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Best Management Practices Parasite Control in Beef Cattle
This fact sheet discusses principals of parasite control in beef cattle with the goal of maintaining long-term anthelmintic efficacy.

Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus (BVD) of Cattle
brahman bull standing in pasture

BVD is a viral disease of cattle that can cause clinical disease and subclinical production losses. This article discusses the common signs of this disease and how to manage it.

Facts About Antibiotic Use in Beef Cattle
Facts About Antibiotic Use in Beef Cattle

This fact sheet list talking points about antibiotic use in beef cattle.

Infertility in Cattle
Infertility in Cattle

This fact sheet discusses both infectious and non-infectious causes of infertility in cattle.

Bull Breeding Soundness Evaluations
Brahman bull on pasture
Performing breeding soundness evaluations on herd bulls is a sound investment for beef cow-calf operations. A bull breeding soundness evaluation (BSE) is a uniform method of assessing a bull’s likelihood of accomplishing pregnancy in an appropriate number of open, healthy, cycling cows or heifers in a defined breeding season.
Cow Nutrition Affects Calf Health And Herd Productivity For Years
black calves eating feed from trough
Winter feeding costs are a major expense in cow-calf herds. So, selecting a winter feeding program that is cost-efficient is imperative. However, making sure nutrient requirements are met during this time is critical to future profitability. An investment now can pay dividends for years to come.
Aflatoxins in Feeds
Is there an absolutely safe level? The answer is probably no. For beef cows, including pregnant cows, a maximum of 100 ppb in the total diet appears to be a practical answer.
Poisonous Plants for Louisiana Livestock in the Fall
Senna occidentalis
Images of major poisonous plants are presented to assist livestock owners with plant recognition. Toxic effects are also mentioned.
Photosensitization in Cattle and Horses
Burned muzzle, discharges from inflamed eyelids.
Photosensitization, also known as photodermatitis, occurs when the liver is unable to excrete a metabolite of chlorophyll from forages the animal has eaten. The metabolite accumulates in the skin and is activated by sunlight. The reaction yields free radicals that "burn" the skin.
Anthrax in Louisiana
Horse with swelling
Anthrax in livestock and horses is described. Topics discussed include: A brief history of the disease, persistance of spores in soil, clinical signs, what to do if anthrax suspected, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control.
Important Fly Pests of Louisiana Beef Cattle
Important Fly Pests of Louisiana Beef Cattle
The blood-sucking fly pests of Louisiana beef cattle include the horn fly, stable fly and many species of tabanids. By understanding the biology and life cycle of each pest, producers will be better able to devise more effective fly control programs. This publication explains how, in most cases, an integrated approach, whereby more than one control method is used, will prove more effective for long-term fly control. (PDF Format Only)
Health Conditions Common to Show Animals
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A brief review of the common health problems that can afflict cattle, sheep and pigs. Symptoms and treatments are described, but this is not meant to be a treatment guide. (PDF Format Only)
Diseases of Louisiana Cattle
Cattle in all beef herds are subjected to some of the common diseases. Vaccines are available that can induce some degree of protection against several of the major diseases of cattle.
Effects of Pesticides on Livestock
Some pesticides can potentially harm livestock. There are steps farmers can take in order to counteract toxic effects and minimize the risk of exposure.