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

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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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The old management adage “If you don’t measure it, you can’t improve it” holds true for many beef production traits. It is especially true for dystocia or calving difficulty.

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Around 10 years ago, employees at Carrousel Farms noticed spikes of scours among their 700 spring-born calves.

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Calving in the winter and early spring can be a challenge due to bad weather conditions and mud.Scouring calves at this time of year can also be a big concern for some operations.

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