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Wet pastures and foot rot

By :     Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist   Spring rains have filled the ponds and saturated the ground in many pastures.  As the temperatures heat up, cattle will start to congregate around or in the ponds or other standing water.  One of the challenges that cattle producers may face this…

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Spring Health Strategies to Turn Up Performance in Calves

By Kevin Hill, D.V.M., technical services manager, Merck Animal Health For cattle producers, a successful cow/calf program starts in the spring. That’s critically important this year, given the harsh winter that cattle across the country faced. From extreme cold to endless snow and record flooding, cows and calves are emerging from a very stressful season. Among…

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Expand your approach to reduce the risks of BVD

Biosecurity and testing are essential components alongside immunization   Bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) continues to be a vexing problem for cow/calf producers. BVDV is spread in multiple ways and the risk control effort needs to have a multi-pronged approach.    According to Dr. Paul Walz, professor of pathology at Auburn University, there are three…

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Extended performance of 200-day implant delivers opportunity for grazing cattle

Operating as an extension of their customers’ ranches and taking a “pure investor” approach to the cattle business makes the decision to implant cattle on grass a no-brainer for Maurice Janda, the feedyard manager at Graham Land & Cattle Co.    “Implants are a tremendous tool that can directly improve profitability through increased average daily…

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Cattle preconditioning helps improve odds for return on investment

By : Mary Hightower, U of A System Division of Agriculture   BATESVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas cattle producers looking to improve their return on investment should consider preconditioning calves before taking them to market, extension specialists told attendees at the Livestock and Forestry Station field day on Tuesday. The field day, “Improve Your Odds for…

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