Hormones, such as estrogen, occur naturally in nearly all plants and animals, including cattle and humans. Growth technologies transfer balanced hormones to beef cattle and allow producers to deliver leaner, more sustainable beef, using fewer resources, such as water and acres of grain and grass for feed. They also allow producers to produce more beef from fewer head of cattle.
Merck Animal Health announced the launch of Creating Connections, a new program designed to help producers better understand cattle behavior and use that knowledge to employ strategies that can reduce stress, improve reproduction and foster stronger immune responses. Since calmer cattle are easier to examine, diagnose, treat and move, the techniques shared through Creating Connections will help make it easier for producers to improve the health of their herds.
Backgrounding — a process that begins after weaning and ends at the placement of thriving cattle in a feedyard — adds pounds to calves by paying special attention to their health and nutrition in the hopes of higher returns. Some cow/calf producers may decide to incorporate a backgrounding program within their operation. For those who do, Eric Moore, D.V.M., Merck Animal Health, reminds these producers that backgrounding brings another set of issues to manage.
Being aware of the signs of bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is imperative when managing a BRD breakout. Read more to learn several signs that could be indicators of illness.
Dr. Bill Burdett, D.V.M., Merck Animal Health, discusses how to maximize immune response from your cattle vaccination program.