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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.

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....

Importance of passive immunity for calves

published: January 27th 2021 source: Beef Cattle Browsing

    Scientists at the U. S....

Detecting lameness in horses

published: January 12th 2021 by: Mike J. Schoonover, DVM, MS, DACVS-LA, D source: Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Lameness is the most common ailment that horses suffer. In fact, lameness is estimated to cost U.S. horse owners more than $1 billion every year.   Lameness can be described as an abnormal walk, usually noted by an asymmetry in movement....

Foreign animal diseases of concern: foot and mouth disease

published: January 4th 2021 by: Dr. Rosslyn Biggs source: Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Although the United States has not had foot and mouth disease (FMD) since 1929, it’s still affecting livestock elsewhere around the world — and that could return it here. According to the World Animal Health Organization, FMD circulates in 77 percent of the global livestock population, including in areas in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and South America....

On-the-ranch herd health programs support healthy cattle markets

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

Cow-calf producers have embraced management strategies that make their livestock a better value to the rest of the U.S. beef cattle industry, but Bovine Respiratory Disease continues to be an area where improvement is needed....

Beef cow nutrition during calving and early lactation

published: November 27th 2020 by: Ken Olson and Adele Harty, Igrow source: Igrow

Nutritional management of the cow herd is more important during the periods of late pregnancy and early lactation than any other. It has a huge impact on the performance of both the cow and the newborn calf....

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....

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