Jun 09

Troubleshooting Dairy Herds for Mycotoxicoses

Troubleshooting Dairy Herds for Mycotoxicoses

When troubleshooting herds that may have been exposed to the influence of mycotoxins, the most important thing for the investigator (veterinarian, nutritionist, dairyman, consultant, allied industry individual) to keep in mind is to not jump to conclusions and assume mycotoxins are the entire problem on the dairy. They may, however, be part of the problem, and we need to begin the investigative process.

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Jun 05

What does Alltech do for the average consumer?

What does Alltech do for the average consumer? Janeal Yancey
Last week I was invited to attend the Alltech Symposium. Alltech is a global agricultural company that produces a variety of products used in several segments of food production. Other than their beer (which was quite tasty), bourbon, and coffee products, a big portion of what is produced by Alltech is sold to others within agriculture. The average consumer probably doesn’t even know the company exists. So, that got me thinking. When people ask me where I was last week; why I left my kids and my husband for 5 days to attend a symposium hosted by a global agriculture company, what will I tell them? How do I relate what Alltech does to them and their everyday lives?

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Jan 10

FDA Issues Plan to Control Therapeutic Antibiotics and Phase-Out Sub-Therapeutic Antibiotics in Livestock Production

FDA Issues Plan to Control Therapeutic Antibiotics and Phase-Out Sub-Therapeutic Antibiotics in Livestock Production

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.

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Nov 11

Antibiotic Use in Livestock Evaluated

Antibiotic Use in Livestock Evaluated Dr. Simon M. Shane

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.

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