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Management and Challenges of Solar-Powered Electric Fencing

 By Jaclyn Krymowski. Electric fencing may be one of the biggest innovations in livestock handling since barbed wire. With better reliability, affordability and, thanks to enhanced solar batteries, more effective range and mobility, we are living in a global era of portable and permanent fencing. Beyond keeping animals in, electric fencing has also offered a […]

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Calf Vaccinations

 By Heather Smith Thomas. Newborn calves gain temporary (passive) immunity from diseases when they ingest colostrum, since this “first milk” contains maternal antibodies.  After a few weeks or months this temporary protection wanes, however, and calves must build their own immunities.  Vaccinating calves at the proper time in their young lives can help protect them […]

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From Surviving to Thriving

A Closer Look at How the New Product FerAppease® can help Cattle Mitigate Stress, while Benefiting Health, Weight Gain, and Well-being.  By Rodrigo C. Bicalho, DVM, PhD – Fera Diagnostics and Biologicals Corporation. What is FerAppease? FerAppease’s active ingredient is a synthetic analogue of the Maternal Bovine Appeasing Substance (MBAS). MBAS is naturally secreted by the […]

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Should I Test for BVD?

 Article and photos courtesy of Central State Testing. Most people associate BVD with large, train wreck-like catastrophes. Rarely is this the case. What BVD does is quietly rob you by decreased gain, increased medicine costs, increased mortality and morbidity. You are puzzled — something is wrong with that pen and no matter what you do […]

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