Fall Weaning: Stay or Ship

11942September 1, 2015

By Kevin Hill, D.V.M.

In the previous post, we talked about the importance of recognizing and managing stress for successful weaning. In the transition from ranch to feedyard, each calf will be removed from its mother, loaded on a truck, likely hauled hundreds of miles, unloaded into a new environment and co-mingled with new cattle. If all of these stressors occur within 24 hours, it will be a very difficult day for your calves and they will face a high risk for sickness and poor performance. Continue reading

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