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September 9, 2019

While most of us are still trying to forget the misery of last spring’s calving season, its effects are still lingering and may still impact your calves this fall. Because of this, preconditioning shots may be more valuable than ever in protecting calves as we move tow...

As many of you have already noticed, the wet, cool weather has allowed for the yellow sweetclover to explode this year, especially in brome waterways and brome pastures. 

We have received several calls and questions regarding the safety of haying and grazing the sweetcl...

November 8, 2018

Two of the most underutilized tools in the beef producer’s arsenal are implants and wormers. Many producers do not take full advantage of the benefits that can be garnered from utilizing growth implants and wormers. Of all the products in the coolers or on the shelves...

Did you know we offer ultrasound pregnancy checking at Downs and Smith Center Veterinary Clinics? Read on to discover management and marketing advantages over manual palpation. 

One advantage is increased accuracy. If animals are ultrasounded between 28-110 days of gest...

April 25, 2018

Enterotoxemia, or “perfringens” or “overeating” as it is commonly referred to, is a disease that affects young calves and can be fatal if immediate steps aren’t taken to treat it. It is a clostridial disease that causes gas to form and accumulate in the intestinal trac...

April 25, 2018

As calves are being weaned and the fall weather fluctuates, a common problem we see in calves is coccidiosis. Coccidia are protozoan parasites that inhabit the large and small intestines of cattle, and in the case of severe infestation, cause damage to the intestinal m...

March 21, 2018

While certainly not common, fractured (broken) bones in calves do happen and we are presented with several calves with broken legs every year. We help many of these calves reach a complete recovery, but sometimes we are unable to help them due to a variety of reasons....

January 8, 2018

For anyone that has dealt with a scouring calf problem, any possible means of prevention is worthwhile. Watching baby calves fade in front of your eyes and dealing with the multiple times a day chore of giving electrolytes is exhausting and demoralizing. Back porches a...

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