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Beef conference to focus on infectious diseases

Beef Cattle Conference takes place June 16-17 in Calgary

The University of Calgary Faculty of veterinary medicine’s annual Beef Cattle Conference takes place June 16-17 in Calgary. This year’s focus is on infectious disease diagnosis and control, including overviews of diarrhea, respiratory disease, and other diseases; biosecurity; vaccination; and preconditioning. There will also be workshops on managing pre-weaning diseases, infectious lameness in the feedlot, […] Read more


Recent hot, dry weather has resulted in prime conditions for anthrax to develop.

Anthrax detected in northern Alberta

Two cases confirmed from two separate beef cattle farms in the Fort Vermillion area

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has been notified of confirmed cases of anthrax in two separate beef cattle farms in the Fort Vermillion area. Given these findings and recently confirmed cases in Saskatchewan, producers are reminded to be on the look-out for anthrax. The recent hot, dry weather has led to conditions that are favourable for […] Read more

There are combination vaccines that protect cows against IBR, as well as diseases such as BVD, 
with just one vaccination.

Highly contagious IBR on the rise in cow herds

Infectious bovine rhinotracheitis causes abortions and leads to massive losses in a naive cow herd

Sooner or later folks say, everything old is new again. In the case of infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR), that is not what a cattle producer wants to hear. “We are seeing IBR raising its head again in cow herds,” says Dr. Cec Ruschkowski of Oyen Veterinary Clinic. The disease is often viewed as a feedlot […] Read more