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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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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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Cattle comfort directly influences herd performance. To enhance productivity this summer, producers are encouraged to minimize populations of horn, face and heel flies on their operations. Along with steady productivity, fly control can aid in the prevention of pinkeye – in a year predicted to see high levels of this issue.

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Many cow/calf operations with fall-born calves will wean the calves in mid- to late-June. Weaning during very hot summer weather is stressful enough to the calves. Therefore any management strategy that can reduce stress to the calves should be utilized. “Fenceline weaning” is such a strategy that should be applied.

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Terry Mader, extension beef cattle specialist at the University of Nebraska, discusses how to help alleviate heat stress in cattle during the summer.

The extended drought in the southern Plains and Southwest throughout 2010 and 2011 forced the dispersion of numerous cow herds.

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