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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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Sometimes it’s the small details that are the most important; take vaccine storage and handling for example. Just a slight misstep and the vaccine you’re relying on to protect your herd could be rendered useless. As branding season approaches and producers start to consider calfhood and pre-breeding vaccinations, it’s worthwhile to refresh your memory on proper vaccine management.

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Ticks continually rob profits from beef cattle producers in several ways. Economic losses include reduced weight gain, diminished reproductive efficiency, increased costs for disease treatment and hide damage.

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Most people think of damage as a tornado blowing through or a wildfire spreading across acres of land. Others imagine a wrecking ball tearing down an old building. For people in Texas, damage can be depicted by a group of wild pigs, a thought far more threatening than you would think.

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A 10 percent calf crop – just the thought can make even the toughest rancher cringe. Although it sounds like a nightmare or a poorly managed cow herd, it’s actually what some Western ranchers are battling due to a tick-transmitted disease commonly referred to as “foothill abortion” or epizootic bovine abortion.

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Ticks are one of the more unpleasant members of the arachnid (spiders, mites) family. They live on the blood of other animals, cause great discomfort, spread disease, cause anemia and lead to infections.

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Flies are a pest problem in feedlots and dairies – they not only reduce animal performance but can also make confinement operations a pest to their neighbors.

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