Industry News

Intensive livestock production could reduce GHG emissions

A study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences provides more evidence that livestock-production systems that incorporate higher-quality concentrated feeds, such as grains, could provide the most efficient means toward desirable climate and food-availability outcomes. Researchers from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) conducted the study. FULL STORY »

Boost calf immunity during calving season

As spring calving season approaches, it is vital that your calves receive adequate immunity at birth. FULL STORY »

Drug residues in raw milk samples decline again

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) annual report of animal drug residue tests of milk found dairy consumers are safer than ever. FULL STORY »

International BVDV/Pestivirus Symposium in October

Pestiviruses: Old Enemies, New Challenges" will be the theme of a joint meeting of the 6th U.S. Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus (BVDV) Symposium and European Society of Veterinary Virology (ESVV) Pestivirus Symposium. The meeting will be held at the Sheraton Crown Center in Kansas City, Mo., October 14-15, 2014. FULL STORY »

USDA predicts record ag exports for 2014

In the February Agricultural Trade Outlook report from USDA, the department boosts its forecast for U.S. agricultural exports for fiscal 2014 to a record $142.6 billion. Anticipated demand for grain and feed exports account for most of the increase, with exports of livestock, poultry, and dairy products projected to be down $200 million to $31.6 billion. Beef and dairy, however, are the bright spots in the category with projected increases. FULL STORY »

The importance of colostrum replacements in newborn calves

It is crucial that newborn calves get off to a good start and one of the most important things that needs to happen at birth is the adequate consumption of high-quality colostrum by the newborn calf. FULL STORY »

TAHC welcomes Dr. Brodie Miller as Region 5 director

The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) is pleased to announce that Dr. Brodie Miller has been selected as the new Region 5 Director. Miller will be headquartered in the Region 5 Office located in Beeville. FULL STORY »

Unique cattle antibodies offer clues to human immune systems

The unusual structure of certain antibodies found in cattle could add to understanding of the diversity of antibodies and their specific functions in the immune systems of human and cattle. FULL STORY »

Preventing disease outbreaks – there’s an app for that

Veterinarians are our nation’s first responders for animal health. They act as the primary line of defense against animal disease outbreaks and are essential to the protection of our animal industries and economy. Food animal veterinarians, or those that treat livestock and poultry, are often responsible for monitoring the health of thousands of animals spread across vast geographic areas. While some diseases can be readily diagnosed, others are harder to identify in the field. FULL STORY »

Estrus synchronization planner updated to newest protocol

Cow-calf producers and others who use the Bovine Estrus Synchronization Planner software are encouraged to download the newest version for their operations from the Iowa Beef Center (IBC) website. Garland Dahlke of IBC at Iowa State University said the update is free, as are all files related to the program. FULL STORY »

Trichomoniasis: Still a threat to beef breeding herds

As area beef herds become involved in making decisions about bulls for next breeding season, herd health and reproductive disease should be considered in the context of what age and type of bulls are being purchased. FULL STORY »

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