• R. P. Doc Cooke

    Green Spring Forage Causes Performance Problems

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     by R. P. "Doc" Cooke
     on April 17, 2014

    Most fast growing, immature green plants are high in nitrogen and low in energy and this causes performance problems. The more rain, the more fertilizer, and the less sunlight intensity and hours exposure, the more this is true. The less mature the plant, the more this is true. Most of the excess nitrogen is in the form of non-protein nitrogen (such as urea), and not true protein. NPN requires excellent rumen microbial function and high levels of starch energy for protein synthesis to take…

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    These 15 Management Principles I Will Always Remember

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     by R. P. "Doc" Cooke
     on April 3, 2014

      Identifying natural systems and learning to correctly relate those systems one to another have dramatically improved our ranching operation in the past decade. My old friend karma has been harsh to remind me: If you break the rules and do not incorporate the principles into your operation all of the time, the principles will break you. Much of what I have learned I do not plan to forget. Here are 15 principles I have learned and paid for in thousands of dollars, sweat and…

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    Thanks To Cable Television I’m About To Get Mad!

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     by R. P. "Doc" Cooke
     on March 20, 2014

      Several years ago my wife, Linda, got mad at and refused to pay a particular satellite TV provider due to the company’s poor customer service. The company called on multiple occasions and stressed that we were valued "patrons." Well, I suppose someone changed his or her mind because our service was disconnected within 45 days. I was a little mad with Linda’s decision to boycott lousy TV service. However, we settled in and spent the next couple of years without…

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    The Tale Of The $125 Cow

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     by R. P. "Doc" Cooke
     on March 6, 2014

      Extremely old, extremely small, extremely lazy, and/or extremely unprofitable are all “box” descriptions of a majority of cattle operations in North America. At least one or more of those descriptive terms fit most of us who are cow-calf producers. I've also read that the cow-calf segment of the beef industry has incurred a greater monetary loss since WWII than any other segment of agriculture in the US. Now that the equine industry (in many areas) is no longer seen as…

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    A Cold Dry Spell Doesn’t Hurt Much

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     by R. P. "Doc" Cooke
     on February 20, 2014

      For more than 40 years I have listened to veterinarians and producers from the upper Midwest describe the long, frigid winters of the North Country. High winds and chilly temperatures are a perfect time to spend a lot more minutes in a pickup with a good heater than in the field with the cattle. In the cold of winter I enjoy working out on the pasture in spurts of about twelve minutes, followed by a quarter hour in the warm truck observing the grass, the cattle, and talking to fellow…

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    A Cow Taught Me to Forgo New Year Resolutions

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     by R. P. "Doc" Cooke
     on February 5, 2014

    EDITOR'S NOTE: We welcome a new blogger to this Animal Health Notebook series - R.P. 'Doc' Cooke from Sparta, Tenn., a 'mostly retired' veterinarian who we think you'll enjoy reading. So read on - but beware the censors. I personally think New Year resolutions are a good idea; however I do not believe the same thing. There is a distinct difference between thinking and believing. I have tried numerous ideas that I thought were sound, only to discover numerous flaws…

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