Managing Heat Stress in Cattle

The forecast for this weekend in highs in the 90’s with humidity to make the heat indexes likley in the 100’s. For feedlot cattle, hot temperature for 2 or 3 days plus warm nights mean increased risk for heat stress. With a chance for rain on Thursday, humidity will increase making it difficult for heavy […]

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Digital Dermatitis isn’t just a dairy herd problem

Digital dermatitis (DD), also known as hairy heel warts, was discovered in 1974 in Italy. The disease first popped up in US dairy herds in the 1980’s, and spread rapidly during the 1990’s as herds expanded. The co-mingling of multiple dairy herds into one barn or facility made a perfect scenario for DD to infect […]

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Body Condition Scoring is Key Management Tool

Body condition scoring continues to be an important and useful management tool for beef cow/calf producers.  Unfortunately it is often forgotten about.  The current method of evaluating body condition involves visually evaluating the animal, and assigning a body condition score (BCS) that reflects the animal’s current state of condition.  It can be used as a […]

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Important Considerations for Banamine Transdermal® Use

Veterinarians and those who raise food producing animals have legal and ethical obligations to use animal health products correctly. Farmers and veterinarians are required to first follow label directions. The recently FDA approved drug, Banamine Transdermal® is relatively easy to administer making the potential for its inappropriate use high. Work with your VCPR veterinarian in […]

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RAMP Up Your Approach to Johne’s Disease

The bacteria Mycobacterium avium paratuberculosis (MAP) causes a chronic intestinal infection in cattle and other ruminants commonly known as Johne’s Disease. MAP grows slowly and it takes years after the initial infection before the animal develops clinical signs. The animal’s well-being and genetic potential are compromised during this subclinical time. It is very possible that […]

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Anaplasmosis in Wisconsin, should we be concerned?

Those following beef news feeds may be reading about anaplasmosis and the dilemma of increasing resistance to the parasiticides used to kill the ticks that vector this disease. For cattle in Wisconsin however, transmission of Anaplasma is not so much about the tick or biting insects as it is about our husbandry and biosecurity practices. […]

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Chute Side Vaccine Management Tips

“Shoot, I messed up the vaccines.” If these words have ever been uttered while processing cows and calves, it may be time for implementation of some simple chute side organization tips. A good vaccination program is only as good as the techniques used in each step of administration. 70% of beef operations administer vaccines to […]

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Identifying and Managing Heat Stress in Cattle

Following is a timely article prepared by Travis Meteer, Extension Educator with the University of Illinois. In addition to the following timely information from Travis, the USDA ARS at Clay Center Nebraska has a website the provides heat stress forecast that can help producers be prepared and make management decisions to help minimize heat stress […]

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New Fact Sheet on Gastrointestinal Parasite Management in Cattle Available from UW Extension

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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New Samonella Biosecurity Fact Sheet Now Available

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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