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A lot goes into caring for cattle, and it’s important to remember the most valuable nutrient to keeping them healthy—fresh water. Making sure our cattle have a daily source of clean water to drink is an involved task on its own, but maintaining our water sources in a sustainable way is vital to protecting the environment and preserving our lifestyles as cattle owners.

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Internal parasite control is part of every herd health management plan, and it should be. Animals with heavy internal parasite burdens experience weight loss, reduced feed efficiency, decreased conception rates and even death.

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We have billion-dollar problems in the beef industry. Here are a few of the commonly reported billion-dollar hits we take annually: fescue toxicosis, bovine respiratory disease (BRD) and, surprisingly, flies.

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Where will your calves be three months from now? What about six months from now? It is never too early to start thinking about castrating calves, sending steers off to the feedlot or whatever the next step in your operation is.

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Most would agree, an ounce prevention is worth a pound of cure. This statement is spot-on when considering newborn calf health. Calf scours is defined as diarrhea occurring within the first three weeks of life.

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There are several ways to castrate calves. Regardless of method, it’s generally less stressful for the animal at a young age. Daryl Meyer, a veterinarian in North Platte, Nebraska, says his preference is the earlier, the better – and the cleaner, the better.

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