Industry News

The veterinarian should be part of the dairy team

Dairies are best served by having a valid veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR). FULL STORY »

Business improvements start with tough questions, then a plan

If you’re planning the future of your business, you start asking the simple questions: What are our biggest challenges? Which employees are responsible for what? FULL STORY »

Drought‐related risks to cattle

From our July/August issue, a look at poor water quality, nutrient-deficient forages and toxic plants that can lead to health problems in drought areas. FULL STORY »

BIVI partnership supports Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. began an alliance in 2014 with the University of Nebraska–Lincoln to help raise private funds for a new veterinary diagnostic laboratory. Through this commitment, BIVI has donated nearly $50,000 to date. FULL STORY »

Update on FDA antibiotics policy

During the recent Academy of Veterinary Consultants conference, William Flynn, DVM, MS, deputy director for science policy at FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, updated veterinarians on the FDA’s efforts to ensure judicious use of antibiotics in food animals. FULL STORY »

PETA makes at least two blunders in latest video

PETA's latest video didn’t target who they wanted to target, and is not showing what they wanted to show. FULL STORY »

Survey reveals parlor practices that successfully manage mastitis

The survey of mastitis practices reminds us that those who achieve the greatest success have some common characteristics – including attitudes and actions – that keep everyone doing what is best for the cow to fight this costly disease. FULL STORY »

Consider shorter, single-group dry periods to manage hypocalcemia

Do cows need a 60-day dry period? In fact, research demonstrates that cows only need a minimum of 30 days dry, although it is not recommended to go less than 40 days dry. FULL STORY »

FDA finds positive and negative resistance trends

The Food and Drug Administration released its National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) 2011 Executive Report this week, showing both increasing and decreasing antimicrobial resistance trends. FULL STORY »

10 things dairies with great reproduction do right

Outstanding reproductive performance is the result of a myriad of decisions and practices implemented on the dairy. FULL STORY »

Early Pregnancy Detection: A tool for managing and marketing

Early pregnancy detection in replacement heifers or cows is a tool producers can use to increase profit. Traditionally, cows and replacement heifers are pregnancy tested in the fall of the year and then non-pregnant cows and cull cows are marketed at that time. This is also historically when cull cow prices tend to be seasonally at their lowest. FULL STORY »

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