Ensure Proper Nutrition for the Newly Arrived Calf

June 14, 2016

By John Hutcheson, Ph.D.

This is the second post in a two-part series looking at both health and nutrition considerations to help ensure cattle on arrival are ready to thrive. Continue reading

Health and Nutrition of Newly Received Cattle

May 31, 2016

By John Hutcheson, Ph.D.

The BRD Report blog has featured several posts on the importance of reducing stress, especially at weaning, to reduce BRD outbreaks. With this post, we begin a two-part series that looks at both health and nutrition considerations to help ensure cattle on arrival are ready to thrive. Continue reading

VFD Impact: Four Suggestions for Getting Ready

November 17, 2015

By Brian Lubbers, D.V.M., Ph.D., Diplomate ACVCP, director of the Microbial Surveillance Lab at Kansas State University

In the previous post, we looked at some of the major changes that will come with the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD). While the rule won’t be in full effect until Jan. 1, 2017, veterinarians and producers can start planning and preparing now to transition to practices that are aligned with the mandate. 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