Saturday, November 24, 2012

Bovine Vet Week-in-Review

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Commentary: Talk about hormones responsibly

Last week, while I was attending the National Institute for Animal Agriculture’s 2012 Antibiotic Symposium in Columbus, Ohio, I joined some of the other attendees for a lovely dinner at a high-end steakhouse.When the server came out with a beautiful platter of plastic-wrapped pieces of steak to show us our choices, she started to describe the beef that the restaurant used. She was doing great until the end when she declared: “All of our beef is hormone-free.”
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The voice of reason

An ethics professor at the center of the Green Mountain College oxen controversy weighs in on ‘vegan abolitionists,’ sustainability and how we ought to analyze the issue of factory farming.
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Feedipedia for worldwide livestock feeds

Feedipedia is an open-access information system on animal feed resources that provides information on nature, occurrence, chemical composition, nutritional value and safe use of nearly 1,400 worldwide livestock feeds.
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Tips for grazing corn stalks this fall (video)

Jennifer Saueressig, PhD, Overton Veterinary Services, Lexington, Neb., discusses managing beef cows on cornstalks this fall including supplementation strategies.
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MLVs are not your only option

Compelling new research from university and industry experts has revealed evidence that reproductive losses in cattle could be attributed to commonly recommended IBR modified-live vaccine protocols. Visit www.virashield.com to learn more about the research along with firsthand experience to keep you up-to-date with the latest information.

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15 years of FDA and antibiotics

Consumer media seems to like to point fingers at the FDA for what they believe is inaction on the use of antibiotics in food animals. But Rich Carnevale, VMD, Animal Health Institute, says the FDA has taken many actions regarding food animal antimicrobials in the last 15 years.
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Alabama Food Animal Conference

Register now for the 22nd Annual Alabama Conference for Food Animal Veterinarians Feb. 1-3 at the Alabama 4-H Conference Center in Columbiana, Ala.
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Calves need water as much as other nutrients

Without adequate, free-choice water, calves are at risk of altered metabolic function, decreased starter intake and lower weight gain. The Ontario Veal Association provides details and guidelines on the importance of water in calf diets.
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Commentary: Happy Thanksgiving! (Pass the turkey)

This Thanksgiving, I’m grateful for a lot of things. Most importantly, I’m thankful for people in agriculture who are responsible for producing the food that the rest of us enjoy. They’re under-thanked — and attacked — practically every day of the year.
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Help Take on Scours

ScourGuard® 4KC helps provide broad scours protection for your cows' newborn calves. Tough mothers know best. Contact your veterinarian or Pfizer Animal Health representative, or visit www.scourguard.com for more information.

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