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Digital Detectives

By: Jennifer Ryan
June, 2018
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.

Categories: Cover Story, Activity Monitors

Aiming at Swine Influenza Virus

By: Jennifer Ryan
March, 2018

The disease is taking a toll on hog producers as new strains make it difficult to control

In the last decade, influenza A virus in swine (IAV-S) has become an increasingly difficult disease challenge for hog producers to control. In part, this is due to shifting strains that make IAV-S – like it’s human influenza counterpart – difficult to vaccinate against.

Categories: Cover Story, Swine

Keeping It Clean

By: Jennifer Ryan
October, 2017

Properly selecting, using disinfectants is critical to maintain herd health

Today’s confinement livestock operations help keep animals safe from diseases transmitted by wildlife and other outside sources. Yet, understanding the basics of cleaning and disinfecting barns is an important step for biosecurity protocols.

Categories: Cover Story, 2017 Livestock Winter, Biosecurity

No Residues Need Apply

By: Jennifer Ryan
November, 2016

Avoiding violative residues takes cooperation from everyone in the food chain


When livestock producers identify a sick animal, the decision of when to treat it – and with what product – is becoming increasingly complex. Government regulations combined with consumer demand for wholesome, safe food are two of the major forces behind any treatment decision.

“Our responsibility to the consumer is to deliver wholesome products, like beef, absent of any residues,” notes Jim Sears, DVM, senior technical services veterinarian at Bayer HealthCare LLC Animal Health. “Of course there are regulations that establish rules and as to what can be administered, but we also have to meet consumer concerns with regards to providing safe products.”

Chemical products, including antibiotics, used in beef cattle production must go through a rigorous testing process before being approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Withdrawal times posted on antibiotic labels are established as part of the approval process to specify the number of days that must pass between the last antibiotic treatment and when the animal can be offered by producers as food. This helps ensure a safe, wholesome product without any chemical residue.

Categories: Cover Story, Livestock Winter 2016, Livestock, Residues

Boots on the Ground

By: Jennifer Ryan
March, 2015

Collaborating on biosecurity measures can help customers avoid disease and achieve production success

Categories: Cover Story

Animal Health Pros Lead Rural Markets

By: Rick Purnell
September, 2012

Take a second look at things as you drive down the road. It may be different soon. There’s potential for a complete rethinking of the rural landscape. A new initiative by the University of Nebraska (NU) has been launched to reexamine the way rural markets thrive or decline, what makes up the characteristics of successful ones and what the future may hold.

Categories: Cover Story

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