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Genetic selection for healthier cattle

The adoption of advanced genetic selection tools such as Expected Progeny Difference (EPD) has been one of the greatest success stories in improving productivity in the beef industry. The ability to select and find cattle that excel in growth while still delivering acceptable calving ease FULL STORY »

Cattle health during the dog days of summer: Pinkeye

Pinkeye in cattle is most commonly caused by the Moraxella bovis (M. bovis) bacteria, but there are other species like M. bovis’ younger sister, Moraxella bovoculi, that can come into play – and they’re not all covered by the same treatments. FULL STORY »

Don’t get blindsided by anaplasmosis

The golden days of summer are finally here! No more fighting snow, ice and mud to feed the cows every day. Calves are bucking and playing while their mothers fatten on the best forage of the year. FULL STORY »

LDAF Animal Health Advisory - Vesicular Stomatitis

Due to an increasing number of confirmed Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) cases in Texas, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry animal health officials are imposing enhanced requirements on livestock entering Louisiana from a state that has diagnosed cases of VS. FULL STORY »

Texas proposes new trich rules

During a Commission meeting on May 13, the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) adopted several proposed amendments to the state’s animal-health regulations, including several changes regarding trichomoniasis (trich) testing, herd certification and entry requirements for cattle. FULL STORY »

Disease Spotlight

Bovine viral diarrhea (BVD)

The BVD virus is a small, single-stranded RNA virus belonging to the genus Pestivirus. Two other animal viruses belong to this genus, namely the viruses that cause border disease (BD) in sheep and classical swine fever (CSF) in pigs.The virus that causes bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) was first identified in 1946. The disease is found throughout the world and its prevalence among animals exposed to the virus ranges from 30–80% in different countries and regions. Click here to find out more about BVD and other bovine/cattle diseases.

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