This is what it did for Pieter Maes, a dairy farmer from Melsele, Belgium. Before using the E=P+S program, Pieter noticed that his cows were underperforming and they were not achieving the fertility levels he had hoped they’d reach.
With the continued spread of PEDv (Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus), biosecurity measures have been reaffirmed as the main precautions producers can take against the virus. But what else should producers take a look at?
On December 11, the FDA announced a plan to “help phase out the use of medically important antimicrobials in livestock for food production purposes.” The use of these applications were defined as enhancing growth or improving feed efficiency. The FDA action was characterized as “a plan to ensure judicious use of antibiotics in food animals” and is predicated on Guidance Document #231 and the preceding Guidance Document #209, both of which can be accessed on www.fda.gov.
Dr. Mike Appley of Kansas State University is conducting trials on calves and piglets to determine whether therapeutic administration of antibiotics is effective and whether drug-resistant strains can be demonstrated in these farm animals.