Industry News

Cattle Fax: Market strength will persist

Short supplies of beef and competing meats likely will keep cattle prices at or near record highs at least through 2015, says Cattle Fax analyst Kevin Good, who updated feedyard owners and managers during the Merck Animal Health Cattle Feeders Business Summit in Denver this week. FULL STORY »

BRD scoring for timely diagnosis

In limiting losses from Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD), early diagnosis and appropriate treatment play a major role in success. During the BRD conference taking place in Denver this week, several presentations outlined new diagnostic tools, some involving emerging technologies and others simply making better use of existing diagnostic techniques. FULL STORY »

40 under 40 nominations end today

Today is the last day to submit nominations for Vance Publishing's 40 Under 40 program. There's still time to nominate someone you know that is helping solve the 2050 challenge! FULL STORY »

Livestock euthanasia: Your social responsibility

On every ranch, it’s inevitable that cattle may experience illness or injury from which it may not recover. It is the social responsibility of ranchers and veterinarians to determine if recovery is possible, and if it is not possible, it determine whether slaughter or euthanasia would be the best option. FULL STORY »

Effect of fracking on groundwater

Natural gas production in the United States has increased dramatically in the past decade due to advancements in horizontal well drilling and hydraulic fracturing techniques. Commonly referred to as ‘fracking’, this technology creates interconnected networks of cracks in geologic formations and mobilizes miniscule pockets of gas tightly trapped within the rock. FULL STORY »

Cow-calf corner: Following BQA guidelines Play video

Glenn Selk offers tips on following the Beef Quality Assurance guidelines FULL STORY »

BRD in perspective

This week in Denver, veterinarians, researchers and producers are engaged in the 2014 BRD Symposium, focused on the theme of “New Approaches to Bovine Respiratory Disease Prevention, Management and Diagnosis.” Purdue University veterinarian Mark Hilton, DVM, ABVP, kicked off the program with an overview of the past, present and future of BRD control in cattle. FULL STORY »

Senators to FDA: We want more antibiotic information

Amid the on-going controversy over the use of antibiotics in food animal production, three Democratic Senators are pushing FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg for more information FULL STORY »

10 commandments for business continuity

Veterinarians can help guide clients toward successful transition to the next generation. FULL STORY »

Vaccination: A viable but complex option

Intertwined with the issue of a secure milk supply, and secure pork and beef supplies, is the question of FMD vaccination and how various vaccination strategies might apply within outbreak scenarios. FULL STORY »

Putting the brakes on bacteria growth in colostrum

A nationwide study of colostrum revealed that 45 percent of all samples had a total plate count of greater than 100,000 colony forming units (cfu) per ml, a level associated with calf illness. Only 23 percent of refrigerated samples had less than 100,000 cfu/ml. FULL STORY »

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