Bovine Veterinarian magazine provides these updates -- and videos -- from the American Association of Bovine Practitioners annual conference, taking place this week in Omaha, Nebraska.

Show Summary: Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009

  • The beef industry's efforts to eliminate residues is nearly 30 years old, and it has been relatively successful. But Dee Griffin, DVM. says only zero residues are acceptable. Griffin notes that the Beef Quality Assurance program has led to significant improvements in beef, but the program is much more than an effort to eliminate injection sites. Beef Quality Assurance is a safety program that includes animal care, animal husbandry, health protocols and record keeping.
  • Elaine Lust, Creighton School of Pharmacy, told attendees at the American Association of Bovine Practitioners that "no two states are alike" when it comes to rules and regulations regarding prescriptions and drug distribution. If differences exist, she says, distributors must know the rules and regulations. Lust briefly described some of the differences between the states, and urged attendees to understand the regulations in their states or regions.
  • Nutrition impacts the outcome of calves infected with Cryptosporidium parvum. In a Cornell University experiment, calves fed a 28 percent protein, 20 percent fat milk replacer in amounts supplying 4.35 mcal metabolizable energy/day for one week and 5.6 mcal/day for two weeks fared much better when infected with C. parvum than calves fed a 20/20 milk replacer supplying 2.44 mcal ME/day. The better-fed calves gained 130 grams per kilogram (of milk replacer ingested) per day, while the conventionally fed calves lost weight.
  • We could tell you how to remove a cancerous lesion from a cow's eyeball. But many of the Practice Tips offered to bovine practitioners Thursday night are just too technical to summarize here. Yet, Kelvin Pierce's endorsement of Air Weave Rainwear (offered at can be mentioned. The Heuvelton, N.Y., veterinarian wears this gear for just about everything on clients' farms — not just the messy obstetrical procedures. You can get as dirty as you want and simply scrub everything off.

Featured Videos from the Show Floor:

Bayer Animal Health

Todd Firkins, Livestock Category Manager, and Dr. Jim Sears, Livestock Technical Services Veterinarian, Bayer Animal Health, discuss:

  • The first and only prescription phosphorus/Vitamin B12 injectable. It is unique in that it is the only phosphorus product on the market to feature Butaphosphan, an organic source of phosphorus.
  • Catosal is for the prevention and treatment of phosphorus and VB12 deficiencies.
  • Used around the world but just introduced into the U.S. this year.
  • Dairy cattle, beef cattle, as well as horses and swine and poultry.
  • Whenever the veterinarian sees or suspects a phosphorus or VB12 deficiency.
  • There are a lot of potential reasons an animal might be suffering from nutrient deficiencies.
  • Stress, can cause animals to go off-feed resulting in less food and nutrient intake.
  • Stress can be from calving, shipping and handling, and especially in sick or recovering animals which can cause serious problems.
  • Catosal can be used by itself or as an adjunct therapy.
  • And especially the transition cow — then discuss the transition cow, ketosis, BHBA levels, etc.

E.I. Medical Imaging

Chas Maloy, president of E.I. Imaging, discusses how the Ibex imaging system is different from other ultrasound systems and how they can help the bovine practitioner in their practices.

Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health

Dr. Joe Roder discusses the interaction between infection and inflammation in BRD and why it is important to intervene with more than just a fast acting antibiotic alone for the best results.