Dave Sjeklocha, DVM, is operations manager of animal health and welfare for Cattle Empire, LLC, Satanta, KS.

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Apr 22, 2011

Whole Foods’ Welfare Ratings Have Big Credibility Gap

Whole Foods Market is a natural and organic food store that recently received some press based on their cooperation with Global Animal Partnership (....More
Feb 02, 2011

Colostrum Is Important In Calf Health

In the last year, many producers have spent a great deal of time, effort and money selecting the right bulls, culling the less-productive cows,....More
Nov 04, 2010

Watch Out For Pirated Animal Health Products

A lot of animal-health products seemed to have been in short supply or on back order in recent months. While it can be frustrating for cattlemen and....More
Aug 05, 2010

Beef Industry Dogged By E. coli Contamination Issue

Since 1993, our industry has struggled mightily with E. coli O157:H7 – a strain of bacteria that lives in the intestines of healthy cattle and is....More
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Apr 01, 2010

Busting Pinkeye In Cattle

Pinkeye is a painful disease that can cause reductions in weaning weights of as much as 17-65 lbs./animal. Once pinkeye begins to spread through a....More
Jan 01, 2010

Under the microscope

Good animal welfare is no longer assumed. Back in the day, we (veterinarians, farmers and ranchers) were taken at our word that we had the best....More
Oct 01, 2009

Outsmart your cows

Management before medicine Good management doesn't come in a bottle, and using an antibiotic indicates our management practices have failed. To me, a....More
Feb 27, 2009

The Madness Over Methane

BEEF readers know food-animal agriculture is under attack. Animal rights and environmental groups....More
Nov 01, 2008

Timing is everything

Why do we vaccinate cattle? Of course, the reason is to attempt to prevent disease. However, if our timing is wrong, we can actually make the....More
Aug 01, 2008

What is a premium?

As a veterinarian, clients frequently ask me: Can I get a premium for my preconditioned calves? I always respond with: What is a premium? Premiums can....More
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