"Downer" Cattle Ban

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced a permanent ban on the slaughter of “downer” cattle (those that are unable to stand or walk). The inability to stand or walk can be a clinical sign of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE). Under the rule, cattle that are injured after they pass pre-slaughter inspection will be reevaluated …

Animal Health, Government, Industry News

Bio-Vet Introduces Generator-D

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Bio-Vet, Inc. has an exciting new product for dairy producers – the Generator™-D, a direct fed microbial product that contains high levels of beneficial microbials at a low inclusion rate. In research, Generator microbial products have been shown to improve appetite, maintain dry matter intake, improve digestion and feed utilization, improve production (milk and meat) and help cattle tolerate heat …

Animal Health, BIO, Feed, Industry News

Fermentation Can Bring Value Worth Waiting For

Chuck Zimmerman

Up to 60 days of fermentation before feeding can improve starch digestibility, particularly with high-moisture corn, reports Dr. Bill Mahanna, Pioneer Global Nutritional Sciences Manager. It’s important, though, to control fermentation, keeping feedstuffs fresh and reducing shrink losses. When feeding both high-moisture corn and corn silage, ensiling can help head off issues like spring acidosis. The overall goal is a …

Animal Health, Audio, Feed, Forage Forum, Nutrition, Pioneer Hi-Bred, Podcast

AgriLabs Introduces Products That Increase Dry Matter Intake

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AgriLabs has introduced two new products designed to increase dry matter intake. AgriLabs has introduced Vita Charge® and Vita Charge Appetite Plus, a family of all-natural products proven to quickly increase dry matter intake and improve performance during times of stress. Vita Charge-brand products combine Amaferm® a proprietary Aspergillus oryzae (a type of fungi) fermentation product with vitamins and minerals, …

Animal Health, Feed, Industry News

DRAXXIN Now in 50-mL Bottles

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Pfizer Animal Health is now offering 50-mL bottles of the respiratory treatment, DRAXXIN® (tulathromycin). The new 50-mL bottle treats nearly 4,500 pounds (approximately nine 500-pound cattle or 45 100-pound pigs), making DRAXXIN more convenient for veterinary practitioners and producers who have fewer animals to treat or those who want the flexibility, ease and convenience of a smaller bottle. Veterinarians who …

Animal Health, Industry News

Take the Survey!

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The School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California-Davis, in collaboration with the National Center for Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Diseases (FAZD), and supported by the USDA and the Department of Homeland Security is asking all producers across the nation to participate in an online survey. Livestock producers throughout the nation are asked to participate in an online survey …

Animal Health, Government

NMPF Sends Letter to Johanns

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The most recent case of BSE in Canada has prompted the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) to encourage Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns to keep the Canadian border closed for breeding animals. NMPF said that there are still questions about the effectiveness of the feed ban designed to prevent the introduction and spread of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE. Even though …

Animal Health, Government, Industry News, International

Proceedings from IDF Forum Available

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The International Dairy Federation has made available the “Proceedings of the first ParaTB Forum,” the publication of the outcome of the first ParaTB forum on surveillance, control and eradication programmes on paratuberculosis in dairy herds. To order your own electronic copy, visit IDF’s website. Paratuberculosis is an infectious disease that has emerged to become one of the leading causes of …

Animal Health, International, Veterinary