Cattle Press Releases

Develop protocols to reduce mastitis in your herd

by Linda Tikofsky, DVM
Professional Services Veterinarian, Dairy
Boehringer Ingelheim

The dairy industry is conditioned to grab a tube and treat every case of mastitis that comes along. But, in reality, all mastitis cases are not created equal, and treating all cases the same can mean you’re wasting time, milk and money. Since many mastitis cases will self-cure or are caused by pathogens that won’t respond to antibiotic treatment, determining the specific pathogen causing the mastitis before you treat can ensure you choose the most effective treatment.

Trich Remains Costly Disease for Beef Producers

While states like Colorado have reported a reduction in the number of cases of trichomoniasis, Dr. Robert Larson, professor at Kansas State University, said we still have a long way to go to eliminate the disease from U.S. cattle herds. “This is a disease that causes greater losses than any other disease we’ve seen from a reproductive standpoint,” said Dr. Larson.

BQA Free Certification Period Announced

During the 2016 Annual Cattle Industry Convention, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI), announced a Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) free-certification period — from now through April 15. Beef and dairy producers can take advantage of free BQA certification online courtesy of BIVI and the BQA program, which is funded in part by the beef checkoff. Register today and complete your certification at your own convenience.

Dairies Can Save Thousands with Strategic Mastitis Treatment

Reducing mastitis treatment costs by tens of thousands of dollars is possible, according to a new study from Cornell University. This study identifies a more calculated approach to mastitis treatments that reduces the overall amount of antibiotics needed. Not only does this new approach provide excellent cure rates, it is more cost-effective for dairy producers.

“The results should change the way dairies look at mastitis treatment,” continues Dr. Tikosfky. “There were no statistically significant differences between the two groups in clinical cure, next-test-day milk production, somatic cell counts or risk of culling. But the days out of the bulk tank were much higher for the blanket therapy group, at almost nine days versus seven days for the culture group.”

The study concludes that the additional cost of unnecessary antibiotics, combined with the amount of milk discarded, can cost dairy producers more than $32,000 per 1,000 cows.

Bovine Veterinarians Stampede Through New Orleans

The streets of the Big Easy experienced a herd of running cattle veterinarians in the AABP Stampede 5K presented by Cydectin®, held at the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) Annual Convention from Sept. 17–19, 2015, in New Orleans. The event raises funds to support the AABP Amstutz Scholarship for bovine veterinary students. In all, a record 199 bovine veterinarians and veterinary students from 32 states and six countries participated in this year’s 3.1 miler.

Earn Free Beef Quality Assurance Certification This Fall

From now through Nov. 20, producers and those affiliated with the cattle industry can take advantage of free Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) online certification at This opportunity is possible through a partnership between Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) and the check-off funded BQA program.

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. Introduces Market Ready® Quality Feeder Calf Preconditioning Program

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) announces the introduction of the Market Ready® Quality Feeder Calf Preconditioning Program for beef producers. Industry research studies have shown an average net return from preconditioning ranging from $25 – $33 per head, making it just one of the many pieces producers need when capturing more value for their calves.1,2

Help Support Young Veterinary Careers

For the second year, in support of its Prevention Works philosophy, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) is offering Future Service Scholarships to support future cattle veterinarians graduating from the Iowa State University (ISU) College of Veterinary Medicine.

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. Announces New Leadership Positions

In efforts to deepen its expertise as a leader in equine and cattle health, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) announces Dr. Scott King as the new director of the U.S. Cattle Marketing team, and Amanda McAvoy as senior associate director of the U.S. Equine Marketing team.

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. Helps New Diagnostic Center Break Ground

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) recently broke ground on its new Veterinary Diagnostic Center. Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) contributed support for the state-of-the-art facility that will provide improved service to livestock producers and veterinarians throughout the region and the country. It is expected to open by the end of 2017.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln officially broke ground on its new Veterinary Diagnostic Center at a ceremony on April 29, 2015. Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) contributed support for the $44.7 million state-of-the-art facility that will provide improved service to livestock producers and veterinarians throughout the region and the country.

From left to right:
Mike Foley, Lt. Governor, Nebraska
Hank Bounds, president, University of Nebraska

Nebraska BIVI sales representatives Dan Wolfe of Raymond and Ben Siegfried of McCook visit with Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director Greg Ibach. The Department of Agriculture oversees the state veterinarian's office, which is responsible for monitoring the health of livestock herds. Ibach said the center is an invaluable partner to producers in the state.