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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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If you own cattle, at some point you will drive out in the pasture and find one with all four feet in the air – or close to it. For stocker or backgrounding cattle producers accustomed to working with newly purchased, highly stressed animals either from the sale barn or from an order buyer, this is not uncommon.

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There’s a good chance you’ve spent a good bit of time and resources getting your ducks in a row nutritionally to improve the odds of your cattle staying healthy and thriving. Maybe you know the nutrient values of your feeds and have worked with a nutritionist to make sure rations are balanced for energy, protein, minerals and vitamins for every situation.

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The industry is turning to earlier vaccinations for common maladies to give calves a better start and heavier weaning weights.

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In many parts of the country, cold-stressed calves are almost inevitable during the former weeks of spring calving.

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Disposition (temperament) has been defined as the usual attitude or mood of an animal or the tendency of an animal to act in a specific way.

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You’ve treated calves before, and you know the dose on the label is effective. But this one slipped through the cracks; he’s sicker than most you’ve treated. Why not give him a few extra ccs? It can’t hurt, right? Actually, it can.

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