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Feedyard inventories top those of a year ago

As of November 1, the number of cattle in U.S. feedyards with capacity of 1,000 head or more stood at 10.6 million head, which was slightly more than the total one year earlier, according to the USDA’s November Cattle on Feed report. That slight increase represents the first year-over-year increase in any month since August 2012.

Animal Health

Universities form task force on antibiotic resistance

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) today announced the creation of the Task Force on Antibiotic Resistance in Production Agriculture.

Animal Health

A new option for control of BRD in beef cattle

Zoetis announced a new label claim for ADVOCIN (danofloxacin mesylate) Sterile Injectable Solution for control of bovine respiratory disease (BRD) in high-risk cattle. Previously approved for treatment of BRD, a large multi-site study demonstrated that ADVOCIN was safe and effective for the control of BRD in beef cattle at high risk of developing BRD.

Industry

GEA showcases leading technologies on Innovation Dairy Tour

GEA Farm Technologies recently hosted a 2014 Innovation Dairy Tour. Dairy producers throughout the U.S. and from seven different countries attended this two-day event to see industry-leading technologies in action on six progressive Wisconsin dairies, including an automatic teat dipping system, a robotic milking system and several other new industry innovations.

Industry

Early results suggest waiting longer to breed with sexed semen

Automated systems for estrous detection (e.g. pedometers, activity monitors) are becoming more popular in the U.S. dairy industry, particularly in the Midwest. The use of such systems presents opportunities to increase the percentage of the herd inseminated in estrus (heat) and reduce the use of reproductive hormones. In large herds, the use of such systems may also reduce labor necessary for heat detection (e.g. visual or tail paint).

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