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I attended the Western Veterinary Conference last week with Bob and checked out the latest in new treatments for pets and livestock. This is one of the largest vet meetings in the world, with 15,000...
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...
Cattle are tough animals in winter conditions, unless those conditions become extreme
The fall of 2013 will be remembered in South Dakota for the freak October blizzard that killed thousands of cattle. They fell victim to hypothermia, suffocation, and other causes. Larry...
Mob grazing with cattle is a strategy to improve forage species and quality
Mob grazing is defined as grazing a large number of animals on a small area for a short period of time. The result is a uniform consumption of forage, and distribution of manure and urine. Uneaten...
Keep your cows healthy, warm, and well-fed by following these suggestions for a successful winter!
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...
Expectations of tight beef cattle supplies and strong demand push cattle prices higher
Finished cattle prices in fall 2013 climbed to $130 in anticipation of small beef supplies in 2014, says Purdue Extension agricultural economist Chris Hurt. Per capita beef supplies, or the...
John Bartheld finally got the rare, miniature calf he's been waiting for
When calves are born to miniature cattle breeds, it's no doubt they're cute. But John Bartheld of Roy, Washington, wanted to go beyond cute – he also wanted rare. John says there are...
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...
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...