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Pastures and Bloating

With the current rainfall we have had, our pastures have grown. This spring has also brought a lot of clover to our pastures. I don’t think I have ever seen this much clover, especially white clover. And along with this clover comes the problems it presents. I have had a lot of clients with cattle on clover call and wonder what has bloated and killed their cattle. Clover is a legume and being very sweet and tender cattle love it. So, they lay their heads down and mow it off at the ground level Read More

Bulls and Testing From The Udder Side of the Story

And we are already into April for 2017. This means breeding season is about to start again. And we need to think about getting our bulls tested again. Well I had him tested when I got him 1-5 years ago and he was good then, so he should be good now; RIGHT????? No, No, No, bulls can go bad and start shooting blanks at any time. If they get a small case of foot rot and spike a fever, which could make them sterile. We could have damage to the epididymis or testicle. We could also just have somethin Read More

The Udder Side of the Story

Are We Ready for Calving Season And we are headed for calving season. I have already had a couple start calving. To prepare for calving season everyone needs to make sure they have a way that is easy for them and the cattle to catch them up. We do not want to have to take all day or night to catch a cow in trouble trying to have her baby. This lot needs to be clean and dry if possible. If you have a chute in the lot, then needs to be in working order. This can be done by spraying WD 40 on all of Read More

Anaplasmosis from The Udder Side of the Story

THE UDDER SIDE OF THE STORY   Fall is here and we have had a few cases of Anaplasmosis again.  I have personally diagnosed 4 cases already.  This disease is transmitted by blood sucking insects and/or needles.  If we do not change needles at the chute while we are vaccinating our cattle, it can be spread.  Beef quality assurance recommends that we change needles at least ever 10-15 head or injections.  This will allow us to always use a sharp needle and cause fewer traumas to the muscle or Read More

Hazards of Clover

With the current rainfall we have had, our pastures have grown.  This spring has also brought a lot of clover to our pastures.  I don’t think I have ever seen this much clover, especially white clover.  And along with this clover comes the problems it presents. I have had a lot of clients with cattle on clover call and wonder what has bloated and killed their cattle.  Clover is a legume and being very sweet and tender cattle love it.  So, they lay their heads down and mow it off at the gr Read More

Colostrum to Help New Babies Live

I have written an article about this before, but it is so important that I am going to refresh everyone’s mind about the facts again. I get a lot of questions about colostrum and new born babies. These babies must have at least 10% of their body weight the first 18 hours of life. The reason for this was discovered by Universities and the United States Meat Animal Research Center at Clay Center, Nebraska, back in the late 1990’s. The found that all calves that received 1 gallon of good qualit Read More

MYTHS ABOUT PET FOOD

I have a different topic for this article. I get asked a lot of questions about small animal nutrition and what food to feed them. Well, there are a lot of choices out there. What other section of the grocery store is more profitable for a whole aisle to be donated to than pet food. We also have a lot of what I call niche companies coming in to play. The newest one is about only feeding natural ingredients and no cereal grains. That’s OK, but are they balanced. One of the major advertisers has Read More

RABIES

RABIES I received the information from our Veterinarian in charge of Public Health for the state of Arkansas last week. It is very interesting that Rabies is on the rise again. Last year we had a total of 152 cases of confirmed positive. Of the 152 cases reported we had 118 skunks, 26 bats, 3 dogs, 3 cats, 1 cow and 1 horse. Contrary to popular belief, any mammal can get rabies. This disease is mainly transmitted by saliva or nervous tissue such as brain or cerebral spinal fluid. It mainly trave Read More

Parvo

Parvo is a deadly viral disease of dogs   Parvo is a viral disease of dogs.  Parvovirus which is sometimes shortened to just Parvo for a name sake.  It can hit them at any age, but mostly when young.  For definitions of Parvovirus, please, follow this link:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parvo.  When Parvo hits a dog it will attack the intestinal lining.  On the intestinal lining their are villi, which are like fingers or blades of grass.  I like to use the term blades of grass.  The Read More

SKIN AND DERMATITIS

Skin and Dermatitis on small animals in the summer. We have more problems with skin and dermatitis from various causes in the summer.  By doing skin scrapings and staining the slides from these we can see exactly what is causing the problem most generally.  Sometimes we need to take a punch biopsy of the skin and have a pathologist take a look. One of the most common skin and dermatitis problems I see is a yeast infection.  This yeast is commonly Malassezia sp.  This is a common yeast coming Read More