Practice Tips

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 »

When you hear hoof beats ...

While in veterinary school, we were taught about many different diseases and the signs associated with those diseases. Some were common and others were very uncommon or exotic. FULL STORY »

Aflatoxin warning for dairy calves

Aflatoxin isn’t just a major concern in lactating cows. The toxin can deliver a huge blow to a calf as it damages the liver and subsequently the young animal’s immune system. FULL STORY »

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