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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.

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....

Noble Research Institute moves to demonstrate heterosis in their cow herds

published: September 4th 2020 by: Jeralyn Novak source: Beefmaster Breeders United

ARDMORE, Okla. – Heterosis is an often-overlooked production and financial advantage that many commercial cattle producers are not utilizing. Maternal heterosis can be measured in several ways: stayability of the cow, cow lifetime productivity, in-crease in calving and weaning rates, increase in calf weighing weight, and a subsequent increase of weaning weight per exposed cow....

How to use a veterinary diagnostic laboratory effectively

published: September 3rd 2020 by: Dr. Michelle Arnold source: University of Kentucky Extension Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

Unusual or unexplained sickness and death loss of farm animals is an unavoidable occurrence for all producers at some point. Whether it is one animal affected suddenly or multiple animals developing symptoms of disease in a short span of time, most producers want to find the cause, the best effective treatment and how to prevent reoccurrence....

Purdue gets money to develop sensor technology for BRD

published: July 16th 2020 source: Purdue University

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Bovine respiratory disease (BRD), one of the most prevalent and costly illnesses in the beef and dairy industries, accounts for about half of all feedlot deaths in North America and costs producers as much as $900 million a year....

Vesicular Stomatitis: What you need to know

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

Veterinary Medicine warns animal owners that vesicular stomatitis continues to threaten Oklahoma livestock. A viral disease that primarily affects horses and cattle and occasionally pigs, sheep, goats, llamas and alpacas, vesicular stomatitis cases have been confirmed as close as south central Kansas....

Lab opens to assist sheep, goat producers

published: June 22nd 2020 by: Susan Himes source: Texas AgriLife Today

Texas A&M AgriLife Research opened a Fecal Egg Count Laboratory on June 15 to assist sheep and goat producers in making genetic selection decisions. The FEC Lab is housed at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in San Angelo....

Remember proper injection sites when working calves

published: June 12th 2020 source: Oklahoma State University Extension

Many cow-calf operators are in the process of or getting ready to castrate male calves, immunize every calf against blackleg and respiratory diseases, and in some situations, booster yearlings.     Correct administration of any injection is a critical control point in beef production and animal health, said Dr....

Notice to livestock owners: cattle fever ticks spreading in South Texas

published: May 29th 2020

AUSTIN, TX – The Texas Animal Health Com-mission (TAHC) and the United States Department of Agriculture, Cattle Fever Tick Eradication Program (USDA-CFTEP) have seen an increase of fever tick confirmations outside of established quarantined areas in South Texas....

Warm weather means more ticks

published: May 29th 2020

Texans, take care outdoors: AgriLife Extension expert... As the warm weather draws more and more Texans outdoors, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts want people to be aware of the danger ticks pose....

Cattle fever tick numbers on the rise

published: May 21st 2020 by: Susan Himes source: Texas AgriLife Today

An announcement from the Texas Animal Health Commission, TAHC, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cattle Fever Tick Eradication Program, USDA-CFTEP, that cattle fever tick infestations have spread outside the permanent quarantine zone prompted concern from AgriLife experts, who last dealt with a large outbreak in 2017....

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