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Recent Stories in Cattle Health

Anthrax kills 8 cows in Clark County, South Dakota

June 25, 2018 — Anthrax has been confirmed in South Dakota livestock for the first time this year. State Veterinarian Dr. Dustin Oedekoven has confirmed that 8 cows died from a herd of 87 unvaccinated cattle in Clark County. The Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory at SDSU confirmed

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Tips for “tubing” or using an esophageal feeder for calves

April 5, 2018 — With the extended cold, wet weather many ranchers are dealing with, some are having to brush up on skills they'd rather not need. "Tubing" or "drenching" a calf using an esophageal tube can save a life if the calf is chilled, dehydrated or plain out

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Pour-on Banamine may revolutionize pain management for cattle

March 29, 2018 — Merck Animal Health introduced the first and only FDA-approved NSAID for controlling pain in a food animal this February at the National Cattlemen's Beef Association Convention. Approved for controlling pain from foot rot and fever from bovine respiratory disease, BRD, Banamine® Transdermal (flunixin transdermal solution)

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Better test than guess on minerals for cow herd

March 29, 2018 — Beef cows, especially the "easy keepers," seem to make a living on a wide mix of forages across the country for most of the year. Trouble in the form of mineral and vitamin deficiencies could lurk below that outward appearance, costing hundreds of dollars in

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Ranching by the signs

January 11, 2018 — Cam Camblin was called upon to cut most of the studs in the surrounding country of northwestern Wyoming when he was a young man, said his great-grandaughter, Tiffany Schwenke. One time he'd promised to be at a rancher's outfit on a certain day for that

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Out of the Wind: Planning windbreaks for cattle

January 11, 2018 — Anything a rancher can do to help protect livestock from winter weather is beneficial. Spending money on moveable or permanent windbreaks may be worthwhile, depending on the situation. It may be more cost effective to use windbreaks when buildings are not available for shelter and

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Custom vaccines – another tool in a rancher’s toolbox

January 11, 2018 — With all that cattle are vaccinated for, occasionally viruses and bacteria for which there are no vaccines still rear their ugly heads. Enter custom, or autogenous, vaccines  "In those cases where a rancher is seeing a disease that we've got no commercial vaccine for, having

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The present and future of cattle breeding: DNA testing, GE EPDs & gene editing

January 11, 2018 — When Faulkton rancher Troy Hadrick took over management of his parents' commercial cattle operation in 2012, he knew he wanted to work to make the cattle more valuable.  "I didn't want to sell average cattle at an average price," said Hadrick.  His first move in

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Information you hope you’ll never need about Tuberculosis, brucellosis and Bibersteinia trehalosi

January 11, 2018 — Diseases such as tuberculosis and brucellosis are rare in U.S. cattle herds. Thanks to cooperative eradication protocols that started in 1917 and 1954 respectively, these bacterial diseases are almost a thing of the past. The keyword being "almost." As rare and controlled as they have

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A lousy deal: Controlling lice in beef cattle

January 11, 2018 — Lice are a common problem in winter. Heavy infestations of sucking lice rob nutrition from cattle when they need it most, and chewing lice cause discomfort and itching. A lice-infested animal may lose weight and become susceptible to disease. Dr. Bill Lias, Interstate Vet Clinic,

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Dealing with broken bones in calves

January 11, 2018 — Maybe it's a baby calf packing a leg after feeding time one day. Or a calf takes a tumble running across the pasture and refuses to put weight on a leg. These breaks can heal with a little TLC, especially in younger calves. Dr. Dave

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On the ground: Health protocols for newborn calves

January 11, 2018 — Russ Finney, a Mullen, Nebraska area rancher, was having troubles with enterotoxemia– overeating disease–in his young calves. He talked to his veterinarian and implemented a change to his basic birth protocol. For the last twenty years he has given all the calves a shot of

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Tuberculosis discovered in Tripp County, South Dakota

November 17, 2017 — PIERRE, SD. – Bovine tuberculosis (TB) has been confirmed in a South Dakota beef herd. State Veterinarian Dr. Dustin Oedekoven says that an infected cow was initially identified in October by meat inspectors during routine inspection at a Texas slaughterhouse. Official animal identification records linked

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Wyoming to host 2017 Range Beef Cow Symposium from Nov. 28-30

October 26, 2017 — Dates for one of the premiere production beef cattle symposiums in the country have been set. This year's XXV Range Beef Cow Symposium (RBCS) is Tuesday-Thursday, Nov. 28-30, at the Little America Resort and Convention Center in Cheyenne, said Steve Paisley, University of Wyoming Extension

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ADT group recommends electronic identification of beef cattle breeding herd by 2023

September 28, 2017 — Electronic tagging of livestock was the topic of discussion at the 2017 Strategy Forum on Livestock Traceability, which was co-hosted by the National Institute for Animal Agriculture and the U.S. Animal Health Association in Denver on Sept. 26-27. The ADT working group recommended that all

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Efficiency and quality improvement support beef industry production margins

September 22, 2017 — Production efficiency in the U.S. beef industry has a significant and positive impact on both market performance and industry margins. In 2015, when supplies were relatively tight, the industry produced the same amount of beef as it did in 1975 but with 43 million fewer

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Backgrounding calves may be profitable option

September 22, 2017 — With drought, lack of hay and volatile market prices, North Dakota cattle producers are faced with difficult choices. One option is to add value to the calves by feeding them in North Dakota instead of selling them. To address this issue, the North Dakota State

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Fall grazing offers opportunities, challenges

September 21, 2017 — After a summer of drought in North Dakota, pastures have been used heavily and cattle producers are looking for forage options to get them through the fall. "In areas that have received late-summer rains, producers may be able to benefit from green-up of pastures and

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Cattlemen can take part in verified vaccination programs for possible added value

September 20, 2017 — Getting healthy – it's all the rage these days. But as Americans try to lose weight, ranchers and feeders continue to try to put it on – at least on their calves. Healthy calves mean gaining calves, and ranchers and feeders alike hope to achieve

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S.D. herd loses 13 head to anthrax

August 25, 2017 — In the first case the state has seen this year, anthrax killed 13 head of cattle in a southeastern Pennington County herd earlier this month. The cattle were moved to a different pasture and vaccinated for anthrax when a veterinarian with the state confirmed the

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