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Oct 03, 2016

Looking to save money? It's foolish to cut preg-checking

Having a freeloader eat your feed all winter long and produce nothing in return is akin to paying full wages and benefits to an employee who never....More
Sep 15, 2016

Management and antibiotic use go hand in hand

What can we change to better manage our cattle so we can use antibiotics less frequently?....More
Feb 18, 2016

Here's how attaining zero calf sickness is absolutely possible2

Shorting the cow nutritionally during any of the 283 days of gestation could negatively impact the developing fetus and make it more susceptible to....More
Feb 08, 2016

Animal rights groups use faith outreach, click activism to reach followers7

People want to be involved. They want to feel like they are a part of something. Social media is a tool that provides this opportunity with little....More
Jan 04, 2016

Questions about VFD? Let's clear up the confusion

The big change for BEEF readers will be when the new VFD drug labels go into effect, which is expected to happen during December 2016....More
Sep 21, 2015

Is preconditioning still a no-brainer?7

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
Aug 03, 2015

What you need to know about the final VFD rule

How you will be able to obtain antibiotics for use in feed and water for food animals is changing. Here's what you need to know about the new VFD....More
Jul 16, 2015

Do new antibiotic regulations challenge herd expansion?

The goal in developing the VFD is essentially twofold: to more closely track antibiotic use in food animals, and reduce the amount of antibiotics....More
Apr 27, 2015

5 management steps to boost calf performance & profit1

Here are five management practices to consider to up your calf profit this spring....More
Mar 30, 2015

A pickup in the ditch says everything about the rural lifestyle2

Anyone who has experienced serious injury or illness in a loved one can appreciate the highs and lows, and how dark things can be in the middle of it....More
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
Jan 06, 2015

A 100-year-old knife has modern-day lessons

Technologies contributing to efficiency in modern agricultural production continue to evolve, with the result being that less than 2% of Americans....More
pain management
Dec 02, 2014

Don’t worry about beef’s adversaries; satisfy our consumers2

Beef consumers are reasonable; the beef industry's adversaries are not. A beef vet is concerned that while our efforts to inform and improve are....More
Oct 30, 2014

What’s The Best Breeding Weight For Beef Heifers?5

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
diagnosing cattle disease
Oct 10, 2014

Bovine Lymphosarcoma: Few Cows Show Clinical Signs Of Cattle Disease1

There are multiple forms of bovine lymphoma/lymphosarcoma (different names, same disease). The forms are classified by age of onset, location of the....More

Dave Sjeklocha

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

Mike Apley

Mike Apley, DVM, PhD, is a professor in clinical sciences at Kansas State University in Manhattan.
What's Vet's Opinion?

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