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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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You’ve treated calves before, and you know the dose on the label is effective. But this one slipped through the cracks; he’s sicker than most you’ve treated. Why not give him a few extra ccs? It can’t hurt, right? Actually, it can.

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When Idaho-based grazing consultant Jim Gerrish talks about his time spent in Australia, one of the biggest cross-cultural differences he highlights is the Australian producers’ approach to calving trouble.

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Broken bones are sometimes seen in cattle, especially young calves, such as accidents when a cow steps on its calf and breaks a leg or a limb fractured due to excessive and improper pressure applied pulling a calf.

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Calving season will start soon, and beef producers are preparing themselves for less sleep each night. Nearly 90 percent of beef producers regularly observe cows and heifers during calving.

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Recent headlines read, “World Health Organization calls for ban on preventative uses of antibiotics in livestock.” Product labels and even restaurant menus read, “raised without antibiotics.”

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At one point or another, nearly every cattleman will experience the not-so-joyous occasion of twins on the ranch. Understanding the cause and effect of this phenomenon can help breeders make decisions to impact a herd’s long-term reproductive success.

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