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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?4

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
lice treatment in cattle
Aug 27, 2014

Battling Lice In Your Cowherd? Here Are Vet-Approved Tips To Control It

Understanding how the two types of lice acquire their nutrients is a primary key to controlling them on cattle....More
add weight to calves for more profit
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
veterinary feed directive
Jul 01, 2014

Producers Should Get Ready For Effects of Veterinary Feed Directive

What a new VFD will look like is still being determined. One proposed change is that the definition of veterinary oversight lies with the local....More
Jun 06, 2014

Are You Leaving Money On The Table?14

Implanted calves will provide an extra 15-30 lbs. in weaning weight. This will add up fast in today’s feeder-calf market. At $2/lb., this results in....More
how to treat flies in cowherd
Apr 28, 2014

5 Essential Steps For Fly Control On Cattle3

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
Mar 25, 2014

Consumers Hear Only Half The Story On Food-Borne Illness2

When activist groups and media sensationalize food-bone illness outbreaks without providing the context of the overwhelming safety of the U.S. food....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
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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