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As recent history has shown, illnesses, diseases and pandemics can strike the human population almost without warning. The U.S. beef industry isn’t immune from its own health challenges.

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There has been a lot of discussion about late-term death loss in finishing cattle in recent years. There are obvious economic consequences of losing an animal that has been on feed for a long period of time, and those costs increase as feeder prices and feed costs increase.

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Heart failure has been emerging as an increasingly important disease in feedlot cattle. There are many causes of heart failure in cattle, including exposure to low oxygen levels at high elevations, bacterial infections of the heart muscle and toxins that affect cardiac function.

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One challenge in the livestock industry is keeping animals healthy, and a key factor is being able to detect illness early and treat early with less stress and setback for the animal and less cost to the producer.

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For over two decades, rural America has faced a crisis very few are talking about: a shortage of veterinarians. This shortage puts stress on both veterinarians and producers, affecting the entire food animal system.

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It’s that time of year when many producers will begin weaning calves, and new cattle will be entering stocker and feedlot operations. During this stretch, stress is the number one issue that will influence health and performance.

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