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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Nov 23, 2010

Be Diligent On Genetic Defects When Buying Bulls

While pregnancy testing a group of cows for a client recently, he mentioned that his 2½-year-old herd bull was lame. On closer inspection, I saw the....More
Sep 08, 2010

Veterinarian's best tips for cattle nutrition & health

Since BEEF readers operate in a variety of climates, our No. 1 recommendation regarding winter nutrition is to contact your herd-health veterinarian....More
Jul 02, 2010

How To Add Value To Calves

Let’s look at some proven cost-management practices that add value to calves. Lot size. Studies show larger lots add value....More
how to prevent calf disease during calving
Mar 01, 2010

Calving Advice: 8 Ways To Prevent Calf Diseases

Prevention of a calf disease can mean a much more successful year for your cattle business. Here are some tips to help ensure success during your....More
Nov 01, 2009

No silver bullet

I think I can speak for all the Vet's Opinion authors in saying that we enjoy feedback on our columns, particularly when a correspondent gives us more....More
Aug 01, 2009

Fix the problem

Warning: If you're 100% satisfied with the health of your calves from weaning to slaughter, and 100% satisfied with the price you receive for them,....More
when you should castrate beef calves
Apr 01, 2009

When to castrate beef calves

We dug through the the research for you to answer your questions on calf castration. Virtually every study indicates a bull calf will outweigh a non-....More
Jan 01, 2009

Livestock stewardship

Ask a dozen people the definition of and you will likely hear subtle differences among their responses. If you're a beef producer, a person who....More
ranch biosecurity tips
Sep 01, 2008

8 Biosecurity Tips For Your Cowherd

Understanding why and how cattle disease occur can help avoid sickness in your herd. Here are 8 tips to help keep your cowherd safe and implement a....More
Jun 01, 2008

Preventing pasture bloat

Pasture bloat is primarily a disease of cattle that graze pastures where legumes make up greater than 50% of the total forage. You may hear pasture....More

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