Fall Weaning: Spread out the Stressors

NOU5645August 11, 2015

By Kevin Hill, D.V.M.

The most stressful period in a calf’s life comes at weaning. This is due to both the separation from its dam and also the other activities that typically occur at this time, namely vaccination, shipping, co-mingling and nutritional changes. The key to reducing this stress is to spread out the stressors. That’s the essence of a pre-weaning program – it gets the calves prepared for stress well before the stress actually occurs. And with today’s high-value calves, now is the time to take a close look at the products and procedures available that can help reduce stress and improve calf health and productivity. Continue reading

Implementing Antibiotic Stewardship at the Farm Level

farm_stewardshipJuly 14, 2015

This post is part of a series that focuses on understanding antibiotic resistance, defining what antibiotic stewardship means and how cattle producers can be better stewards of antibiotic use. Brian Lubbers, D.V.M., Ph.D., Diplomate ACVCP, director of the Microbial Surveillance Lab, a unit of the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, is a contributor for this series. Continue reading

Collaborative Efforts to Better Understand Antibiotic Resistance

In the Microbial Surveillance Lab, bacteria from cattle nasal swabs are identified and tested for resistance to antibiotics used in animal health. Photo by Emily Surdez, K-State Olathe

June 30, 2015

This post is part of a series that focuses on understanding antibiotic resistance, defining what antibiotic stewardship means and how cattle producers can be better stewards of antibiotic use. Brian Lubbers, D.V.M., Ph.D., Diplomate ACVCP, director of the Microbial Surveillance Lab, a unit of the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, is a contributor for this series. Continue reading