Practice Tips

Feedlot storm preparation

Anne Burkholder, owner of Will Feed, Cozad, Neb., knows how to prepare her feedlot for an impending winter storm. Last week Mother Nature dumped about 12 inches of snow on her 3,000-head feedlot, but she was ready. Prior to the storm Burkholder shared a storm preparedness checklist on her Feedyard Foodie blog. FULL STORY »

Managing water issues on the feedlot

Feedlot calves drink approximately three times their dry matter intake (DMI) in the fall, winter and spring. That increases to about five times their DMI in the summer. FULL STORY »

Mastitis monitoring starts with case definition

Monitoring of mastitis rates and events is common on dairies given the prevalence of the disease, and having a plan for developing case definitions and protocols is critical. FULL STORY »

Hypothermia & newborn calves

Whether you are a dairy producer who calves year round, a beef producer who may calve early, or if you have a calf that is born under less-than-desirable conditions, hypothermia is something that we need to be concerned about, especially this time of year. FULL STORY »

Transportation, stress and cattle health

Transportation of cattle is a common practice and may influence the risk of subsequent calf health and performance. FULL STORY »

Make a plan to prevent scours

Mark Hilton, DVM, Dipl. ABVP, Purdue University, believes beef producers and their veterinarians should shoot for a goal of 0% calf scours. FULL STORY »

Reproductive profiling in cow-calf herds

Monitoring reproductive success is an important service to cow-calf clients and visualizing the reproductive history of the herd can be a useful methodology to monitor progress, says Brad White, DVM, MS, Kansas State University. FULL STORY »

Mycotoxicosis hard to get a grasp on

Why is mycotoxicosis so difficult to detect? Geof Smith, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, North Carolina State University, says there are a variety of reasons. FULL STORY »

Grass traps can help chronic calves

An important concept that veterinarians need to work with their clients on is knowing “when to say when” on treating calves FULL STORY »

Help clients avoid drug residues

Veterinarians need to work with livestock producers to ensure they are using drugs legally and properly on cattle farms. FULL STORY »

Stop BVD

Bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) remains one of the costliest of cattle diseases, and a persistently infected (PI) animal can cause devastating losses at any production stage. To address the problem at a national level, NCBA has teamed with Animal Profiling International, launching a BVD surveillance program during the Cattle Industry Convention in Tampa. The program offers BVD testing at a reduced rate of $2.25 per head for NCBA members with no minimum. FULL STORY »

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