Cattle Press Releases

Four Steps to Successful Fresh Cow Management

DULUTH, Georgia. (November 25, 2019) — The beginning of each new lactation challenges a dairy cow’s ability to maintain normal blood calcium concentrations, often opening the door to costly diseases such as hypocalcemia, or “milk fever.” Unlike clinical hypocalcemia, which is usually identified by down cows, cattle dealing with subclinical hypocalcemia do not show any obvious signs.

Three Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Pour-on Dewormer

“Let’s face it….We aren’t going to have an unending supply of new molecules and new active ingredients for parasite control,” warned Dr. John Davidson, senior associate director, beef cattle professional services, Boehringer Ingelheim. “That’s why we need to ensure judicious and proper use of the products we have available now — to ensure they maintain their efficacy in the years to come.”

Dr. Davidson said there are several best practices for getting good parasite control from pour-on dewormers:

Reducing Antibiotic Use on Your Dairy

Reducing antibiotic use is better for the cow, the producer and the consumer. To be more judicious with antibiotic use, start by adjusting treatment protocols for mastitis, an infection responsible for the greatest antibiotic use on dairies.1

“Our strategies for preventing mastitis and being selective about which animals get treated with antibiotics balance judicious use of antibiotics with the need to provide good animal care and improve animal productivity,” said Heidi Fischer, winner of the 2019 Producers for Progress Recognition Program.*

It Pays to Map Out a Herd Health Program with Your Veterinarian

DULUTH, Ga. (November 25, 2019) — “A comprehensive herd health program is important for two key reasons,” said Richard Linhart, DVM, Boehringer Ingelheim. “The primary reason is to keep the cattle healthy. The second reason, though many people may not realize, is for marketing purposes. Cattle that are handled, nourished and vaccinated properly are going to be more enticing for potential buyers. Those cattle will bring you more money than cattle not properly enrolled in a health program.” 

Is Your Farm a Good Candidate for Selective Dry Cow Therapy?

Prostaglandin Choice Can Improve Synchronization Success

DULUTH, Georgia. (August 15, 2019) — “For dairy producers, controlling reproduction is one of the fastest ways to make an economic impact,” stated Stephen Foulke, DVM, DABVP, Boehringer Ingelheim. “And the key to successful breeding is making sure we achieve complete luteal regression as quickly as possible.” 

Preparing Cattle for Breeding

Disappointed in Average Daily Gains on Your Operation? Parasites May Be to Blame.

DULUTH, Georgia. (Aug. 15, 2019) — It’s no secret that heavy worm loads negatively impact overall herd health and producers’ bottom lines. In fact, parasitic infections have been estimated to cost livestock producers more than $3 billion in economic losses each year.1

New Internal Teat Sealant Added to Boehringer Ingelheim Dairy Mastitis Portfolio

For the first time, dairy producers have a choice in internal teat sealants, and new Lockout™ comes with advantages, like a more ergonomic syringe design and a visible blue paste for easy identification during the removal process.

Boehringer Ingelheim (BI), the second largest animal health business in the world, added LOCKOUT internal teat sealant to its mastitis portfolio earlier this year. LOCKOUT is a non-antibiotic paste that creates an immediate physical barrier against mastitis-causing bacteria at the time of dry-off or in pre-fresh dairy heifers.

What You Should Know About Coliform Mastitis

Figure 1: Economic losses from clinical mastitis.3


1 Continuing market study. Research Department, Hoard’s Dairyman. 2018.

2 Rollin E, Dhuyvetter KC, Overton MW. The cost of clinical mastitis in the first 30 days of lactation: An economic modeling tool. Prev Vet Med 2015;122(3):257–264. Available at: Accessed July 3, 2018.

The Lasting Benefits of Pre-Weaning Vaccinations in Beef Calves 

“Producers should consider vaccinating calves at 2 to 4 months of age, depending on the operation,” said Dr. DL Step, professional services veterinarian, Boehringer Ingelheim.