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 Apr 28, 2014

5 Essential Steps For Fly Control On Cattle

When I take on new clients, I always ask them their short- and long-term goals. One producer stated his long-term goal as, “I want you to....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
calving season
in Vet's Opinion Jan 23, 2013

Environment Is Critical In Preventing Neonatal Calf Disease

We’ve all heard the old adage that “the three most important things about real estate are location, location, location.” If I could propose a new....More
in Vet's Opinion Aug 28, 2012

BEEF Veterinarian Provides Top Nine Drought Tips

Times of drought are no time for business as usual. Here are tips for planning ahead for next year and thinking outside the box for this year. Here....More
in Vet's Opinion Jun 22, 2012

Preconditioning Of Calves Is A Win-Win-Win Equation

It’s hard to argue with win-win situations in life. Even better are win-win-win situations. Preconditioning (PC) calves fits the win-win-win....More
in Vet's Opinion Feb 29, 2012

Four Steps Before You Buy That Bull

Bull purchases represent a significant investment in a beef herd. Whether that investment results in a “nest egg” or a “goose egg” depends highly on....More
in Vet's Opinion Nov 25, 2011

It’s Time To Be Hay-Smart

There is no doubt that nutrition is one of the keys to health. A pregnant cow that receives proper nutrition mounts a stronger immune response in the....More

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