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Good Enough to Drink?

Providing access to water can be challenging especially for operations enduring drought conditions. Water related toxicities and fatalities may be seen with greater frequency under hot and dry time periods.

Unnecessary Calving Assistance Could be Causing Metritis

Providing assistance too early during stage II labor may result in an increased risk of metritis.

John Phipps: Questionable Environmental Decisions On Nuclear Power Now Creates New Geopolitical Threat

As countries close down operating nuclear power plants, John Phipps says it's clear the decision to overstate the minuscule risks- and assume greener power sources would be there to replace them -was wildly inaccurate.

SCOTUS Refuses to Hear R-CALF’s Checkoff Appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied a petition by R-CALF USA for consideration of its legal challenge of the Beef Checkoff, effectively ending the case that began six years ago.

Billion-Dollar Beef Plant Has S.D. Residents, Ranchers Seeking Details

Western Legacy Development Corporation's proposed large packing plant has Rapid City, S.D., residents and city officials seeking more details on how the project may impact the region. Meeting set for Thursday in Wall.

Dropping Like Flies-Prussic Acid in Cattle

Prussic acid toxicity led to the death of some cattle in northwest Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Panhandle. Oklahoma State veterinarians provide management tips for cattlemen during times of increased prussic acid danger.

UK Officials Rule Out Suspected Case of Foot-and-Mouth Disease

British officials on Friday ruled out a suspected case of foot and mouth disease in the rural eastern English county of Norfolk.

Keep Cow Handling to a Minimum During Hot Weather

As the thermometer starts to creep its way into the upper 80s, 90s or even the 100°F mark, nobody wants to put in physical work during the hottest part of the day - cows included.

Could South Dakota be the New Dairy State?

In 2021 the USDA reported the state with the largest milk production growth by percentage in the nation was South Dakota.

Vaccination Should Do No Harm

Researchers have looked at the immune response of young calves to vaccination, but little data exists on the physical or physiological effects of vaccination in very young calves. Results from a new study could help.

Cattle Market Reform Bills Advance in Senate

The Senate Agriculture Committee advanced two bills aimed at making cattle markets more transparent and competitive, with Sen. Chuck Grassley declaring his "years-long beef with Big Cattle" close to being settled.

How Social Media Sensation NY Farm Girls Defied Odds to Expose the Truth About Farming

The NY Farm Girls have become a social media sensation. With nearly 645,000 followers on TikTok, the three sisters share the truth about dairy farming, even when faced with negativity that can sprout on social media.

Feeding Behavior Can Signal Issues with Feed Quality, Management

Paying attention to feed-bunk behaviors can alert dairy producers to issues with diet, feed management or delivery that impact health and performance.

Help Create a Destiny

The Pygmalion effect, or Rosenthal effect, is a practical way you can mentor and support clients and their employees.

On-farm Bovine Pregnancy Test Kit Technology Finally Arrives

While many alternatives to palpation have evolved over the years, a quick, convenient, on-farm pregnancy test kit has remained elusive...until now.

Did High Heat And Humidity Really Cause Cattle Deaths In Kansas? The Latest Look at Potential Losses

Feedyards battled through the intense conditions to keep their cattle safe this week. The heat and humidity proved devastating, and estimates point to western Kansas feedlots seeing losses of 100 to 500 head per day.

Packing Plant Fool's Gold

Monday morning packers are convinced the solution to low cattle prices is more carcass hooks. Reality, however, suggests proposed new packing plants are out of step with cattle inventories and available labor.

High Temperatures Take a Toll on Fed Cattle. DVM Weighs In

A heat index crisis hit in southwest Kansas on June 11. Cattle were lost. Dr. Tera Barnhardt, DVM, MS, shared what happened to educate people and counter misinformation. Our condolences to those affected by the tragedy.

Helping Cattle Cope with Summer Heat

After seeing the devastation of a major heat stress event, consider these strategies to help mitigate heat stress issues in the herd.

Vet Techs Address the Need for a 'Living Wage and Respect'

Eight veterinary technicians share their perspectives on their careers and the choices they've made along the way.

Effective Strategies to Control Internal Parasites

Research has shown weaning weights can be increased by over 30 pounds and pregnancy rates by over 10% by deworming cows in the spring and again in mid-summer.

Heat Warnings Sweep Across U.S.: What You Should Know

This week, dangerous heat is sweeping across Texas to Wisconsin to Ohio to Georgia.

John Phipps: Is There Really a Tick That Can Cause You to Lose Your Appetite for Red Meat?

One big emerging threat is alpha-gal which is short for galactose-alpha – a carbohydrate deposited by the tick that triggers a severe allergic reaction in the digestive system after eating red meat.

Baxter Black, DVM: 1945 - 2022

Baxter Black, the veterinarian turned cowboy poet, storyteller and philosopher of rural life in America, died Friday, June 10, at the age of 77.

Parlor Waiting Time Not Highly Correlated with Activity and Resting Behaviors

A recent study at a northern Colorado dairy showed whether cows had to wait a long time to be milked or a little did not have much impact on their subsequent activity and resting behavior.

Managing and Measuring Heat Stress

The time of consistent heat stress is upon us. Heat-stressed cows produce less milk, have reduced fertility, and have higher SCC. Providing proper heat abatement can have both an economic and welfare impact on the farm.

Post-Mortem: What is this Metabolic Problem?

These images depict a steer calf that had been on feed for 272 days with no treatment history when it was found dead in the pen.

Hereford Feedout Program Success Continues

Hereford breeders and commercial users of Hereford genetics enrolled a record number of steers in the 2022 Hereford Feedout Program to find out how their genetics perform in the feedlot and on the rail.

New Antitrust Suit Targets Big 4 Packers

Grocery retailer Giant Eagle alleges the nation’s large beef packing companies have exploited their market power to limit the supply of beef and raise prices in a new lawsuit filed in Chicago on Wednesday.

How to Mimic the Perks of Transition Milk

We now know the beneficial influence of feeding transition milk to calves. Is there a way to deliver that nutritional and immunological support and bypass the tedious process of harvesting and feeding transition milk?

Act Now To Add Value To Weaned Calves

Producers can capture added value by preconditioning and weaning their calves. Along with weaning at least 45 days, preconditioning includes several practices that add value for both the buyer and seller.

Dr. R.L. “Bob” Hough Presented BIF Pioneer Award

The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) presented Dr. R.L. “Bob” Hough, Lone Tree, Colorado, the BIF Pioneer Award June 3 during the group’s annual research symposium in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Nutrition Can Help Cattle With Heat Stress

Probiotics fit well into an effective feeding strategy that can be implemented in conjunction with infrastructure considerations to combat the high cost of heat stress.

Managing Heat Stress: How to Help Cattle Through High Summer Temps

In hot summer conditions, heat transfer failures cause accumulation of body heat resulting in heat stress, reduced performance, animal discomfort, or death. Here's some tips to help get your cattle through high temps!

When ‘Summer Pinkeye’ Strikes

Infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis can take a toll on cattle, especially calves. Three bovine veterinarians provide their insights on diagnosing the problem and when to use and not use antibiotics for treatment.

Easier Said ... But It Must Be Done

If we, who believe animal-derived proteins are good for people, do not share animal agriculture’s story, those who wish to diminish or eliminate animal agriculture from the food system will lead the conversation.

It's Time to Rethink Early Breeding of Heifers...Again

Are your producers getting heifers bred earlier than is beneficial? DVM Gavin Staley thinks that's the case too often. He offers three practices to focus on for hitting the “sweet spot” in heifer-breeding maturity.

Creep Grazing Offers Benefits

Creep grazing programs can produce additional calf gains using forage rather than the traditional grain-based creep diets. There are many ways to adapt this system to each individual situation.

The Competition Between Science and Emotion

The Cattlemen’s Profit Roundup symposium at the American Gelbvieh Association convention, Dr. Kim Stackhouse-Lawson described the emotional and scientific struggle that has become the platform for sustainability.

Genetics Valued Over Hide Color

Genetic merit should matter more, while hide color should matter less, according to a recent survey conducted by the Red Angus Association of America.

Meeting Water Needs of Cattle in the Feedlot

Late May and June typically produce the first heat events of the season when temperature, humidity and feed intake will significantly impact water consumption by feedlot cattle.

Video Q&A Sessions on Equine Joint Health now Available

The free series was done by PetVivo and features equine veterinarian Tracy Turner.

Do's and Don'ts for Calf Hernia Repair in the Field

Know when to cut and when to run. With the former, Amanda Hartnack, DVM, recommends fixing those hernias in the field that are no larger than 10 to 15 centimeters.   

The Heifer Discussion

The increased cost associated with raising heifers has made producers retool their thinking. Earlier management decisions are happening on dairies, with a more dialed-in, strategic breeding philosophy being adapted.

4 Ways to help Producers Prevent 'Milk Fever' and Minimize Cow Culling

Jesse Goff, Iowa State University dairy veterinarian and professor, attributes hypocalcemia, including the subclinical stage, to metabolic alkalosis. He says the issue has to do with potassium in forages being fed.   

Make the Right Moves to Minimize Injury Risks 

Proper body mechanics are important to helping bovine veterinarians minimize injuries on the job. Here are six ways to minimize physical wear and tear as you go about your work.

Flooding Increases Risk of Anthrax

Erosion that occurs with flooding increases the chance that animals will ingest the spores of anthrax, a disease in cattle, humans and other species caused by a bacteria known as Bacillus anthracis.

Good News: Millennials Still Love to Eat Meat

Memorial Day weekend is known as the unofficial kickoff to grilling season. Even with the push to more plant-based proteins, meat is still in high demand. Millennials are one of the largest groups of meat eaters.

NIFA Invests $5M in Mitigating Antimicrobial Resistance Across the Food Chain

USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced an investment of more than $5 million to mitigate antimicrobial resistance across the food chain.

What Are My Options When I Am Out of Grass?

As drought continues in the Great Plains, producers are making hard decisions about cowherd management and feeding options, but cost of production and opportunity costs must be carefully evaluated.