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Increase productivity by keeping beef cattle healthy

Frontier Extension District will host “Beef Cattle Health Night” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 12, 2020, at the Overbrook Livestock Commission Company, 305 W. First St., Overbrook, Kan.

Dr. A.J. Tarpoff, Kansas State University Extension beef veterinarian, will be the speaker for the evening. Tarpoff will discuss lameness and the fact that not all lameness is a foot rot problem.

Tarpoff will also speak about parasites and their control options.

Lameness is leg or foot pain that affects how cattle move. If left untreated, this can lead to lost production and animal welfare concerns. There are many causes of lameness – it can be caused by nutrition, injury, environmental factors, and infections. It is important that the source of the lameness be diagnosed and treated quickly to reduce or minimize economic loss.

Internal and external parasites are a problem to cattle that can reduce productivity and profitability of a cattle operation. Internal parasites affect the gastrointestinal tract by damaging and irritating the stomach and intestinal lining. The damage results in decreased digestion and absorption of nutrients as well as protein and blood loss. This can lead to further production losses like decreased feed intake, reduced weaning weight, poor feed efficiency, reduced milk production and reduced reproductive performance.

For more information, contact Rod Schaub, Frontier District Extension agent, at 785-828-4438 or [email protected].

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