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Dealing with diphtheria in calves

Dealing with diphtheria in calves

Several treatment options to get animals breathing again

Upper respiratory problems in cattle include diphtheria — the common name for infection/inflammation of the vocal folds of the larynx (voice box) at the back of the throat. Infection in this area is called necrotic laryngitis. Swelling from the inflammation can restrict the airway and make breathing difficult. In acute cases, the calf may die […] Read more

Calf bloated due to bacteria toxicity.

Treating colicky bloat in calves

Calf Management: Timeliness is critical and treatments are no guarantee


In some herds, calves die nearly every year from enterotoxemia caused by bacterial toxins. The calves are usually about a month old, but may be as young as a few days or as old as two to three months. They are generally healthy, fast-growing calves that suddenly develop acute gut pain, kicking at their belly […] Read more


How calves are managed after weaning as well as transportation can play a big factor in their health risk level once they get to a feed yard.

Determine the risk level of feeder calves

Animal Health: Knowledge of how weaning was handled is useful information

There are many factors to consider when bringing in calves to feed to minimize BRD (bovine respiratory disease). It is still the number one cause of morbidity and often mortality in our feedlots. Knowing the history of the calves at weaning time, distance transported, vaccination and health history, as well as upcoming weather conditions will […] Read more

Cow and calf in a field.

Proper management can prevent scours

Animal health

Most calf scour documents focus on treatment of calf scours and methods involved to eliminate an outbreak. But with the proper management, preventative measures have proven to substantially reduce all scours. Nothing is foolproof, but if certain measures are followed incidence of the disease can be dramatically reduced. Certain management procedures should be avoided as […] Read more


Trace minerals key to healthy calf-cow rebreeding

Better bunks and pastures

The last trimester is a very critical time for the average beef cow and her unborn calf. Her unborn calf gains about three-quarters of its birth weight during this period, dramatically increasing all her primary nutrient requirements. While feeding better-quality forages together with a few more pounds of grain and protein supplement tend to cover […] Read more