Veterinary biologics training in May
Veterinarians and veterinary technicians can now receive up to 52 continuing education hours for attendance at the Veterinary Biologics Training Program, held annually in Ames, Iowa. The course is approved and listed on the Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) website of the American Association of Veterinary State Boards. FULL STORY »
Missouri Senator dogs HSUS
Missouri Farmers Care sent out an op-ed piece this week from Missouri state Sen. Michael Parsons outlining anti-agriculture tactics of the Humane Society of the United States that have been modified or failed in Missouri. Parsons, a staunch advocate for agriculture, says, “We don't need out-of-state interests to guide our state laws.” FULL STORY »
AVMA responds to ruling on food-animal antibiotics
The American Veterinary Medical Association reaffirmed its support of the responsible use of antibiotics in food animals after a federal court ruling demanded that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration start proceedings to withdraw approval of certain uses of antibiotics used in food production. FULL STORY »
How bad could it be?
An outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the United States could shut down beef and pork exports and profoundly disrupt our markets for years. Fortunately, we have not had FMD in this country since 1929, and experts around the country are working to keep it that way. But today, with more international movement of people and animals and greater dependence on export markets, the risk and consequence of an outbreak are far greater. FULL STORY »
Raw milk-linked outbreak prompts Kansas warning
Kansas officials have issued a warning for raw milk consumers and producers following a Campylobacter outbreak linked to unpasteurized milk from one of the state’s dairies. FULL STORY »
New antibiotic could make food safer and cows healthier
Food-borne diseases might soon have another warrior to contend with, thanks to a new molecule discovered by chemists at the University of Illinois. The new antibiotic, an analog of the widely used food preservative nisin, also has potential to be a boon to the dairy industry as a treatment for bovine mastitis. FULL STORY »
Big opportunities with small-scale clients?
The USDA-NAHMS has released its report from the Small-scale U.S. Livestock Operations, 2011 study. The report contains information collected from 8,123 small-scale livestock operations in all 50 states, and points to some opportunities for food-animal veterinarians. The study included many questions about the availability and the use of veterinarians on these operations. Overall, almost two of three operations (62.0%) used a veterinarian for their livestock or poultry during the previous 12 months (the study did not break this down by type of livestock). FULL STORY »
Is Schmallenberg virus a U.S. concern?
Schmallenberg virus has been associated with brief mild/moderate disease (milk drop, pyrexia, diarrhea) in adult cattle and late abortion or birth defects in newborn cattle, sheep and goats, and has made an emergence in the European Union. FULL STORY »
Veterinarian/rancher speaks out on regulations
Fourth generation Nevada rancher J.J. Goicoechea, DVM, told members of the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands that recent actions by federal land management agencies are diminishing water rights and restricting access to forage on federal lands. Goicoechea, who is a practicing veterinarian and current president of the Nevada Cattlemen’s Association (NCA), testified on behalf of NCA, the Public Lands Council and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association during a field hearing in Elko, Nev., titled "Explosion of Federal Regulations Threatening Jobs and Economic Survival in the West". FULL STORY »
NCBA’s Kent Bacus comments on comprehensive rule for BSE
The USDA announced the agency will publish in the Federal Register a comprehensive rule for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE). FULL STORY »
What’s in my beef? NMA/AMI respond
My ears were bleeding this afternoon when I listened to my local talk radio hosts discussing the “pink slime” story that has hit the mainstream media. Pink slime, as you may have learned, is lean finely-textured beef (LFTB), or boneless lean beef trimmings (BLBT) that is often added to ground beef. What caused my angst was the blatant misinformation on the radio such as: “they are sweeping up pieces that have fallen on the floor such as hooves and hides and bones!” and “this is just a blatant conspiracy between USDA and the NCBA and you just need to buy your beef from you local farmer” (who needs meat inspection, anyway?). FULL STORY »