The Cattle Battle: Bovine Respiratory Disease

One of the greatest issues cattle owners face is Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD), a complex condition that can affect cattle of any age and breed. In North America, BRD is the leading cause of illness and death in cattle production systems, according to Dr. Matthew Scott, an assistant professor of microbial ecology & infectious disease […]

Keep Your Family Safe From Dangerous E. coli

While many animals—including humans—have harmless strains of E. coli living inside their gastrointestinal tracts, a dangerous form that often makes headlines is E. coli 0157, which can cause serious illness in people. Although E. coli 0157 outbreaks are usually caused by contaminated vegetables, meats, or other foods, these bacteria can also be spread by live […]

Keep Your Bovine Feeling Fine: Pain Management In Cattle

Unlike many animals that vocalize their discomfort, cattle tend to suffer in silence—making it all the more important for an owner to recognize the subtle signs of pain. Whether from age, injury, or illness, early detection of pain is an important step in bringing an animal back to health. Cattle are like most prey species […]

This Little Piggy Had A Healthy, Balanced Diet: Avoiding Pig Obesity

The age-old saying “you are what you eat” is not an exception for our swine friends. Even though pigs are primarily portrayed as round and plump, this may not be the healthiest lifestyle for them. Dr. Evelyn MacKay, a clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, offers some […]

The Warning Signs Of Rabies In Cattle

Rabies is usually associated with dogs or bats, but it also can develop insidiously in a variety of mammals. Rabies in livestock, such as cattle, may be rare, but its ability to spread through the herd still poses a serious risk.  Recently, rabies in cattle has been increasing in Texas; cases this year have already […]

Bad To The Bone: Fibrous Osteodystrophy In Large Animals

Horses, camels, llamas, and alpacas have more of a bone to pick with metabolic bone diseases—diseases associated with dietary deficiencies—than many owners realize. Fibrous osteodystrophy, in particular, can have serious consequences if not caught and treated early. Dr. Evelyn MacKay, a clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences […]

Making Your Home Dairy Less Scary: Pasteurization And Safe Milk Production

Hobby farmers can reap many benefits from owning food animals in a domestic environment; among these are eggs, fiber, companionship, and for owners of animals like cows, miniature cows, and goats, milk. However, milk obtained from an animal needs to be treated through a process called pasteurization in order to be fit for consumption. “Pasteurization […]

A Sound Season: What To Know About Bull Breeding And The BSE

Cattle owners who are looking to expand their herd should consider a Breeding Soundness Examination (BSE), a quick and routine evaluation of a bull’s reproductive abilities done by a veterinarian prior to the breeding season. A vital tool in supporting our nation’s food supply, this examination facilitates a bull’s ability to breed more effectively and […]

Hen Molting: What To Egg-spect

While the average pet owner may be familiar with the seemingly never-ending tufts of fur shed by their cat or dog, the hobby farmer may be more familiar with another loss of overcoat—hen molting. Molting is the annual process through which hens cease to lay eggs and, instead, divert their energy toward replacing their feathers. […]

Got Milk? The Ins And Outs Of Dairy Goat Ownership

For the more adventurous pet owner, there are many advantages to owning goats, including companionship, land management by grazing, and milk production. While companionship and grazing come naturally to these critters, potential owners interested in collecting dairy from their goats need to take into consideration additional factors to encourage lactation and ensure that their goat’s […]

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