Watch nutrition after calving

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As livestock producers move from winter feed to spring grazing, they should pay extra attention to spring-calving beef cows to make sure their nutritional needs are met, said a beef cattle expert with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.That could mean leading the animals away from early green grass this spring, said John Grimes, beef coordinator for Ohio State University Extension and a member of the OSU Extension Beef Team.If spring-calving beef cows’ nutritional needs are not adequately met from calving to breeding, it can cause a reduced body condition score, he said. And that can result in a disastrous rebreeding performance.Livestock generally are assigned a body condition score on a scale of 1 to 9, where 1 is an emaciated animal with skin and bones and 9 is rated as obese, Grimes said. A score of 5 to 6 is typically the goal for cows that calve to be considered healthy and in optimum breeding condition, he said.Energy, protein needs“Studies have shown that body condition scores of 5 to 6 at calving and through the breeding season give females the greatest opportunity for reproductive success,” he said. “Cows that lose nearly one full condition score from calving to the breeding season experienced lower rebreeding rates, at 73% versus 94%, compared to cows that were fed the right nutrition for them to maintain the body condition scores they had prior to calving.”That means producers may need to feed their calving cows quality grass hay, high-energy feed grains or both to ensure the lactating cows get the energy and protein they need, Grimes said.“It’s been a long winter, and while the calving cows may prefer the lush, moist, green growing grass over the dried hay they consumed all winter, it would be more nutritionally beneficial to offer them grains,” he said. “These early grasses are full of moisture now and won’t provide the females the nutrition they’ll need in order to get them rebred to keep them on schedule to give a live birth every 12 months.“Yes, it’ll be an extra expense now, but the cost of an open cow is a more costly expense. Don’t be afraid to spend an extra dollar now to avoid the loss of income next year with a cow that isn’t producing any calves. Your feed bill might get higher now, but the more open cows you have will significantly reduce your income later.”last_img read more

Blog-To-Newsletter: Cheap Community and Advocacy Tools

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market dana oshiro Tags:#start#startups A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… In the past, ReadWriteWeb covered a number of tools for book publishing; however, these are also great for easy newsletter building. Blurb and Lulu allow users to upload files and create saddle-stitched magazine-style booklets. Volunteer-run organizations often spend thousands of dollars on quarterly newsletters and direct mail solicitations. While the groups have the best of intentions, they often lack the in-house graphic designers and high-quality printers to actually produce these goods. Nevertheless, they almost always have blogs, websites and social media profiles for outreach purposes. In the past few months ReadWriteWeb has seen an influx of blog-to-newsletter media solutions. While many technologists have criticized print as a dead medium, blog-to-newsletter tools may be fantastic for advocates and service orgs. Below are a few companies to help get you started:MagCloud for Wikia: MagCloud has always given users a way to create custom magazines. In 2008, we covered MagCloud as an easy solution for self-publishing. The company’s recent Wikia partnership lets you take your favorite Wikia site and create print pages directly from the admin panel. MagCloud also offers PDF uploads for those with other types of sites. Fast Pencil: Earlier this month we featured FastPencil, as a company with great publishing and formatting tools for novelists and writers. One of the features of this site is that you can import your blog and it will auto-populate pages of your book. This service would offer a quick integration of your org’s blog and it also offers basic formatting including clean font choices. Tabbloid: HP Labs’ Tabbloid offers users a chance to select their favorite feeds, aggregate them as PDFs and schedule an email of the PDF. Organizations can add both their feeds as well as the feeds of related news sources. From here they can send their files to donors on a daily or weekly basis. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

Stakes are high as Kolkata take on upbeat Mumbai in the eliminator

first_imgAfter dishing out a last-ball thriller in the last league match on Sunday, Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders would square off against each other yet again in Mumbai on Wednesday.But the stakes are high as it will be end of the road for the loser in the Indian Premier League.Thanks to the changed format, the tie has become a sort of a quarter-final since the winner will then clash with loser of the first qualifier to earn a shot at the title match.Kolkata were well-poised to hand Mumbai their fourth straight defeat in their last league match but allowed them to escape and record a thrilling last-ball victory.The Kolkata players, particularly Laxmipathy Balaji, who was hit for 23 runs in the last over which included a last- ball six by Mumbai’s Ambati Rayudu, can forget that stunning change of fortunes in a jiffy.Wednesday’s match which would get nerves jangling and the team that shows iron grip on its emotions is likely to win the Eliminator.The Knight Riders batting has done quite well with Jacques Kallis (417 runs from 14 games), Manoj Tiwary (355 from 14) and skipper Gambhir ( 374 from 14) being its mainstays.Yusuf Pathan has not exactly scored big with 47 not out being his highest score in a tally of 257 from 14 games, but Mumbai would be aware of the damage the big- hitting Baroda man can cause once he gets going.The new ball bowling of the Knight Riders has also been below par with Brett Lee not really pulling his weight ( 4 wickets in 11 games) while Balaji ( 10 wickets in 13) and Jaidev Unadkat (6 in 7) have been expensive.advertisementBalaji’s confidence would also be a bit low after the mauling he received from Mumbai’s gangling left- handed batsman James Franklin, who struck four successive fours in the last over of the Tamil Nadu bowler to put his side on the threshold of a famous win.Balaji, however, was backed by his captain Gambhir who said after the stunning last ball loss that the medium pacer would be back in his elements in the next game.Kolkata have depended mostly on their spinners, especially Yusuf and Iqbal Abdulla who have grabbed 13 and 16 wickets respectively and also been economical for this format of the game. The Wankhede track has afforded turn over the last few matches and the duo would relish bowling on it.If Kolkata have some problems to solve, Mumbai too have a few to tackle, the biggest of them being finding an effective opening partner to Sachin Tendulkar.The team has tried out five batsmen but no one has clicked though Davy Jacobs appeared to have settled down in his role when he broke his thumb and had to be replaced. In the last match, Tirumalasetti Suman was tried but he failed for the second time in the key batting position and this has upset the balance of the team to some extent.The team would again be looking forward to contributions from the trio of Tendulkar (477 runs), Rayudu (383) and Rohit Sharma (359) in batting.Hard- hitting Kieron Pollard (140) and Andrew Symonds (135) have disappointed Mumbai but the blistering 45 not out in 23 balls by New Zealander Franklin, incidentally his highest in the IPL, has given them new hope.Sri Lankan paceman Lasith Malinga (27 wickets) and Munaf Patel (17) were the kingpins till a few games ago before they were mauled at the death.Malinga still remains Mumbai’s best bet to give them early advantage while Patel, dropped for the previous game, is set regain his spot.Harbhajan Singh has been quite efficient if not spectacular in most matches and Mumbai would be expecting more from him against the likes of Yusuf Pathan.Tendulkar is aware that the stung Knight Riders are capable of storming their way back.last_img read more

Tibet bus accident kills 44 people, injures 11

first_imgAt least 44 people were killed and and 11 others injured in China today when a tour bus plunged into a Tibetan valley after a three-vehicle pile-up.”The 55-seat bus carrying 50 people fell off a 10-metre-plus-high cliff after crashing into a sports utility vehicle and a pick-up truck,” state-run Xinhua news agency reported.Another five people were in the other vehicles in the accident which happened at around 4:25 pm (0825 GMT) in Nyemo County, west of the capital Lhasa, in the Tibet Autonomous Region.The bus passengers were mainly tourists from regions including Anhui, Shanghai, Shandong and Hebei.The injured were being treated at hospitals in Lhasa and did not have life-threatening injuries, Xinhua said. An investigation into the cause of the accident is under way.Police have detained managers of the Feixiang Travel Agency and the Shengdi Vehicle Tour Company blamed for the accident.last_img read more