Health and Care

Information on beef cattle health, including hoof health, colostrum and weaning, toxic weeds, Johne’s Disease, foot and mouth disease, heat and cold stress and vaccines. Tips on bison production, nitrate toxicity and livestock transportation.

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Grass Tetany Can Be a Killer
Grass Tetany Can Be a Killer - Articles Articles
Early spring when the grass is growing is a dangerous time in pastures because of the hidden danger of grass tetany. More
Adapted from John Herrick, Iowa State University, Extension Veterinarian
Cold Stress and Beef Cattle - Articles Articles
Be prepared to handle and transport cattle appropriately in cold weather. The cold, wet and wind of winter weather present a different set of challenges. More
Calf fitted with a device to keep it from nursing it's dam.
Reducing Stress at Weaning - Articles Articles
Ensuring your calves are healthy, by reducing stress, will improve their performance in the feedlot and improve your relationship with your buyers. More
Composting Animal Mortalities Composting Animal Mortalities - Articles

Composting Animal Mortalities

David R. Wolfgang, VMD, MPH DABVP-Dairy

Despite the best intentions and care in animal agricultural facilities there are occasional animal mortalities. More
Beef Production and Management
Beef Production and Management - Online Courses Online Courses

Beef Production and Management

7

19 hours

$199.00
This online course about raising beef cattle covers breeds, establishing facilities, nutrition and reproduction, and marketing and finances. More
Poison hemlock in the spring time along a fencerow. Image from Ohio State University.
Livestock Producers Should Recognize and Manage Poison Hemlock - News News
“This is the time of year when you start to notice poison hemlock. Best management practices should take place before it flowers, produces more seed, and continues to spread”. More
Johne's Certified Veterinarian Training
Johne's Certified Veterinarian Training - Articles Articles

Johne's Certified Veterinarian Training

Ernest Hovingh, DVM, PhD, David Zellner

Two options exist for recertification of Johne's Certified Veterinarians. More
Johne's Disease Herd Certification
Johne's Disease Herd Certification - Articles Articles
A systematic process exists for recognizing participation in and testing for Johne's Disease in cattle herds in Pennsylvania. More
Agroterrorism: A Threat to US Animal Agriculture Agroterrorism: A Threat to US Animal Agriculture - Articles

Agroterrorism: A Threat to US Animal Agriculture

Bhushan M. Jayarao, MVSc, PhD, MPH

The first of a two part series about agroterrorism More
Biosecurity Risk Assessment: Livestock Exhibitions
Biosecurity Risk Assessment: Livestock Exhibitions - Articles Articles

Biosecurity Risk Assessment: Livestock Exhibitions

Ernest Hovingh, DVM, PhD, David R. Wolfgang, VMD, MPH DABVP-Dairy

A checklist to determine the biosecurity risk at Livestock Exhibitions. More
Biosecurity Overview
Biosecurity Overview - Articles Articles

Biosecurity Overview

Ernest Hovingh, DVM, PhD

Farm Biosecurity: Management practices to minimize or prevent the transmission of disease within and between herds and flocks. More
Biosecurity Signs
Biosecurity Signs - Articles Articles

Biosecurity Signs

Ernest Hovingh, DVM, PhD, Louise Byler

Examples of biosecurity signs that can be posted at animal farms/facilities to reduce the risk of importing/transmitting disease. More
Johne’s Disease Contacts Johne’s Disease Contacts - Articles

Johne’s Disease Contacts

Ernest Hovingh, DVM, PhD

Contact information for various people involved with Johne's Disease efforts in Pennsylvania. More
Biosecurity Risk of Vets, Ag Service Personnel and Visitors
Biosecurity Risk of Vets, Ag Service Personnel and Visitors - Articles Articles
A checklist to determine the biosecurity risk of individuals to dairy herds. More
Biosecurity Risk Assessment: Farm Visitors and Exhibitions
Biosecurity Risk Assessment: Farm Visitors and Exhibitions - Articles Articles

Biosecurity Risk Assessment: Farm Visitors and Exhibitions

Ernest Hovingh, DVM, PhD, Bhushan M. Jayarao, MVSc, PhD, MPH, Robert J. Van Saun, DVM, MS, PhD

Biosecurity is a series of effective measures implemented to prevent or reduce the introduction and spread of infectious disease pathogens. More
Biosecurity Fundamentals
Biosecurity Fundamentals - Articles Articles

Biosecurity Fundamentals

Ernest Hovingh, DVM, PhD, Robert J. Van Saun, DVM, MS, PhD, Bhushan M. Jayarao, MVSc, PhD, MPH

The basics of disease biosecurity, why a biosecurity plan should be implemented, and how to get a plan in motion. More
Table of Disinfectants used on the Farm
Table of Disinfectants used on the Farm - Articles Articles

Table of Disinfectants used on the Farm

Ernest Hovingh, DVM, PhD

Information about disinfectants commonly used on the farm for disease control. More
Early Weaning Calves
Early Weaning Calves - Articles Articles

Early Weaning Calves

John W. Comerford

Early weaning calves will be an effective management tool for many breeders and will improve subsequent performance of the cow herd. More
Calving Season Preparation
Calving Season Preparation - Articles Articles

Calving Season Preparation

Dustin Heeter, John W. Comerford

After baling hay and fighting snow to feed the cows, a dead calf can be a frustrating and costly result. Preparation and timely action will help make a successful calving season. More
Cows with calves on grass
Green Grass Calving - Articles Articles

Green Grass Calving

Daniel M. Kniffen

There are many advantages to green grass calving when compared to late winter early spring calving. More
Colostrum and Calf Productivity: A Review
Colostrum and Calf Productivity: A Review - Articles Articles
Recent studies at Penn State have shown that 20-25% of veal and dairy-beef calves do not receive colostrum prior to sale. More
Causes of Vaccine Failure in Beef Cattle
Causes of Vaccine Failure in Beef Cattle - Articles Articles
Vaccine failure can be reduced by understanding cattle status, using good vaccination management using the right vaccines at the right time. More
Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) - Risk posed by the importation of meat (beef) Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) - Risk posed by the importation of meat (beef) - Articles
"What is the risk of importing Food & Mouth Disease in imported beef?" More
Beef Herd Health
Beef Herd Health - Articles Articles

Beef Herd Health

Daniel M. Kniffen

Herd Health is a prime example of “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. More
Prepare Early for Easy Calving
Prepare Early for Easy Calving - Articles Articles
The spring season on beef cattle operations, usually means heavy calving as well as preparing the pastures. Here are a few tips that will help to keep you prepared and make calving season easy! More
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