U.S. Animal Community Comments on WHO Antibiotic Guidelines

Jamie Johansen

The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially recommended the food community stop using antibiotics routinely to promote growth and prevent disease in healthy animals to help preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics that are important for human medicine. Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young, USDA Acting Chief Scientist, said “The WHO guidelines are not in alignment with U.S. policy and are not supported by …

Ag Group, Animal Agriculture, Animal Health, Antibiotics, Food, Livestock

Bavaria Offers Natural Antimicrobial Option in Livestock

Jamie Johansen

The danger of overuse of antibiotics to promote growth in livestock has become a major concern to farmers, health workers, scientists and the general public. One solution is found in nature. Organosulphured compounds in plants in the Allium family, such as garlic and onions, have natural antimicrobial activity that provides benefits comparable to antibiotics without the risk they pose. Bavaria …

Agribusiness, Animal Health, Antibiotics, Livestock

New Tools Answer Consumer Questions about Beef

Jamie Johansen

New tools are now available to help consumers answer questions like, “What’s the difference between grass-fed and organic beef? or “What’s antibiotic-free and raised without antibiotics?” and many others about today’s beef production from research conducted by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and funded by the Beef Checkoff. “Today’s consumer demands transparency and more information about how their food, …

Ag Group, Antibiotics, Beef, Beef Checkoff, consumer

Dairy FARM Program Updated Drug Residue Manual

Jamie Johansen

The National Dairy FARM Program has released the 2017 edition of its Milk and Dairy Beef Drug Residue Prevention Manual, the primary educational tool for dairy managers about the judicious, responsible use of antibiotics and how to prevent drug residues in milk and meat. The 2017 edition now identifies drugs subject to the newly implemented Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD), and …

Ag Group, Animal Health, Antibiotics, Dairy, VFD

Zoetis Introduces VFD Mobile App

Jamie Johansen

Zoetis has introduced a mobile app for use on smartphones, helping simplify the process of writing a Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) for AUREOMYCIN® (chlortetracycline) or AUREO S 700® (chlortetracycline/sulfamethazine) for their cattle clients. The app is available now for iOS (iPhone®) or Android™ phone operating systems. “Veterinarians now have the important responsibility of providing oversight and issuing VFDs for the …

Agribusiness, Animal Health, Antibiotics, Apps, Feed, Nutrition, Zoetis

Study of Antibiotic Use on Farms & Resistant Salmonella

Jamie Johansen

A team of interdisciplinary scientists at the Medical University of South Carolina and the Charleston VA Medical Center Research Service recently reviewed published literature for evidence of a relationship between antibiotic use in agricultural animals and drug-resistant foodborne Salmonella infections in humans, commonly known as salmonellosis. According to the 2013 CDC Antibiotic Resistance Threats Report, two of the eighteen pathogens …

Ag Group, Animal Health, Antibiotics, Research, Salmonella

A Discussion on Responsible Antibiotic Use at #AFBF17

Jamie Johansen

In a workshop at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2017 Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show, Dr. Jennifer Wishnie, a veterinary public health expert, spoke about one of the hottest topics in animal agriculture – antibiotic resistance. “Many consumers don’t realize that there is veterinary oversight on the farm,” said Dr. Wishnie. “This gives us opportunities to educate them on …

AFBF, Ag Group, Animal Health, Antibiotics, Audio, Farm Bureau, Feed, Livestock, Veterinary

Pig Farmers Complying With New Antibiotic Rules

Lizzy Schultz

U.S. pig farmers are not only well aware of new federal rules for on-farm antibiotic use, they already are complying, according to a survey conducted by the National Pork Board in November. “The pork industry worked toward the Jan. 1 implementation date for nearly two years. There was a concern that some producers would not make changes until after the …

Ag Group, Antibiotics, Pork, Pork Checkoff

Anaplasmosis Treatment in Beef Cattle Under VFD

Jamie Johansen

In this week’s AnimalAgCast we discuss one of the most talked about issues in animal agriculture circles these days. January 2017 brought us the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD). Dr. Craig Payne, University of Missouri Extension, has spoke to a number of groups across the country educating vets and producers on the VFD and serving as a key resource for continued …

Animal AgCast, Animal Health, Antibiotics, Audio, Beef, Cattle, Disease, Veterinary, VFD

Animal Health Community Redefines Antibiotic Use on Farm

Jamie Johansen

The FDA has announced the full implementation of new policies redefining how antibiotics are used to treat food-producing animals. As of January 1, antibiotics similar to those used in human medicine that are medically important will no longer be used to promote growth in animals. Antibiotics in farm animals will only be for the purpose of fighting disease under the …

Ag Group, Animal Health, Antibiotics, Livestock, Research, Veterinary