Strategic deworming can pad producer profits, improve herd health

Regardless of one’s location throughout the United States, a common goal among all cow-calf producers is wean a healthy calf crop each year. An important step in that process is controlling internal parasites throughout the herd. FULL STORY »

Insects represent a link for antibiotic resistance traits

Those pesky house flies buzzing around your home or invading your springtime picnic could be doing more harm to human health than you realize. FULL STORY »

Strategies to stamp out stable flies

Filth flies are a pain, especially stable flies that will travel several miles just to bite livestock, pets and people. They often attack the ankles and lower legs, inflicting sharp, stabbing bites. FULL STORY »

Transitioning the bull from "storage" into an athlete

In recent weeks we've spoke several times in this publication about the value of a bull's breeding soundness exam and the economic advantages of getting as many cows as possible bred early in the season. FULL STORY »

Livestock owners need to be alert for ‘hardware disease’

Livestock owners need to scan their pastures for storm debris that could prove fatal to their cattle, goats and horses, said Tom Troxel, associate head, animal science, for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. FULL STORY »

Fly control this spring

Spring has arrived and the warming temperatures bring new life, including flies. Controlling these pesky insects can be irritating for cattle farmers. There are many good products available to assist in fly control but they need to be applied properly to get expected results. FULL STORY »

Muddy pens cause decrease in cattle gains

Livestock producers may not be able to eliminate all the stress placed on herds by Mother Nature, but if they want to maximize animal performance they should make management decisions to minimize animal exposure to mud and provide protection from adverse weather conditions. FULL STORY »

Zoetis launches Calf Wellness initiative

Zoetis today announced the launch of Calf Wellness, a program that emphasizes Dairy Wellness solutions for all key calf and heifer growth stages, from newborn calves through pre-fresh heifers. The program focuses on five foundations of calf and heifer management: nutrition, disease management, reproduction, genetics and labor. FULL STORY »

Health and nutrition go hand in hand

There are many aspects to keeping a herd of cattle healthy. Vaccinations, worming, etc. are often what we think of. But if you want your calves to be born healthy next year and your cows to remain healthy and productive, nutrition is as important as anything. FULL STORY »

Getting cattle down the road safely

Whether it’s a cattle tractor-trailer load of stocker steers being hauled to a feedyard, or a stock trailer moving cows to summer pasture, precaution must be taken into consideration when transporting cattle. FULL STORY »

Scours in beef calves prevalent this spring

Although many beef producers experienced more than the usual number of hypothermia cases in calves born this year due to several days of sub-zero temperatures, scours is still the No. 1 neonatal calf disease producers will fight year after year, according to K-State veterinarian Gregg Hanzlicek. FULL STORY »

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