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Cattle

  • Transition Diseases

    By: Larry Goelz, DVM We often use the incidence of transition diseases as an indicator of the overall health of the dairy.  Rates of fresh-cow mastitis, lameness, metritis, displaced abomasum, ketosis and milk fever are specifically good indicators of cow health and nutrition in the pre-freshening pen.  Quite simply, a...
  • These Farms Don't Want to be Average

    This year’s 11th annual Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRC) award winners prove that constant improvement is a must. One of our clients, KC Dairy was awarded the Silver Award. KC Dairy operates in Elkton, South Dakota with 1700 cows. KC Dairy was recognized for being in the top 20 farms...
  • Getting Calves Off to a Great Start

    By: Brett Kroeze, DVM Calving time can be the most fun and stressful time of the year. It is fun to see new life coming into the world and seeing what our breeding programs have produced. It can also be stressful as there are a lot of things that can...
  • PIPESTONE Welcomes Orange City Vet Clinic

    In 1984, a “shingle” was hung and Orange City Veterinary Clinic on the west edge of Orange City opened.  In 1997, Orange City Veterinary Clinic and Pipestone Veterinary Services began what has become a 20-year plus relationship of collaboration and joint ventures.  Several sow units were established and coordinated with...
  • Cattle Lice

    By: Dr. Jay Bobb Last year we saw an explosion of lice on the local cattle herds, with loss of hair, constant itching and decreased performance.  Producers had lice infestations regardless of the products they had used for the fall treatment plans.  Due to a large number of questions on...
  • Weathering the Low Milk Prices

    By: Dr. Larry Goelz Throughout 2017 we have seen great production in dairy nationwide.  With a minimal increase in processing, we have entered an oversupply of milk, resulting in lower milk prices.  This oversupply has resulted in many processing plants trimming the Somatic Cell Count premiums, eliminating rBST premiums and...
  • Scours Prevention

    By Dr. Brett Kroeze It is that time of year again when we start to see new life in the bovine world.  With the new arrival of next year’s profits, it is important to try and decrease the disease processes that go along with it, such as scours. Especially when...
  • Game Changers in 75 Years of Veterinary Medicine

    Pipestone Veterinary Services is proud to be celebrating 75 years of serving clients this year.  It’s astounding how much has changed in 75 years of animal care.  Here is my list of the most significant changes since 1942: Transportation. In 1942 livestock were herded or transported by small trucks and...
  • Calving Time Reflections

    By Dr. Jay Bobb I think over the last thirty years that I have been in Veterinary practice there have been significant changes for the better in the beef cattle industry.   There is no doubt that both the purebred and commercial cow calf producer have faced numerous challenges and found solutions...
  • Culling Strategy: Should She Stay or Go?

    Culling – as boring of a subject it may be, your culling strategy is an important factor in the health and future of your herd.  Culling “strategy” is something that is highly variable from farm-to-farm.  First, having a culling strategy implies that you have a choice, and we all know...

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