How to reduce antimicrobial use on cow-calf operations

Every cow-calf producer probably has situations where they use antibiotics unnecessarily, or use the wrong ones for the problems at hand, or use the wrong ones in situations where a lower class antibiotic would get the job done. Recently, I have been changing the advice I give as the beef industry makes adjustments for how […] Read more

The outcome of the surgery depends on whether it was carried out at clinics, the facilities available, the expertise of the surgeon and in many cases how quickly the procedure was carried out. | File photo

Lots to think about when considering surgery on a calf

In my career, there have been many instances when surgery has saved a calf and the animal went on to live a productive life. When considering surgery to a calf, one must also consider that if cows are not raising a calf, they are often culled, which is another loss to the producer. The outcome […] Read more

Producers must be on top of cattle treatment advances

One has only to think back a few years and realize the major changes that have happened in the production of beef in our country. Some are pharmaceutical in nature, while others are advances in equipment or services. Still others are reduced stress in cattle handling. It is promising to see advances that will improve […] Read more


These tips can help improve vaccination programs

Cattle producers pay good money for vaccines and spend a lot of effort developing a sound vaccination program for their farms. As a result, they don’t want it failing because of poor storage or administration technique. Using a cooler to protect product from freezing or thawing is one really good idea. I used the Cross […] Read more

What to consider when choosing animal health products

In today’s society, the consumer has lots of choices when making purchases. From the brand of cereal to the type of beer, different choices are around every corner. The same thing is becoming true in the animal health and pharmaceutical industry. At the end of the day, the most important decision is whether to use […] Read more


Blood transmission causes enzootic bovine leukosis

Enzootic bovine leukosis is caused by the bovine leukemia virus. A lymphosarcoma, or cancer of the lymph system, is the end result in a small number of cows that are exposed to this virus. In blood tests, some dairy herds have a 10 to 20 percent incidence of cows that have been exposed and are […] Read more

Pay attention to disease when moving cattle to pasture

It is amazing how variable the prevalence of a specific disease can be between geographic areas. We always think of the huge difference between warm climates and colder climates, but sometimes differences can be as close as a one-hour drive away. Knowledge of disease differences for specific areas becomes critical when cattle are shipped over […] Read more

Producers should embrace antimicrobial changes

If you know a producer who rarely hires a veterinarian, please pass this column along because they can most benefit from the following examples. Both producers and veterinarians have expressed apprehension about upcoming changes to antimicrobial regulations. The legislation has passed so it is best that we ready ourselves. The veterinarian will need to establish […] Read more


Monitoring suckle reflex helps supplement colostrum

A new test can make it easier for producers to assess which calves should receive supplemental colostrum when only a few minutes old. Dr. Elizabeth Homerosky, a veterinarian from the University of Calgary, compared various tests, procedures and observations used to help determine weak calves. It may involve weak calves at birth, calves that have […] Read more

Working with cows close to calving takes care

Producers encounter many different reasons to handle cows in late pregnancy. Some of these procedures are definitely needed, but one must always ask about the benefit gained versus the stress of running heavily pregnant cows through the chute. Vitamins A and D and in some cases selenium were previously given if deficiencies were determined during […] Read more