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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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There are several ways to castrate calves. Regardless of method, it’s generally less stressful for the animal at a young age. Daryl Meyer, a veterinarian in North Platte, Nebraska, says his preference is the earlier, the better – and the cleaner, the better.

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By now it is well established that despite greater knowledge of animal health and management, analytical abilities and advanced antibiotic technologies, morbidity and mortality has increased over the past 10-plus years.

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While the headline sounds rather dramatic, it is true that the nutritional management of your herd in late gestation (the three months prior to calving) can have long-term effects.

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When Oklahoma cattleman Jeffrey Lynch realized he was “leaving money on the table,” he decided to change his marketing strategy. Lynch runs 70 cows on 460 acres near Perry, Oklahoma.

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Research overwhelmingly supports the concept of fetal programming. With so much at stake, cow-calf producers must take time to understand the stages of fetal development.

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Before we get too far into this, I have a confession: I can’t actually predict the future. I don’t know exactly what antibiotic use will look like in beef production of the future.

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