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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
Jun 01, 2011

Take A Big Picture View Of Animal Health

While having many choices is generally seen as a good thing, too many choices can sometimes be overwhelming. For instance, there are 73 federally-....More
Apr 22, 2011

Whole Foods’ Welfare Ratings Have Big Credibility Gap

Whole Foods Market is a natural and organic food store that recently received some press based on their cooperation with Global Animal Partnership (....More
Mar 10, 2011

10 Steps To A Violative Residue

The dairy industry has recently been in the news due to drug residues in cull cows and bob veal calves. I should say “some” of the dairy industry has....More
Feb 24, 2011

Calving Time Is Here; Be Ready To Assist

In general, our cows in the U.S. are low-maintenance creatures that take care of themselves. They calve unassisted and the calf nurses within an hour....More
colustrum is crucial to calf health
Feb 02, 2011

Get Your Calves Colostrum Within The First 6 Hours

Vaccinations, balanced diets and culling cows are basic practices that are very important for the success of the cowherd, there is one crucial....More
Jan 06, 2011

New Generation Of Agriculturalists Will Serve Industry Well

It would be awfully easy today to immerse ourselves in a negative spiral induced by a doom-and-gloom outlook on agriculture. There are some places to....More
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
Nov 04, 2010

Watch Out For Pirated Animal Health Products

A lot of animal-health products seemed to have been in short supply or on back order in recent months. While it can be frustrating for cattlemen and....More
Oct 06, 2010

There Are No Cure-All Health Products

Sometimes I get to see some interesting things being tried in cattle. And, while there have been some significant advances in products we put through....More
Sep 08, 2010

Veterinarian 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
Aug 05, 2010

Beef Industry Dogged By E. coli Contamination Issue

Since 1993, our industry has struggled mightily with E. coli O157:H7 – a strain of bacteria that lives in the intestines of healthy cattle and is....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
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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