Ways to improve breeding efficiency, save money

There are many ways producers can improve breeding efficiencies and lower their costs. Sharing bulls with like-minded producers is one cost-saving option. Another is using synchronization programs with artificial insemination. Dairy producers already use sexed semen, which may become more available in the beef industry down the road. In the past dairy operators needed to […] Read more


Learn to identify symptom of scours for early electrolyte treatment

Electrolytes are our best bet when treating scours be-cause it is the dehydration and/or acidosis that kills calves first. It’s important for producers who use this important tool to recognize the severity of the scours, either by how dehydrated or how acidotic (depressed) the calf is. Calves are dehydrated if skin that is twisted in […] Read more


Include udder exam in checkup to detect tumours

Horses can develop cancer in their udders, which are their mammary glands. It is a rare occurrence, with less than 20 cases reported in the scientific literature. However, udder tumours in mares are serious. Most occur in middle-aged or older mares that are 12 to 25 years old. There aren’t enough cases to identify other […] Read more



Skill, painkillers, vaccine all part of successful castration

We now have many tools at our disposal when it comes to castrating calves. The skillful use of newer techniques and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAID) address welfare issues. Much has changed in the feedlot industry. For starters, feedlots no longer dehorn cattle. A few may be tipped and the polled bulls look after the rest. As […] Read more


Understanding nuances of branded beef programs

With all the terms in the beef industry such as organic, natural, hormone free, sustainable, producers are bound to be confused, even those trying to raise cattle to fit into these programs. Most branded or niche programs are trying to differentiate themselves from the traditional ways of producing beef. If you are interested, get the […] Read more



Veterinary intervention vital in emergencies

There are only a few true veterinary emergencies in which the lives of cattle can be threatened quickly. Some issues can wait while others can’t. This is where you need a trusting and working relationship with a veterinarian to know which “emergencies” need immediate action. A lot of veterinarians may want the animal brought to […] Read more


Myths dispelled over steroid use in veterinary medicine

A lot has been said lately about added steroids in beef. Steroids are used for specific treatments for specific conditions, but their use is minimal and has been reduced even further with the arrival of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. They are produced by the adrenal gland in normal mammals and released in stressful situations. That is […] Read more


Fetal protection claims: what do they mean for vaccination?

Manufacturers issued several precautions when modified live vaccines, particularly those that protect against infectious bovine rhinotracheitis and bovine virus diarrhea, were first developed. The modified live vaccines, which provide longer lasting protection than killed vaccines, cause a mild form of the natural disease to stimulate the immune system. The IBR and BVD natural infections cause […] Read more



Take action to prevent anthrax in cattle, bison

A good time to write about anthrax is when there isn’t a big outbreak across Western Canada. Anthrax strikes fear into most cattle producers but with the last big outbreak occurring seven years ago in 2006, there is a risk of becoming complacent. In 2006, we learned a lot about the disease and how to […] Read more


Vaccines must be properly handled

Vaccination programs have become a common part of bio-security efforts for livestock operations. Following best practice vaccination protocols controls disease, minimizes antibiotic use, improves production and decreases death or losses from abortion. Veterinarians can help producers develop protocols that minimize or eliminate vaccination problems such as leukotoxic effects from gram-negative vaccines, allergic reactions, vaccine site […] Read more