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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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Lice are a common winter problem in cattle, especially in northern climates with cold weather and short winter days.

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Spring rise of internal parasites should be caught early

For most cattle producers, choosing whether or not to deworm their herds may be the easy part.

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As the spring calving season begins, the cows will show typical signs that will indicate parturition is imminent. Changes that are gradually seen are udder development, or making bag, and the relaxation and swelling of the vulva. These indicate the cow is due to calve in the near future.

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Spring calving is just around the corner, providing the promise of a new calf crop and excitement for the future. Steps taken today can set cows up for a successful calving season. However, poor preparation has a direct impact on the health and well-being of those calves as well as future reproductive performance of the herd, says Ted Perry, beef nutritionist with Purina Animal Nutrition LLC.

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Calf losses due to cold can result from both severely frostbitten parts as well as from freezing to death or hypothermia.

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As most cows are now out on stalks or winter pasture and in the stage where they don’t require much labor other than feeding supplement and/or hay and making sure they have access to open water, now is the time to begin planning for the calving season.

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