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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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On a recent visit to the heart of the swine industry, a producer and I were talking about the importance of biosecurity on his finishing operations. He was frustrated and was focused on doing more to keep diseases out of his barns.

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Johne's disease (pronounced yo-KNEES) is a condition of cattle and all other ruminants (both domestic and wild) that causes chronic diarrhea, weight loss, infertility, and eventual death in animals that are infected years earlier.

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The U.S. Drought Monitor continues to show the spread of severe and extreme drought into larger areas of cow-calf country. Producers are seeing the effects of more heat, reduced forage quality and dwindling water supplies in the cows and calves.

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Heat stress – and subsequent loss of production from lower weight gain (and death loss) – costs cattle producers millions of dollars each summer.

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Oklahoma State University beef nutritionists studied the effects of deworming and protein supplementation during late-summer on performance of fall-born heifers grazing native warm-season pastures.

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In 1928, the Scottish scientist Alexander Fleming discovered the antibiotic properties of the fungus Penicillium notatum, now known as Penicillium chrysogenum.

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