Nearly 7,600 members of the cattle community enjoyed fellowship, fun, education and leadership opportunities during the 2018 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show, which ended in Phoenix, Ariz., Feb. 3.
Be aware of the signs of foreign animal disease
If a foreign animal disease crosses into the United States, veterinarians and livestock producers will be the first line of defense.
What a dog can teach us about people and business
After picking up the mail, Charlie Mitchell and I were on our way out of the Post Office when a man pointed to Charlie, a 17-pound West Highland Terrier, and asked, “Is that a service dog?” Before I could answer, the man added, “If he’s not, you can’t bring him in here. I might get sued.”
Bipartisan legislation aims to protect horses from the abusive practice known as “soring”
In late May, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) introduced bipartisan legislation to protect horses from the abusive practice known as "soring" – in which show horse trainers intentionally apply substances or devices to a horse's limb to make each step painful, forcing a horse to perform an exaggerated high-stepping gait that is rewarded in show rings, according to a report from the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP). While soring is prohibited under federal law, a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Inspector General (IG) report has found that some horse trainers often go to great lengths to continue this inhumane practice.
Recommendations for both veterinary and client care kits
Equine veterinarians are always prepared to address a cut or scrape – and they have to keep their clients stocked up as well.
This Georgia FFA Alumni chapter was recently named best of the best because of its support to its local members. It serves as a lesson for all.
Monitors provide dairies with tech assistance for economically important events
More and more dairy producers are employing digital animal monitoring technologies to handle important tasks like estrus detection and identifying early signs of illness. The equipment is steadily increasing in reliability, affordability and accuracy – making it a suitable alternative to more labor-intensive, traditional tasks.
A breeding soundness exam (BSE) can help beef producers avoid open cows
As many as 50 percent of beef producers don’t get an annual breeding soundness exam (BSE) performed on their bulls, estimates Joe Paschal, Ph.D., professor and Extension livestock specialist for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension.
Have you made yourself essential to your veterinary practice’s business?
I subscribe to a handful of daily and weekly blogs in the marketing and customer service fields (that I often fall far behind in actually reading) but one popped up in my inbox the other day from blogger Seth Godin that was short, to-the-point, and really made me think. It simply asked: “If your customers had to stop using your product or service tomorrow, how much would they miss it? How easy are you to replace? How deep are the habits, how essential are the interactions? Being missed when you’re gone is a worthy objective.”
A competitive advantage is obtained by implementing value-creating strategies, not simultaneously being implemented by any current competitor. These strategies need to be rare, valuable, and non-substitutable. These competitive advantages become sustainable when they are not easily copied and, thus, can be maintained over a long period of time.