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OIE cuts six European countries' BSE risk level

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Wednesday it had lowered to the safest level the official risk of six countries for mad cow disease, a move expected to open international market access for their beef exports.

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Life’s money lessons begin now for new grads

Whether you’re graduating from high school or finishing college and heading into the workforce for the first time, good financial decisions early on can pave the road to success, says Trish Savage, personal finance specialist for University of Missouri Extension.

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The truth about Staph. aureus

Staphylococcus aureus is a contagious type of bacteria that can spread from cow to cow at the time of milking. Infected cows will have a chronically high somatic cell count, many of which will be ‘millionaires’. To make matters worse, it is very difficult to get rid of these bacteria with antibiotic treatment. We, therefore, have to turn our attention to preventing these infections from occurring.

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Global dairy demand to pick up only slightly - NZ's Fonterra

Persistently low dairy prices have clouded the growth outlook in the agriculture-based economy where dairy products make up more than a quarter of total exports, and raise the possibility of an interest rate cut in coming months.

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Assessing transportation stress

Farmers, ranchers and veterinarians have long known that transportation can induce stress in cattle, and have adopted practices intended to minimize that stress. Information is limited though, on the effects of specific stressors, the range of variables involved or even which types of practices are used in shipping cattle.

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