Practice Tips

Five steps to improve heifer reproduction

The gold standard for monitoring reproduction in heifers, just as in cows, is how quickly open heifers are converted to pregnant heifers, noted John Lee, managing veterinarian, Dairy Veterinary Technical Services for Zoetis. FULL STORY »

Take advantage of eCVIs

The federal Animal Disease Traceability Rule, which will go into effect March 11, establishes minimum national official identification and documentation requirements for the traceability of livestock moving interstate. FULL STORY »

The euthanasia treatment protocol

Death is an unfortunate reality of livestock production. Ohio veterinarian Fred Gingrich offers advice on determining when euthanasia is appropriate, and how to do it humanely. FULL STORY »

'Raw counts' can be useful

Greg Goodell, DVM, Heifer Authority, Greeley, Colo., says there are many ways to monitor disease on the dairy. FULL STORY »

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 »

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