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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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Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension, says farmers in southwest Missouri should be watching for symptoms of fescue foot in their cattle, especially as winter sets in and temperatures get colder.

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Feedlot operators are turning to veterinarians and nutritionists to help prepare cattle for the best defense against fall parasites.

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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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