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Bull Calves Deserve Colostrum, Too

If you sell your bull calves shortly after birth, it’s tempting to send them down the road with no colostrum. But those animals will be far better served if you take the time to get them the colostrum they need.

Nutrition: Is It The Next Activist Battleground?

With so much conversation around sustainable nutrition and some voices calling for everyone to ditch meat to save the planet, we all need to get more comfortable communicating about nutrition.

Lawmakers Address Shortfall of Veterinarians in Rural Areas

Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Sen. Mike Crapo introduced bipartisan legislation to address the shortfall of veterinarians in rural areas.

4 Things To Know About Cattle And Their Impact on Sustainability

Sara Place, Elanco chief sustainability officer, offers insights on the questions she hears frequently from consumers and the balanced answers she is able to provide, thanks to science.

Vytelle Releases Public Feed Efficiency Database

Vytelle announces the release of the Top 150 Proven Bulls, a list compiled using data collected by Vytelle SENSE systems and Vytelle INSIGHT analytics services, formerly known as GrowSafe Systems.

Feed Additives and Medicated Feeds

Good records are essential with VFD feeds as well as any medications to ensure proper withdrawal periods are observed.  All VFD feed records must be kept, and available for inspection for two years.

Remarkable Rescue: Five Farmers Save Father and 6-Year-Old Son After Falling 70 Feet into a Well

After six-year-old Louie Leseberg fell 70 feet into a dark well, his father jumped in to save him. What happened next, and the dramatic rescue that ensued, left even those who witnessed the rescue unable to explain.

Early Weaning a Drought Management Strategy

Early weaning is one of the management decisions that can help reduce pressure on native pastures and extend forage supplies for adult beef cows. Beef calves can be early weaned successfully from 60 to 150 days of age.

NCBA Delivers Progress on Backend 150 Air-Mile Exemption for Livestock Haulers

NCBA spearheaded introduction of the larger HAULS Act in both the Senate and House, and worked to get the backend 150 air-mile exemption included in the Surface Transportation Investment Act.

ND Drought Creates Forage Shortage

North Dakota ranchers are experiencing an historical widespread drought and the window for forage production is closing for 2021. Many producers may not have adequate production to justify haying.

Covid Protocols For Clinics Get Updated By The CDC

If you have a mixed practice or work out of a clinic, in addition to going to the farm or ranch to treat cattle, be aware of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations.

Cargill Joins U.S. CattleTrace to Support Development of National Disease Traceability System

Cargill is the second beef processor to invest in the effort formed by multiple state cattlemen’s organizations to develop a national infrastructure for animal disease traceability in the U.S. cattle industry. 

The Road to Becoming a Better Manager

While the road to becoming a better manager isn’t any easy one, there are a few steps you can take to not only improve your work performance, but your team’s performance as well.

Farm Journal’s #FarmON Concert To Benefit National FFA Foundation

Farm Journal has announced that a #FarmONTM Benefit Concert will be presented in partnership with the National FFA Foundation on Thursday, August 26, at Frahm Farmland in Colby, KS.

Registration Open for Certified Angus Beef's 2021 Feeding Quality Forum

After a year of virtual events, the Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand will host the 16th annual Feeding Quality Forum in Fort Collins, Colo., August 24-25. 

Drought Conditions Favorable for Toxic Cyanobacteria

Cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, can produce toxins that are harmful to livestock, wildlife and people. The growth of this bacteria is aided by high temperatures.

Veterinary Consolidation Trends Webinar Scheduled

The free webinar is part of the Veterinary Integrated Solutions Leading With Purpose series: Veterinary Consolidation Outlook: Pushing Beyond Your Current Plateau.

The Danger of Dehydrated Calves

As the thermometer climbs, farmers are eager to make sure their fans and sprinklers are running to keep lactating and dry cows cool. But just like adult cows, calves are also challenged by hot weather.

Reproductive Tract Scoring in Replacement Heifers

Reproductive Tract Scoring is a measurement involving rectal palpation of the heifer reproductive tract and the subsequent assignment of a reproductive tract score, to assist in making replacement heifer decisions.

Blood Pregnancy Tests Keep Repro Humming at this Iowa Dairy

Reproduction clicks along like a well-oiled machine at Schanbacher Acres near Atkins, Iowa, thanks in part to the farm’s routine use of blood pregnancy tests for the past 17 years.

Celebrate the Grit and Grace of America’s Farmers

Need a little inspiration? From facing an F-5 tornado to battling cancer and beyond, these producers share stories of how they’ve overcome big challenges with grit and grace.

Pentobarbital Is In Short Supply, Says AVMA

The FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine is aware of the issue and has reached out to sponsors/manufacturers of pentobarbital products to determine the root cause and possible avenues for resolution.

University of Illinois Student Receives First Lex Thompson Veterinary Investigator Award

Newport Laboratories names Luke Daniels, a second-year veterinary student, the first-time recipient.

Drought Forces ND Ranchers To Sell Pairs

No rancher wants to sell cow-calf pairs in May, but that’s exactly what’s happening at Stockmen's Livestock Exchange in Dickinson, North Dakota. Extreme drought conditions brought 700 pairs to the sale last week.

Cattle Ranchers Cull Cows as 60% of U.S. Cow Herd Faced with Drought

The latest U.S. Drought monitor indicates drought is gripping pastures, with 60% of the nation's cow herd is now in some level of drought or dryness, and it's causing cow slaughter numbers to climb.

Biden Administration: Fully Vaccinated People Don’t Need Masks

The CDC recently announced new protocols for fully vaccinated people. Chip Flory discusses these new measures Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, Senior Advisor to the White House COVID-19 Response Team.

Dairy Report: California Drought Continues to Impact Dairy Producers

The drought out west isn't just impacting grain and livestock producers. It's also impacting California's dairy industry.

Breeding Herd Vaccination Plans

A critical component of cow herd health is a breeding herd vaccination strategy. Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all vaccination plan.

Air Pollution Study Contributes to False Animal Ag Narrative

A new study claims U.S. agriculture, in particular animal agriculture, is a major source of air pollution. NCBA's Ethan Lane says the misleading nature of this study contributes to the false narrative around animal ag.

Sacrifice Area May Save Grazing Resources

A sacrifice area is an area where animals stay at times when pasture grazing is detrimental to land and plants. This area can be in a dry lot pen or a fenced-off area of the pasture.

Where’s the Beef: Con Artist Turns Texas Cattle Industry Into $100M Playground

In just a few buck-wild months in 2015, a Texas grifter pulled off a swindle nearing $100M, and turned the cattle industry into his playground, stirring more cash than some of the largest beef companies in the U.S.

The Strength of a Mom: How One Young Woman Battled Cancer Through COVID-19 Pandemic

Kristen Clenney recently earned the title of 'cancer survivor'. The wife, mother and veterinarian says it's a title she feels fortunate to have after her year long journey during the pandemic took grit and grace.  

Consumers Care About Calves

When consumers think about dairy farming, one of their greatest concerns are the calves. That can be a good thing because farmers have a great story to tell. But it also may require some flexing of rearing practices.

Systems Management of Disease Includes Vaccination

Managing infectious diseases in cattle involves all aspects of the cow-calf system. A systems approach includes matching genetic selection to resources, nutrition, reducing stress and the use of vaccine protocols.

FAQs on COVID-19 Vaccination with U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy

“We know rural areas are different from urban areas, people are more spread out, it's not always as easy to travel to one location that's close to everyone to get a vaccine," Dr. Murthy says.

Researchers Tackle Three Deadly Livestock Diseases

The Pirbright Institute is tackling three deadly livestock viruses: porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus and African swine fever virus in pigs and bovine respiratory syncytial virus in cattle.

Managing for Mastitis in Dairy Housing Systems medium
Ceftiofur Hydrochloride Generic Injectable Now Available For Dairy, Beef Cattle

Cefenil RTU is the industry’s first ready-to-use, veterinary-prescription, generic ceftiofur hydrochloride injectable.

AAVMC Study Examines Bias in Veterinary School Admissions Processes, Standards

The study recommends that schools focus more attention on overcoming barriers to admission based on factors such as race/ethnicity, gender, culture or socioeconomic status.

Would You Try Tele-health Appointments with Your Vet?

Virtual appointments for all kinds of services have become increasingly more available over the last year—even veterinary visits. Drovers’ latest Pulse Poll shows some ranchers would try out the service.

3 Ways to Eliminate that Overwhelming Feeling

What did you promise yourself in 2020 that you should do now? While spring is busy, try to find bits of downtime to ponder how your summer and fall can be new and improved.

Adisseo North America Announces Key Organizational Changes

André Gilbert, current Canadian Country Manager, has announced his intent to retire in 2021.

Top Producer Summit: The State of Animal Agriculture

Temple Grandin and Frank Mitloehner discuss the advancements in sustainability seen across the animal agriculture industry and what it means for the future.

Congress To Address Veterinary Shortages, Student Debt

The USDA has declared 221 shortage areas for veterinarians in 48 states for 2021.

6 Tips to Prepare Your Herd for Breeding Season

Breeding season is fast approaching, set your herd up for success by focusing on these key areas.

Do Imported Rescue Dogs Pose Threat to Livestock Industry?

Each year, several thousand dogs enter the U.S. for resale or adoption. In a recent Hogs on the Hill article, NPPC chief veterinarian Liz Wagstrom wrote that it’s time to sound the alarm on importing rescue dogs.

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, the first, collaborative educational tool that provides guidelines.

Americans Love Meat: Purchases and Confidence Reach Record Highs

Americans are buying more beef, pork, poultry and lamb than ever. Pandemic purchases helped send meat grocery sales soaring by 20% from 2019 to 2020. Here's the latest from the newly released "Power of Meat" report.

Grass Tetany and Milk Fever in Spring Calving Cowherds

When calving in early spring with lush pastures we can find mature cows that are in otherwise good condition with unusual behaviors, unsteady gait or inability to rise—early signs of both grass tetany and milk fever.

Zoetis Launches 'Driven To Care' Sustainability Initiative

Under the banner Driven to Care, Zoetis brings to life its specific commitments to Communities, Animals and the Planet.

Vitamin E Feeding Strategies May Need to Flex

Supplies of Vitamin E may be limited through the rest of 2021. Dairy producers, in particular, may need help putting together a feeding plan with alternative antioxidant additives.