$9 Million Gift to Support University of Arizona’s Vet Programs

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UAA foundational gift of $9 million from the Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation will support the state’s first public veterinary medical and surgical program to train Doctors of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Arizona. The program is targeting a 2015 fall semester launch.

The UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has been actively developing the program to address Arizona’s critical veterinary needs, including training more veterinarians, and improving animal and public health. A consultative site visit by the American Veterinary Medical Association occurred in January. A comprehensive AVMA site visit for program accreditation will happen soon.

This gift, which will be counted toward the university’s $1.5 billion Arizona NOW campaign, exemplifies the Marley Foundation’s goals of backing health and human services, supporting education and advancing medical research and facilities. The Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation Veterinary Medical and Surgical Program, as the new program will be called, will help address the critical veterinarian shortage in rural Arizona communities and tribal nations, benefit bioscience businesses and promote public health.

The program will run year-round so students complete their degrees faster, incur less debt and enter the workforce more rapidly. In what is called a distributive model, the final two semesters will be spent working in private veterinary practices, government agencies or other community partnerships to secure hands-on, real-world learning in communities throughout the state.

Other clinical training partners will include federal and state animal health labs and regulators, U.S. Border Patrol and Homeland Security, and animal shelter and rescue agencies. The UA already has letters of interest from many prospective partners.

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State Fairs – A Family Affair

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IMG_0332 editedI literally grew up at the Missouri State Fair. I was just a little one when I first attended the fair with my dad and I haven’t missed a year since. My dad worked for the Missouri FFA and ran the FFA Building during the two-week event. I remember hanging out with the State FFA Officers while running through displays of corn and soybean seeds, flowers of all shapes and sizes and thinking all the ag mechanics projects were my own personal playground.

The Missouri State Fair brings back so many great memories for me. We ate meals in the youth building, slept in the administration building and when my sister and I were lucky, we even got to ride some rides. But the best memories come from exhibiting Hereford cattle year after year. Whether we walked away with a blue ribbon or not, we did it as a family. I actually met my, now husband, at the fair. The 2014 Missouri State Fair marked our 10 year anniversary of dating. How many of you can say you met the love of your life at the fair?

IMG_0346 edited Now we stay in a camper and eat our meals around a grill with our friends and family, but we still show cattle at the fair. However, my family has grown. This past year we had the privilege of welcoming a new member to our family. Miss Harper James Johansen attended her first state fair this year. When we pushed her stroller up and down the aisles of the barn or carried her as we tailed one to the ring, I have never seen my husband so excited and proud.

State fairs across the country are a family affair. My daughter’s state fair moments have already begun, even though she won’t quite remember them herself. I look forward to watching her grow up exhibiting livestock, eating corn dogs and creating friendships that will last a lifetime. Thanks dad for instilling a love of fairs in me and all the hard work and good times that go along with them.

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Organic & Conventional Dairies Show Few Differences

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14795788760_2094b6f528_zCows raised on organic and conventional dairy farms in three regions of the United States show no significant differences in health or in the nutritional content of their milk, according to a new study by Oregon State University researchers and their collaborators.

Many organic and conventional dairies in the study also did not meet standards set by three commonly used cattle welfare programs.

“While there are differences in how cows are treated on organic farms, health outcomes are similar to conventional dairies,” said Mike Gamroth, co-author of the study and professor emeritus in OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences. “Few dairies in this study performed well in formal criteria used to measure the health and well-being of cows.”

Nearly 300 small dairy farms—192 organic and 100 conventional—in New York, Oregon and Wisconsin participated in the study, which was funded by a $1 million grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The five-year project looked at many aspects of dairy cow health, including nutrition, lameness, udder cleanliness, and other conditions. Milk samples were screened for bacteria and common diseases, and farmers were asked about their operations, including the use of veterinarians and pain relief when removing horns from cattle.

Researchers found the following:
– One in five herds met standards for hygiene, a measure of animal cleanliness;
– 30 percent of herds met criteria for body condition, which measures size and weight of cows;
– Only 26 percent of organic and 18 percent of conventional farms met recommendations for pain relief during dehorning;
– Four percent of farms fed calves recommended doses of colostrum, which helps boost their limited immune systems after birth;
– 88 percent of farms did not have an integrated plan to control mastitis, a common disease in dairy cattle;
– 42 percent of conventional farms met standards for treating lameness;
– Cows on organic farms produced 43 percent less milk per day than conventional non-grazing cattle, the study found, and 25 percent less than conventional grazing herds.

Milk from organic and non-organic herds also showed few nutritional differences, researchers found. Organic milk can occasionally contain more omega-3 fatty acids, which may improve heart health. However, those increases come from seasonal grazing and are not present when cattle are fed stored forage, according to Gamroth.

The complete story can be found here.

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Combination Vaccine Gives Swine Industry Options

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pfizerFostera™ PCV MH — the porcine circovirus (PCV) and Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (M. hyo) combination vaccine that was built from the ground up by Zoetis — now has the longest demonstrated duration of immunity (DOI) to help protect pigs from porcine circovirus-associated disease (PCVAD) caused by PCV Type 2 (PCV2). The U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted the combination vaccine the extended label claim of at least 23 weeks of protection against PCV2, which is three weeks longer than any other PCV2 vaccine on the market.

“PCVAD continues to be one of the most economically harmful swine diseases. Affected pigs suffer from progressive weight loss, increased mortality and other clinical impacts, which takes a toll on producers’ productivity and profitability,” said Darrell Neuberger, DVM, Pork Technical Services, Zoetis. “Now, with a vaccine that offers at least 23 weeks of immunity, producers have another tool to help their pigs realize the full market potential with convenience and flexibility.”

Introduced in November 2013, Fostera PCV MH was developed to help protect pigs from PCVAD and enzootic pneumonia caused by M. hyo. In clinical research studies of the flexible one- and two-dose protocols, Fostera PCV MH has been demonstrated to aid in preventing viremia, lymphoid depletion and colonization of lymphoid tissue caused by PCV2; and as an aid in reducing PCV2 virus shedding and enzootic pneumonia caused by M. hyo.

Unlike other combination vaccines that require field mixing, the one-bottle formulation of Fostera PCV MH allows the convenience of a one-dose program or the flexibility of a two-dose program. Fostera PCV MH is licensed for administration of pigs 3 weeks of age or older by a single 2 mL intramuscular dose or two 1 mL intramuscular doses spaced two weeks apart.

“We strive to bring solutions to producers and veterinarians through innovative techniques and continued research,” Dr. Neuberger said. “We will continue to invest in our existing products as well as new technology and research to continue that commitment for our customers.”

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Udder Tech, Inc. Launches Green Vet Gear, Milk Testing Aprons

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UT_Green Vet Gear_Shoulder Guard_Low Res_081114Udder Tech, Inc. announces that their popular veterinarian items are now offered in the color green and new milk testing aprons are now available.

“We are excited to offer our vet gear in the new green color,” said Cheryl Mohn, president of Udder Tech, Inc. “We have been expanding our product color choices through the years, most recently offering select products in pink. The new green color will be a great addition for veterinarians.”

UT_Milk Testing Apron_Low Res_081114Waterproof bibbed overalls, shoulder guards and v-neck scrubs are now all available in green, in addition to the regular blue and black colors. Overalls are available in size XS-XXXL, shoulder guards are available in small and regular, and the v-neck scrubs are available in size S-XL. All items are made from waterproof nylon that can be machine washed and dried.

Also being added to the product lineup are new milk testing aprons designed to hold test vials used for milk sampling. The apron is available in three styles – full apron, half apron and belt style. The full apron holds 38 milk sample vials and has a cotton neck strap, adjustable belt and measures 19.5” W x 23” H. The half apron holds 24 vials with an adjustable belt and measures 22.5” W x 11” H. The belt style holds 20 vials and is on a 2” belt. All options are made from polyester fabric and are hand washable. The aprons are available in black only.

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What Skill Set is Most Important for Ag Comm Students?

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New Holland ZimmPollOur latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What do you think of Right to Farm laws?”

This ZimmPoll struck very close to home for me. As a Missouri farmer, I did what I could to help educate everyone I knew on the truths about the Right to Farm amendment that took a narrow victory earlier this month. I was excited to see that the majority of pollers thought laws such as these were needed to ensure the right to farm for generations to come. I believe we will see more and more states taking action to protect farmers. In my opinion it is a necessity.

Here are the poll results:

  • Necessary to save farming – 47%
  • Not necessary – 16%
  • Too dangerous – 14%
  • Maybe some states- 5%
  • Should be federal law – 8%
  • no opinion – 10%

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, What’s the most important skill set for ag communications?

College campuses across the country are flooded with students heading to class. With that in mind, we want to know what you feel is the most important skill agriculture communications students need to have mastered when they enter the workforce. Is it still the traditional writing/editing skills or more current social media/blogging skills that employees are seeking?

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Listening to What PEDv is Saying

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bivi-nc-14-polsonPorcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) is a wake up call for the United States swine industry and we better listen, according to Dr. Dale Polson with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica (BIVI) who spoke to producers meeting last week in North Carolina for a swine health seminar.

“We’ve got some things we’ve got to get in order in terms of risk of introduction of disease,” said Polson. “It’s a wake up call that we’ve got to plug some holes in terms of what could get in to this country.”

In addition, Polson says PEDv is telling the industry to take a closer look at its structure. “We’ve captured efficiencies, we’ve improved performance, but at the same time we’ve put ourselves at risk that we didn’t have 20-30 years ago.”

Polson thinks the industry is getting the message that PEDv is sending because he believes the future depends on it. “It could have been much, much worse,” he concluded.

Listen to my interview with Dale here: Interview with Dale Polson, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica

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Impact of Stress on Gut Health in Swine

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bivi-nc-14-moeserStress is an important factor which it comes to gastrointestinal (GI) diseases in both animals and humans, as anyone with ulcers can attest.

Dr. Adam Moeser with North Carolina State University
spoke at the Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica (BIVI) Swine Health Seminar last week about how stress factors can specifically have an influence on how swine react to pathogens. “We know that the GI tract is one of the most important organ systems in the animal,” he said. “The gut represents a very large interface between the animal and the outside world.”

How the gut maintains its integrity in the face of disease can be influenced by stress. “We know that stressers in the environment always precede the onset of many diseases,” says Moeser. “But we really don’t understand much beyond that…when we know more we’ll be able to develop preventative strategies.”

Moeser says his research has found a potential link between stress and a breakdown of intestinal integrity in swine. “The gut becomes leaky and the animals are more susceptible to disease,” he explained. “Management factors such as weaning age can have a dramatic impact on how that animal is going to be able to defend itself against pathogens later in life.”

Learn more in this interview: Interview with Adam Moeser, NC State University

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Join ZimmComm Team This Fall

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zimmcomZimmComm New Media is now taking applications for a fall intern. Students in the agricultural communications field interested in attending and learning how to “agri-blog” some of the most important industry events held every year should apply.

The opportunities will include all-expense paid trips to one or more industry events where students will assist in the compiling of photos, audio, video and posting of activities on pertinent websites. Interns will learn and develop communication tools, techniques and technology to gather and distribute information through various social media channels. Per-diem and college credits may also be available.

Right now we are looking for an intern to travel with us to World Dairy Expo, National FFA Convention and/or National Association of Farm Broadcasting Convention.

YES! I’m interested in learning how to do some agri-blogging. Apply Below.

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Poultry Facilities Recognized for Outstanding Safety

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usp_logoThe Joint Industry Safety and Health Council recognized 96 chicken and turkey facilities for outstanding safety performance through the implementation of innovative and effective employee safety and health programs. The annual safety awards were presented during the 2014 National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry held in Destin, Fla.

The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council consist of members from the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, National Chicken Council and National Turkey Federation. Collectively, the three organizations represent companies that produce 95 percent of the nation’s poultry products and directly employ more than 350,000 workers.

“The 2014 awards program resulted in a record number of award recipients despite more stringent requirements to qualify, further highlighting the industry’s commitment to workplace safety. The awards recognize their excellent safety performance achievement as a result of effective and innovative programs. The notable and constant decrease in illness and injury rates among poultry’s workforce over the last two decades is a direct consequence of their dedication to worker safety,” said the Council.

The total recordable poultry processing illness and injury rate for 2012 was 4.9 cases per 100 full-time workers (per year), down from 5.8 in 2011. This represents a 78 percent decrease from 1994 (the oldest data available on the BLS website), when the recorded rate was 22.7, demonstrating the enormous progress poultry processors have made in improving safety for our workforce.

Award consideration was based on injury statistics over three years and an evaluation of written applications by three judges: Gary Pohlmann of Marsh Risk Consulting, Doug Britton, program manager for Agricultural Technology Research at Georgia Tech Research Institute, and George Nassif of Aon Global Risk Consulting. Twenty-nine facilities received the highest level of recognition, “Award of Distinction.” The other categories included “Award of Honor” and “Award of Merit.”

Here you can find a complete listing of award winners.

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