Bovine Veterinarian
Saturday, August 17, 2013 | Web Version
Merck strengthens its commitment to responsible beef
Training handlers, training animals
BQA guidelines for veterinary procedures
Checking up on your BQA practices
Commentary: Addressing antibiotic resistance requires cooperation
A flexible, regional animal traceability system
Proposed voluntary traceability system
Identifying new cattle virus helps rule out BSE
Cow health issues to be diagnosed earlier with electronic pill
Watch cow condition, even with lush forage
Merck Merck strengthens its commitment to responsible beef
Earlier this week, Merck Animal Health announced its “Five Steps to Responsible Beef” in response to concerns over its beta agonist product Zilmax (zilpaterol hydrochloride). On Friday, the company took further steps, and announced it will temporarily suspend sales of the product during a study period. Read More
Training handlers, training animals
Tom Noffisinger, DVM, has long practiced, advocated and taught low-stress animal handling practices. He discusses some of the progress he’s seen as producers learn and adopt methods to work in harmony with their animals. Watch video
BQA guidelines for veterinary procedures
During the Cattle Industry Summer Conference last week in Denver, Ryan Ruppert, NCBA’s senior director for beef quality assurance presented a recommended set of BQA veterinary procedures guidelines to the Cattle Health and Well Being Committee. Read More
BQA
BQA Checking up on your BQA practices
The beef checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program is about doing things right in regards to cattle care and management, which helps producers raise safe, wholesome, quality beef. When producers implement the best management practices of the BQA program, they know that their market steers, heifers, cows, and bulls are the best they can be. And, their veterinarians play a key role as beef and dairy producers’ partners in executing BQA management practices on the farm, ranch, dairy and feedlot. Read More
Commentary: Addressing antibiotic resistance requires cooperation
Despite what you may have heard, there is doubt about whether using antibiotics to care for farm animals creates or worsens antibiotic resistance in humans. Research shows the potential impact is quite small. Read More
A flexible, regional animal traceability system
During the recent Animal Disease Traceability Forum in Denver, Glenn Fischer with Allflex USA outlined some key points of discussion. Watch video
 
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Cattle Proposed voluntary traceability system
During the Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Denver last week, participants heard of a potential voluntary, incentive-based program for tracing calves and feeder cattle. Jim Collins, director of industry relations with the Southeastern Livestock Network, presented a report from the Cattle Industry Animal Traceability (ATS) Working Group to the NCBA’s Cattle Health and Well Being Committee. Read More
Identifying new cattle virus helps rule out BSE
A new cow virus that causes neurologic symptoms reminiscent of bovine spongiform encephalopathy has been identified and its genome sequenced by a team of researchers. Read More
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Cow health issues to be diagnosed earlier with electronic pill
Visual symptoms of a health risk can come too late for beef and dairy producers, but an electronic pill in development can monitor the health of a cow and diagnose problems before they get out of control. Read More
Watch cow condition, even with lush forage
Much of the Central United states has received abundant rainfall this summer, resulting in lush forage growth. That growth, however, follows an extended period of severe drought in many areas. During the Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Denver last week, Merial technical services veterinarian Joe Dedrickson said some cows, even in areas with abundant grass, have lost body condition or have not shed their rough hair coats this summer. Read More
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