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Cattle

Species name Bovine.  Scientific name bos primigenius.  For the  most part these food producing animals that are being raised in large numbers for meat, milk or both.   Our region most commonly falls under the category of Cow-Calf, meaning most of our producers have a herd of cows (females) that give birth and the calves are sold at market as the end product.  We have a smaller group of dairy producers that raise dairy breeds for the sole purpose of producing fluid milk to sold commercially.  We are also seeing an increasing number of individuals that own small numbers of cattle for personal use, i.e they are self-sustaining farmers that use the milk and meat for their own consumption instead of raising large numbers to be sold commercially.  The smallest group of our clients are the individuals that have pet cattle.  Usually these are smaller breeds like Dexter or miniature Zebu.

Services we offer for Cattle

Production consultation and Chute-side herd work:

  • Palpation for pregnancy (as early as 45-60 days of gestation)
  • Ultrasound for pregnancy (as early as 28 days of gestation)
  • Vaccination and deworming
  • Castration and dehorning
  • Trouble shooting problems

 

Emergency and Surgical Services

  • Cesarean sections
  • Dystocias (calving difficulties)
  • Treatment of “down” cows
  • Treatment of sick or injured cattle

 

Reproductive Services

  • Early pregnancy ultrasound (as early as 28 days post breeding)
  • Fetal sex determination (via ultrasound at 55-85 days of gestation)
  • Artificial insemination (must purchase your own semen)
  • Estrus (heat) synchronization
  • Transplantation of frozen embryos
  • Bull breeding soundness exams.
  • Semen storage: have your semen shipped to us and we will store it in our tank until time for breeding.

 

With the exception of  truly “down” cows (which means they CANNOT get up), we require owners to have suitable facilities in which to safely and adequately move and restrain cattle regardless of age and breed.  A chute with headgate is usually sufficient.

Most owners do not realize how mobile cattle can be even in birthing situations.  Just because they are in labor does not mean that they are going to lay there and allow the veterinarian do whatever they need to do to get the calf out.

Cattle can be dangerous to approach, examine and treat, especially by strangers (which is anyone other than you).

Sick baby calves do not require a chute or headgate, but need to be handled away from the mother.  Momma cows can be very dangerous when they think their calves are being threatened.

Technical procedures like artificial insemination, embryo transplantation, breeding soundness exams and surgeries require the animals to be restrained from moving side to side and back and forth (aka a really solid chute and headgate).