Keeping Livestock Healthy: Internal Parasite Control is a Year-round Business

The cattle industry loses about $3 billion each year in lost weight gains, poor feed conversion and increased disease because of internal parasites, says Mark Alley, DVM, Managing Veterinarian at Zoetis, in a recent report.

With the financial impact and animal welfare concerns for cattle operations, he adds, it is important for producers to understand parasite control. Dr. Alley recommends year-round parasite control especially in the fall and again in spring before summer pasture turnout.

livestockParasites also pose a significant threat to the health of small ruminants, which are becoming popular with hobby and small-scale farmers.

According to the Purdue and Kentucky [joint] Extension Service, parasites can damage the gastrointestinal tract of goats and sheep, and result in reduced reproductive performance, reduced growth rates; less productive animals in terms of meat, fiber and milk; and even death. Continue reading “Keeping Livestock Healthy: Internal Parasite Control is a Year-round Business”

VFD: D-Day Came on January 1, 2017

mark-nibloPost written by Mark Niblo, Marketing Director at Durvet | Long Distance Runner | Iowa by Birth-Kansas City by Choice

You didn’t think it would actually happen, did you?

The rumors of a last-minute delay… or outright reversal of changes in how we treat animals with antibiotics…didn’t happen.

Gone are the use of these compounds for growth promotion and the increase in feed efficacy in livestock feeds.

Gone also are the use of feed additives for anything that isn’t specifically claimed on the label. Continue reading “VFD: D-Day Came on January 1, 2017”

The Senior Horse Has a Lot to Offer

Kerry GlakelerPost written by Kerry Glakeler, Brand Manager at Durvet, Inc.

Here’s something to think about…

Middle age for humans begins at about 45. Middle age for your horse begins at around 15, with a life expectancy of about 30.

Along the way, the inevitable signposts of aging begin appearing, including weight loss, a somewhat swayed back, reduced muscle around the withers and haunches, and a slightly unkempt or dull coat. These clues coupled with lower energy, graying on the muzzle, and sunken areas above the eye-sockets signal senior status. Continue reading “The Senior Horse Has a Lot to Offer”

Shipping 101: The Challenges of Old Man Winter

mike gallagherPost written by Mike Gallagher, Sales Coordinator

I’m a true believer of the four seasons in weather. There’s an old saying we’ve all heard before:

“If you don’t like the weather currently, stay around a few hours because it will change.”  

At Durvet, we deal with the change of seasons in our business. The weather, winter or summer, dictates whether we can ship products out of our warehouse to the distributors’ warehouses. Right now, we’re in the extreme part of the year and dealing with colder temperatures.

As I researched information for this post, I tapped into the vast knowledge of Bobby Bowers, Durvet’s Warehouse Manager. A big part of Bobby’s job each and every day is to make the decision to ship out our freight and keep it in good selling condition for our distributors. Continue reading “Shipping 101: The Challenges of Old Man Winter”

Durvet Gives Back

toys-for-tots-2Every year, Durvet chooses a charity to support around the Christmas holiday. This year’s recipient was Toys for Tots.

Serving over 782 communities in all 50 states, Toys for Tots was able to distribute 18 million toys to 7 million less fortunate children in 2015.

Their work is remarkable, which made them an easy cause to support!

Our office elves quickly got to work on a collection box and the donations rolled in from there! Continue reading “Durvet Gives Back”

The More You Know: My Cat Grim Had a Skin Allergy

Callista BondPost written by Callista Bond, Creative Entrepreneur | Graphic Designer | Photographer | Artist | Planeteer

Keeping your pets healthy and happy is usually pretty easy… as long as you take all the proper precautions of course.

Unfortunately, there are unknowns, mystery illnesses and annoyances that may suddenly plague your pet. Paying attention to what’s going on with your pet’s health, and taking the right actions to make sure your pet’s condition doesn’t worsen, should be a top priority for every pet mom or dad.

This past fall I had to play the game of “Guess my cat’s skin allergy.” Grim, my 10-year-old fur baby, developed a sore near his right ear.  Scratches and small sores near his ears aren’t uncommon, but even though we keep Grim’s back claws trimmed and neat, he tends to find himself in prickly situations from time to time. Continue reading “The More You Know: My Cat Grim Had a Skin Allergy”