FDA Concludes Cloned Meat and Milk Safe

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This announcement from the FDA has been awaited all week. I’ve listed portions from the actual FDA press release, plus two links to media stories. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today issued three documents on the safety of animal cloning — a draft risk assessment; a proposed risk management plan; and a draft guidance for industry. The draft …

Animal Health, Genetics, Government, Industry News

Dry Period Advantage

Chuck Zimmerman

Heifer calves are only valuable to dairies when they are healthy. And one way to help maximize the survivability of a heifer calf is to vaccinate its dam at dry-off. That’s the message from Novartis Animal Health professional service veterinarian Doug Scholz, DVM. “This is a critical control point where producers can intervene on behalf of the cow to help …

Animal Health, General

BVD Hijacks Profits

Chuck Zimmerman

Novartis Animal Health reminds dairy producers that persistently infected (PI) animals remain the most common source of bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) infection. “The presence of one PI animal, based on a herd size of 150 cows, results in a loss of $1.93 per hundredweight of milk,” says Julia Ridpath, PhD, National Animal Disease Center, Ames, Iowa. That’s why Novartis …

Animal Health

FluNix-D Approved for Lactating Cows

Chuck Zimmerman

The FDA has approved FluNix-D for use in lactating dairy cows, according to a release from AgriLabs of St. Joseph, MO. FluNix-D (flunixin meglumine) is a Non-Steroidal Inflammatory Drug (NSAID) that reduces the fever and inflammation caused by Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) and endotoxemia. FluNix-D may be administered intravenously or intramuscularly. The compound breaks down quickly in the animal’s body …

Animal Health