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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.

Better test than guess on minerals for cow herd

published: April 2nd 2018 by: Jill Seiler source: Certified Angus Beef

Beef cows, especially the “easy keepers,” seem to make a living on a wide mix of forages across the country and for most of the year. Trouble in the form of mineral and vitamin deficiencies could lurk below that outward appearance, costing hundreds of dollars in production losses....

Preventing grass tetany

published: March 27th 2018 by: Sheila Grobosky source: BioZyme

As spring begins, it won’t be long before cattle producers are thinking about turning pairs out to pasture. Although that lush green grass seems appealing, there are hidden concerns that producers need to remember when turning out their cows....

Preventing scours in calves

published: January 24th 2018 by: Sheila Grobosky source: Biozyme

Calving time and scours. For many producers it seems the two go hand-in-hand. In a perfect world, producers would have ample calving space they could rotate to weekly with fresh, clean bedding in a protected environment away from Mother Nature’s wrath....

Colostrum provides healthy foundation

published: January 3rd 2018 by: Travis Meteer source: University of Illinois Beef Extension

Growing pressure from the consumer to further reduce use of antibiotics in livestock production is a hot topic. Many times in hot topic discussions, the obvious gets overlooked. I believe colostrum and managing cows to produce high quality colostrum is necessary no matter the production practice, but we should do a better job emphasizing colostrum in today's production climate....

Three Texas Veterinarians Awarded for Working in Veterinary Shortage Areas

published: November 20th 2017 source: Texas Animal Health Commission

  The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded three Texas veterinarians the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP)to help repay a portion of their veterinary school loans in return for serving in areas lacking sufficient veterinary resources....

Texas A&M scientists synthesize historical tick models to help curb the pest globall

published: November 15th 2017 by: Steve Byrns source: Texas AgriLife Today

               COLLEGE STATION – The battle against fever ticks rages on, and a group of Texas A&M University and French National Institute for Agricultural Research scientists are doing their best to determine where the fray will head by synthesizing historical models for use in curbing the pest globally....

Get ahead of lice with a plan to control the population

published: October 20th 2017 source: Zoetis

  The winter of 2016-17 was a challenge for controlling lice in the beef cow herd. Varying weather conditions may have been the heart of the issue as it means a critical adjustment in parasiticide application timing....

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

published: October 6th 2017

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....

Body condition score as a tool for cow herd management

published: September 22nd 2017 by: Ryon Walker Ph.D. source: Noble Foundation

Technology has provided agriculture with new, creative and efficient ways to accomplish production goals. However, sometimes traditional tools still provide effective ways to manage the cow herd at different stages of production....

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: FlyCONTROLcenter.com

  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....

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