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Hot weather increases risk of Cyanobacterial poisoning
Hot weather increases risk of Cyanobacterial poisoning

July 3, 2019

Cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, can produce toxins that are harmful to livestock, wildlife and people. “The growth of this bacteria is facilitated by the high temperatures common in July and August,” says Miranda...


Fixing Broken Legs in Calves –Just like new
Fixing Broken Legs in Calves –Just like new

April 24, 2019

Young calves sometimes fracture a limb, which must be cast or splinted for proper healing. Robert Cope DVM (veterinarian in Salmon, Idaho for 44 years) has cast and splinted hundreds of broken legs. “To get...


Scours a Problem in N.D. Calves
Scours a Problem in N.D. Calves

April 19, 2019

NDSU’s Extension veterinarian offers advice to help cattle producers reduce the risk of scours and other problems. North Dakota State University Extension livestock experts are warning producers to protect their calves from scours. The majority...


Make sure that rations are adequate for lactating cows
Make sure that rations are adequate for lactating cows

April 19, 2019

The first 60 to 90 days post-calving are the most nutritionally demanding period in the production cycle, and the expectations for a cow at this time are many. Calving season is in full swing across...


Demand strong, high heifers on feed numbers
Demand strong, high heifers on feed numbers

April 18, 2019

The cash market has finally had some signs of life. Some northern prices reached the $130 live price last week with the south still at a disappointing $126 live. The $130 price was rumored early...




Nebraska Blizzard/Flooding Resources
Nebraska Blizzard/Flooding Resources

March 18, 2019

NDA has put together a list of resources available to farmers and ranchers affected by severe weather. Hay and Forage Hotline NDA’s Hay and Forage Hotline, 402-471-4876, connects buyers with sellers of hay, pasture and...



Lice in cattle problem with few solutions
Lice in cattle problem with few solutions

March 8, 2019

As North Dakota’s winter wears on, many ranchers are faced with a continual lice infestation in their herd even though they have treated their cattle. Some producers have treated more than once and still are...


Adding value to corn through cattle
Adding value to corn through cattle

February 1, 2019

What is the “best” way to evaluate profitability of an enterprise, more specifically feeding cattle? The most common approach is to look at the enterprise through an accounting lens; value of cattle sold minus the...


Reducing Cattle Cold Stress

January 25, 2019

Cold winter weather reminds us all of the dangers of cold stress on warm-blooded animals like humans and cattle. Humans know adding layers of clothing will help reduce cold and limit exposures when wind speeds...


Protect your cattle from Foot and Mouth Disease

January 21, 2019

My veterinarian colleagues that have been attending federal disease control meetings tell me that the USA expects to import FMD by allowing fresh and frozen meat products from infected countries to enter this country. Previously,...




Winter Cattle Journal  2019: Managing Minerals
Winter Cattle Journal 2019: Managing Minerals

January 17, 2019

Minerals play an important part in livestock health and immunity, but when it comes to establishing a mineral program there is no “one size fits all” solution.    Beef cattle require seventeen minerals to maintain good...



Brucellosis infection reported in Park County

October 11, 2018

Wyoming state veterinarian, Dr. Jim Logan, has been notified by the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory and the National Veterinary Services Laboratory that there is a new case of Brucellosis in a cattle herd in Park...