Practice Tips

Effect of weaning on forage intake of lactating cows

Weaning time for cow/calf producers is a time to harvest the fruits of a yearlong investment in time and effort to manage the cowherd to achieve that textbook goal of producing one calf per cow per year. FULL STORY »

Shade reduces cattle heat stress

Cattle will naturally seek shade when the temperature and humidity rise. In many parts of the U.S., shade is a necessity for grazing animals to maintain optimal performance. FULL STORY »

From the May issue of BoVet: Vitamin A deficiency in beef calves

Unlike many vitamins that are produced by ruminal bacteria, cattle have a requirement for vitamin A in the diet. Cattle convert carotene from leaves of plants to vitamin A in the wall of the small intestine. FULL STORY »

When to castrate calves could affect weight later on

Time always is a precious commodity, not to mention having the necessary labor available to work cattle before taking cow-calf pairs to pasture. In the case of castrating bull calves at an early age, what happens if you don't get that done at an early age, say before pasture turn-out, does it really affect the bottom line? FULL STORY »

Plan ahead or fall behind

As we’ve seen all too often, livestock-related emergencies can come in many forms. From blizzards, floods, fires or deep-freeze, to highway accidents and the specter of foreign animal disease outbreaks, cattle operations face an array of natural and man-made threats. FULL STORY »

“Marketing Your Value Proposition” webinar available from AABP

The American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) offers the third webinar in a four-part series on practice management, called “Marketing Your Value Proposition.” Following the first two, “Constructing a Value Proposition” and “Partial Budgeting”, this webinar offers the viewer advice on how to market his/her services to clients. FULL STORY »

Pharmaceutical use in cattle – online course

West Texas A&M University has opened registration for its online course on pharmaceutical use in cattle for the summer semester, which begins June 2nd, 2014. The instructor, Elaine Blythe, PharmD, is a certified online instructor and veterinary pharmacist to the National Veterinary Response Team (NVRT) and The AVMA's Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams (VMAT). FULL STORY »

Dealing with calf scours Play video

University of Tennessee veterinarian David E Anderson, DVM, MS, discusses prevention and control of calf scours with Marc Caldwell, DVM. FULL STORY »

Heat stress on dairy cows

As the weather warms, the dairy-housing experts at Lely offer these tips for minimizing heat stress in cows. The main effects of heat stress include reduced dry matter intake, reduced milk yield with lower fat and protein levels, reduced fertility and increased water consumption FULL STORY »

Detecting and preventing drug-resistant parasites

Today’s anti-parasitic drugs generally remain effective against cattle parasites in the United States, but occurrence of resistant parasites in other countries and in other livestock species, and signs of emergence of resistant populations here, create a need for prevention measures. A new report from the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine provides tips for preventing and detecting such resistance. FULL STORY »

The hormones of synchronization

The benefits of artificial insemination (AI) are well understood in many beef cattle operations, however the synchronization protocols can seem to be in a different language when one sits down to plan out their breeding season. FULL STORY »

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