Saturday, November 3, 2012

Bovine Vet Week-in-Review

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Create momentum in yearling heifers

Yearling heifers need to be on a good plane of nutrition to meet their growth needs. “Because mature cows will maintain body weight on moderate-quality forage, some ranchers forget that growing yearling heifers will not gain the weight they need to reach puberty on the same quality of forage,” says Bob Larson, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACT, Dipl. ACVPM, Kansas State University.
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Pneumonia in dairy calves

Pneumonia is one of the most common diseases we see in dairy calves from birth to weaning. Diagnosing, treating and preventing pneumonia is very important for every dairy farm. Pneumonia is also a disease that you need to work very closely with your veterinarian for guidance.
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Cornell offers only U.S. salmonella dublin test for cattle

A test for the cattle disease salmonella dublin that is cheaper, quicker, safer and more sensitive than traditional bacteriological tests is now available for the first time in the United States.
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Transporting baby calves

The DCHA Gold Standards III from the Dairy Calf and Heifer Association includes information on transporting dairy calves to ensure their health and welfare.
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MLVs are not your only option

Compelling new research from university and industry experts has revealed evidence that reproductive losses in cattle could be attributed to commonly recommended IBR modified-live vaccine protocols. Visit www.virashield.com to learn more about the research along with firsthand experience to keep you up-to-date with the latest information.

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Stalks can be cost-effective for heifers

While much of the country is still feeling the effects of the drought, it’s still important to keep young heifers nutritionally sound in a cost-effective manner. Jennifer Saueressig PhD, ruminant nutritionist at Overton Veterinary Services, Lexington, Neb., says replacement heifers should gain about 1.5 pounds per day to get them where they need to be.
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Six ways to help feedlot cattle adapt

Acclimating new cattle the feedlot takes good management and animal husbandry skills. Carter King, DVM, offers these suggestions for helping new cattle get off to a good start.
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Digital deworming tool from Merial

Merial has launched a new website — a digital deworming tool that will give cattle producers immediate evaluations of their current deworming protocols. The tool predicts the overall health of a herd as it relates to parasitism. The analysis includes critical parasite load estimates and a corresponding herd health evaluation. This information can be used by the producer to evaluate overall herd productivity and steps that can be taken to improve deworming protocols.
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Drought feed options for feedlots

Drought silage can be an excellent feed. After testing to assure that the product is safe for feeding relative to nitrate content, diets of predominantly silage can produce daily gains of 2.0-2.5+ pounds per day.
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