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Pregnancy diagnosis options for beef cattle producers

Generally, beef herd pregnancy rates after a 60–120-day breeding season tend to range from 80 to 94 percent. Pregnancy diagnosis identifies the 6–20 percent of open cows in the herd so they can be culled after their calves at side are weaned, instead of waiting to the end of the subsequent calving season. Considering that the annual feed/forage costs associated with maintaining a mature cow can be as high as $400 to $600 per year, culling open cows can save as much as $250 per head that can be diverted to the purchase or development of replacement females, sire selection, increased nutritional management, and other management-related costs. Pregnancy diagnosis can be performed simply at the time that producers work their cattle during their vaccination schedule or even at the time of weaning. There are three practical methods that can be utilized for pregnancy diagnosis in beef herds: 1) rectal palpation, 2) transrectal ultrasonography, or 3) use of a blood sample that is submitted to a laboratory for analysis and results returned to the producer within a few days.

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It’s all about judicious use

One must go back to 1996 to trace the history of government oversight on antibiotics. That’s when Congress enacted the Animal Drug Availability Act (ADAA), thereby establishing a new regulatory category for certain animal drugs used in animal feed. This new category became known as the veterinary feed directive drugs (VFD drugs).

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Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. helps new diagnostic center break ground

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) recently broke ground on its new Veterinary Diagnostic Center. Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) contributed support for the state-of-the-art facility that will provide improved service to livestock producers and veterinarians throughout the region and the country. It is expected to open by the end of 2017.

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More states moving toward harmonizing interstate regulations, testing for trichomoniasis

In late 2014, the U.S. Animal Health Association (USAHA) endorsed three standard components of interstate regulations and testing for trichomoniasis. In the first quarter of 2015, Marty Zaluski, D.V.M., state veterinarian for the Montana Department of Livestock, conducted a survey to determine whether states are moving toward meeting trich standards endorsed by USAHA.

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Prommune selects Kansas City Animal Health Corridor

Prommune Inc., an animal vaccine research and development company, announced today that it will locate its global commercial operations in Overland Park, Kan., part of the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor.

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Springtime Vaccines: Tools to keep calves healthy through the summer

Branding season or pasture turnout is a natural time point that lends itself well to working calves and preparing them for the summer ahead.These preparations typically include a vaccination protocol, meant to protect the animal against ailments they might encounter on summer pasture. A look into the display cooler of any food animal vet clinic will reveal a wide variety of products that could be used in a vaccine program. With timing, labor constraints, and the necessity for boosters, there are a lot of potential moving parts to any vaccine program.

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