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More Drought Info - Water Quality, Nitrates & Calf Health Questions

More Drought Info - Water Quality, Nitrates & Calf Health Questions

County Agent News
Dan Folske
July 31, 2017

More Drought Info

            As the drought continues to intensify across the region livestock producers have more and more questions.Water Testing

            Water quality and quantity is getting to be a bigger issue in the area for pastures relying on sloughs, dugouts, or other surface water. Many of these sources are drying up and I have seen blue algae blooms on some surface water. Watch your water and be concerned if you see floating algae with a sky blue color or if you notice dead wildlife or an absence of wildlife.

            Nitrates are always a concern in drought affected forages. I will be getting certified this week to do a Nitrate Quick Test. This test will show the presence or absence of nitrates. If the test is positive it does not provide the level which still needs a lab test.

            Some producers are considering early weaning and are asking about vaccination and health programs. Doctor Gerald Stokka, NDSU Extension Veterinarian has this news relase about calf health concerns.

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