Cattle management: October timely tips

Check these cattle management tips for your herd as the fall season approaches. FULL STORY »

Finding a genetic connection: Diseases and defects in cattle

It's no secret that genes play an important role in genetic abnormalities in cattle, but could a gene be responsible for resistance or tolerance to diseases? That's what Agricultural Research Service (ARS) researchers are trying to find out. FULL STORY »

Trailer compartments and density

Does the section of the trailer that the calf is in make a difference in risk of illness or performance? That’s a hard one to quantify, but some researchers have been looking at the different compartments of livestock trucks where cattle stand, including vibration level, wind, temperature and other factors. FULL STORY »

Protect cattle from winter weather

Winter on the northern Great Plains is a harsh environment for beef cattle. During the winter, cattle increase their production of body heat in response to severe cold by increasing their heart rate, respiration and blood flow. FULL STORY »

Crossbreeding reduced incidence of respiratory disease

Bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is the most costly beef cattle disease in the U.S. Scientists at the U.S. FULL STORY »

Audio: Contending with BRD in calves post-weaning

K-State beef veterinarian Larry Hollis offers the latest advice on contending with bovine respiratory disease, or BRD, in calves post-weaning. He talks about situations which will likely promote the condition and how to put together a vaccination protocol against it. FULL STORY »

Effect of BRD on carcass traits

Research at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in clay Center, NE evaluated the effects of incidence of bovine respiratory disease (BRD) and overall incidence of pathogenic diseases (IPD) on carcass traits of two independent populations of cattle. FULL STORY »

Researchers uncover genetic link to cattle diseases

The origin of three costly cattle diseases is genetically linked, according to findings from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) researchers. FULL STORY »

BRD "shipping fever" in cattle

BRD, also called “shipping fever”, causes major economic losses to the producer, 7% of production costs, by reducing average daily gain, feed efficiency, and overall performance of beef calves. FULL STORY »

Strategies to keep calves healthy - Bovine Respiratory Disease

There are three strategies designed to prevent disease from entering or occurring in a backgrounding yard or feedlot FULL STORY »

Early weaning: Feedlot issues

Early weaned calves come to the feedlot with some baggage. Their light weight makes them an odd duck from the standpoint of facilities and feeding management. But the primary concern is immune function. FULL STORY »

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