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Veterinary Agri-Health Services Ltd. is a health management oriented veterinary practice based in Alberta that provides high quality professional services to feedlot and cow/calf operations across western Canada.  These services focus on three areas: (1) animal health and production related management strategies and problem solving, (2) animal well being and product quality, and (3) producer education and information transfer.  Our services include vaccination,  treatment and parasite control programs, nutritional advice, computerized record systems and health monitoring, regular consultation and reproductive health visits, as well as...

Feedlot Mystery Case

The pen checkers came in late morning and said there was a steer down in a recently placed pen of calves.  The steer was down on its side and all four legs and tail were stiff and extended.  He seemed alert, but would not even attempt to rise.  The pen had been received the usual processing protocol including 4-way MLV and low dose 7-way Clostridial vaccines.  Any intact bulls, including this animal, had been band castrated.  He was treated for nervous disease, but died overnight.  Two days later another steer was walking stiffly and despite being treated, developed similar symptoms and went on to die.  A veterinarian was called and...

Internal Parasitism of Cattle

Newsletter|Mike Jelinski|VAHS Traditionally parasitism has been viewed as an annoyance in the Canadian beef production system and not as a significant cause of production loss.  Although warmer climates have more suitable conditions for parasites to thrive, Canada still has a significant number of the most common internal parasites including Ostertagia, Trichostrongylus and Cooperia.  These parasites commonly infect grazing cattle and are a concern for both cow-calf herds and feedlots. Cattle become infected on pasture when larvae “swim” from manure pats up onto grass under damp conditions and are ingested by grazing cattle.  The...

American Meat Institute Foundation (AMIF) unveils ...

American Meat Institute | August 13, 2012 Washington, DC – The American Meat Institute Foundation (AMIF) today unveiled the 2012 Recommended Animal Care & Handling Guidelines & Audit Guide, now in its 15th year.  Authored by leading animal welfare expert Temple Grandin, Ph.D., the audit guide has revolutionized the way the meat packing industry handles animals and measures animal welfare based upon simple core criteria. The audit grew out of a report that Grandin did for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1996, in which she hypothesized that animal welfare did not have to be subjective, but rather could be evaluated...

Beef Cattle Research Council

Announcing the Launch of www.BeefResearch.ca    Calgary, AB – The Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) is pleased to announce the launch of www.BeefResearch.ca.  This new website is a dynamic, central resource for Canadian beef research news and information.  Cow-calf producers, feedlots, veterinarians, meat packers, researchers and other industry stakeholders can visit BeefResearch.ca to stay informed of the latest innovations and access the information needed to make informed decisions.   BeefResearch.ca features information on the industry’s research priorities and objectives, background information on research topics,...

Drought and the cattle industry

Chris Hurt, Purdue University | Updated: August 6, 2012|Veterinary Agri-Health Services (cow-calf and feedlot health consulting veterinarians ) The beef industry has already experienced a number of difficult years characterized by falling cow numbers and declining per capita beef supplies. There was hope in the first-half of this year that this downward production phase was coming to an end, but the drought of 2012 has erased those hopes. So, where is the cattle industry today, and what do we know about the impacts of this year’s drought? The mid-year Cattle inventory report from USDA indicated that beef cow numbers had dropped by an...