Bovine Services

Herd Health:

We offer vaccination, deworming, and reproductive programs that are customized to best suit your cattle operation.  No matter if you have a spring calving herd, fall calving herd, club calves, dairy operation, stocker operation, feedlot or a combination of the above, we will focus on your needs and build a health protocol to optimize the health and efficiency in your cattle herd.  We also have a haul-in facility that we built for any of our producers to bring their cattle into our clinic to be treated or processed in a safe and clean environment.


Breeding Soundness Examinations:

We perform breeding soundness examinations on bulls either at your farm or at our clinic.  Check your bulls early every year to ensure your bulls are ready to breed your heifers and cows in case a replacement is needed for a failed or marginal breeder.  For all herd bulls that pass their examination, this is the perfect time to vaccinate, deworm, and apply fly control (when in season).  We can also trich test bulls at this time if warranted.  Our haul-in facility was built to handle the largest of bulls safely.

Reproductive Ultrasound:

We have three fully portable ultrasound machines at our disposal that can detect pregnancy in as little as 21 days after breeding.  We prefer to wait 30 days post bull exposure or post A.I. to perform ultrasonography to exclude the pregnancies that are lost due to early embryonic death.   We offer fetal sexing between 55 and 90 days of gestation.  Our duo scan ultrasounds are capable of accurately aging fetal calves up to 5 months of gestation with the insertion of only a 2 inch diameter probe.  Unlike other outdated units; all of our ultrasounds are retrofitted with goggles so that weather is never an issue and ultrasonography can be performed both under roof and outside in the sunlight.  


General Medicine:

We offer many services related to general bovine medicine including individual animal and herd medicine.  Our trucks are equipped to handle care and treatment of animals ranging from newborn calves to feedlot steers/heifers to breeding cows either on farm or at the clinic.  We have a haul in facility in which we can treat dehydrated scouring calves while administering IV fluids and electrolytes in a clean temperature controlled environment.  Our in house lab is capable of analyzing blood from sick or down animals giving us insight into electrolyte status and internal organ function.  We can perform fecal egg counts and prescribe appropriate anthelmintic treatment. We strongly encourage post mortem exams and work closely with the Iowa State University and University of Nebraska Lincoln diagnostic laboratories to achieve a reliable diagnosis and ensure the proper steps are taken to effectively treat and prevent the spread of disease.


General Surgery:

We perform a variety of general bovine surgeries.  We offer splinting or casting of fractured limbs in lighter weight calves with appropriate breaks.  Surgery options that we provide include cosmetic dehorns, displaced abomasum surgeries, rumenotomies, penile urethrostomies (water bellies) replacing prolapses of the rectum, vagina, uterus, and cesarean sections.  We do have a clean temperature controlled surgery room in which any of these surgeries can be performed.


Feedlot Processing:

We work with each feedlot individually to create a custom tailored processing, treatment protocol and implant strategy s to fit each yard and group of cattle being fed.  We offer veterinary crews to perform anything from a full process to simple reimplantation.  Our processing services include vaccination, deworming, pregnancy diagnosis and abortion, castration, implantation, mass treatment, dehorning or tipping of horns and tagging.  

Feedlot Consultation:

We offer consultation services to look at each group of incoming cattle taking into consideration; origin, transportation time, vaccination history, weight, and other stress factors when putting together processing and treatment protocols.  Our goal is to decrease morbidity by stimulating immune system function through vaccination while maintaining solid profit margins without over vaccination.  Our treatment protocols are based around personnel training in early recognition of disease symptoms as well as aggressive antibiotic therapy to eliminate re-treats and chronics. 


Custom Tag Printing:

We are able to print on almost any type of tag and carry a wide variety of colors.  We can print up to 3 numerical digits per tag.  We are also able to print cattle producers' names in up to 2 lines at the top of each tag.  The tags that we carry are Y-Tex and Z-Tags.  The Y-Tex tags that we have on hand are two piece button tags.  The Z-Tags are one piece tags and very fast to apply.  We ask that you give us 2-3 days notice for your tag printing needs.  If we do not have the type of tag that you prefer, please call us, and we'll order them for you right away.  Ordering tags may delay our tag printing process, so please contact us in advance if we do not have the tags you want in stock.


Green/Gold Tag Preconditioning Programs:

We are big proponents of the Iowa Green/Gold tag programs.  Pre-conditioning programs set up calves for success on pasture and in the feedlot.  We offer calf processing for the green/gold tag programs both on farm and at the clinic. All vaccinations and worming in both programs must be administered by a licensed Veterinarian and castration and dehorning must be confirmed.   We primarily castrate calves using a scalpel incision and emasculator to remove the testicles and dehorn using a Barnes dehorning tool and cauterized with The Iron dehorning tool. 

The Green tag preconditioning program requires a dose of 5-way upper respiratory vaccine with Mannheimia haemolytica bacterin, and a 7-way clostridial vaccine with Histophilus somni.  All calves must be dehorned, castrated and have had treatment for internal and external parasites at least 21 days prior to sale.  Calves must be at least four months old and weaned 30 days prior to sale. 

The Gold tag program requires two doses of the 7-way clostridial vaccine with H. somni , two doses of a 5-way upper respiratory vaccine and one dose of M. haemolytica and Pasteurella multocida bacterins.  The two doses must be given at least 14 days apart and the second dose must be given at least 14 days prior to sale.  Gold tagged calves must be castrated, dehorned and treated for internal and external parasites at least 21 days prior to sale. To qualify for the gold tag program all calves must be at least four months old and weaned 45 days prior to sale.  


If you have questions about these programs or how they may benefit your herd, please contact us for further information. 


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