Practice Tips

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 »

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 »

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 »

Use flunixin properly to avoid residue violations

The USDA Food Safety Inspection Service reported an increase in the number of residue violations in culled dairy cows from 2005 to 2010 with flunixin the second most common residue violation. FULL STORY »

Study finds spring calving more likely if barometer on the rise

Beef cattle due in the spring are more likely to give birth when the barometer is on the rise, but warm temperatures are more likely to be a birth trigger for beef cows due in the fall. FULL STORY »

Dairy lameness in winter

Here is some advice on how to tackle hoof problems in winter. FULL STORY »

6 tips to reduce exposure to E. coli

Disease causing bacteria, such as E.coli, can have very negative effects on calves, especially calves under five days of age. Land O’Lakes Purina Feed Calf and Heifer Specialist, Jason Leonard, offers tips to aid in reducing the exposure of newborn calves to E.coli and other bacteria. FULL STORY »

Three more BVDV myths busted

Much has been written about BVDV over the years and much has been and is still being discovered, but in spite of that misinformation “myths” about BVDV still remain. Dan Givens, DVM, PhD, Auburn University, discusses the plausibility of the most persistent myths about BVDV. FULL STORY »

Don’t feed heifers like cows

Heifers are not cows, especially when it comes to their nutritional needs prior to breeding. The important difference between pre-breeding cows and heifers is that heifers are still using nutrients to grow and mature in addition to putting on body weight so that they can prepare for breeding. FULL STORY »

Most passive immunity occurs in the first 6 hours

Resistance to disease is greatly dependent on antibodies or immunoglobulins and can be either active or passive in origin. FULL STORY »

Animal welfare is not checking a box

If your beef and dairy clients believe their animal welfare programs are only about audits and “checking boxes” on a list, they are in it for the wrong reasons, says Dan Thomson, PhD, DVM, director of the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University. FULL STORY »

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