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

Respiratory disease: temperature doesn’t lie ­— or does it?

Many techniques are being researched around early detection of respiratory disease. Many of these techniques have to do with determining body temperature. This is true for many bacterial and viral cattle diseases. Temperature increase is one of the first measurable changes, indicating either response to treatment or a further worsening of the disease. Temperatures should […] Read more

Proper vaccination products, methods essential in effective disease control

Common preventable problems crop up when investigating disease outbreaks in the cattle industry. This column will outline some of the common problems I see and hopefully help you prevent issues on your farm or ranch. A number of clostridial disease outbreaks occur where booster doses of eight-way vaccines have not been given. For example, clostridial […] Read more

Deworming your horse: when, how and with what

There’s a lot for horse owners to know when deciding when to deworm and how often to do so. They need to know how their horses pick up parasites and what resistance means. They must learn how to rotate through families of dewormers by reading the active ingredients. They must know when to not deworm […] Read more

New products help treat horn and face flies in cattle

Producers today have a larger arsenal of products available to combat horn flies and face flies compared to 15 years ago. These insects can cause considerable livestock weight loss and irritation issues. Horn flies are the ones we see on cattle’s backs in summer. They bite through the hide 20 to 40 times daily and […] Read more

Scours prevention: biosecurity, colostrum and vaccines

Cattle producers today are able to keep scours at bay most years, thanks to proper management strategies, the use of scours vaccinations and strict biosecurity measures. As calving season progresses, the number of scours cases is likely to increase as the number of calves increases. When scours occurs, the veterinarian will likely try and pinpoint […] Read more

Complete breech calf most common problem

Genetic selection of lower birth weights and easy calving bulls means that calving problems because of fetal oversize are becoming rarer. However, there are still common problems that are worth reviewing to help producers recognize and assist these deliveries and save more calves. Fetal malpresentations are the most common calving difficulty that we see today […] Read more