Consider a typical haystack. Now, instead of the traditional challenge of trying to find a needle, which is a distinctly different material and shape from the hay, imagine instead trying to find a single rotten piece of hay. That rotten piece is softer and browner than normal hay—and that’s all that sets it apart. How would you even begin? Now, imagine that the one rotten piece of hay can start to turn nearby pieces of hay rotten as well, and the longer it takes you to find the rotten hay pieces, the more pieces of hay start rotting.
During a recent roundtable discussion on deworming programs for adult beef cows, Purdue University veterinarian Mark Hilton, who moderated the roundtable, summarized the discussion and outlined parasite-control priorities.
Today, I am announcing Dr. Jack Shere as acting USDA Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) and Deputy Administrator for Veterinary Services. Acting in these roles, Dr. Shere will lead the program’s many employees in protecting and improving the health, quality, and marketability of U.S. agricultural animals, animal products, and veterinary biologics.
During a recent roundtable discussion on deworming programs for adult beef cows, Texas veterinarian Arn Anderson discussed how parasite control plans, including biosecurity, should be customized for individual cow-calf operations based on their environment and management systems.
Bruce Brodersen, veterinarian, associate professor and diagnostic pathologist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has been named veterinarian of the year by the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association.
During a recent roundtable discussion on deworming programs for adult beef cows, Tom Craig, DVM, PhD, Texas A&M University, discussed how environmental changes from year to year and location to location affect parasite-control decisions.