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

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cattle disease and antibiotic resistance
in Vet's Opinion Feb 25, 2013

Antimicrobial Resistance Needs A Team Solution

A friend recently became ill while away from home and went to the local hospital for treatment. When the attending physician learned my friend was....More
Beef Producer Using Antibiotics On Calf
in Vet's Opinion Oct 19, 2012

A “What If” Question On Antibiotics

Consumers Union is recommending that all supermarkets move toward offering only meat and poultry raised without antibiotics. But broad, sweeping....More
in Vet's Opinion Jul 11, 2012

Egg Producers Acquiescence To HSUS Is Worrisome

The science of animal welfare is ever-evolving. That’s why a federally legislated approach to animal well being, such as that pushed by United Egg....More
in Vet's Opinion Mar 28, 2012

Pain Management Is An Issue Industry Must Continue To Address

What products do we have that are labeled for analgesia (pain control) in food animals? The answer is none. It isn’t that scientists aren....More
in Vet's Opinion Dec 27, 2011

HSUS Sets Its Sights On The Beef Industry

The Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) has been a focus of mine for some time. While I strongly support animal welfare, I am opposed to animal rights....More
in Vet's Opinion Oct 01, 2011

Independent, Third-Party Assessments Help Gauge The Job You’re Doing In Animal Handling

I recently attended a meeting of the Academy of Veterinary Consultants, a national organization of veterinarians whose practice focus is beef cattle....More
in Vet's Opinion 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
colustrum is crucial to calf health
in Vet's Opinion Feb 02, 2011

Get Your Calves Colostrum Within The First 6 Hours

Vaccinations, balanced diets and culling cows are basic practices that are very important for the success of the cowherd, there is one crucial....More
in Vet's Opinion 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
in Vet's Opinion 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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