Livestock First Aid and Safety

Injured animals and animals under stress react differently than they do in normal circumstances. If you don’t work with livestock often, you may not completely understand how to keep yourself and animals safe in stressful situations, or how to provide first aid to injured animals.

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The presenters focus on how to work safely around these animals and discuss basic first aid techniques to use with livestock and working animals. They also provide tips on livestock first aid …

Mark Your Calendar for May 2015 Webinar: Colorado 2014 Vesicular Stomatitis Outbreak and Response

What happens when an infectious disease causing painful blisters spreads across a region, infecting hundreds of horses and cattle?

Tune in to Colorado 2014 Vesicular Stomatitis Outbreak and Response on Friday, May 29 at 2:00 p.m. EST to find out.

The webinar will be presented by Colorado State Veterinarian Dr. Keith Roehr. He joined the State Veterinarian’s Office of the Colorado Department of Agriculture in 1995 and was in charge of Colorado’s response to the 2014 vesicular stomatitis (VS) outbreak.  …

What's the P Index?

The P Index is the Phosphorus Index, a risk assessment tool to quantify the potential for phosphorus runoff from a field. The P Index helps to target critical source areas of potential P loss for greater management attention. It includes source and transport factors. Source factors address how much P is available (for example, soil test P level and P fertilizer and manure application amounts). Transport factors evaluate the potential for runoff to occur (for example, soil erosion, distance and …

How can I prevent leaching of nitrate into groundwater from manure applications?

Nitrate contamination of groundwater occurs when excess nitrate in the soil profile moves along with water that is moving down past the root zone of the crop. In most cases, it is not possible to keep water from moving past the roots, so the only other option for preventing nitrate leaching is to avoid having excess nitrate present in the root zone during times when leaching events are likely to occur. Determine the available nitrogen content of manure prior to …

How do you calibrate a manure spreader?

Calibrating a manure spreader is critical to ensure that the appropriate rate of manure nutrients is being applied to a field. For some livestock operations, this practice may be a required practice as part of their permit. Calibration will differ depending on the equipment and type of manure being applied.

If you know the capacity of the spreader, you need to determine the width of each pass and the distance it takes to empty the spreader to determine the rate …