Branding of livestock is often done to help prevent cattle theft and as a form of individual identification. The size and placement of brands should be considered before branding cattle. If possible, brands (fire or freeze) should be placed in a manner to reduce the amount of hide that is not suitable for use in leather manufacturing. This includes placing brands on the forearm or the lower portion of the shoulder, on the hip towards the tailhead, and on the lower portion of the rear leg.
As part of a horn fly control program many producers feed a loose mineral or some other type of supplement with an insect growth regulator (IGR) such as methoprene or diflubenzuron. Insect growth regulators do not kill adult flies but will prevent larvae and pupae in the manure from turning into adult flies. For insect growth regulators to be most effective, cattle need to consume a minimum dose for their weight on a regular basis. In many loose mineral supplements, methoprene is included at a rate of 0.010% or 0.014%; the higher rate is targeted for cows over 1,000 pounds.
Deworming is important to maintaining cattle health and performance. The timing and frequency of treatment will vary depending on geographic location, rainfall, stocking rate, age of the animal, and persistent activity of the product used. Producers in the southern United States in areas with higher rainfall and higher stocking rates may need to deworm twice a year (late May or June and again November or December). Only one treatment may be needed in areas with 15-25 inches of rainfall and moderate stocking rates. Routine deworming might not be needed in areas with low rainfall and low stocking rates.