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Making Beef Out of Dairy

Dairy beef cross cattle have become an increasingly popular option for dairy farmers looking to capture additional market value on calves that aren’t needed for the dairy herd. Many dairy farms are selecting a percentage of their lower-potential or low-producing animals of the herd and breeding to beef sires. Breeding to beef sires with carcass […]

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How Good Herds Fight Digital Dermatitis

Lameness can be a major health concern on many dairy farms. Not only is this an animal welfare issue, but various reports indicate that each case of lameness can cost $90 to $300. One cause of lameness is digital dermatitis (DD), more commonly known as hairy heel warts. This infectious disease is caused by bacteria […]

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Digital Dermatitis is Here to Stay

Dairy producers have been battling digital dermatitis (DD), more commonly known as hairy heel warts, for decades. Digital dermatitis was first discovered in Italy in 1974 and has been detected in herds in the U.S. since the mid-1980s. The disease has been reported on 70 percent of all U.S. dairies and on 95 percent of […]

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Gastrointestinal Parasites & Cattle

As the seasons change from winter to spring, a grazer’s thoughts turn to fencing repairs and pasture renovations. It’s also time when astute managers who graze cattle plan their deworming strategies. Gastrointestinal parasitic worms (including Ostertagia, Cooperia and Haemonchus) also sense the season’s change. They gear up their reproductive efforts during the event commonly known […]

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Salmonella Biosecurity: Protecting Yourself and Your Cattle

The 2015-2016 Salmonella outbreak traced to Wisconsin dairy bull calves serves as a reminder of the zoonotic threat posed by this pathogen. The Center for Disease Control reports 36 people from ten states were infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella enterica serovar Heidelberg. No deaths were reported, but 13 individuals were hospitalized, and 25 […]

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