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It takes about four weeks for a new calf to build its immunity to scour-causing pathogens, so it makes sense to keep it away from contaminated ground.

A simple system to fit the scourge of scours

Losses, treatment costs, and reduced performance can be a $4,000 hit in a 100-head beef herd

Editor’s note: This article from the Beef Cattle Research Council posted last fall offers what could be money-saving advice for producers heading into spring calving. The following is a condensed version. The full article ‘How fresh pens and pastures prevent calf losses’ can be found at www.beefresearch.ca. Doug Wray believes in keeping newborn calves separated […] Read more

Ensuring a calf gets enough colostrum and has dry bedding can lessen the chance it will become sick.

Have a game plan before calving season gets underway

The risk factors that can sicken young calves are numerous but some can be mitigated, says veterinarian

The upcoming calving season will be a time of risk for disease on cow-calf operations. Pathogens that cause disease in young calves are present in all herds, so careful management is necessary to prevent them from getting sick. “Cow-calf producers most often deal with scours, septicemia, respiratory disease, and joint or navel ill,” said Dr. […] Read more


Now’s the time to make a list on improving calf processing

Beef 911: There are always ways to improve and it’s worthwhile reviewing how things went this year


Since the traditional time for getting calves ready for grass is close to over, it is good to review your protocols, methods, and any issues you had this year and introduce ways to improve next year. There are two main ways ranchers process calves. The first is the traditional way we call ‘branding,’ where calves […] Read more

Calving during hot weather with no shade is a recipe for trouble

Beef 911: Being proactive and taking a few simple steps means 
you may never need to deal with hyperthermia

Every year during the first few hot days of summer, we hear media warnings about leaving pets unattended in closed vehicles, where temperatures can rise to over 50 C. We often don’t realize how susceptible livestock are to the same condition. Many a farmer or veterinarian has been fooled by symptoms resembling a toxemia or […] Read more