Record numbers of exhibitors, seminars and live hogs reflect a vibrant industry
More than 20,000 producers, employees and pork professionals attended the 2018 World Pork Expo, June 6-8 in Des Moines, Iowa. Presented by the National Pork Producers Council, the Expo also welcomed nearly 1,000 international guests from 35 countries to Des Moines.
World Pork Expo,
Conferences and Trade Shows
Amid some of the fiercest weather events in U.S. history, FFA chapters lend a helping hand to those in need – and discover themselves in the process.
It is said that the best predictor of the future is the past. Unfortunately, weather and climate disasters have occurred all along, and they show no signs of stopping. In fact, the U.S. experienced a historic year of such disasters in 2017. In total, the United States was impacted by 16 separate billion-dollar disaster events, according to Climate.gov, including three tropical cyclones, eight severe storms, two inland floods, a crop freeze, drought and wildfire.
Survey: Horse owners place significant trust in their veterinarian
Editor’s note: The following are excerpts from the 2018 AHP Equine Industry Survey, sponsored by Zoetis.
Horse owners are relying on their veterinarians more and more for vaccination and deworming program recommendations, according to the 2018 American Horse Publications (AHP) online survey, sponsored by Zoetis. Survey respondents said equine veterinarians are the No. 1 influence on horse-owner product purchase decisions for both vaccines and dewormers. The online survey collected responses from more than 9,000 horse owners across the United States from January through April. Geographic regions of the United States were almost uniformly represented among participants.
I was recently on a conference call as part of preparation for speaking at a staff development meeting for a trade association. The CEO and a couple of senior staff members were on the other end of the line. My parting question was, “What’s the most important thing you want your people to take away from my presentation?” The CEO didn’t hesitate, “I want each of them to believe that what they do is important.”
DSRs should understand the fundamentals of their producers’ techniques
Every interaction with cattle – each glance, each tiny movement – forms the foundation of low-stress stockmanship. A stockman is a caregiver, reminds Tom Noffsinger, DVM, a consulting feedyard veterinarian in Benkelman, Neb.
Selective dry cow therapy requires producers identify cows needing antibiotic therapy
For years, dairy producers have routinely treated every cow with antibiotics at dry off. The risk of contracting mastitis, an economically important disease, at this stage made blanket dry cow therapy (BDCT) commonplace.
Dry Cow Therapy,
Help your customers navigate the changing marketplace that may impact their business
It’s been another year of transition in our field with more consolidations and mergers, decreased use of antibiotics, and disruptions caused by shortages, allocations and backorders. It may be hard to believe when you’ve just finished a call with a frustrated customer, but there is a bright side!
Increase your knowledge of issues beyond your products and services
One of the biggest challenges facing distribution representatives is how do you differentiate yourself from everyone else in the marketplace? After all, your product lines are relatively similar.
Tom Overbay, DVM, partner with Covenant Animal Health Partners, discusses the livestock’s industry’s trends, challenges and opportunities.
Editor’s Note: TechAccel announced a partnership with Reliance Animal Health Partners to focus exclusively on bringing animal health innovations to market under the name of Covenant Animal Health Partners. Covenant is dedicated to the development and registration of “revenue-ready” animal health products. It will address critical market needs across production and companion animals.
MWI Territory Manager Joey Braux says his customers showed a lot of grit recovering from last year’s hurricane
Last year’s hurricane season hit the United States hard. For instance, Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall in late August 2017, would cause about $125 billion in damage in Texas and surrounding states, according to the National Hurricane Center, ranking it as the second-most costly hurricane to hit the U.S. mainland since 1900.
Recovery and Rebuild,
MWI Animal Health