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 »

Fly control/pinkeye prevention needs to be continuous

With the grazing season well underway, most cattlemen have strategically planned their fly control program, focused primarily on pinkeye prevention. Obviously, cow/calf comfort and increased production are always considerations of fly-control programs but anyone who has witnessed the results of a pinkeye outbreak knows the discomfort and lost performance that occur. FULL STORY »

Summer pneumonia in the beef herd

Over the past several years, respiratory disease in pre-weaned calves on pasture has been increasingly identified in beef herds. These outbreaks tend to be unpredictable, occurring in well-managed herds as well as in not-so-well-managed herds. As such, they are frustrating for cattle producers and veterinarians alike. 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 »

Industry Analysis: Prebiotics in the Animal Feed Market

Prebiotics are non-digestible food ingredients that are responsible to fuel growth of few specific species of bacteria in the gut of animals. Generally this bacteria is probiotic which helps to improve the digestive track and support immune system in animals. FULL STORY »

Lameness in Cattle: Causes associated with injury

Most cattle in feedlots and pastures are exposed to many potential causes of injury. If cattle can successfully avoid getting hurt from feedbunks, fences, corral panels, waterers and other equipment, there are always other herdmates to present a potential hazard (e.g., bulls fighting with each other). FULL STORY »

Beta Agonists Part 1: Working to resolve the issue

The Cattle Industry Summer Conference usually is a fairly quiet, policy- and business-focused event, but now and then something happens to shake things up. That was the case last August in Denver, when the feed additive Zilmax quickly became the hot topic of discussion. FULL STORY »

Iowa Beef Center offers online heifer development resources

With the cow herd at the smallest level since 1962, recent moderation in grain prices, and optimism for growth in domestic and export demand, the stage is set for expansion of the national beef cow herd. FULL STORY »

Beware of cold winter’s impact on calving, lactation periods

The harsh winter's effects on cow-calf operations may linger unless producers take the right measures to ensure their animals' nutritional needs are being properly met, according to an expert from Ohio State University's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. FULL STORY »

Winter conditions now could mean even higher beef costs later

The record-breaking arctic cold experienced throughout the region this winter could mean less productive breeding among beef cattle this spring. FULL STORY »

The third stage of calving: Shedding of fetal membranes

The process of “calving” or parturition in beef cattle is defined by three stages. Stage I occurs about 4 to 24 hours prior to calving. FULL STORY »

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