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USDA's new risk tool for cow-calf producers

The USDA is bringing something special to the table. Meet the Weaned Calf Risk Protection. Especially for those beef champs in states like Nebraska and South Dakota. 

For beef producers, spring is baby cow time. But nature can be tricky. Bad weather, pests—you name it, can ruin the game. Enter this groundbreaking policy, acting like an umbrella for those rainy days, ensuring that your cow-calf show goes on without a hitch. 

The brains behind this, Marcia Bunger from RMA, believe in fairness. Crop folks have a buffet of insurance choices. Why should ranchers lag? And this newbie? It’s custom-made, fitting the unique needs of every beef boss. 

But there’s more to it. This isn’t just about any loss. It’s a double shield, guarding against price dives and yield issues. Worried about droughts or sudden weight dips in baby cows? Consider those problems handled! 

For those marking their calendars, the magic starts from Jan 31, 2024. You’re in the driver's seat, picking your desired coverage level, anywhere from 50% to 85%. Plus, it’s joining the livestock insurance league, with pals like PRF and DRP. 

Ranchers, it’s celebration time! Navigating the beef world just got a tad easier with this ace up your sleeve. 

Source : wisconsinagconnection

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How to spot dehydration in young calves

Video: How to spot dehydration in young calves

Calves that die from neonatal scours ultimately succumb to dehydration, electrolyte imbalances and, in some cases, acidosis. Knowing how to accurately determine whether calves have mild, moderate or severe dehydration, and how to help calves at each level, can optimize their health and survival, which can make a big mark on your bottom line.

Diagnosing calf dehydration includes performing a skin-tent test, looking for sunken eyes, watching for signs of depression and testing a calf’s sucking reflex. Mild dehydration in calves can be treated with oral electrolytes that contain salt, potassium, energy, amino acids and other ingredients to relieve dehydration, electrolyte imbalances and acidosis. It is important to alternate feeding fluids and milk throughout the day. Severe dehydration requires IV fluids and consultation with your veterinarian.

Always keep separate bottles and tube feeders for scouring and healthy calves. Be sure to clean and disinfect all feeding equipment after each use.