NAHMS dairy study needs your help

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dairy calfGeni Wren The USDA’s National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) is seeking input from stakeholders of the U.S. dairy industry to help develop objectives for Dairy 2014, NAHMS' fifth national dairy study.

Specifically, NAHMS is asking representatives of producer organizations, universities, state and federal dairy health and production personnel, and others allied with the dairy industry to identify their informational needs, priorities, and the most important issues facing the U.S. dairy industry.   

Stakeholders can provide their input by simply completing a five-minute survey available here.

Input from stakeholders was essential to the success of NAHMS' last dairy study, Dairy 2007, which contributed greatly to the knowledge of industry management practices and major diseases of dairy cattle. With help from industry stakeholders, the NAHMS Dairy 2014 study can build on the accomplishments of Dairy 2007.

NAHMS conducts national studies on the health and management of U.S. domestic livestock and poultry populations. Results from previous NAHMS studies are available here.

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Dieter Harle    
Bettendorf, IA 52722-6100  |  October, 27, 2012 at 11:46 AM

I filled out the survey. I am not a DVM. Have over 35 years training and experience in the livestock industry and some agronomy in recent years. Grown up in Germany and educated for practical farming I came to the USA in 1968. Became a naturalized citizen - proud of it - and am consulting in the farming sector and bio-fuel industry because of technology exchange with Germany on a personal as well professional basis. Recent questions on GMO vs non-GMO labeling and crops for food have challenged my thought process and scientific as well as farm training and observations. There are issues that are being ignored and the side-effects can and should not be left out in discussions. Without confusing the public and at the risk of huge farmer investments - this can be changed - yet - if we listen to some of the findings outside the USA along with what some of us have been suspecting for some time. Bullying and "band-aids" are NOT going to be successful with all the money in the world without some fundamental questions raised and addressed. I have mentioned within the survey the reasons. In the field of Biology there are very few one-way or no-way solutions. Reason why Dr. Don Huber, Pathologist - Purdue University and Prof. Dr. Monika Küger, Universität Leipzig - Germany need to be listened to. I firmly belief that the GMO technologies are great technologies. I am not against it. We can feed this world without or with - I think it would be best - if a better compromise is reached and all the questions raised - answered - not just by popularity or plurality of majority or even "peer reviewed" where the most money is behind. Call or write if questions. 563-940-1440

Dieter Harle    
Bettendorf, IA 52722-6100  |  October, 27, 2012 at 11:48 AM

I do not understand what the ABUSE statement is all about - call me if you have a problem. Dieter 563-940-1440

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