Practice Tips

Veterinarians are “boots on the ground”

In the event of an animal disease outbreak or disaster, veterinarians are on the frontline to respond. Julie Gard DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACT, Auburn University, spoke to veterinarians at the 85th Annual Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas this week about their role in assisting with these types of events. She used foot-and-mouth (FMD) disease as an example. FULL STORY »

Dystocia and weak calves

Dystocia can lead to hypoxia and acidosis, and calves with acidosis have been shown to be more likely to have failure of passive antibody transfer (FPT) from colostrum, apparently due to decreased ability of these calves to absorb antibodies. FULL STORY »

Treating barn fire survivors

Across the country, dairy fires have been responsible for killing hundreds of cattle and calves. Nearly 300 animals have been killed by fire since Jan. 1, including 105 calves and cows killed in a Minnesota barn fire earlier this week. FULL STORY »

Will a difficult delivery of a calf affect rebreeding of the cow?

In addition to being the greatest cause of baby calf mortality, calving difficulty markedly reduces reproductive performance during the next breeding season. FULL STORY »

Stockmanship matters

Cattlemen's College attendees received some hands-on education Tuesday night on stockmanship at the Florida fairgrounds from livestock handling experts Curt Pate and his daughter Mesa Pate. FULL STORY »

A look at the ropey milk test

The decades-old test for milk quality gives a subjective assessment of teat cleanliness. This podcast explains how the test works and looks at how it's problematic. FULL STORY »

Q & A: Lower critical temperatures for newborn calves

Calving: what an exciting time of year! The “crop” for the next year is hitting the ground, the green grass is growing, and we are enjoying the season of new beginnings well-rested and enthusiastic about ranching, or at least this is how we see it playing out in our dreams. FULL STORY »

No need to delay feedlot implants

Two recent studies by Kansas State University scientists indicate that delaying administering growth-promoting implants to calves did not provide an advantage over implanting immediately upon arrival at a feedlot. FULL STORY »

Watch for grass tetany

Watch for grass tetany during this time of year. Once cool season forages begin to reemerge in your grazing pastures, grass tetany can become a potential problem. FULL STORY »

New online Salmonella risk assessment

A new tool is available to help you evaluate whether your dairy is at increased risk for a Salmonella outbreak. FULL STORY »

Pick 10 calves for serum protein testing

Checking the serum total protein of calves is a valuable tool for monitoring a farm’s colostrum program. FULL STORY »

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