Canadian researchers pursue novel vaccines for Johne’s, bovine TB

Infectious diseases continue to be a leading cause of sickness and death in livestock and are of concern to human health due to their potential to be transferred to people. Vaccination is the most cost-effective means of preventing infectious disease in animals and humans, but its application to livestock is still limited, and the lack of effective vaccines contributes to the excessive use of antibiotics in animal health.


ABS Global announces TransitionRight Genetics to prevent transition cow disorders

ABS Global, a leader in bovine genetics, reproduction services, and artificial insemination technologies, is excited to introduce a revolutionary genetic selection tool to global dairy farmers—TransitionRight Genetics. This patent-pending technology will help to resolve the age-old struggles of how to prevent and react to health issues that arise during the transition cow period. ABS customers can now use TransitionRight to select genetics that minimize the need for preventive and reactionary measures often necessary during this time.


Laycraft elected to lead Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef

Upon unanimous vote by the board of directors of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB), Dennis Laycraft, executive vice president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, was elected as the 2016 president of the global organization. Also voted in to GRSB leadership positions were Carlos Saviani, World Wildlife Fund, elected as vice president, and Cameron Bruett, JBS, elected as an Executive Committee member-at-large.


Texas A&M receives grant to help implement results of livestock disease research

Texas A&M AgriLife Research announced that the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) and the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD), a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Center of Excellence, have been awarded a $1.2 million contract (under contract number D15PC00280) by the DHS Science and Technology Directorate to develop and implement a nationwide scientific business development and management educational program.


Zoetis helps enhance reproductive efficiency with LUTALYSE HighCon Injection

Cattle producers and veterinarians now have a new management tool for added reproductive efficiency. Zoetis today announced the introduction of LUTALYSE®HighCon Injection (dinoprost tromethamine injection), a high-concentration formula of the proven LUTALYSE® Injection (dinoprost injection) approved for use in dairy and beef cattle.

The higher-concentration formula of LUTALYSE HighCon allows for a 2-mL dose. This provides more doses per bottle, thus fewer bottle changes, and a quicker, more-convenient administration.


Optimize value from cull cows

At the Range Beef Cow Symposium, Colorado State University animal scientist Dale Woerner, PhD, outlines the traits, condition, management and marketing strategies that help ranchers meet market demand and receive top prices for their cull cows.


Veterinary and FFA students benefit from the Zoetis program

The Zoetis Industry Support Program is returning for its eighth year and providing around $1.5 million in donations to selected FFA chapters and veterinary student scholarships. This annual program not only represents an important investment for these organizations but also the future of these students. Since 2008, thousands of FFA chapters and several deserving veterinary students have been selected to receive support from the program.


Market outlook kicks off RBCS

The 2015 Range Beef Cow Symposium attracted over 750 ranchers and industry representatives to northern Colorado this week for a diverse lineup of educational presentations and discussions. The program kicked off with the beef-cattle market outlook from economist Jim Robb, director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center.


FDA approves genetically engineered AquAdvantage salmon

Based on sound science and a comprehensive review, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is taking several important steps today regarding food from genetically engineered (GE) plants and animals, including the first approval for a genetically engineered animal intended for food, AquAdvantage Salmon. The agency is also issuing two guidances for manufacturers who wish to voluntarily label their products as containing ingredients from GE or non-GE sources: a draft guidance on labeling foods derived from Atlantic salmon, and a final guidance on foods derived from GE plants.


NPC introduces stabilized Bovamine Defend product

Nutrition Physiology Company, LLC (NPC) introduces a stabilized BOVAMINE DEFEND® formulation to deliver the same trusted, beneficial probiotics and performance in a convenient new alternative to on-farm mixing.


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