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Feb 01, 2010

We Still Need You

In past columns we've established some points about the debate regarding the use of antibiotics in food animals, the anti-agriculture agenda of the....More
Jan 01, 2010

Under the microscope

Good animal welfare is no longer assumed. Back in the day, we (veterinarians, farmers and ranchers) were taken at our word that we had the best....More
Nov 01, 2009

No silver bullet

I think I can speak for all the Vet's Opinion authors in saying that we enjoy feedback on our columns, particularly when a correspondent gives us more....More
Oct 01, 2009

Outsmart your cows

Management before medicine Good management doesn't come in a bottle, and using an antibiotic indicates our management practices have failed. To me, a....More
Aug 01, 2009

Fix the problem

Warning: If you're 100% satisfied with the health of your calves from weaning to slaughter, and 100% satisfied with the price you receive for them,....More
May 01, 2009

Understanding PAMTA

The Preservation of Antimicrobials for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA) was introduced in the U.S. House this spring (H.R. 1549). A companion bill was....More
Apr 01, 2009

When To Castrate Calves

Virtually every study indicates a bull calf will outweigh a non-implanted steer calf at weaning. But what happens if we castrate that bull at weaning....More
Feb 27, 2009

The Madness Over Methane

BEEF readers know food-animal agriculture is under attack. Animal rights and environmental groups....More
Feb 01, 2009

A little ammo

More and more, I run into self-proclaimed experts expounding on antimicrobial use in food animals. I don't suggest the food-animal industry doesn't....More
Jan 01, 2009

Livestock stewardship

Ask a dozen people the definition of and you will likely hear subtle differences among their responses. If you're a beef producer, a person who....More
Nov 01, 2008

Timing is everything

Why do we vaccinate cattle? Of course, the reason is to attempt to prevent disease. However, if our timing is wrong, we can actually make the....More
Sep 01, 2008

Eight biosecurity tips

Ask a swine producer about the role of biosecurity and herd health on the average hog farm, and a protocol and 20-minute lecture are surely to follow....More
Aug 01, 2008

What is a premium?

As a veterinarian, clients frequently ask me: Can I get a premium for my preconditioned calves? I always respond with: What is a premium? Premiums can....More
Jun 01, 2008

Preventing pasture bloat

Pasture bloat is primarily a disease of cattle that graze pastures where legumes make up greater than 50% of the total forage. You may hear pasture....More
Mar 01, 2008

Planning for successful breeding

What tasks need to be done to help assure a successful breeding season this year? Let’s start with the bulls. Nationally, about 10% of all bulls fail....More
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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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