Umbilical masses in calves are a common problem presented to veterinarians. Proper management of these masses first requires a correct diagnosis. The differentials for umbilical masses include hernias and infections/abscesses. Although some hernias can spontaneously resolve, most umbilical problems require surgery.
ST. PAUL, MINN. - 6/13/05 - Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns says he is pleased with the firewalls the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has put in place to protect the U.S. beef supply from potential disease.
Management of beef cattle lameness can be frustrating for veterinarians and producers. But compared to our one-toed equine patients, we have two toes to work with on each foot. This presents some treatment and pain-management options not available for all species. The following article details treatment options I've become familiar with in practice.
The U.S. Supreme Court has yet to decide whether the mandatory fee on cattle sold in the United States is legal. Half of the money goes to the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) and half to state beef councils to help fund advertising, research, and education programs.
Maximizing calf survivability is crucial to economic success of beef producers. But having healthy calves starts many months before calving season. Proper herd nutrition impacts calf survivability more than any other factor. Proper environment/facilities also are important. If these two factors are under control, herd outbreaks of calf diseases will be minimized.