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Dec 20, 2012

Individual Death Loss Can Be A Tip To Bigger Problem

In a lot of periodicals, this title would require reading the article for clarification. But a majority of BEEF readers probably guessed I’m....More
Beef Producer Using Antibiotics On Calf
Oct 19, 2012

A “What If” Question On Antibiotics

Consumers Union is recommending that all supermarkets move toward offering only meat and poultry raised without antibiotics. But broad, sweeping....More
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
Aug 16, 2012

Watch Out For Toxic Algae Blooms In Stock Ponds

Your veterinarian can help you find more resources on this potential threat to your herd, including getting in touch with a toxicologist to aid in....More
Jul 11, 2012

Egg Producers Acquiescence To HSUS Is Worrisome

The science of animal welfare is ever-evolving. That’s why a federally legislated approach to animal well being, such as that pushed by United Egg....More
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
Mar 28, 2012

Pain Management Is An Issue Industry Must Continue To Address

What products do we have that are labeled for analgesia (pain control) in food animals? The answer is none. It isn’t that scientists aren....More
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
Jan 26, 2012

Cephalosporins Aren’t Withdrawn From The Market

FDA’s Center forVeterinary Medicine (CVM) released a final rule in early January prohibiting some extralabel uses of cephalosporins in food....More
Dec 27, 2011

HSUS Sets Its Sights On The Beef Industry

The Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) has been a focus of mine for some time. While I strongly support animal welfare, I am opposed to animal rights....More
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
Oct 21, 2011

Nitrate Accumulation In Plants Is A Matter Of Many Factors

Drought has made it a very rough year for many herds in the U.S. In the midst of this scramble for forage in drought areas, we need to be careful....More
Oct 01, 2011

Independent, Third-Party Assessments Help Gauge The Job You’re Doing In Animal Handling

I recently attended a meeting of the Academy of Veterinary Consultants, a national organization of veterinarians whose practice focus is beef cattle....More
Aug 19, 2011

Extended Calving Season Limits Profitability

An extended calving season limits the ability to maximize profitability. To illustrate this point, I’ve created a “virtual herd.”....More
Aug 01, 2011

Food Safety: What Is An Acceptable Risk?

Perceptions of risk will be responsible for deciding the future structure of the cattle industry and the availability of the tools we have to....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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