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This section carries late breaking information relating to the field of animal health. Here you will find articles written on cattle parasites, cattle dewormer, herd health, herd management and veterinary advice. If you have an animal health concern, we have information on animal health products and services submitted by animal health companies.

Prevent external parasites from sucking the life out of your herd

published: October 30th 2020 source: Beef Cattle Research Council

External parasites, such as lice, ticks and flies, live on and feed off their host animal. Parasites can cause stress and irritation, reduc-ed weight gain, and production losses in beef cattle, and can also be a vector for diseases....

Diagnosing hardware disease

published: September 29th 2020 by: Dr. Meredyth Jones source: Oklahoma State University Extension

While you may have heard of a cow being diagnosed with hardware disease, many misunderstandings exist about this syndrome.  Hardware disease occurs after an animal ingests a metallic object that then perforates the wall of the reticulum....

Anthrax confirmed in an Armstrong County bull

published: September 18th 2020

AUSTIN, TX – Texas Animal Health Commis-sion (TAHC) officials received confirmation of anthrax in one bull on an Armstrong County premises on Sept. 4, 2020. This is the second Texas county to have a confirmation; an-thrax was confirmed in Briscoe County in August....

Producers should follow recommended veterinary practices for dehorning cattle

published: September 4th 2020 by: Don Stotts source: Oklahoma State University Extension

Producers with horned cattle should develop and implement a dehorning plan that improves efficiency and animal well-being, Oklahoma State Univer-sity experts said.     “A successful plan involves the use of a written protocol, knowledgeable and skilled personnel and ways to minimize stress and promote healing,” said Dr....

Noble Research Institute moves to demonstrate heterosis in their cow herds

published: September 4th 2020 by: Jeralyn Novak source: Beefmaster Breeders United

ARDMORE, Okla. – Heterosis is an often-overlooked production and financial advantage that many commercial cattle producers are not utilizing. Maternal heterosis can be measured in several ways: stayability of the cow, cow lifetime productivity, in-crease in calving and weaning rates, increase in calf weighing weight, and a subsequent increase of weaning weight per exposed cow....

How to use a veterinary diagnostic laboratory effectively

published: September 3rd 2020 by: Dr. Michelle Arnold source: University of Kentucky Extension Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

Unusual or unexplained sickness and death loss of farm animals is an unavoidable occurrence for all producers at some point. Whether it is one animal affected suddenly or multiple animals developing symptoms of disease in a short span of time, most producers want to find the cause, the best effective treatment and how to prevent reoccurrence....

Purdue gets money to develop sensor technology for BRD

published: July 16th 2020 source: Purdue University

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Bovine respiratory disease (BRD), one of the most prevalent and costly illnesses in the beef and dairy industries, accounts for about half of all feedlot deaths in North America and costs producers as much as $900 million a year....

Vesicular Stomatitis: What you need to know

published: June 30th 2020 source: Oklahoma State University Extension

Veterinary Medicine warns animal owners that vesicular stomatitis continues to threaten Oklahoma livestock. A viral disease that primarily affects horses and cattle and occasionally pigs, sheep, goats, llamas and alpacas, vesicular stomatitis cases have been confirmed as close as south central Kansas....

Lab opens to assist sheep, goat producers

published: June 22nd 2020 by: Susan Himes source: Texas AgriLife Today

Texas A&M AgriLife Research opened a Fecal Egg Count Laboratory on June 15 to assist sheep and goat producers in making genetic selection decisions. The FEC Lab is housed at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in San Angelo....

Remember proper injection sites when working calves

published: June 12th 2020 source: Oklahoma State University Extension

Many cow-calf operators are in the process of or getting ready to castrate male calves, immunize every calf against blackleg and respiratory diseases, and in some situations, booster yearlings.     Correct administration of any injection is a critical control point in beef production and animal health, said Dr....

Notice to livestock owners: cattle fever ticks spreading in South Texas

published: May 29th 2020

AUSTIN, TX – The Texas Animal Health Com-mission (TAHC) and the United States Department of Agriculture, Cattle Fever Tick Eradication Program (USDA-CFTEP) have seen an increase of fever tick confirmations outside of established quarantined areas in South Texas....

Warm weather means more ticks

published: May 29th 2020

Texans, take care outdoors: AgriLife Extension expert... As the warm weather draws more and more Texans outdoors, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts want people to be aware of the danger ticks pose....

Cattle fever tick numbers on the rise

published: May 21st 2020 by: Susan Himes source: Texas AgriLife Today

An announcement from the Texas Animal Health Commission, TAHC, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cattle Fever Tick Eradication Program, USDA-CFTEP, that cattle fever tick infestations have spread outside the permanent quarantine zone prompted concern from AgriLife experts, who last dealt with a large outbreak in 2017....

Three good reasons for early castration of bull calves

published: May 1st 2020 by: Kevin Laurent, beef Extension specialist

These are challenging times market wise and it is easy to dwell on the negative and become complacent in our management. But in times like these we really need to explore every avenue to add value to our calves....

Coronavirus: Human strain causes fear, but domestic livestock strains are routine

published: March 6th 2020 by: Kay Ledbetter, Texas AgriLife Today

While wildlife may be source of China outbreak, livestock coronaviruses are common worldwide  Many people are hearing about coronavirus for the first time as the China strain, COVID-19, affecting humans causes concern all across the world....

What’s Next for Food Animal Antibiotics?

published: February 28th 2020 by: Dr.Michelle Arnold source: UK Veterinary Diagnostic Labroatory

What is “antibiotic resistance”? When an antibiotic is no longer useful against an infection because the targeted bacteria changed in some way that protected it from the effects of the drug (antibiotic), this is referred to as “antibiotic resistance”....

Testing your beef cattle for Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus

published: February 20th 2020 by: Russ Daly source: Igro

Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus (BVDV) is among the most important patho-gens affecting today’s beef and dairy cattle operations. Associated with reproductive, digestive, and respiratory illnesses in cattle, the virus can also create a congenital, persistent infection in calves, greatly aiding the virus’ spread within and between herds....

Cattle Disease Traceability continues advancing

published: February 20th 2020

Cattle organizations from major beef producing regions launch U.S. CattleTrace MANHATTAN, Kan. – Multiple state cattlemen’s organizations from major beef producing regions have partnered together to form U....

Novel Coronavirus and livestock: Is there a connection?

published: February 20th 2020 by: Russ Daly source: Igrow

When reports of the novel coronavirus epidemic in China first hit the U.S., very few people had likely heard of coronaviruses, with some notable exceptions: cattle producers and their veterinarians.     It’s not that people involved with cattle health have any particular insight into the increasing human toll the novel coronavirus is inflicting overseas....

Willacy County dipping vat is now open to the public

published: January 10th 2020

Austin, TX – The Texas Animal Health Commis-sion (TAHC) is pleased to announce, the Willacy County dipping vat is open and ready to receive cattle for fever tick treatment.      “The TAHC hopes the new dipping vat will provide cattlemen near, and within the Willacy County fever tick quarantine area, a convienent way to protect and treat their herds for fever ticks,” said Dr....

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