Sullivan Veterinary Clinic understands that caring for your beef cattle herd can be both rewarding and challenging. Our support for cattle ranchers focuses on quality customer service, including herd management, wellness care, surgery, reproductive services, farm calls, and after-hours emergency care. We also perform cosmetic surgical procedures, such as de-horning bulls.
Your successful beef operation depends upon a healthy, thriving, productive herd, and we work with you to support your production goals. In addition, we assist our large animal clients by offering resources for accessing current knowledge about herd management and advanced veterinary practices.
This section contains some basic information about setting up a cattle operation.
While cattle require minimum shelter, weaned calves and cows calving need at least an open shed. You may need chutes for efficient maintenance and care, used when worming, dehorning, palpitating, or vaccinating. Chute size and style will vary based on your needs and financial plan.
Proper feeding and watering equipment is a must. You may need feed troughs for specific feed and supplements and you will always need an adequate, reliable water source.
Cattle require a balance of protein, energy, water, minerals, and vitamins for optimal health and production, called a ration. Feed is separated into two classes:
In general, pasture rotation, hay, and concentrates will depend upon your specific operation.
Veterinary wellness care and planning is the easiest and cheapest method of disease and parasite control. We recommend the following simple steps to begin your wellness care regime:
In this part of the country, Sullivan Veterinary Clinic generally recommends the following:
Browse the Colorado State Extension web page regarding the basics of livestock management.
North Carolina State University Extension has many interesting articles on animal agriculture and animal husbandry.
Our in-house retail area carries a variety of products, tools, and accessories for the convenience of our Sullivan Veterinary Clinic customers. View our retail area for product information and ordering options, and enjoy the ease of our online shopping service.
Convenient veterinary prescriptions, refills from our full-service pharmacy, and a variety of payment options—Sullivan Veterinary Clinic has pharmaceutical services to meet the needs of every large or small animal owner. Learn more about accessing our veterinary pharmacy.