Cattle breathing easier?

A UC Davis research team has been awarded $2.6 million by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to carry out integrated research, education and Cooperative Extension outreach aimed at reducing the incidence of bovine respiratory disease, or pneumonia, the leading cause of death in beef and dairy cattle. FULL STORY »

New horizons in animal health Play video

Alison Sunstrum, of Grow-Safe Systems Ltd., and Dr. Jay Cross, associate dean of the University of Calgary's veterinary school, discuss how Grow-Safe's RFID-based monitoring systems extend beyond measuring feed efficiency by offering advancements in detection and treatment of sick cattle. FULL STORY »

Shopping for healthy genes

While beef producers, veterinarians and researchers have worked diligently to protect animal health, most of the focus has been on management factors such as using vaccines, minimizing stress, optimizing nutrition and reducing exposure to pathogens. FULL STORY »

Live from BIF: Selecting against sickness Play video

Research indicates potential for selecting cattle for resistance to bovine respiratory disease, and Dr. Allison Van Eenennaam, from the University of California -Davis, describes research into this complex but economically important trait. FULL STORY »

The value of BRD resistance

Among the discussions at this year’s Beef Improvement Federation Conference, genomic-enhanced selection, particularly for traits otherwise difficult to measure, commanded a top billing. FULL STORY »

Missouri, Texas A&M receive $14 million research grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded two major grants totaling more than $14 million to researchers at the University of Missouri and Texas A&M University for conducting research on Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) and feed efficiency. FULL STORY »

CattleSense: Healthy herd habits

It goes without saying that cattlemen care about the health of their herds. FULL STORY »

Ionophores aid stocker management

The grass is beginning to grow here in the southeast. Grass fever is beginning to push feeder calf prices up as folks begin the hunt for stocker calves. FULL STORY »

Passive immune status 24 hours post-calving

Animal and veterinary scientists working at the USDA experiment station at Clay Center, Nebraska monitored health events and growth performance in a population of range beef calves in order to identify associations of these factors with passive immune status. FULL STORY »

Cold Weather Cow Care

Winter brings a special set of challenges for cattle producers. The need for labor and management increase just as forage quality, feed availability, and hours of daylight available to get things done decrease. FULL STORY »

The Relationship of Bovine Respiratory Disease & Carcass Ultrasound Measures

Bovine respiratory disease has been identified as an economically relevant trait which lacks selection tools to reduce post-weaning incidence. The lack of sufficient field morbidity data has been a major obstruction to development of tools for genetic improvement. FULL STORY »

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