W. Mark Hilton

Purdue University

W. Mark Hilton, DVM, is a clinical professor of beef production medicine in the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, West Lafayette, IN.

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in Vet's Opinion Sep 21, 2015

Is preconditioning still a no-brainer?

In most years, the majority of the dollars made in a preconditioning program are on the very efficient weight gain of the newly weaned calf. Not so....More
in Vet's Opinion Apr 27, 2015

5 management steps to boost calf performance & profit

Here are five management practices to consider to up your calf profit this spring....More
in Vet's Opinion Jan 29, 2015

Attention, all cattle producers: your industry needs you!

If you’re already a member of your national, state and local cattle associations, good for you. If not, get involved....More
in Vet's Opinion Oct 30, 2014

What’s The Best Breeding Weight For Beef Heifers?

The traditional approach for heifer development has been to shoot for 65% of mature body weight at breeding time in order to maximize pregnancy rate....More
add weight to calves for more profit
in Vet's Opinion Jul 29, 2014

2014 Is A Year To Boost Calf Sale Weights

High calf prices and relatively low feed prices make 2014 a year to seriously consider adding pounds and profit....More
how to treat flies in cowherd
in Vet's Opinion Apr 28, 2014

5 Essential Steps For Fly Control On Cattle

You can’t eliminate fly problems, but you can lessen their negative impact. Here are five easy-to-implement tips from BEEF veterinarian, W. Mark....More
in Vet's Opinion Jan 25, 2014

Success Comes When Livestock Producers & Their DVMs Are Partners

The result of a veterinarian and client working together will go far toward attaining the ultimate goal of a win-win relationship....More
work beef cows every fall to improve profits
in Vet's Opinion Oct 23, 2013

Simple Steps To Up Your Cow Herd’s Profitability

Here are some other routine procedures that take very little extra time, and can help you develop a healthier, more productive and profitable cow....More
getting the most money for your calves
in Vet's Opinion Jul 30, 2013

How To Receive Full Value For Your Calves

Preconditioning's greatest value is in retaining ownership of the calves to the feedlot. In fact, CattleFax reports that retained ownership pays in....More
weaning baby calves
in Vet's Opinion May 05, 2013

The Importance Of Weaning And Castration

I often hear that farmers and ranchers are the nation’s original champions of animal welfare, and I believe it. But, if you’re not weaning and....More

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