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

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Jan. 1, 2017, marked a turning point for the U.S. livestock industry regarding the acquisition and handling of antibiotics. Amendments to the preceding Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) now necessitate veterinarian oversight of many commonly used antibiotics that were previously available over-the-counter, and “production use” statements have been removed from product labels.

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Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is no light topic for anyone involved in U.S. beef production, with good reason. Economic analysts estimate an FMD outbreak stateside to cost the industry billions of dollars in a 12-month time span in the event of a crisis.

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With calving season near, hopefully the barns are ready and you’re finding ways to stay warm between calf checks. The beginning of calving season always seems to start before you are ready, but by the end of the season, warmer weather and green grass seems to not show up soon enough.

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As producers anticipate a new calf crop, they continue to consider the needs of their livestock. This includes castration of bull calves. So when is the best time to castrate?

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In the video below, Zoetis veterinarian Robin Falkner talks about the future of antibiotic use and how good management plays into that.

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Scours: To those in the cow world, scours is a four-letter word.

Technically speaking, scours is diarrhea in young calves, typically occurring within the first two months.

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