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Don’t Get Fooled by Figures (Part II)

This article can help you have more confidence in evaluating data that's shared graphically, so you can better separate accurate information from inaccurate.

Watch Calves Carefully for Dehydration Signs

Even healthy calves can suffer dehydration in extremely hot weather.

Why Should You Attend the 2021 Farm Journal Field Days?

Farm Journal Field Days is a combination of virtual and live programming to take place Aug. 23–27. Here’s an overview of the fun ahead.

Don’t Get Fooled by Figures (Part I)

This article can help you have more confidence in evaluating data that's shared graphically, so you can better separate accurate information from the inaccurate.

Feedlot Cattle Growth Research Review

2021 marks the 30th anniversary of Revalor®-S. Hear Dr. Marshall Streeter and Dr. Wade Nichols of the Merck Animal Health nutritionist team speak during this 1-hour webinar.

New Research Sheds Light On The Continued Need to Address BVDV

While results from a recent national survey of more than 800 beef and dairy producers show positive strides in the industry’s understanding and management of bovine viral diarrhea virus, more work needs to be done.

Scours Protection Starts In The Dry Period

By vaccinating cows and first-calf heifers in late gestation, producers can reduce the risk of neonatal calf scours in the period just after birth.

A Cut Above the Rest: 6 Steps for a More Useful Field Necropsy

As a service to bovine veterinarians, Dr. Dee Griffin has shared a summary of six practical steps he uses to perform a field necropsy and evaluate the results. He also shares some valuable tips on tools to use.

Klebsiella Mastitis: What Management Tools Are in Your Toolbox?

In this article, Dr. Patrick Gorden, Iowa State University, addresses the issue of mastitis caused by the emerging pathogen Klebsiella pneumoniae. He says exposure prevention is key to infection control.

Biggs: Internal Parasite Control

Internal parasites cause a variety of clinical signs, including weight loss, diarrhea and death. Other, less obvious parasitic signs, (often referred to as subclinical signs), significantly impact producers.

Dry Cows Most Important Group to Keep Cool

While the milking herd is usually given top priority in management efforts, dry cows and springing heifers are arguably the more important groups to protect from heat.

More Than Mycotoxins: Bacteria, Yeast and Other Feed Contaminants Can Affect Animal Health, Producers’ Bottom Lines

Dr. John Goeser of Rock River Laboratory hosts feed hygiene webinar as part of a seven-part mycotoxin webinar series on Phibro Academy platform.

Cows Tell Stories with their Facial Expressions

If you watch carefully, you can tell a lot about a cow by reading her face. Know the telltale facial expressions of cows in the early stages of pain and sickness.

Debunking Core-Antigen Vaccine Myths

A basic understanding of why core-antigen vaccines are an effective tool during the dry period can help clear up common myths surrounding their usage.

Managing Foot Rot In Cattle

Foot rot can occur in cattle of all ages, and cases are often seen in wet and humid conditions, but can also occur when it is hot and dry when cattle congregate together.

Shade Can Contribute To Cattle Performance

Shade benefits vary by location, structure type and the weather. Where more heat occurs, more shade is necessary. Know your environment and be prepared.

Optimal Lying Times and Immediate Treatment Combat Lameness

Focusing on key strategies such as ensuring optimal lying times, immediate treatment, effective record-keeping and collaborating with key team members can help.

Angus VNR: Shade and Cattle Performance

To thrive in the environments beef producers have created for them, cattle must have access to basic cattle health and welfare. Among them, the ability to perform natural behaviors.

Preparing For Dehorning? Here's A Review Of Proper Protocol

The chances of a successful dehorning improve when the protocol is executed by trained personnel. The use of an appropriate, well-designed training program also improves safety and wound management.

8 Strategies to Reduce Dry Period Mastitis to Improve Reproductive Efficiency

Intramammary infections acquired during the dry period can have a significant impact on milk production, milk quality, herd removal and reproductive performance post-calving.

Does Breeding to Beef Sires Alter Dam Productivity?

Beef-on-dairy breeding is a growing phenomenon, not just in the U.S., but worldwide.

Fly and Tick Season is Upon Us

When considering how to plan for a fly and tick control program for your cattle operation it is important to know the difference in application methods and their specific longevity in relation to adequate control.

The Pros and Cons of Using a Colostrum Replacer

Prepackaged colostrum replacers are an easy way to quickly feed colostrum to a newborn calf. However, while they do come with many benefits, there are a few potential negative aspects of utilizing this nutritional tool.

Focus on the Pen, Not Individual Cows, to Deliver Profits

Monitoring what's happening at the pen level, rather than for individual dairy cows, is proving to be the best approach for producers with more than 1,000 cows.

Cleanliness Is Key To Teat Sealant Success

Here are 10 steps to prevent new intramammary infections from occurring during a cow's dry period.

Get More Nutrients With Less Feed

When commodity feed prices become high, cattle producers should consider options for getting more out of their livestock feeds. Using other methods to get more nutrients out of the feed is now cost effective.

Managing Parasite Resistance

Parasite control remains economically important, but strategies are evolving.

Low-Stress Trailer Loading

As with loading out, trailer loading is another production event that can be high stress on both the animals and people, but it needn’t be that way.

Give Your Feet The Support They Need

Proper arch position is important for the good lower extremity alignment necessary to minimize lower body stress and fatigue and to decrease the risk of injury.

Post Mortem Question: What is the diagnosis for this steer found dead at 85 days on feed?

Answer: The Feedlot Health Management Services team diagnosed this case as right-sided congestive heart failure, an acquired cattle disease resulting from chronic alveolar hypoxia and subsequent pulmonary hypertension.

The Relationship Between Sugar and Milk Protein

Most research recommends 5-7% sugar as an upper limit. However, cows can certainly handle lots of sugar in the diet.

When Stress Goes Beyond Normal 

It started with a broken baler. The farmer panicked. He had recently lost his brother to cancer and his father to old age. Not to mention he had 2,500 acres to farm, 250 beef cows to attend to and his crop just froze. 

Vaccination And Disease Testing Protocols For Interstate Cattle Movement

As you work through the various processes involved with interstate cattle movement, consider vaccinations and tests for four key diseases, as well as the need for official identification (ID) practices.

Keeping the First Calf Heifers on Track

Heifers conceiving early in their first breeding season will have increased lifetime production and efficiency. It is critical heifers attain enough weight to initiate their first estrous before the onset of breeding.

How to handle workplace burnout, mental health issues

Call it pandemic fatigue or just burnout: You could be losing motivation, experiencing emotional numbness, feel that almost all people drain your energy. Your productivity may drop even if your hours haven’t.

Treat Yourself With The Basics: Heat, Cold, Cream

After suffering an injury most people use cold as a first mode of treatment; however, a deeper understanding of methods can help optimize the benefits and prevent complications with use of cold, heat and cream.

HSAs Offer Health Care, Retirement Savings

Health insurance coverage and healthcare costs are among the greatest challenges for self-employed Americans, including farmers.

Reproductive Management of Cow Herd During Drought

With breeding season approaching, cattle producers must develop or modify management plans in anticipation of a drought to keep the most productive and valuable cows in the herd.

Follow the “4 S’s” for Dehorning Pain Management

Using pain mitigation techniques when disbudding or dehorning is now the standard of care for U.S. cattle veterinary and quality assurance organizations.

Selection for Maternal Performance

This week we discuss the EPDs to consider when selecting bulls that will be used as rotational sires. A rotational sire is a bull from which daughters will be retained to develop as replacements in our cowherd.

Here's a Sign Your Management Team Isn’t On It’s ‘A Game’

Utilizing an effective management team can help you. As the owner or leader of your business, spend less time on the non-urgent and non-important tasks or duties that pop up every day.

Veterinarians Address Rising Mortality Levels In Dairy Herds

Since the early 2000s, death losses have topped up to 15%, averaging 6% to 8% on many U.S. dairies.

Two U.S. Veterinary Medicine Programs Rank In Top 10 For The World

The biggest move up in the ratings was made by The Ohio State University program.

Bouncing Back from Failure

Failure is a part of life, but how we bounce back from it determines how successful we will become.

New Calf Care & Quality Assurance Program Launched

The U.S. calf-raising sector now has a program to help ensure optimal calf health and welfare via the Calf Care & Quality Assurance (CCQA) program.

How To Conduct 'Stay Meetings' With Your Employees

A ‘stay meeting’ gives managers and employees the opportunity to continue looking at ways to improve rather than focusing on what was done wrong or poorly in the past year.

Avoid, Adapt, Alter, Accept: Stress Management Tools for Farm Families

The only certainty during spring planting is uncertainty. Farmers face many challenges: too much rain, too little rain, long hours, crop diseases and pests, machinery breakdowns.

Pull Out All the Stops for Cow Care

The three priorities Andy and Sarah Lenkaitis set out to accomplish when they began their renovation remain the same – take care of the cows, take care of the people and keep the farm around for generations to come.

Genetic Prediction in Beef Cattle and Expected Progeny Differences

EPDs are the result of genetic prediction, based on performance data collected by cattle breeders over many generations of beef production.

The Surprising Truth: 4 Things You May Not Know About Reaching Goals

Why don't we finish goals? Jon Acuff, best-selling author and motivational speaker, says we often focus on the wrong thing when we talk about our goals. Here's what he says it takes to finish the goals that matter.