Watch your step: Recognizing common bovine hoof diseases

Warmer weather and wet conditions can create the perfect environment for lameness-inducing bacterial infections in cattle. Gregg Hanzlicek, veterinarian with Kansas State University’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, shares his tips for preventing, identifying and treating two hoof diseases. FULL STORY »

Optimizing reproductive performance

Rebreeding performance of the first calf heifer has major economic consequences. This classification of breeding animal is often the most challenging to manage for reproductive efficiency, primarily because this animal is not only subject to the stresses of calving and lactation for the first time but she is also still growing. FULL STORY »

Locomotion scoring: Speaking a common language

When producers identify lame animals in the herd, it is helpful to consult with a veterinarian using a common language to describe the observed signs of lameness. FULL STORY »

Closely monitor medicated mineral intake

Medicated minerals are available and frequently used to help prevent the blood-born disease, anaplasmosis. A consistent and appropriate intake of the mineral is critical to a successful anaplasmosis prevention program. FULL STORY »

Pinkeye in cattle

Pinkeye is a highly contagious infectious disease affecting the eyes of cattle. This common disease can vary in its severity from year to year. FULL STORY »

What can you do when a dog is threatening your livestock?

For most people, dogs are a very familiar part of the family. For farm families, dogs may even go beyond the family pet duties and help protect the assets of the farm - the livestock. FULL STORY »

Shade reduces cattle heat stress

Cattle will naturally seek shade when the temperature and humidity rise. In many parts of the U.S., shade is a necessity for grazing animals to maintain optimal performance. FULL STORY »

Scours – What are they?

The temperatures are warming up, we have gotten a little bit of rain, the grass is starting to grow, and your calves may be susceptible to scours, or diarrhea. FULL STORY »

Parker Joins IIAD Team

Elizabeth Parker, DVM, is bringing her unique experience in domestic and international animal health policy to the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD) where she will serve as the chief veterinarian effective August 18, 2014. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Start your calf vaccinations now

As calving winds down and calves are settled with their mammas, the inevitable day will come when the calves need to get a round of vaccinations. FULL STORY »

New genetic selection videos on Iowa Beef Center website

No matter how complex the gamut of information on breeding decisions available to producers, a simple and timely review of the basics can often help provide better understanding of the tools and processes. FULL STORY »

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