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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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When to calve is a decision that has many factors, and much has been written and discussed about this question. This article will focus more on advantages and challenges of fall calving than on an in-depth comparison of the best season of the year for calving.

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Occasionally, a cow loses a calf at birth or a calf loses its mother, and you need to “graft” the orphan or a substitute calf onto another cow to raise.

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Looking over your replacement heifers each spring makes you feel proud of what a fine job you did selecting and growing them since weaning.

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For the past few years, drought conditions have affected producers and cattle across several regions. Typically, cattle can survive a year-long drought, and the environmental and nutritional stress, and have enough reserve to bounce back. However, when the stress continues during multiple seasons, their reserves are drained.

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When a calf enters the world, it has no protection from pathogens. Unfortunately, calves are not born into sanitary environments, so the need to fight off these pathogens starts almost immediately.

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Ranch horses are sometimes used only twice a year, during spring and fall roundups, and allowed to loaf during the rest of the year.

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