Updated Pink Eye Fact Sheet Now Available

An updated version of the fact sheet on Pink Eye, written by Dr. Sandy Stuttgen, DVM, and UW Madison Division of Extension Agriculture Educator in Taylor County is now available at this link: Pink Eye Fact Sheet.  It is also located on the Health and Veterinary Resources page here on the Wisconsin Beef Information website.

Read More...

Pinkeye Vaccination Programs

Moraxella bovis is the bacteria responsible for summer pinkeye. Research has identified a non-summer pinkeye that is associated with carrier animals and its lesions do not need physical trauma or summer flies and UV light to precipitate them. Isolated from bovine eyes, the causative bacteria, Moraxella bovoculi, may be isolated from nasal and vaginal tissues […]

Read More...

Prevent Pinkeye by Controlling Face Flies

We often think of pinkeye as only a summer problem; and now in Wisconsin (July-August) is the time to be watchful for the contagious pinkeye that develops in response to eye irritation from UV light and physical eye irritation from mature grass/seed heads, blowing dust/sand and flies, primarily face flies. Pinkeye vaccination may help reduce […]

Read More...

Maintaining Lines of Separation, the New Normal

For years we have heard about biosecurity concerns involving contagious livestock diseases, especially for pork and poultry. Now the highly contagious COVID-19 pandemic has hit close to home for humans around the world. Human physical distancing to combat COVID-19 is being encouraged to reduce the infection risk. Social (physical) distancing is the hallmark of biosecurity. […]

Read More...

Ivermectin products for animals are not intended for COVID-19 treatment

UW-Madison Division of Extension agriculture educators respond to reports of people wanting ivermectin to treat COVID-19 and self-medicating by taking ivermectin products intended for animals. To read the article, visit https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/covid19/category/topics/farming/livestock/ Watch an interview with the authors in the YouTube video below.

Read More...

Are You Worried About COVID-19 Transmission to and from Animals?

How does COVID-19 end up on your farm? Are farmers immune to COVID-19? Can you get COVID-19 from your animals? Can infected farmers spread it to their animals? Here are a few resources to help explain the situation as we currently know it. How does COVID-19 end up on your farm? It is important to […]

Read More...

Successful calving season starts with preparation

For cow-calf producers, the results of calving time can be the main factor that dictates the operation’s profit and loss margins for the year. While Mother Nature can attempt to have her say in the results of your calving season, there are many actions you can take to limit her effect on your herd. Herd […]

Read More...

Winter Bedding Considerations for Beef Cattle

While cattle can endure colder outdoor temperatures than humans can, winter bedding is ideal for desirable feed efficiency and growth performance. Understanding the average core temperature of cattle and the thermoneutral zone can help producers make winter bedding decisions. The thermoneutral zone is a range of outdoor temperatures that cattle can endure without changing their […]

Read More...

Take precautions to minimize the risk of mycotoxins in feeds this winter

There have been several reports of mold in feeds this year.  In addition, reports of animal health problems due to toxins in feeds have been more frequent than usual.  Higher levels of the mold and spoilage means an increased potential for mycotoxins in feeds. It is important to remember that just because feeds have visible […]

Read More...