Industry News

GEA Farm Technologies introduces new Contour Mattress System

GEA Farm Technologies is very excited to bring dairy producers a better way of thinking about cow bedding. FULL STORY »

Do audits correspond with microbiological milk quality indicators

Inspections are an inevitable part of the routine on most dairy farms. The demand for a safe, high quality product is driven, in part, by consumers who put pressure on producers for transparency and adherence to safety standards. FULL STORY »

Immune health is key to dairy cattle reproductive function

A well-functioning immune system has been shown to support multiple aspects of dairy cattle health and productivity. FULL STORY »

FMD symposium drives action steps

The U.S. food animal industry has changed significantly in size, structure, efficiency and extent of movement since the last U.S. outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in 1929. The concentrated and closely-coupled network structure of modern animal agriculture leads to increased potential for a catastrophic outbreak if FMD were identified in the United States. FULL STORY »

Consumer Reports: Consumers confused by “natural” food labels

Based on survey results showing American consumers often misunderstand what “natural” means on food labels, Consumer Reports is calling for an end to the designation. FULL STORY »

ACVIMF continues support for animal health studies

The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Foundation (ACVIMF), in partnership with the Veterinary Pharmacology Research Foundation (VPRF), announced today a new call for proposals for animal health studies with a pharmacologic focus. FULL STORY »

Blue-green algae poisoning threatens livestock

Several livestock deaths have been attributed to blue-green algae poisoning in North Dakota recently, putting livestock producers and veterinarians on alert. FULL STORY »

New app aims to prevent dairy diseases

Researchers from MSU and North Dakota State University will study the factors that contribute to cow health risks during the most vulnerable period of their lives – the three weeks before and the first several weeks after giving birth. Data will be collected to develop an app for smartphones, tablet computers and other mobile devices that can detect early warning signs of disease susceptibility. FULL STORY »

Chronic mastitic quarters need to be dried off

Dairy farmers must often deal with high-producing cows that are chronically infected in an udder quarter that does not respond to antibiotic therapy. Such quarters contribute to elevated somatic cell counts (SCC) and bacteria counts in herd milk, and serve as reservoirs for infecting other cows. However, these quarters can be dried off and converted to a nonfunctional state without harming adjacent quarters. Production of high quality milk with low SCC yields a premium from many milk plants and dairy cooperatives. Thus, dairy farmers should make every effort to reduce the SCC of herd milk to the lowest possible level. FULL STORY »

Beef recalled due to specific risk materials

The USDA this week recalled 4,000 pounds of beef processed at Fruitland American Meat in Jackson, Missouri, due to possible inclusion of “specific risk materials,” which are tissues associated with BSE in cattle and possible transmission of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD) to humans. FULL STORY »

Veterinarian calls for communication to decrease lameness

Dr. Dan Thomson calls for an integrated approach to decreasing cattle lameness – one that begins with consistent locomotion scoring and applies sound lameness education principles. FULL STORY »

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