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Anaplasmosis in southern IL - need beef producers help

Hello all, It has been a while since I have posted anything but I have been on the road quite extensively the last two months in southern IL.  The reason I have been on the road so much is the grant that I received from the IL Beef Association.  I have had the opportunity to meet new cattlemen through out the 27 southern county region and am grateful for them allowing me to take blood s...

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Watch for lice this winter

Posted by Teresa Steckler - Disease

Wintertime is high time for lice infestations. If you see evidence of scratching or rubbing, the time to act is now. Livestock producers at one time or another have had a lice infestation in the herd.  When lice populations are heavy enough to cause cattle to be visibly scratching, it is apparent that cattle are not performing optimally.  Managing lice in purebred herds is important from a cos...

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Viral pathogens can move from country to country through feed

Posted by Teresa Steckler - Disease

I read this on Meatingplace; it is an intriguing concept. By Michael Fielding on 10/31/2016...

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It’s grass tetany season

The weather is warming, well, minus the periodic snowstorm.  Nevertheless temperatures are beginning to rise which means greening and growing pastures (or very soon) and that means cattlemen need to pay special attention to grass tentany prevention. Grass tetany is known by numerous names - grass staggers, hypomagnesemia, magnesium tetany or wheat/rye pasture poisoning.  Regardless of a...

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Ear tag units may detect sick beef cattle

Posted by Teresa Steckler - Disease

Technology can be a wonderful thing...especially when it works!  One technology is accelerometers.  They measure acceleration such as when a smartphone switches orientation from portrait to landscape, depending on how it's tilted, or a car's airbag inflates when it senses collision forces. The devices can detect the most sensitive of motions, from the number of steps taken during a morning walk to...

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Calfhood vaccination to prevent post-weaning BRD

Posted by Teresa Steckler - Disease

Phil Griebel, DVM, PhD, presented research results suggesting vaccinating newborn calves, using a modified live, intranasal vaccine, can provide protection against pathogens causing bovine respiratory disease later in life. Griebel is a research fellow at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization and professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Saskatchewan. ...

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Century-Old Mystery Solved; Bluetongue Transmission Cracked

Posted by Teresa Steckler - Disease

For more than a century, a livestock disease mystery has stumped producers and veterinarians alike—how does bluetongue disease overwinter? The answer is the virus survives the winter by reproducing in the tiny midges that transmit it, report veterinary scientists at the University of California, Davis. The disease cycle was confusing—bluetongue is most prevalent when midges...

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Researchers Study New Class of Animal Deworming Agent

Posted by Teresa Steckler - Disease

Hello all, I thought this is a rather important topic for cattlemen - parasite resistance to dewormers.  While I have provided programming to small ruminant producers about anthelmintic resistance, it is also an issue for cattlemen.  If we keep using dewormers indiscriminately, we may lose the efficacy of these tools. To avoid the development of drug resistance by parasites, the treatme...

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Antibiotic resistance genes are essentially everywhere

Posted by Teresa Steckler - Disease

Hello all. While I am not an authority on the whole antibiotic issue, I do try to keep abreast of pertinent research.  Here's an interesting one that I read that was on the Feedstuffs website.  (see the following url for the original posting: Feedstuff s) The largest...

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