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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.

Remove the net wrap on your hay

published: October 8th 2019 source: North Dakota Extension

Producers should remove net wrap before feeding forages to their livestock. Cattle may eat the net wrap if it’s not removed. Eating excessive amounts of net wrap can result in livestock illness and deaths....

Texas A&M AgriLife joins effort to digitize North American parasite collections

published: October 2nd 2019 by: Katherine Hancock source: Texas AgriLife Today

Parasites are more than just bites and stings – as vectors of diseases like malaria, Lyme disease and West Nile Virus, they play important roles in human, wildlife and livestock health. A new initiative created by the National Science Foundation will collect “big data” to better understand the behaviors of parasites in North America, and now Texas A&M AgriLife has joined this effort....

Vesicular Stomatitis (VSV) in Texas Situational Update

published: September 23rd 2019 source: Texas Animal Health Commission

Vesicular Stomatitis (VSV) in Texas Situational Update No. 11 AUSTIN – Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) officials have released all premises quarantined for Vesicular Stomatitis Virus (VSV)....

Vesicular Stomatitis (VSV) in Texas Situational Update

published: September 16th 2019 source: Texas Animal Health Commission

AUSTIN – Since Friday, September 6, 2019, the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) has received a report of 1 new suspect vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) case in Ellis County....

Anthrax a growing concern in Texas as TVMDL confirms 18th case

published: August 13th 2019 source: Texas Animal Health Commission

  SAN ANGELO — Anthrax continues to be a growing concern in Texas, especially through the “anthrax triangle” region, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist....

Tackling the economics of young calf respiratory disease

published: August 12th 2019

  Calving season is approaching in fall calving areas and getting those calves off to a healthy start is top of mind for cattle producers. Preventing respiratory disease is not only best for overall animal health and productivity, but recent studies demonstrate there can be an economic benefit for the cow/calf operation....

Fever ticks confirmed on a Jim Wells County calf

published: August 5th 2019 source: Texas Animal Health Commission

AUSTIN – Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) officials established a Control Purpose Quarantine Area (CPQA) in northern Jim Wells County after fever ticks were discovered on a calf, originating from the area, during a voluntary inspection at a program dipping vat on July 22, 2019....

Texas Anthrax Situational Update

published: July 23rd 2019 source: Texas Animal Health Commission

  Anthrax quarantines are typically lifted 10 days from vaccination or the last death To date, 10 premises in 4 Texas counties have had animals confirmed with anthrax. Animals include the following species: antelope, goat, horses, deer and cattle....

Remember your BQA Ps and Qs

published: July 15th 2019 by: Glenn Selk source: Oklahoma State Extension

  Calving seasons means calf working time isn’t far behind. As the majority of the calves reach their second month of life, it is time to castrate the male calves if this has not already been done and immunize all of the calves to protect them against blackleg....

Early remains the best time to castrate bull calves

published: July 15th 2019 by: W. Mark Hilton DVM, source: Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine

A Kansas State University (KSU) study showed that bulls castrated and implanted at an average of three months of age weighed two pounds more at 7.5 months of age than did the intact bull calves in the same study....

Controlling flies

published: June 27th 2019 by: Travis Meteer source: University of Illinois Extension

The wet spring has certainly provided favorable breeding conditions for flies. As we progress into the summer it is evident that fly pressure is and will be heavy. Although all flies do pose risk of irritation and thus lost dollars to beef producers, it is important to know there are four main types of flies that bother cattle: Stable fly, Horn fly, Face fly, and Horse fly....

Cattle and bruising

published: June 21st 2019 by: Steve Boyles source: The Ohio State University Extension

Cattle bruising is an animal well-being concern as well a loss in economic value. When loaded, 60% of cattle are in the middle portion of a trailer, 30% in the rear compartments and 10% in the nose. Cattle rarely change position while a trailer is in motion, and the cattle typically position themselves at right angles to the direction of travel to try to compensate for the trailer movement and focus energies on keeping their balance....

The environmental disease called pinkeye

published: May 31st 2019 by: Russ Daly

Have you ever thought about how some years get labeled “bad years” for a certain animal disease? We remember that “bad year” for calf scours. Likewise, there are “bad years” for calf pneumonia and even “bad years” for breeding on pasture....

Improve cow condition with earlier than normal weaning

published: May 17th 2019 by: Justin Waggoner

Although it may seem a little too early to think about weaning, early weaning may be one of the management tools that beef cattle producers may need to consider using this fall. The recent winter weather conditions have resulted in cows and replacement females that may be lacking body condition coming into the grazing and breeding season....

Wet pastures and foot rot

published: May 15th 2019 by: David Cantrell source: Oklahoma State Extension

Spring rains have filled the ponds and now the summer grass is ready to start growing vigorously. As the temperatures heat up, cattle will start to congregate around or in the ponds or other standing water....

In the long run

published: April 26th 2019 by: Katrina Huffstutler source: Certified Angus Beef

’Tis the season to think about parasites robbing your beef cow herd. The weather is finally warmer, the bugs and other little things are crawling all over. But what about those you can’t see? Recent estimates put annual losses from internal parasites at $200 per cow-calf pair, so it’s no surprise many research studies say controlling them offers one of the best returns on investment in the business....

Specialists use technology to stop the spread of disease among flocks

published: April 15th 2019 by: Susan Himes source: Texas AgriLife Today

SAN ANGELO — It is a brisk morning in central west Texas. Sheep are penned behind the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Service building in San Angelo. Several are run into a chute....

Effective parasite control begins with understanding active ingredients

published: March 27th 2019 source: Zoetis

  Using parasiticides in cattle without considering the active ingredients in those products presents dangers for an operation. Using different parasiticide active ingredients can extend the effectiveness of parasite control products and play a significant role in the management of healthier cattle....

Preventive measures can be taken for grass tetany

published: March 22nd 2019 by: By Michelle Arnold, University of Kentuc

What is “Grass Tetany” and when are cattle most likely to have it? Grass tetany, also known as spring tetany, grass staggers, wheat pasture poisoning, winter tetany or lactation tetany, is a condition due to a low level of magnesium (Mg) in the blood....

Does cold weather contribute to pneumonia in calves?

published: March 11th 2019 by: Russ Daly source: Igrow

Prolonged winter cold has some fairly obvious effects on cattle of all ages. Cattle producers calving early on the northern plains are familiar with frostbite that nips ear margins and tail tips in baby calves, but all cattle are affected by the increased nutritional demands inflicted by prolonged cold temperatures....

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