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
We've all heard about the pop-diet gurus who push a vegetarian or near vegetarian diet on the public, usually by quoting each other as ‘trusted' sources. That pop-science flick "Food, Inc." traveled down that same we
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
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
Alpharma, LLC, the makers of Deccox® (decoquinate), a medicated feed additive, is now offering a way to help producers, feed manufacturers, and veterinarians determine medication mixing rates and how to better manage e
In recent years veterinarians and producers alike have learned more about Lepto hardjo-bovis, which has emerged as one of the most costly diseases affecting reproduction. Losses come in many forms: reduced conception an
Whether you raise cattle, corn or cucumbers, accurate enterprise budgets are crucial in gauging the potential profitability of your operation, says a University of Missouri Extension agriculture business specialist.
There is no supplement that will prevent grain overload in stalk fields with a lot of ear drop. Ear drop is the corn that is left in the field, usually on the ground that was not harvested using the combine.
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
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
There are many misconceptions and outright untruths concerning the feeding of non-protein nitrogen (NPN) to cattle. The practice of utilizing NPN sources (urea) in ruminant feed supplements has been long established as
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
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
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