Mike Apley

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A lot of things are changing in food animal production and veterinary medicine. Not only is the technology and science advancing, so are the opportunities,
You can't polish a cowpie
There have been tremendous advances in animal pharmaceuticals since 1964. Yet, you commonly hear: With all the new wonder drugs and vaccines, why haven't
Five disease-prevention tips
As veterinarians that embrace preventive medicine as the key to healthy and profitable cattle, our thoughts, even in a disease outbreak, turn to those
Health challenges in grass cattle
Responding to health problems out on pasture presents some unique challenges beyond those related to therapy in feedlots or other more confined environments.
When to call for assistance
One of the beef producer's biggest dilemmas during calving season is when to call for assistance for a cow or heifer that is calving. As a producer, the
Stay away from compounded products
Ever stop to think why you're in the beef business? Not why you like to be in it, but why you can be in it? It's because someone wants to buy the product
Stress-relieving weaning strategies
Bovine respiratory disease (BRD) costs the beef industry more than $1 billion annually in reduced performance, death loss, medicine costs, labor and reduced
Preventing Enteric Disease In Calves
You already may have had a calf or two with some kind of intestinal (enteric) disease this year. Reviewing possible causes and presentations may help in discussing preventive programs with your veterinarian. Escherichia coli (E. coli) is a bacterial disease primarily occurring in calves one week old or younger. Certain types of E. coli attach themselves to the intestinal wall, then secrete an enterotoxin.
Watch for grass tetany
Grass tetany is primarily a disease of early-lactation beef cows characterized by low blood magnesium levels. As the name implies, grass tetany occurs
BRD treatment survey offers insight
The USDA/APHIS Veterinary Services Center for Animal Health Monitoring conducted a feedlot survey in fall 1999. The survey included 85% of U.S. feedlots
Drought and reproductive efficiency
A large portion of the U.S. has been in a drought for a number of years and the effects on an affected cowherd can be far-reaching. Cows that enter the
Don't let BRD imposters fool you
It's peak season again for bovine respiratory disease (BRD). Don't be fooled by BRD imposters! We're constantly bombarded with the message that we need
Does she stay or does she go?
Fall is generally the time we perform the yearly physical exam on our beef cows. Most cows in the U.S. calve in the spring and their calves are weaned
Injection basics
One of the most important aspects of quality in our industry is performing injections properly. Let's cover some basics. Adequate restraint is a basic
Improving herd fertility
A frequent problem we see in reviewing herd records is a difficulty getting nursing, two-year-old heifers bred back for their second calf. Excellent research

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