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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.

Improper mosquito control on livestock can do more harm than good, expert warns

published: September 14th 2017 by: Steve Byrns source: Texas AgriLife Today

  STEPHENVILLE — In an effort to save their livestock from the torment caused by the plague of mosquitoes in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, some producers are making the mistake of misusing chemicals to control the pests, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert....

Controlling Flies

published: July 26th 2017 source: Fly Control Center

With summer upon us, so are the problems associated with fly infestations of cattle. Economic losses occur because flies torment cattle, sucking blood from the animals and spreading diseases such as pinkeye....

Fight face flies that carry pinkeye bacteria

published: July 20th 2017 by: Robert Waggener source:

  The economic injury level of face flies, a common pest of pastured cattle, is only 10 insects per animal. However, when face flies (Musca autumnalis) are carrying the bacterium that causes pinkeye, as is the case this season in several areas across the country, the economic threshold may be as low as one fly per animal....

Using Antibiotics Responsibly, The Veterinarian’s Valuable Role

published: June 7th 2017 source: Zoetis

  When we do need to use antibiotics, we know that we need to use them responsibly (in both animals and people) to help keep them effective and available for decades to come. What are some of the steps to help make this happen? In caring for cattle, responsible use of antibiotics involves many things and people, but there’s one person who should continue to be part of these decisions — a veterinarian....

Protect calves from disease begins before they are born

published: May 12th 2017 source: Zoetis

At the herd level, low pregnancy rates, abortions and calf deaths are some of the real economic losses associated with inadequate fetal protection against reproductive diseases. Protecting the health of the unborn calf is important not only to the vitality of the calf but also the cow’s well-being and future productivity....

Beef cattle producers must be observant to lessen herd health risks

published: May 5th 2017 by: Blair Fannin

SAN ANTONIO – Beef cattle producers should be observant when conducting annual health vaccination protocols on their cattle, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. Though not a statewide threat, the fever tick has resulted in some herds in far South Texas to be subject to a quarantine zone....

Treatment protocol plan a valuable management tool for cow-calf operations too

published: May 2nd 2017 by: Donald Stotts source: Oklahoma State University Extension

STILLWATER, Okla. – It is “calf-working time", which should serve as a valuable reminder for producers to get with their veterinarians to review, revise or – if one does not exist – develop a treatment protocol plan for their specific cattle operations....

Reducing Summer Pneumonia Risks Begins Now

published: April 10th 2017 source: Zoetis

Spring vaccinations can reduce summer respiratory disease and improve weaning success.  Changing weather conditions and stress from working or transporting calves opens the door for the viruses and bacteria that cause summer pneumonia....

Update on fever ticks

published: April 7th 2017 by: Joe C. Paschal source: ICA of Texas

In the past few months I have had the pleasure of talking to two different ICA chapters, the Guada-Coma and the Gonzales. Carilyn John invites me up to Seguin for the Guada-Coma Chapter meeting on a regular basis (at least once a year) and this year was no different....

Spring Vaccinations Set Calves Up for Long-Term Success

published: March 28th 2017 source: Zoetis

Focus on complete immunity for the calf with spring vaccinations   It’s never too early to think about a calf’s respiratory health. The steps producers take this spring with young calves not only help protect them through grazing season, but can prepare the calves for a more complete immune response with pre-weaning and weaning booster vaccinations....

Bangs vaccination needed in industry

published: March 20th 2017 by: Russ Daly source: IGrow

Imagine 10 percent of the nation's beef and dairy cattle herd infected with a contagious disease causing pregnancy loss and reproductive failure. What's more, that same contagious disease makes people sick, sometimes with long-term repercussions....

Balancing mineral needs

published: January 27th 2017 by: Travis Meteer source: University of Illinois Extension

Have you ever watched a person walk a tight rope? The balance and precision that it takes to make it from one side to the other is incredible. Focus and attention must be combined with talent and practice....

Live Oak County fever tick update

published: January 27th 2017

Since the first detection of fever ticks on a Live Oak County premises in late November 2016, the Texas Animal Health Commis-sion (TAHC) has confirmed seven additional infested premises in the county....

Fever Tick update

published: January 13th 2017 source: Texas Animal Health Commission

Austin, TX - Since the first detection of fever ticks on a Live Oak County premises in late November 2016, the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) has confirmed seven additional infested premises in the county....

Q&A: Veterinary Feed Directive for Cow/Calf Producers

published: January 12th 2017 source: Zoetis

   Daniel Scruggs, DVM, managing veterinarian at Zoetis, shares his answers to the most common questions cow/calf producers and veterinarians have about the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD)....

Antibiotic resistance in livestock continues to receive bad press

published: January 11th 2017 source: Beef Cattle Browsing, Texas A&M

A recent publication by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations addresses effects of antibiotic resistance due to use in livestock production. The opening sentence of the Executive Summary of the paper states, “It is now accepted that increased antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in bacteria affecting humans and animals in recent decades is primarily influenced by an increase in usage of antimicrobials for a variety of purposes, including therapeutic and non-therapeutic uses in animal production”....

Controlling lice infestation

published: January 3rd 2017 by: Dave Boxler source: University of Nebraska Extension

As the above average fall temperatures give way to winter conditions cattle lice numbers will increase. Cattle lice are a cold season insect that thrives in very cold conditions. Populations are most noticeable during December, January, February, and decline during March when temperatures warm....

BCI Adds Resources for Veterinary Feed Directive Changes

published: December 29th 2016

With a Jan. 1, 2017, deadline looming, veterinarians and producers now have more resources available to help them comply with the Veterinary Feed Directive being issued by the Food and Drug Administration....

Fever Ticks confirmed on a Live Oak County Premises

published: December 16th 2016

Austin, TX –The Texas Animal Health Commis-sion (TAHC)  confirmed the presence of cattle fever ticks on a Live Oak County premises on November 30, 2016. The infested premises is located approximately 110  miles outside of the Permanent Fever Tick Quarantine Zone....

Focus on gut health and immunity of cattle

published: December 9th 2016 source: Crystalyx Brand Supplements

The Veterinary Feed Directive will be fully implemented in January of 2017. We will still have antibiotics for the prevention and treatment of disease but with added paper work and expense. Therefore, it will be important to focus on gut health and immunity of cattle....

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