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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.

Keeping livestock healthy during a Texas winter

published: January 20th 2022 by: Mallory Pfeifer source: TVMDL

Texas winters are infamously fickle. Each year, weather conditions range from mild temperatures with high humidity to record-setting rain, sleet and sometimes snow. Sometimes, Texas livestock experience all of these weather conditions within the same week, presenting them with health challenges....

Why vaccines seem to fail

published: November 26th 2021 by: Gregg Hanzlicek, DVM source: Kansas Veterinary Diagnostic Lab

Vaccines are an essential tool to help optimize cattle health. Sometimes it appears that a particular vaccine or vaccine program has failed to protect individuals and prevent herd disease outbreaks.  Are there practices that can negatively impact vaccine effectiveness?     There are five broad areas that can negatively affect vaccine effectiveness: 1) Vaccine timing, 2) Vaccine administration, 3) Vaccine handling, 4) Vac-cine selection, 5) Biological reality....

Plan now for antibiotic changes on the horizon

published: November 26th 2021 by: Linda Geist source: University of Missouri

Columbia, Mo. – While 2023 might seem a long way off, it’s not too early for livestock producers think about how recent Food and Drug Administration guidance might affect their operations, says University of Missouri Extension veterinarian Craig Payne....

Bull breeding soundness evaluation

published: November 12th 2021 by: Lew Strickland, DVM

Are your bulls fit for service?     Failure to properly evaluate bulls prior to and during the breeding season can result in huge economic losses, yet it is estimated that only about 10 percent of beef bulls in the nation undergo a bull breeding soundness evaluation....

Five tips to keeping livestock vaccines viable on farm

published: November 12th 2021 by: Igrow

By Igrow     Vaccines are crucial to keeping livestock healthy and productive. While vaccines do not provide ab-solute protection, the “ad-ded insurance” helps stimulate the animal’s immune system and increases its ability to fight off an infection or lessen the impact of disease if it should occur....

Don’t short the small stuff in nutrition

published: October 29th 2021 by: Dr Katie Mason, University of Tennessee

Sometimes we take the small things for granted, and in cattle nutrition, the “small things” are minerals. Because they make up such a small portion of cattle nutritional needs, it is easy to think they may not be that important....

Developing a winter feeding program

published: October 29th 2021 by: Steve Boyles

Winter feed costs are the largest single expense in most livestock grazing production systems.  Extending the grazing to reduce the cost of feeding stored feed will greatly in-crease profits.  Labor can be reduced 25% or more....

Texas A&M veterinary lab wraps up chronic wasting disease surge testing

published: October 29th 2021

Emergency order requires performing more than 11,500 tests in 12 weeks... The Texas A&M Ve-terinary Medical Diag-nostic Laboratory, TVMDL, recently accomplished a testing milestone in the ongoing battle to curb the deadly disease in white-tailed deer known as chronic wasting disease, CWD....

Applying game-based learning to animal disease preparedness

published: September 27th 2021 by: Kerry Halladay source: Texas AgriLife Today

  Fifty years ago, the strategy-based game Oregon Trail hit classrooms around the country. Anyone who has played the game knows that crossing a river in the wrong place at the wrong time or other poor decisions along the trail can end the game....

Disease testing new additions to a herd

published: September 21st 2021 by: Derinda Blakeney source: Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Adding new herd members represents a significant investment. Typically, producers spend a great deal of time evaluating pedigrees, genomics and phenotypic appearance. However, don’t overlook the health status of the individual animal....

Vaccine workshop leads veterinarians in foot-and-mouth disease planning

published: June 18th 2021 by: Kerry Halladay source: Texas AgriLife Today

The Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases, IIAD, a unit of Texas A&M AgriLife, and Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, CVMBS, recently hosted a virtual foot-and-mouth disease, FMD, vaccine tabletop exercise....

Horses need up-to-date West Nile virus vaccinations

published: June 17th 2021 by: Don Stotts source: Oklahoma State University Ag Communications Service

Horses account for about 97% of reported non-human mammalian cases of West Nile virus encephalitis, according to the American Association of Equine Practitioners, underscoring the need for horse owners to employ sound animal-health-management strategies....

Keep watch on obese horses eating green forage

published: May 20th 2021 by: Don Stotts source: Oklahoma State University Ag Communications Service

   Obesity in horses is never a desired condition, but especially so for animals that have developed equine metabolic syndrome (EMS), a condition similar to Type II Diabetes in people.      Springtime can be especially hard for horses that suffer from EMS because the disorder is associated with insulin deregulation that can promote increased fat deposition and a reduced ability to lose weight, said Kris Hiney, Oklahoma State University Extension equine specialist....

Rabies continues to be a threat to pets and livestock

published: May 13th 2021 by: Dr. Meredyth Jones source: Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine

A colleague of mine says every skunk she’s submitted for testing has come back positive for rabies. Livestock producers and their families, who routinely interact with wild and domestic animals, are at particular risk....

Bull breeding soundness should be tested after Winter Storm Uri

published: April 2nd 2021 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Texas AgriLife Today

AgriLife Extension experts: Potential increased BSE failures due to frostbite Winter Storm Uri could have long-term effects on Texas’ cattle herd. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialists recently expressed concerns about bull reproductive soundness being affected by frostbite....

Cattle producers should know signs of foot rot in livestock

published: March 25th 2021 by: Don Stotts source: Oklahoma State University Ag Communications Service

Excessive rain is a signal for cattle producers to keep an eye out for lameness in their animals, the first sign of foot rot. Foot rot is a painful condition that can become chronic if treatment is not provided, allowing for other aspects of the animal’s health to be affected as well, said Dr....

Livestock merit second look for latent storm effects

published: March 5th 2021 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Texas AgriLife Today

The ice has disappeared and pastures are drying, but cattle producers should not consider Winter Storm Uri something of the past. Livestock should continue to be watched as the weather warms, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts....

Freeze aftereffects on cattle

published: March 5th 2021 by: Dr. Joe C. Paschal source: ICA Of Texas

A friend and colleague of mine, Dr. Ted McCol-lum, who was an Extension Beef Cattle Specialist in Amarillo for many years but is now retired to ranching in New Mexico, came up with many of these after a blizzard hit the Texas Panhandle in late 2015....

Calving management and reducing calf losses in beef herds

published: February 19th 2021 by: By Steve Niemeyer, Nebraska Extension ed

Every year a significant number of calves are lost at birth due to complications of parturition (calving).  The most common factor in loss due to dystocia is time delay of delivery leading to lack of oxygen to the calf....

Equine Infectious Anemia confirmed in Dallas County horse

published: February 8th 2021 source: Texas Animal Health Commission

AUSTIN, TX – Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) officials confirmed equine infectious anemia (EIA) in one Quarter Horse on a Dallas County premises on January 26, 2021. This is the first confirmed case of EIA in Texas this year....

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