Reducing stress on cattle through sound stockmanship practices brings multiple benefits in performance, immunity and production efficiency, and the Creating Connections program from Merck Animal Health aims to help producers learn and implement those techniques.
On September 29, the FDA issued a revised Guidance for Industry #120, titled Veterinary Feed Directive Regulation Questions and Answers.” The revised guidance includes minor changes to the draft version issued in June. FDA also released a list of states that have adequate veterinarian-client-patient-relationship (VCPR) requirements for compliance with the VFD rules, and which currently need to defer to the federal VDPR definition.
This week GlobalVetLINK (GVL®) introduced new system enhancements that help simplify compliance with the recent Veterinary Feed Directives (VFD) ruling and increase efficiency in veterinary clinics. The development release is the largest of 2015 and affects multiple products across the GVL platform, including FeedLINK® Veterinary Feed Directive (eVFD) System, HealthLINK® Digital Animal Health Certification System, as well as EquusLINK™ Digital EIA Certificates and Lab Submission System.
The Montana Board of Livestock announced the appointment of state veterinarian Marty Zaluski as the interim Executive Officer of the Department of Livestock while a search begins for a permanent replacement for Christian Mackay, who resigned the previous week.
On Wenesday, Sept. 30, Kathy Simmons, DVM, Chief Veterinarian, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, delivered comments before a joint public meeting of the Food and Drug Administration, United States Department of Agriculture, and Center for Disease Control addressing antimicrobial use and resistance data collection.
While we generally think of bovine respiratory disease (BRD) as a problem associated with shipped stocker and feeder calves, about 20 percent of ranches experience some incidence BRD in pre-weaned calves on their home pastures.