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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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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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In the cattle business, less sickness equals higher profits in every segment of the industry. The pharmaceutical companies have done a great job providing the cattle producer with a variety of products to control morbidity.

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Most operations have some sort of herd health program. Every outfit lays a claim to shot-giving, pour-on strategies or a program that takes in the big picture of complete herd health.

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Foot rot causes swelling, heat and inflammation in the foot, resulting in severe pain. Swelling and lameness appear suddenly.

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Remember how your arm or some other part of your anatomy felt the last time you got a flu shot or some other shot? Did the area hurt a little?

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Producers who regularly deal with high-risk cattle — those animals that may weigh a little less or have been commingled with others from different backgrounds — have seen what Mycoplasma bovis can do to cattle health. However, even the best-prepared operations can experience the disease.

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