National By-Products, Inc. of Denver, Colo. offers these suggestions for performing post mortems on deceased cattle that will help retain the value of the hide.

Necropsy manual
If you need to brush up on your necropsy techniques, there is a necropsy manual and CD available created by David Bechtol, DVM, Palo Duro Consulting. It is a unique, amply illustrated field guide and is also available in Spanish. For more information, visit the Web site at or call 806-499-3304.