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Let's make 2020 a great year for the record books!

December 30, 2019

It seems as if nothing came easy in 2019 and I am ready to shake that off and move forward towards an enjoyable 2020. Frigid weather, flooding, and lack of forage quality for most of our CVA territory has been frustrating, yet educating when providing for our livestock. There are some exciting happenings taking place headed in to early 2020 like China and the US working on signing a phase 1 trade deal. It is obvious cattle producers all have the same goal in mind when it comes to providing beef consumers a quality experience. Education on nutrition, along with an animal health program and good management practices, have kept dedicated cattlemen producing quality cattle for the market. For example, deworming, in my opinion, falls into the nutrition and animal health category. The product we like to work with at Central Valley Ag is Safe-guard by Merck Animal Health. Because this problem is hidden, and not something we can see daily, it is often forgotten or not made a priority in herds. When was the last time you dewormed your cattle?

So why Safe-guard (fenbendazole) you may ask? Merck has studies to show a 90% reduction in fecal egg counts. It is fast acting and works within 24 hours vs others that may take 7-14 days. Administration can be done while in the chute or out on grass and finally, producers often see increased weaning weights. This safe product gets right to the stomach where the problem exists, and worms are present. Safe-guard is available in a paste, drench, pellet, or block to fit any operation’s needs. Signs that you may need to deworm your herd could be reduced feed intakes, reproductive issues, low milk production, and increased disease.

The steps recommended for a deworming program are to first work with your sales specialist to obtain a fecal sample and determine the egg amount. Samples will be sent to a lab at Merck Animal Health for diagnosis. Deworming the herd prior to turnout is best, with a second treatment again in 28 days to break the worm life cycle. If in a high parasite area, retreating in 4-6 weeks is also encouraged. Keep in mind there is a residue warning if animals are going to slaughter. Take time to visit with your local CVA feed specialists to discuss options and feeding rates of your preferred option of dewormer. Let’s continue to focus on all the positives that contribute to the success of our operations and keep educating ourselves on the challenges we may be faced with going into the new year. I look forward to visiting with you in 2020 and hope everyone has a Safe and Happy New Year!
by Brandi Salestrom
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