Bovine Veterinarian's Top 10 Articles of 2020

We've rounded up the top 10 stories of the year as decided by you, our readers. Take a look back at these memorable stories on in 2020.

10. Consistency Rules in Preventing Abomasal Bloat in Calves

Abomasal bloat is a frustrating, mysterious, and often acute disease that affects young preweaned dairy calves, sometimes literally overnight.

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9. Get a Better Handle on Digital Dermatitis

While there may not be a cure for this lameness causing disease, digital dermatitis can be easy to manage if you know what to look for.

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8. New Study Supports Value of Feeding Transition Milk

The common industry practice of feeding first-day colostrum and then switching calves directly to whole milk or milk replacer may be under review.

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7. Watch Out Bambi! New Lighting System Reduces Deer-Vehicle Collisions 

Deer-vehicle collisions account for about 1 million accidents each year that kill 200 Americans and result in $1 billion in vehicle damage. A new vehicle-based lighting system may prevent these collisions.

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6. Know a Calf’s Vital Signs

Calves coming down with illness often are very good at masking their symptoms in the early stages.

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5. Take Care of Yourself Even in the Midst of Crisis

Are you operating at peak capacity? A veterinarian shares why it’s so vital to take care of you.

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4. Calf Tube Feeding Done Right

An esophageal tube feeder can be a lifeline for young calves, delivering colostrum, milk or electrolytes when they are unable to suckle a bottle. But incorrect use of these feeders can be dangerous or even deadly.

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3. Cesarean Selection Success

Veterinarians have at least eight options for doing a cesarean section (c-section) in cattle, but most rely on only one.

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2. 10 Ways To Solve The Imposter Syndrome

Do you routinely feel like you’re inadequate, incapable and a total fake? If so, you may suffer from a malady called the imposter syndrome.

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1. “Black” is Not the Only Goal in Beef-on-dairy Breeding

Simply producing a black calf if not enough if the dairy industry wants to make permanent inroads into successful crossbreeding.

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