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3 Ways to Meet the Energy Needs of Young Calves in Winter

When the mercury drops, preweaned calves expend more energy to maintain their body temperature. They often need added nutrients to keep them healthy and growing through frigid conditions.

Do You Have Grit?

Do you ever wonder how some people seem to fall into a pile of cow manure and come out smelling like a rose? Those successful types probably have a high level of grit and a lot more perseverance than meets the eye.

Here’s What You Need to Document on Drug Treatment Records

If you or an employee treats an animal with a drug, it’s important to keep adequate and updated treatment records.

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Scientists Identify Proteins in Bacteria Associated with BRD

To identify unique proteins that can be used for interventions against BRD, scientists took a closer look at the genetic material of multiple strains of three groups of bacteria commonly implicated with the disease.

Are we Interpreting Transition Problems all Wrong?

If a way could be devised to shut down immune system activation, and thus reduce the detrimental effects of inflammation at its root cause, cows in transition may remain healthier.

When Your Back is out of Whack

There are three common "physical therapy" type scenarios bovine veterinarians deal with that contribute to injury, discomfort or pain. With each scenario, check out the body mechanics that can reduce those problems.

The Power of New Blood: Break away from ‘Group Think’ to Innovate and Improve Productivity

When properly motivated, a new associate can help the practice break existing negative behaviors in the business, improve diversity, and help with the resetting of medical and management SOPs.

Non-Profit Focuses On Mental Health Needs Across Rural America

Addressing mental health is a significant challenge in rural America due to unique barriers. Rural Minds™ provides education and resources to confront the stigma of mental illness.

Infrared Thermography May Help Mitigate Antimicrobial Use

Texas Tech researchers have received a grant to examine if thermography can help minimize the use of antimicrobials in cattle through targeted metaphylaxis.

Gene Editing in Today’s Beef Industry and the Future

Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam, Professor at the University of California, Davis, gave a presentation, “Gene Editing Today and in the Future” during the Beef Improvement Federation Symposium June 24 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Telemedicine and African Swine Fever: 5 Reasons to Take a Closer Look

The pandemic and the shortage of food animal veterinarians have catapulted the concept of telemedicine forward. As ASF inches closer to the U.S., experts say telemedicine could become even more useful. Here's why.

A Road Map For Resiliency

AABP leaders and Dr. Carrie Jurney, president of Not One More Vet, shared insights and recommendations at the annual conference to help and encourage veterinarians struggling and contemplating leaving the profession.

Santa Gertrudis cattle eat at the Tungali feedlot in South Australia.
Merck Awards 18 Future Bovine Veterinarians With Scholarships

Merck Animal Health has awarded $90,000 in scholarships to 18 bovine veterinary students based on their academic achievements, career goals, work experience and interest in veterinary medicine.

Keep Your Lips To Yourself

While every dairy farmer has a unique affection dairy calves, the next great generation of his or her milking herd, it’s not a good idea to kiss them or allow farm visitors to smooch away.

Bodyweight at First Calving: How Critical Is It?

Growing the ideal heifer is an ever-changing goal. A research team from Penn State University and the University of Florida recently explored the impact of bodyweight at first calving on milk yield and herd longevity.

Disease Test new Additions to the Herd

The addition of any new animal creates the potential to introduce disease into the resident herd. Work with your clients to develop a protocol to help prevent this.

Mentorship Matters

Mentoring by experienced practitioners provides a framework for success by helping young veterinarians practice better medicine, develop relationships with clients and deal with hardships inherent in the business.

3 Reminders to Keep Vaccines Effective

To maintain efficacy, keep vaccination bottles at between 35 and 45 degrees Fahrenheit and out of UV light, says Gregg Hanzlicek, director of the Production Animal Field Investigations at Kansas State University.

Management Practices for Cows at Weaning (Part 1)

Weaning is time to focus time and management on ways to eliminate stress, maintain health and maximize the value of weaned calves, but also a critical time to manage the cow herd.

Power of New Blood

Experienced practitioners sometimes consider hiring new graduates less than ideal. But this is exactly what experienced vets need to do if they want to keep their practice healthy and growing.

Make Mentoring a Priority for Your Practice

Every business leader needs at least two mentors, according to Jon Acuff, an entrepreneur, speaker and author of five best-selling books.

Advanced Animal Diagnotics: Live From NCBA

Advanced Animal Diagnostics’ QScout® BLD is a rapid, on-farm diagnostics tool providing livestock producers with the information they need to make informed management and treatment decisions.

Consider a Danish Entry for Calf Biosecurity

Want to keep disease out of your calf barn? If so, it might be prudent to take a page from the biosecurity measures of our pig-and-poultry-raising kin, and set up a “Danish entry.”

Fall Calving in Hot Weather

Early fall calving herds face a challenge from the high temperatures of late summer. The primary challenge is the impact those temperatures can have on newborn and young calves.

Feed Cost Per Cow Per Day: It's A Critical Metric Today

Penn State Dairy Extension specialist Virginia Ishler said current conditions are mimicking those of 2012, when feed prices soared to unprecedented highs.

See the Agenda for the Aug. 23 Illinois Farm Journal Field Day Event

It’s almost time for the 2021 Farm Journal Field Day events! First up is Whiskey Acres, a seed-to-spirit operation.

Wanted: Ruminant Nutritionists

It’s currently a seller’s market for qualified ruminant nutritionists, especially in the dairy industry.

POC Chemistry Analyzers Can Be Practical For On-Farm, Patient-Side Use

Amanda Kreuder says the analyzers allow her to provide more targeted therapy to many of her patients, because they can rapidly diagnose acid-base and electrolyte abnormalities

Test Your Knowledge on Trichomoniasis

Are you up to speed on trich prevention and management best practices?

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Join us for the 2021 Farm Journal Field Days, Aug. 23-27.

Bull Management After the Breeding Season

In most spring calving herds, the breeding season begins in the spring or early summer. Maintaining a 60- to 90-day breeding season can be one of the most important management tools for cow-calf producers.

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Manage Body Weight at Calving, Improve Fertility

Over-conditioned cows that lose weight after calving subsequently have lower fertility, produce fewer quality embryos and face higher rates of health problems.

Grade Your Management IQ

Strategic management for your business is about anticipating, adapting to, driving and capitalizing on change, says Danny Klinefelter, Texas A&M University professor emeritus.

Rural Vaccination Rates on the Rise in 19 States as COVID-19 Testing, Cases See Uptick

COVID-19 testing and cases are on the rise as the push to get America vaccinated continues. New data shows rural vaccination rates are up in 19 states, while questions remain about the new Delta variant.

See the 2021 Farm Journal Field Day Agendas

In 2021, you have the choice to join Farm Journal Field Days in person or online.

Mycotoxins Threaten Calves and Heifers, Too

They’re a danger to milk cows, to be sure. But mycotoxins in feedstuffs also can be damaging to the health and development of calves and heifers.

Sexten: Weaning Barometer

Imagine if we could determine adaptive qualities of our cows before investing the development cost of replacement heifers, building an adaptive herd over time.

Anaplasmosis: People, Ticks and Certain Flies

Producers may not know they have an anaplasmosis problem until they see dead cows or bulls older than 2-years of age. The disease can be devastating because it targets the older stock.    

More Wheat Use Likely In Feed Rations This Fall

With the marketplace signaling higher prices for corn this fall, many beef producers will likely look at whether to use more wheat in their feed rations.

Veterinary Viewpoints: Controlling Internal Parasites In Sheep And Goats

Gastrointestinal parasites cause significant economic losses and are listed in the top three fatal conditions in sheep and goats.

Testing New Additions to the Herd

New additions to your herd create the potential for disease. Developing a plan for new herd additions with a veterinarian can reduce the risks and help guard your investments.

Stay on Top of Neonatal Calf Dehydration

Calves with a hydration status of less than 8% dehydrated and relatively normal mentation can be treated with oral fluid therapy. With severe dehydration – generally above 8% – you likely need to provide IV therapy.

Backgrounding Can Add Value, Flexibility

How backgrounding may boost feeder calf value.

Gene Editing: Experts Say it’s Time to Remodel Regulatory Landscape

In order for gene editing in agricultural animals to “unleash enormous gains in productivity,” a remodeling of the federal landscape is imperative, experts conclude.

Supplemental Feeding of Stockers Grazing Summer Grass

Reduced performance or ‘Summer Slump’ is associated with decreasing forage quality during the late summer.

Amino Acids Can Help Cows Beat The Heat

An estimated $2.4 billion is lost annually in livestock production due to the effects of heat stress, including roughly $900 million in the dairy industry.

Help Cattle Beat the Heat with These Tips

Kansas State beef veterinarian A.J. Tarpoff explains some of the ways producers can help cattle be less stressed in high heat conditions.

Make Sure You Have The Right Tools For The Job

The right tools can make quick work of a routine necropsy. The opposite is true as well.