Practice Tips

How to manage dystocia calves

Dystocia is defined as delayed or difficult parturition. General causes are fetal-maternal size mismatch, fetal malpresentation and maternal-related causes. FULL STORY »

More on SARA in calves

There is research to suggest many calves experience subacute ruminal acidosis (SARA). But what are its effects on digestion and health? A new Calf Note article takes a look at the research. FULL STORY »

Winter beef cattle tips

The nutritionists and consultants at Great Plains Livestock Consulting Inc., Eagle, Neb., offer timely reminders for beef cattle during this winter season. FULL STORY »

Assisting the posterior presentation (backwards calf)

Although officially winter has just begun, the spring calving season in the Southern Plains is only 4 to 6 weeks away. FULL STORY »

Cattle comfort in the winter

As the days grow shorter and winter sets in it is a good time to review some items for management of cold stress and general cattle comfort. FULL STORY »

Revisit clients’ sharps program

Cattle operations use a lot of needles whether they are for vaccinations or the administration of drug treatments. Disposing of needles continues to be an important safety issue for producers, their employees, veterinarians and the environment. FULL STORY »

Antibiotic residue prevention manual available in Spanish

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) has released a revised version of its Spanish residue prevention manual for 2013. FULL STORY »

Assess calf dehydration

Geof Smith, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, North Carolina State University, details the most accurate methods for assessment of dehydration in calves. FULL STORY »

Some key points on beef cattle minerals

At last week’s Academy of Veterinary Consultants’ winter meeting in Denver, Connie K. Larson, PhD, Zinpro Performance Minerals, discussed mineral supplementation in beef cattle. FULL STORY »

Winter udder health reminders

Wind chills and temperature changes are the major factors leading to winter teat challenges which can predispose cows to mastitis. FULL STORY »

Dairy Heifer Raiser study raises red flag

The recently released “Dairy Heifer Raiser, 2011” study, from the USDA’s National Animal Health Monitoring System, provides an overview of the management practices used on heifer-raising operations. FULL STORY »

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