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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
May 01, 2010

Veterinary Oversight Of More Animal-Health Products Is Inevitable

On March 29, the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine solicited comments related to Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) drugs....More
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Apr 01, 2010

How To Prevent & Treat Pinkeye In Cattle

Pinkeye is a painful disease that can cause reductions in weaning weights of as much as 17-65 lbs./animal. Once pinkeye begins to spread through a....More
how to prevent calf disease during calving
Mar 01, 2010

Calving Advice: 8 Ways To Prevent Calf Diseases

Prevention of a calf disease can mean a much more successful year for your cattle business. Here are some tips to help ensure success during your....More
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
when you should castrate beef calves
Apr 01, 2009

When To Castrate Beef 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
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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