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

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For years, cattle producers have castrated bull calves as early as possible to reduce stress and minimize the interruption in calf growth. Recently, there has been some interest in delaying castration.

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The problems caused by drought in the South are no secret. Farmers and ranchers across several states are trying to hold on to their herds.

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The majority of U.S. cow-calf producers spend time and money to add some level of “value” to their calves before selling each fall.

Historically, this has included using basic management practices including dehorning, castration and using superior genetics for growth, as well as selling calves in larger groups that are similar in age, weight, color and type.

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When most people think about cow-calf operations, they visualize wide open spaces, green grass, horse and rider and a beautiful environment.

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Three producers share how they've focused on biosecurity practices to control BVD virus in their herds.

BVD virus is a real threat to cow-calf operations - it's not just something that happens on other ranches. That was the message conveyed by three producers who shared their experiences in combating BVD (bovine viral diarrhea) virus during the U.S. BVDV Symposium held this past January in Phoenix, AZ.

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Novartis Animal Health US, Inc. has created a new website focused exclusively on scours prevention in beef and dairy calves. The website, www.scourbos.com, features Scour Bos, a broad-spectrum vaccine that protects against the most common bacterial and viral pathogens that cause calf scours.

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