Climate change, genetically modified organisms, animal research and pesticides have long proven to be the center of much debate amongst the common public. Is it real? Are they safe? Is it moral? In a recent poll by Pew Research Center, distinct disconnect between public and scientists’ views on science and society came to the surface with those topics.
Findings of a recent study indicate that, in a foot-and-mouth disease outbreak, vaccinating susceptible animals living in a broad geographic area could result in a shorter outbreak with fewer herds depopulated.
Biosecurity measures, early detection of infections, and control of contacts between farms also could decrease the duration and harm from such an outbreak.
Juan E. Monteverde, a partner at Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP, a leading national securities firm headquartered in New York City, is investigating the Board of Directors of MWI Veterinary Supply, Inc. ("MWI" or the "Company") (Nasdaq:MWIV) for potential breaches of fiduciary duties in connection with the sale of the Company to AmerisourceBergen Corp. ("AmerisourceBergen") (NYSE:ABC) for approximately $2.5 billion. The Company's stockholders will only receive $190 in cash for each share of MWI common stock they own.
Today we have low-cost ways to monitor whether cows have ketosis, including cow-side blood tests that cost from $0.24 to $2.00 per test. In an ideal world, producers would have time and money to test every fresh cow for ketosis twice between 5 and 20 days in milk, and some are. At $4/cow/year, that adds up to $6,000 including heifers in a herd of 1,000 cows, which is a small price to pay compared to an estimated cost of $289/cow/case of ketosis.
But sometimes it's time, not money, that's the most limiting factor on a farm.
The University of Kansas in Lawrence recently established the Kansas Vaccine Institute within the School of Pharmacy. The institute’s two leading facuty members, Foundation Distinguished Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry William Picking and Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry Wendy Picking plan to develop vaccines to fight overlooked pathogens and boost human and animal health.
In a study reported this week in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, researchers from the Department of Environmental Toxicology at Texas Tech University report detecting antibiotics and antibiotic resistance genes in particulate matter downwind from cattle feedyards.