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Cattle

  • Veterinary Feed Directive

    Veterinary Feed Directive The new Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) regulations will be going into effect January 1st, 2017.  What does this mean for your operation? These FAQ’s should help shed some light: What prompted the government to change the rules regarding antibiotic use in food animals?  Why now? These rules...
  • Spring Labor Saving Tips for Cattlemen

    By Dr. Larry Goelz Spring is a busy time of the year with beef cows calving and corn planting around the corner.  One of the best parts of being a Veterinarian is learning about the innovative ways some of our client find to save time and labor.  Take a look...
  • Salmonella in Dairy Cattle

    By Dr. Curt Vlietstra Salmonella in dairy cattle can be a devastating disease in cows and calves of any age or stage of production.  Treatment is difficult, and protection from vaccines is no guarantee, which makes this one of the more frustrating diseases for farmers and veterinarians to deal with.  Salmonella...
  • Pipestone Livestock Auction Market

    “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” The old adage can apply to many things about modern agriculture. While technologies and management practices are changing many things about how livestock are raised, successful farms and businesses are still built on relationships and a commitment to animal care...
  • 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...

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