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Find information about vaccination protocols, disease control, biosecurity, and working with your veterinarian on antibiotic treatment.

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Area cattle owners have probably noticed some funny spots on the head or neck of their cattle from time to time. According to Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension, novice cattle producers may not recognize those mystery spots as either ringworm or warts.

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Infectious diseases cost cattle producers millions of dollars each year through decreased performance, treatment costs and death loss.

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Your February article by Heather Smith Thomas (“The three P’s in a calving 911”) quoted veterinarian Robert Callan, who says a prolapsed uteruses is a one-time event.

That’s the first time I’ve heard this. In over 50 years in the business, I’ve been told to cull those cows and their offspring, and that a prolapsed uterus is from a genetic defect in the muscle tone of the animal. —Ed from Wyoming

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As we learn more about the genetics of cattle and gain the tools to find specific genes that affect various traits and differences in animals, we are developing the ability to test individuals and select for (or against) certain traits.

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What is a BVD surveillance plan?

A program that emphasizes the importance of educating beef cattle producers about how to control the infectious disease BVD.

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Your keys to handling bovine viral diarrhea virus

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