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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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For millions of years, as the result of natural selection, ruminants developed the capability to obtain the greatest part of the energy necessary to reproduce and maintain vital function by ruminal microbial fermentation.

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The third trimester of a cow's life is crucial. In the last three months, the calf will put on 70 percent of its weight and the mother cow will not only need to prepare for the birth but for lactating and rebreeding. The cow is starting to produce colostrum, which can deplete primary resources used toward cow maintenance and fetal growth. 



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Keeping cattle healthy can be a challenge. For many decades, cattle producers have been using vaccination for prevention and anti-microbial drugs for treatment.

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The Step-Up Management Program, from Zinpro and Kansas State University's Beef Cattle Institute, starts with the Step-Up locomotion scoring system. This systematic approach is designed to properly identify the level of lameness within the feedlot.

With the continued drought conditions affecting many parts of Kansas, cattlemen and cattlewomen are scrambling to find ways to keep their cow herds intact.

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Bovine respiratory disease (BRD) complex is one of the most common diseases observed in feedlot cattle in the U.S. The USDA’s National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) feedlot data from 2011 estimated that an average of $23.60 per case was spent to treat diseased cattle.

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