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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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The heat of summer may soon be over but the lasting effects of hot weather are far from behind us. Many cattle producers will begin to see the continued impact of this summer’s hot, dry weather as fall calving season begins.

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The rattlesnake is the most common poisonous snake in the U.S. and part of a larger family called pit vipers – which include the water moccasin, copperhead and cottonmouth. All of these can be dangerous to livestock.

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With calves valued at a premium in this marketing environment, it is important to ensure that as many of your breeding females as possible raise a calf to weaning.

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Stress caused by this summer’s drought across much of the country means that calves born this fall may have higher susceptibility to scours.

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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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