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Find information about vaccination protocols, disease control, biosecurity, and working with your veterinarian on antibiotic treatment.

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Bovine respiratory disease (BRD), also known as shipping fever, is one of the most prevalent and economically significant diseases within the beef cattle industry. Treatment rates of cattle in feedlots for respiratory disease is more than all other diseases combined, with recent years realizing a marked increase in the disease.

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The goal of a biosecurity plan on both beef and dairy farms is to protect animals from disease and maintain herd health to proudly produce a safe, wholesome and healthy beef product for our consumer’s plate.

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We are in the fall run, the busiest time of the year for American and Canadian feedlots. Thousands of calves are entering the production system and will become, in just a few months, wholesome and healthy beef.

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The use of antibiotics in the livestock industry has provided a hot topic for media and imposed government regulations. Current measures have been set in motion to reduce and further regulate antibiotic usage through the Guidance for Industry #213 plan released by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in December of 2013.

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Protecting one’s assets is another term for fall calf vaccinations. One does not need to view very many market reports to understand that the asset value of a calf has gone up. In other words, calves are worth good money.

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Instructors at Iowa State University share with Progressive Cattleman the method using anesthetics and quick removal tools in calf castration.