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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 Us1

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 Solution2

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
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 Antibiotics1

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 Tips1

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
toxic algae can kill cattle
Aug 16, 2012

Watch Out For Toxic Algae Blooms In Stock Ponds4

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 Worrisome4

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 Equation1

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 Address7

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
how to buy a herd bull
Feb 29, 2012

Buying A New Herd Bull? Do These 4 Steps First

Are you thinking about buying a new herd bull? Investing in the genetic future of your cowherd is a critical step in your cowherd’s health and....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

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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Three top U.S. veterinarians provide tightly focused discussion of specific beef cattle disease and welfare topics.

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