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   CTC Controls
Pneumonia and Anaplasmosis


Chlortetracycline (CTC) is one of the least expensive antibiotics that can be incorporated into feed to treat sick animals. It is broad spectrum and has many different clearance levels that can be employed to accomplish different production goals. It can be used as a growth promotant when fed continuously at 70 mg/head/day. Chlortetracycline can be used to control bacterial pneumonia associated with shipping fever when continuously fed at 350 mg/head/day. It can be used to control Anaplasmosis when continuously fed at 0.5 mg/lb. of bodyweight; or it can be used to treat bacterial enteritis caused by
Escherichia coli and bacterial pneumonia caused by Pasteurella multocida when fed for 5 days at 1 g/cwt. of bodyweight.

There are many different product concentrations (2, 4, 10, 20, 25, 50, 90, and 100 g/lb.). This allows for several different delivery mechanisms. For cattle on pasture, it can be incorporated into range minerals or cubes. For calves in a grow yard, we can incorporate it into a starter/grower balancer supplement, or crumbles can be top-dressed on


top of feed in the bunk. It is not legal to feed with Rumensin® but is legal to feed with Bovatec®. Therefore, CTC and Rumensin® cannot be combined together but Bovatec® and Aureomycin® branded CTC can be mixed together in the same feed.

Range Minerals: Normally 2800 g/ton of CTC is the floor-stocked mineral which provides 350 mg/head/day at a 4 oz. consumption. Many people use it for alleviating fescue toxicosis even though this level is only intended to control bacterial pneumonia caused by

Pasteurella spp. This level of CTC feeding does not control Anaplasmosis.

Anaplasmosis is an infectious disease of cattle that causes destruction of red blood cells. It is transmitted by ticks, flies, mosquitoes, and animal processing equipment such as needles. The disease is caused by a minute parasite,

Anaplasma marginale, found in the red blood cells of infected cattle. Symptoms are anemia (pale skin), a drop in milk production, extreme nervousness or aggressive behavior, rapid weight loss, fevers of 104° to 107° F, abortions, and death. To control Anaplasmosis, a mineral which provides 0.5 mg/lb. of bodyweight/day is needed. To achieve this, a mineral fed at 4 oz. to a 1400 lb. cow needs to contain 5600 g/t of CTC.

Other benefits of CTC include a 19 - 21 lb. greater weaning weight in suckling calves (Corah et al. 1991), improved reproduction and conception rate (2% improvement) due to better control of uterine infections and faster return to estrus (birth 21 days earlier is worth $38 per head), and pinkeye can be minimized when feeding CTC. If CTC is fed for the entire year at 700 mg/head/day it would cost less than $10/head/year ($5/head for a 2800 g/ton mineral). The return would be $36 per calf ($1.80/lb. X 20 lbs.) plus the value of the improvement in reproduction ($14/head), totaling $40 return on a $10 investment.

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Are you interested in seeing your account info with the Farmer's Cooperative Company over the internet?  Using the Farmerdata website you can access your account, which is updated nightly with info such as invoices, bookings, prepaids, and grain info.  Contact Brent at the office in Afton for more information and then click on this link to Farmerdata to get started.


The Farmers Cooperative Company and The Cooperative Finance Association (CFA) are making available special financing programs available to you for the 2013 crop year.  These special rates are only available for products and services provided by Farmers Cooperative Company.  To learn more of the benefits CFA has to offer, click on the link, CFA Website, or click on CFA Flyer for more details on our agronomy program, and click on CFA Cattle Flyer for more details on our livestock program.

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Stress Test for Borrowers
Thursday, April 17, 2014 9:27AM CDT
Farm finances rate an "A" now, but economists debate if that's good enough to handle a major correction in land values.
Chemical Board Plans Meeting in West
Thursday, April 17, 2014 8:08AM CDT
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board has scheduled a public hearing in West, Texas, next week ahead of the release of the results of the board's investigation into the ammonium nitrate explosion last year.
West, Texas, Rebuilds
Thursday, April 17, 2014 7:14AM CDT
West, Texas, has completed much of its rebuilding efforts since 2013 as many new homes dot the community. Residents continue to filter back into town, even as answers are still being sought to why the explosion happened and caused such loss in the first place.
West Blast Victims Remembered
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 4:50PM CDT
One year after the tragic explosion in West, Texas, state lawmakers and agencies are on the verge of taking action to better secure ammonium nitrate stockpiles.

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Southeastern U.S. to See Rain Friday
Bryce Anderson (Bio) – DTN Meteorologist

Rain in the Southeast Friday, rain/snow mix in the northwest Plains and Prairies. Conditions warming in all areas. » More DTN Weather Commentary

Posted at 2:51PM Thu Apr 17, 2014 CDT

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