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Cattle

  • Reducing Stress During Weaning

    The old adage “Good Things Come in Small Packages” is ringing true for a number of beef producers this season, thanks to a new product that is significantly reducing stress on calves during weaning. “Weaning is a stressful time for the calf, which can often result in respiratory disease in...
  • Early Pregnancy Determination in the Beef Herd

    By Dr. Brett Kroeze Every year there is the question of when should I or should I pull out the bull away from the cows.  A lot of this decision depends on how long of calving season you want next spring and how drawn out your calving season was this...
  • IVF Part of Nosbush Genetic Strategy

    A Minnesota dairy farm family is using leading edge technologies to improve the genetics of their dairy herd. Brad Nosbush and his brothers David and Leroy own and operate Nosbush Dairy near Fairfax, Minnesota.  Their father started milking cows at the farm in 1955 and the sons formed a family partnership in...
  • Managing Risks: Are You Informed?

    By Dr. Curt Vlietstra Risk management is nothing new to livestock producers.  Whether your primary business involves raising beef cattle, selling milk, or raising replacement animals for your clients… many of your decisions are based on managing risks.  Think about it: If you knew that the top bull at a...
  • Battling Calf Scours

    By Dr. Brett Kroeze Calf scours is a disease that many producers face in the first few months of life with their calves. The common causes of infectious scours in calves are rotavirus, coronavirus, BVD virus, coccidia, Cryptosporidium, Escherichia coli, Salmonella spp., and Clostridium perfringens.  Unfortunately, many of these pathogens do not have good treatment...
  • Partnership Provides Opportunities for Cattle Producers

    It is no secret that farming can be a difficult business to break into, especially if a young farmer doesn’t have a family member to farm with.  However, Kelly Lyons of Garretson, South Dakota, has turned an interest in cattle into a full time career thanks to a solid partnership...
  • Controlling Mastitis

    By Dr. Curt Vlietstra While it might seem like this article is a case of “too little, too late,” take heart; Seven months from now, it will be time to prepare for winter again!  Historically, we’ve learned that the summer months are the worst for seasonal increases in somatic cell counts (SCC).  Truth...
  • Preparing Cattle For Winter

    As winter approaches, there are many steps that need to be taken to prepare your cattle.  Because we never really know how long, how cold, and how wet and snowy any given winter will be, the best approach is to plan for a severe winter, be ready to address any...
  • College Friendship to Long Term Partnership

    A college friendship led to new opportunities and a long term partnership for Pat McGunegill and Dean Stoltenberg. Pat grew up on a farm in Indiana and attended college in Waterloo, Iowa.  He became friends with Justin Stoltenberg from Jasper, Minnesota, visited the farm owned by Justin Stoltenberg's parents Dean and...
  • Managing Summer Heat Stress

    by: Curt Vlietstra, DVM Even though we had a brutal winter, and the normal spring warm-up seemed like it would never come, the heat of summer is inevitable in this area.  The combination of heat and humidity can be extremely hard on livestock, particularly cattle.  Both dairy and beef cattle...

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