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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
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
preventing pinkeye in cattle
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
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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