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Calving season brings the joy of newborns on the farm. Managing the health and development of these calves encompasses many different factors but one nutrient that is often overlooked, or taken for granted, is water.

Whether you are running a cow-calf farm on pasture or are raising deacon calves, water plays an essential role in a calf’s development which in turn affects their overall health and wellbeing.

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Fly season is almost upon us. These little pests cause significant loss of production (aka less weight gain) and spread disease readily. If you do not control fly pressure on your livestock, you’re leaving real money on the table.

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The ruminant digestive system is as complex as it is important to beef and dairy production. Understanding how the gastrointestinal (GI) tract functions, how it contributes to overall ruminant health and what to do when it’s compromised are critical to the success of your herd. After all, a healthier GI tract helps improve performance, prevent leaky gut and mitigate stress — all of which lead to healthier cows and profits.

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Getting the highest value for your calves isn’t just about the things you’re doing right. It’s also based upon what you’re not trying at all.

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We often approach every calving season by addressing parts of the management or farm puzzle. And there is value in doing that.

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Respiratory problems in cattle include diphtheria, the infection or inflammation of vocal folds of the larynx (voice box) at the back of the throat.

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