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Herd Health

Find information about vaccination protocols, disease control, biosecurity, and working with your veterinarian on antibiotic treatment.

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During the height of the summer, cattle can face an increase in parasites – both internal and external – that can wreak havoc by disrupting feeding and slowing growth.

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It’s that time of year when routine “eye checks” are warranted – looking at both eyes of every animal to watch for signs of pinkeye.

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For all involved in the cattle industry, “heat” is a four-letter word. To truly understand the degree of heat your cattle are experiencing, four parameters must be recognized: solar radiation, wind speed, relative humidity and heat accumulation.

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Cattle throughout the U.S. are managed in a variety of ways during the summer, whether they are grazed on rangelands or irrigated pasture, or confined in a feedlot.

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Respiratory disease in cattle, also known as BRD, shipping fever or pneumonia, may cost the U.S. cattle industry over $2 billion annually. Management techniques can offset much of this cost, and having a good vaccination program can maintain the health of a calf all the way through the production system.

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Since the recently enacted changes in the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) rules, there is renewed interest in creating or improving the producer’s relationship with their veterinarian, which is surprising to me at least – I usually have a good relationship with my cattle vet.

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