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Mar 25, 2014

Consumers Hear Only Half The Story On Food-Borne Illness

The beef industry's goal is zero foodborne illness. My intent isn’t to trivialize human disease; I fully recognize the gravity of the....More
Mar 09, 2014

The Beef Industry's Ultimate Goal Should Be A Satisfied Consumer

Begin with the end in mind. This is one of the principles Stephen Covey mentions in his “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.” This....More
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
Dec 30, 2013

Make Sure You’re Using Antibiotics In A Legal Manner

If you’re told that some of our drug and animal health regulations don’t need to be followed, you’re getting bad advice. If you take that advice, you....More
Nov 28, 2013

More Consumers Are Realizing The Dishonesty Of The Animal Rights Industry

People don’t like to be lied to, duped or manipulated. In the past few years, many people have learned that the animal rights organization they were....More
work beef cows every fall to improve profits
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
calf health and BRD
Sep 30, 2013

Pay Attention To Animal Treatment Outcomes

When dealing with cattle disease, poor treatment response isn’t always due to antibiotic resistance, and switching antibiotics or getting more exotic....More
beef vet looks at 50 years of cattle health
Sep 04, 2013

The Application Of Science Has Been A Primary Driver Of Industry Progress

There will always be challenges, but if the last 50 years serve as an example, the U.S. beef industry is up to the task....More
getting the most money for your calves
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
withdrawal guidelines for food animal drugs
Jun 25, 2013

A Guide To Understanding Animal Drug Withdrawal Times

The FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) sets slaughter withdrawal times for approved food animal drugs. Let’s discuss the work that goes into....More
animal welfare & cow-calf health are major beef industry issues
May 29, 2013

Three Beef Industry Challenges That Won’t Go Away Soon

We’ll not only have to deal with these animal welfare, nutrition and cattle health issues on the farm, but at the regulatory and legislative levels....More
weaning baby calves
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
vet necropsies explain cattle disease
Mar 22, 2013

What Cattle Necropsies Can Tell Us

If you have ever had your vet perform a necropsy, you understand it is detailed work. However, do you know exactly what they are looking for? Mike....More
cattle disease and antibiotic resistance
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
calving season
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
Contributors

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.
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