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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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