Practice Tips

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 »

Milk fever in beef cows

Minerals are critical to the health and performance of grazing livestock, and deficiencies and excesses can cause weight loss, decreased reproductive performance, and a variety of nutritional disorders. FULL STORY »

Identifying Johne's Disease with accuracy

Detecting the costly, contagious Johne's disease in cattle is now easier, thanks to USDA scientists. FULL STORY »

Winter calf housing

Cold temperatures and newborn calves can be a recipe for disaster, but there are several calf-housing strategies that can give winter calves a fighting chance. FULL STORY »

Prepare for grass tetany Play video

Dr. David Anderson, Large Animal Department Head at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine talks with Dr. Marc Caldwell about grass tetany. FULL STORY »

"Calves with Sam" visits the UK

Sam Leadley, a calf management specialist with Attica Veterinary Associates in New York, recently spent two weeks "across the pond." Learn what calf-management challenges he encountered in recent posts at his "Calves with Sam" blog. FULL STORY »

Transition diets and hypocalcemia

The importance of successfully transitioning dairy cows from pregnancy to lactation has been well documented. With more than 50% of periparturient cows experiencing hypocalcemia, dairy experts remind producers about the importance of diet management to optimize health and lactation performance. FULL STORY »

Calf BRD and immunity challenges

Learn more about the environmental and physiological changes that can trigger respiratory disease in calves, from renowned expert Amelia Woolums, veterinary researcher at the University of Georgia. FULL STORY »

Baby heifers – which do we keep?

Making the decision on which heifers to keep back for replacements can start as early as that heifer’s birth. FULL STORY »

Tip of the Week looks at hypothermia

Spring may be here, at least by the calendar, but cold temperatures are still a threat to newborn calves. The Dairy Calf & Heifer Association has compiled some advice for detecting and dealing with hypothermia in newborn calves. FULL STORY »

Diet plays key role in heifer mastitis control

Managing mastitis in dairy replacement heifers includes several preventative measures, including dietary supplementation to improve the udder's resistance to infection. FULL STORY »

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