e selec ted for lea nness. B ut none of these objec tives put money in the poc ket of c ow- c a lf oper a tor s, so they don’ t selec t for them. E . H e al t h an d D i se ase The empha sis should be on pr evention, pa r tic ula r ly with pa r a sitic disea ses (c a n va c c ina te, wor m). Some of the higher inc idenc e disea ses a r e br uc ellosis (a n vener ea l disea se tha t c a uses a bor tion); bovine vir a l dia r r hea (vir a l infec tion, c a n lea d to sever e fluid loss a nd dea th); c a nc er eye (c ommon in Her efor ds, va lua ble a nima ls get sur ger y, other s get shipped); ha r dwa r e disea se (ingestion of na ils a nd wir e, with subsequent hea r t da ma ge a nd potentia l dea th - few tr ea tment options beyond sur ger y, ship ‘ em). F . S o c i a l / An i ma l Ag r i c u l t u r e To pi c s a nima lsc ie nc e 2.uc da vis.e du/a ns1/ha ndouts/be e f _c a ttle .html 2/3 10/2/13 Ba sic Be e f Ca ttle Biology As with sheep, c a ttle r a nc hes a r e being enc r oa c hed upon by expa nding subur ba n home- owner s. With this c omes c ompla ints of odor s (a ir...
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