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Learn what you can do to prevent heat stress and manage your cattle herd this summer.
Learn how to manage your cow herd this summer and what you can do to prevent heat stress.
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When cattle become gassy, it can be dangerous for them
After eating hay all winter, the cattle will be giddy the first time you turn them out on pasture. They’ll suck down the lush, green forage like it’s their last meal. Unfortunately it...
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As new calves arrive, so does the likelihood of infectious disease
Scours is a term for diarrhea in calves under a month old. The condition can strike as early as the first 24-hours after they’re born, and is life-threatening if not treated. It’s caused...
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Reference these tips for healthy cows and calves this spring.
Reference these tips for healthy cows and calves this spring.
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This bacterial infection can cause lameness if not treated early
A cow that’s hobbling around might be suffering from foot rot. This happens when bacteria in the soil get into a cut in the skin between their toes, and create an infection. Gregg Hanzlicek...
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If the birth rate in your cattle herd has been dropping, check for trichomoniasis
A venereal disease in cattle is spreading rapidly. Trichomoniasis, usually referred to as “trich,” has been around for a long time and is under control in most states. However, due to...
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Warts aren't usually harmful, but their appearance can cause problems
Warts are a common skin problem in young cattle. There are several types of bovine papilloma virus that cause warts, and they’re contagious in cattle herds. Dr. Mel Pence is a retired...
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A hoop barn protects your cattle from the elements and makes your daily chores easier
Stressful conditions such as extreme heat and cold, wet weather can have a negative impact on cattle performance. Hoop barns are becoming a popular, animal-friendly environment with several...
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Cows that ingest sharp metal objects are at risk of developing hardware disease
Cattle aren't picky eaters, they'll even swallow small pieces of metal. Sharp objects aren't good for the abdomen. Grant Dewell is a beef extension veterinarian at Iowa State...
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A cow that's healthy and productive adds value to the herd
Radio interview source: Dr. Jane Parish, Extension Beef Cattle Specialist, Mississippi State University Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below If you have a "cash cow...

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