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Schmidt: Annual Tree Care Workshop Set

By Staff | Apr 15, 2016

An opportunity for learning about caring for your trees will be April 21st during the 4th Annual Pierce County Spring Tree Care Workshop formerly called “Nip it in the Bud” Tree Workshop. This year’s event will begin at 5:30 pm at the Rugby Cobblestone Inn Meeting Room and conclude around 8:30pm at the Pierce County Soil Conservation District Arboretum located in Rugby.

Due to positive feedback from last year’s workshop attendees regarding the informal format of the Tree Disease and Identification portion led by Joe Zeleznik NDSU Extension Forester, we have decided to change the format of the classroom portion of this year’s workshop a bit. Don’t worry the ever popular hands-on tree pruning is still on the agenda!

This year guest speakers from the ND Forest Service & NDSU Extension Service will be on hand as part of our “Ask-the-Tree Experts” panel to answer your tree and shrub related questions. Following our informal “Ask-the-Tree Experts” panel we will review some common diseases and tree problems contained in the NDSU Extension Service’s tree display that will also be available. We will then travel to Pierce County Soil Conservation District Arboretum where we will spend the remainder of the workshop learning how to properly prune trees and shrubs.

Regardless of weather, this workshop will include hands on participation in basic disease identification and pruning trees, so you are ready to tackle your own!

Please join us for a casual evening of tree care tips along with:

– Ask-the-Tree Experts Panel

– Common Tree Diseases and Problems Display

– Hands-on Tree Pruning

Don’t forget to bring your tree questions and problems!

While this event is free and open to the public, for planning purposes, it is requested that participants RSVP by April 19th by calling 776-2207 Ext 3 or 776-6234 Ext 5.

Late Gestation Abortions

It seems most years as calving season approaches we encounter the disappointment of finding an aborted fetus or a premature stillbirth. As a biological system we recognize there are likely some early embryos that didn’t survive and even abortions of fetus that occurred when they were so small they weren’t seen. A normal number might be about 2% of pregnancies, and any number greater should cause some concern and diagnostic effort.

Abortions have many causes including genetic defects, hormonal imbalances, metabolic stress, toxicoses, and or infectious disease due to protozoa, bacteria, or virus. Neosporosis abortions are typically sporadic and believed to be in part spread by carnivorous birds or animals. Leptospiria bacteria, BVD and IBR virus can also cause abortion if infections are circulating within the herd. Cowherd vaccination programs are used with modified live products administered when cows are open, and killed vaccines for safe use on pregnant cows, to maintain immune protection.

What’s a Fair Rate for Custom Calving?

Agreements between parties for someone to calve another’s cows, tend to be as unique as the circumstances of people looking to hire out or take on calving responsibilities. Cow owners need to be comfortable who they hire to do their calving has the labor, facilities, feed, and record keeping for a good outcome. The custom calver needs to be aware of the condition of the cattle, breeding, and handling of the cattle he will be taking on, and assured he will get payment for his feed and services.

A typical situation might entail: cows are brought in for a couple of month feeding and calving period in which the cow owner pays the feed/yardage along with a labor and management fee for calving/processing/ and recordkeeping. Additionally there is often an incentive payment for live healthy calves. The owner is also responsible for veterinary costs associated with C-sections, prolapses, and other needed treatments. Labor required for calving might be less than 1 hour per head for late spring pasture calving, or more than a couple of hours per head for winter barn/lot calving. Labor inputs will also vary by group size, and whether heifers or cows are being calved.

For an example: assume feed and feeding yardage of $2.00/head per day, $40/heifer (cow) labor charge and a $25/pair incentive. The bill to feed and calve out 50 heifers over a 60 day period with a 90% calf survival rate would be $9125, or $183 per heifer. Ask yourself, “What would you do it for?” Whatever is agreed upon, be sure to put it in a simple written, signed agreement.

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