Alltech Tackles Antimicrobials in Livestock

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Dr. Karl Dawson, Chief Scientific Officer and VP at Alltech, talked antibiotics at the recent REBELation in the beef breakout session. Companies like McDonald’s and Costco have said no to antibiotics. Is it time for the industry to be a REBEL and say no too? “The term antibiotic is somewhat controversial. I prefer to talk about antimicrobials. The use of …

Agribusiness, Alltech, Animal Health, Antibiotics, Audio, Beef, Cattle, Livestock

13th Annual Leading Dairy Producer Conference

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More than 550 dairy farmers, family members and industry representatives attended the Leading Dairy Producer Conference hosted by Purina Animal Nutrition and Land O’Lakes. “Dairies are in the business of making money, not milk,” said Greg Bethard, Ph.D., and chief financial officer for Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy, Dairy Dreams, and Ron’s Wisconsin Cheese located in Kewaunee, Wis. “That means they need …

Agribusiness, Animal Health, Calves, Dairy, Feed, Nutrition

Policy Influencers Learn About Antibiotic Use

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The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has focused efforts on continuing educational on the use of antibiotics in the cattle industry. On Capitol Hill, staffers gathered to hear from Dr. Guy Loneragan, veterinary epidemiologist and professor of Food Safety and Public Health and at Texas Tech University, as part of NCBA’s “Beef 101″ educational series. NCBA also hosted another FDA …

Ag Group, Animal Health, Beef, Cattle, Government, NCBA

DCRC Hosts 2nd Webinar in Series

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The Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRC) is hosting a webinar series in 2015 that highlights top presentations from its 2014 Annual Meeting. Learn to improve transition cow performance through data monitoring. Register for the event here. The second webinar in this series of four will be held on May 27 at 11am CST. Dr. Michael Overton, Elanco Animal Health, will …

Ag Group, Animal Health, Cattle, Dairy, Reproduction, Webinar

More States Moving Towards Standardize Trich Testing

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In late 2014, the U.S. Animal Health Association (USAHA) endorsed three standard components of interstate regulations and testing for trichomoniasis (trich): – Virgin bulls up to 18 months of age will be exempt from trich testing requirements. – A negative trich test is valid for 60 days after collection if the bull is held separate from females. – A single, …

Ag Group, Animal Health, Cattle, Reproduction

Farm Foundation Leads Phase Out of Antibiotics

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Farm Foundation, NFP is leading a new initiative designed to support efforts by U.S. livestock producers and veterinarians to voluntarily phase out the use of medically-important antibiotics for food production purposes in food animals. Many producers and businesses across the entire food and agricultural value chain have already taken action to reduce the use of medically important antibiotics in food …

Ag Group, Animal Health, Food, Livestock

Cargill Helps Cows Avoid Heat Stress

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Cargill’s animal nutrition business shared new data proving the effectiveness of its customized feeding solutions that help customers manage heat-stressed cows during heat waves. Heat stress generally begins to affect a cow’s performance when the Temperature Humidity Index (THI) reaches 68 degrees. “Our proprietary feeding solutions, called I.C.E.™ and Cooling Pack™, which are tailored to meet customers’ specific needs and …

Agribusiness, Animal Health, Beef, Cattle, Dairy

Record Number of BQA Certifications

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More than 2,100 producers across the country became Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)-certified thanks to the recent program supported by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI). That is the highest number in the program’s four-year history, and means that nearly 22,000 producers have taken advantage of these free offers to sign up for the BQA certification program. Through its sponsorship of the …

Ag Group, Animal Health, Beef, Beef Checkoff, BQA

Innovacyn’s New & Improved Vetericyn Plus

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Innovacyn announced a new and improved formulation in their animal line of healthcare products—Vetericyn® Plus, available for dairy and beef cattle. Vetericyn Plus is a product line of innovative solutions indicated for wounds, pink eye, udder ailments and teat irritations. Uniquely formulated, the technology platform offers a non-toxic and antibiotic free solution that is highly effective in dermal cleaning and …

Agribusiness, Animal Health

National Mastitis Council Hosting Regional Meeting

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The not-for-profit professional organization devoted to reducing mastitis and enhancing milk quality, National Mastitis Council (NMC), will host their upcoming regional meeting July 28-29, at the Holiday Inn Syracuse/Liverpool in Syracuse, N.Y. On-farm and classroom short courses will be held July 28, followed by the main program on July 29. Farm tours will be held the day after the meeting. …

Ag Group, Animal Health, Cattle, Dairy, Mastitis