Recognizing toxicosis in cattle

Mar 01, 2011 by Drovers
Poisoning in food animals is infrequent occurrence but often explosive in scope, says Stan Casteel, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ABVT, University of Missouri. Casteel discusses some toxic substances that are often implicated in catt

Brix refractometers for colostrum quality

Feb 25, 2011 by Drovers
Progressive dairy producers try to do the best jobs they can in all areas of management, yet while they know that it is best practice to measure colostrum quality before feeding it to their calves, for a number of reaso

The disease triad

Feb 24, 2011 by Drovers
Kelly Lechtenberg, DVM, PhD, Midwest Veterinary Services, Oakland, Neb., says there are three elements that make up the "disease triad" in feedlot cattle. Speaking at the 2011 Annual Western Veterinary Conference, Lecht

WVC Food Animal Incentive awards

Feb 23, 2011 by Drovers
At the 2011 Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas, five veterinarians were awarded the 2011 Food Animal Incentive awards. Each of the award winners is conducting post-graduate veterinary work in food animal medicin

What the GIPSA proposal will do for you…or to you

Feb 22, 2011 by Drovers
Change is never easy. If something has been in place for 7+ decades and everybody knows the rules and how to play by them, new rules are bound to create a ruckus. The mere suggestion of new GIPSA rules was enough to cr

Cold weather calving

Feb 21, 2011 by Drovers
Every winter we have some weather that's tough for calving due to snow, ice and cold. During the past month we've had our share. In one of my news articles I'd written about the economic value of saving those calves tha

Close-up dry cow nutrition

Feb 19, 2011 by Drovers
Late gestation nutrition has a large impact on multiple aspects of the cow's productivity after freshening, says Charles T. Estill, VMD, PhD, Dipl. ACT, Oregon State University.

Differentiate autolysis from tissue changes

Feb 18, 2011 by Drovers
Postmortems are routinely done on the feedlot. However, in order guard against misdiagnosis, it's important to understand the process of autolysis and how it can change tissues over time. There is always a challenge of

5 Qs of colostrum management

Feb 18, 2011 by Drovers
First milking colostrum is an important source of nutrients, non-specific immune factors and passively absorbed maternal antibodies (immunoglobulins or Ig), critical to promote growth and to protect the newborn calf aga