John Maday

The hidden costs of sub-clinical BRD

When calves are pulled and treated for bovine respiratory disease (BRD) in a feedyard or backgrounding operation, or when calves die from the disease, the costs to the operation are fairly well defined. However, animals with BRD that remain undetected and untreated can result in significant losses in terms of performance and carcass value. FULL STORY »

Impact of BVD on feedyard cattle

Bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) virus can cause severe reproductive losses in cow herds, particularly when a persistently infected (PI) calf survives and continuously exposes the rest of the herd to the virus. During the recent Academy of Veterinary Consultants conference, Michigan State University veterinarian Dan Grooms, DVM, PhD, DACVM, outlined research showing the BVD virus also can cause significant losses during the finishing phase. FULL STORY »

Update on FDA antibiotics policy

During the recent Academy of Veterinary Consultants conference, William Flynn, DVM, MS, deputy director for science policy at FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, updated veterinarians on the FDA’s efforts to ensure judicious use of antibiotics in food animals. FULL STORY »

The veterinarian’s role in nutritional consulting Play video

Purdue University veterinarian Mark Hilton believes nutritional consulting with cow-calf clients offers an excellent opportunity for veterinarians to expand their services and enhance their clients’ profits. During the recent Academy of Veterinary Consultants conference, he outlined the potential benefits. FULL STORY »

Selection for disease resistance

Among the complexities inherent in the bovine respiratory disease syndrome (BRDS), a genetic component leaves some animals more susceptible, or more resistant, than average. FULL STORY »

Summer BRD in pre-weaned calves Play video

Now is the time to watch for respiratory problems in calves, and respond quickly to any outbreak. Mississippi State University veterinarian David Smith outlines how maternal antibodies decline in calves by around 90 to 120 days of age, potentially resulting in outbreaks of summer pneumonia. FULL STORY »

BRD trends

During the recent Bovine Respiratory Disease Syndrome (BRDS) symposium in Denver, Mike Engler, PhD, CEO, president and chairman of the board at Cactus Feeders, presented data showing BRD trends in Cactus feedyards over the past 13 years. FULL STORY »

Honoring vision and grit in cattle feeding Play video

Last week the Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame inducted its fifth class of visionary cattle feeders and honored industry leaders and outstanding feedyard employees. FULL STORY »

“Whisper” system for BRD diagnosis

One of the most challenging aspects of controlling bovine respiratory disease syndrome (BRDS) is the difficulty in diagnosing the disease, particularly in its early stages when treatment is most effective. FULL STORY »

New Zilmax studies find no ill effects

It was just one year ago when concerns surfaced over possible adverse effects of the beta agonist Zilmax on feedyard cattle. FULL STORY »

Cattle Fax: Market strength will persist

Short supplies of beef and competing meats likely will keep cattle prices at or near record highs at least through 2015, says Cattle Fax analyst Kevin Good, who updated feedyard owners and managers during the Merck Animal Health Cattle Feeders Business Summit in Denver this week. FULL STORY »

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