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 »

Tips and preparation for safe cattle hauling

Now that pastures are starting to green up and calves are growing, many producers are getting ready to haul their cow/calf pairs to summer pastures. FULL STORY »

When to castrate calves could affect weight later on

Time always is a precious commodity, not to mention having the necessary labor available to work cattle before taking cow-calf pairs to pasture. In the case of castrating bull calves at an early age, what happens if you don't get that done at an early age, say before pasture turn-out, does it really affect the bottom line? FULL STORY »

Plan ahead or fall behind

As we’ve seen all too often, livestock-related emergencies can come in many forms. From blizzards, floods, fires or deep-freeze, to highway accidents and the specter of foreign animal disease outbreaks, cattle operations face an array of natural and man-made threats. FULL STORY »

Worried About Hormones?

There are a lot of concerns and mixed messages about hormones in beef. There are a few things to keep in mind the next time you hear that beef contains too many hormones. FULL STORY »

Beef Quality Assurance: Does it really matter at branding?

Branding season is an important time of the year, not only for cattle health and well-being, but as a time for networking and fellowship with neighbors. With that networking comes a great responsibility to continue to work to provide a safe and wholesome product for the consumer. FULL STORY »

Reducing fly numbers on pastured cattle

As late spring approaches, livestock producers should evaluate and select pasture fly control options available for their specific management system. There are three fly species in Nebraska which could economically impact pastured livestock; the horn fly, face fly and stable fly. FULL STORY »

“Supershedders” role in spreading E. coli scrutinized

Though you can’t tell just by looking at them, some of the cattle grazing in a pasture, or noshing high-energy rations in a feedlot pen, may be “supershedders”—meaning they shed high levels of pathogenic Escherichia coli—such as E. coli O157:H7—in their manure. FULL STORY »

"More of the same" on cattle operations

The phrase “more of the same” gives an impression of a lack of progress, not changing from the status quo or not improving. More of the same can mean not adopting new technologies or not adapting to current and projected conditions and, in that sense, can be detrimental on cattle operations. FULL STORY »

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