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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 a calf hits the ground, there are already hundreds of dollars invested. It just makes sense to protect that investment.

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Spring calving season is just around the corner, so it’s not too early to start preparing. “Instruments used in handling calving problems should be in good repair, clean and sterile,” says Floron Faries, DVM, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

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With calving season upon us for the spring-calving operations, producers, ranchers, cowboys and veterinarians are all on alert. Things can go wrong, and no one wants to risk losing the calf, the dam or in the worst scenario, both.

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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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