Industry News

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 »

Beef Quality Assurance: Storing vaccines properly

Tom R. Troxel, Professor and Associate Department Head Animal Science Arkansas conducted a study on storing store animal health products at the proper temperature. Refrigeration is required for most animal health products (antibiotics, pharmaceuticals, biologicals, vaccinations, etc.). FULL STORY »

Congressmen call for action on captive deer

Citing risks to animal health and possibly human health, U.S. Representative Jim Moran (D-Virginia) and five other members of Congress sent a letter last week to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack asking for a ban on interstate movement of captive deer. FULL STORY »

Optimizing reproductive performance

Rebreeding performance of the first calf heifer has major economic consequences. This classification of breeding animal is often the most challenging to manage for reproductive efficiency, primarily because this animal is not only subject to the stresses of calving and lactation for the first time but she is also still growing. FULL STORY »

USDA addresses questions on PEDv reporting rule

Last week, the USDA announced $26.2 million in funding to combat porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) and porcine deltacoronavirus (PDCoV), along with a Federal Order requiring the reporting of new detections of these viruses. To address concerns over the new rule, USDA issued a fact sheet addressing frequently asked questions. FULL STORY »

UW to develop curriculum for Chinese dairy center

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has been selected to develop the curriculum for a new $400 million dairy training center being established by the Nestle corporation in China's northeast province of Heilongjiang. FULL STORY »

Digesting the data on probiotics

Probiotics, or direct-fed microbials, can help all livestock species when used properly. FULL STORY »

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