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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.

Preventing grass tetany in cows

published: May 1st 2023 by: Karla H. Wilke and Mary Drewnosky, Nebra source: Southern Livestock Standard

As grass begins to turn green, producers are anxious to get cows out to graze. However, cool season predominate areas tend to have lush spring growth which can lead to grass tetany in cows. While there are treatments for cows caught quick enough, prevention is always the best policy....

Antibiotic stewardship-what to do now to prepare for changes ahead

published: April 14th 2023 by: Dr. Michelle Arnold source: Southern Livestock Standard

June 11th, 2021, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized a Guidance for Industry (GFI) #263, which outlines the process for animal drug manufacturers to change all remaining antibiotic formulations used in animal health care from over the counter (OTC) to prescription status....

Vitamin A: A major player in stillborn and weak calf syndromes

published: January 6th 2023 by: Gregg Hanzlicek, DVM source: Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Lab

Vitamin A deficiency can present with many different clinical signs, but the most common signs are weak or stillborn calves.  In this article, we will discuss some possible reasons why this may occur in our spring-calving beef herds....

Changes to livestock antibiotics coming in 2023

published: August 11th 2022 by: Tim McDermott DVM source: Ohio State University Extension

There are some changes coming to the availability of over-the-counter antibiotics that the livestock producer will want to familiarize themselves with soon in order to make sure they are properly prepared before the changes are implemented in 2023....

New Chronic Wasting Disease surveillance, containment zones proposed in five counties

published: August 8th 2022 source: Texas Animal Health Commission

AUSTIN— Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission will consider proposed Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) surveillance and containment zones during its upcoming meeting, Aug. 24-25. If passed, these zones would enhance efforts to monitor and contain CWD in portions of Bandera, Duval, Jim Wells, Kimble, Live Oak, McMullen, Medina and Uvalde counties ahead of the upcoming hunting season....

Handling heat stress or potential heat stress in cattle

published: June 16th 2022 source: Michigan Extension

Hot summer temperatures, currently climbing near the triple digits, combined with high dew points can cause significant heat stress to cattle. Heat stress is magnified when high temperatures continue into the night....

New veterinary app, website to track disease symptoms

published: April 11th 2022 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Texas AgriLife Today

With the touch of a smartphone button, veterinarians will be able to check online to determine if what they see in the field is unique to their area or part of a greater pattern, thanks to a new veterinary app and website created by a group of Texas A&M AgriLife faculty....

AgriLife Extension resources to help producers navigate disease outbreaks

published: April 6th 2022 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

Texas livestock producers will soon have new resources to help them navigate challenges associated with mass animal losses that can occur during outbreaks of chronic disease or highly pathogenic viruses like avian and swine flu....

Make your chute a valuable fit

published: February 26th 2022 source: ArrowQuip

These days, good help can be difficult to find, and just as it’s important to hire a well-suited employee to work with cattle, selecting a squeeze chute to match an operation’s daily workload is also critical....

What to do when calves are born weak

published: February 18th 2022 by: Dr. Michelle Arnold source: University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

“Weak Calf Syndrome” is a term applied to a calf born alive but lacks vigor, is slow to stand, and may not attempt to nurse. Affected herds may also see an increase in stillborn calves. The known factors contributing to the development of weak calves include inadequate nutrition for the dam during pregnancy, difficult calving (known as “dystocia”) and infectious diseases, especially BVD virus....

Building calf immunity

published: February 18th 2022 source: American Hereford Association

Kansas City, Mo. -- The ability to prevent or, in some cases, cure disease by turning on the immune system is really an incredible opportunity," according to Scott Nordstrom, DVM, Merck Animal Health director of new product development....

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....

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