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

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The single-most important factor in the survival of beef calves immediately after birth is receiving adequate colostrum and the protective antibodies it contains.

Calves are born without any significant level of antibody protection and the only way a calf can access life-saving antibodies and other important immune factors is through the ingestion of colostrum from its mother in the first few hours after birth.

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Cattle producers rely on vaccines to protect their cattle against diseases that negatively impact cattle health and production.

The cost of a comprehensive vaccination program is low compared to the potential dollar losses associated with the diseases themselves.

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Weaning time brings cattle producers one step closer to their paycheck for that calf crop – so they know how important it is to ensure calf health.

Most producers agree that weaning success isn’t about fancy techniques; it’s simply about doing the basic management strategies right.

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The parasite, Cooperia, has become the most prevalent internal parasite in U.S. cow-calf operations according to research data from USDA’s National Animal Health Monitoring Service (NAHMS) Beef 2007-2008 cow-calf survey. The effects of Cooperia on cattle productivity, however, have largely gone unchecked. Fortunately, a newly published research study – completed by leading U.S. parasitologists and sponsored by Merck Animal Health – brings to light the negative impact Cooperia can have on productivity if a deworming program is leaving these worms behind.

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Heat, humidity and windless days are bad news for cattle. Actually, high heat and humidity are not good for most living things. A new record was set in North Dakota for the low minimum daily temperature when the thermometer failed to fall below 70 degrees.

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It’s well-documented that calf preconditioning programs can help cow/calf producers boost their profitability on sale day ­— even to the tune of an extra $6.38 per cwt.Adding icing to the cake, calf preconditioning also has been shown to positively affect feeder calf performance.

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