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Cutting feed and reproduction costs

New strategies to reduce the cost of production include more efficient nutrient use by the animals and improvements in their lifetime production efficiency. Instead of feeding more to pregnant and lactating cows that need additional nutrients during this period, ARS scientists are trying to make the cows more efficient so they'll need less feed. FULL STORY »

Ultrasound equipment care

BCF Technology offers these tips for caring for your ultrasound equipment. FULL STORY »

AVMA collaborates with FDA on antimicrobial use

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has created a committee specifically to provide input to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on policies and regulations governing veterinarians’ involvement in the use of antimicrobials in food animals. FULL STORY »

AABP condemns Texas cattle abuse

In a statement released April 20, the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) condemns the recent abuse at a Texas livestock operation that was videotaped and release to the public. FULL STORY »

Livestock in all types of disasters

Across the U.S. this year we’ve seen a mixed bag of weather conditions that are challenging livestock production in numerous ways. Fires, floods, snowstorms, drought and tornadoes are wreaking havoc over different parts of the country, and creating different types of disaster situations that producers and veterinarians are having to cope with. FULL STORY »

Food-animal and small-animal vets have a lot in common

On Tuesday night, I attended the quarterly Corridor Conversations of the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor, where we welcomed back a former Kansas Citian who was influential in the animal health industry: John Payne, President and CEO of the Banfield Pet Hospital group of small animal veterinary hospitals, who talked about today's veterinary education. FULL STORY »

Monitoring Uterine Health On-Farm

Much of our efforts on the dairy involve watching, tracking and monitoring performance of the herd and individual animals. When it comes to monitoring metritis—a costly and time-intensive disease with far-reaching repercussions—a consistent protocol for monitoring animals is essential to proactively preventing disease. FULL STORY »

WSVMA does not support HSUS bill

As a result of a unanimous vote, the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association (WSVMA) does not support passage of Initiative-1130 should it make the November ballot, even though in a newsletter article to its members, the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association declares overwhelming support from Washington State veterinarians. FULL STORY »

Staph more likely from humans than meat, says expert

Last week, consumer media was abuzz about the Translational Genomics Institute study declaring that half of meat samples are positive for Staphyloccus aureus. FULL STORY »

MRSA study “inconsequential”

Once again bad science is causing a food safety scare that is confusing consumers and potentially needlessly damaging the entire meat industry. The Translational Genomics Research Institute says that a study shows that much of meat and poultry sold in supermarkets is contaminated with drug-resistant Staphylococcus bacteria. FULL STORY »

Raw milk: turning the clock back on science

The raw milk debate has been raging throughout the U.S. in various states and counties for several years. Proponents says can cure about every ailment known to man, woman or child, but opponents of raw milk advise consumers about the food safety issues with raw, unpasteurized milk and potential deadly pathogens that can lurk within unpasteurized milk. FULL STORY »

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