Editor's Note: Below is a compilation of the top 10 most read Bovine Vet Week-in-Review articles from 2012. Happy Holidays!

December 29, 2012

Bovine Vet Week-in-Review
Top 10

Talk about hormones responsibly

Originally published on Nov. 24, 2012 | Commentary by Geni Wren, editor

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 dystocia calf

Originally published on Jan. 21, 2012

Dystocia affects between 13% to 15% of Holstein calves and is defined as delayed or difficult parturition. For calf survival, it's critical to understand how dystocia happens, how to prevent it and how to care for dystocia calves.
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What are your food-animal vet school rankings?

Originally published on Nov. 10, 2012

U.S. News and World Report has ranked veterinary schools for their 2011 year in the U.S. Cornell University took top honors.
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NMC takes a stand on tail docking

Originally published on Feb. 11, 2012

During the NMC Board of Directors meeting in September 2011, the following position statement was adopted on the issue of tail docking in dairy cattle.
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Prevent grass tetany

Originally published on April 7, 2012

There are several things we can do to help prevent grass tetany in beef cattle.
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Is Schmallenberg virus a U.S. concern?

Originally published on March 17, 2012

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. Though Schmallenberg has not been found in the United States, USDA-APHIS has placed some additional restrictions on imports of ruminant germplasm from the EU.
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Quadruplet heifers in California

Originally published on Jan. 14, 2012

California's Zuppan Dairy has a 1 in 179 million live, quadruplet, heifer birth. "This is the cow's third time calving — the first two times she had single calves," says Michael Karle, of Mid-Valley Veterinary Hospital. "The cow did not have any hormones before or after getting pregnant, and was artificially inseminated with non-sexed semen from a natural heat."
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U.S.-Canadian vet drug approval a good sign

Originally published on Dec. 15, 2012

The first joint drug approval could open the door to food animal drugs as well.
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Do you know if these drug uses are legal?

Originally published on Oct. 20, 2012

Virginia Fajt, DVM, PhD, offers these examples of drug use in food-animals, and explains why they are or are not legal under FDA regulations.
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New tick-borne agent?

Originally published on Sept. 4, 2012

The New England Journal of Medicine has published an article about a potentially new tick-borne agent in two Missouri farmers who had been bitten by ticks, that originally was suspected as ehrlichiosis, another tick-borne disease spread by the Lone Star tick.
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