Eye Lesions in Cattle
Dr. Glen Selk, Oklahoma State University
Kansas State University veterinarians conducted a cross-sectional evaluation of 100 cattle from a Kansas sale barn. Their goal was to determine the incidence of eye problems in cattle brought to auctions. The reasons for the cattle being sold were unknown to the examiners. All cattle were judged to be in good health. They found that 47% of the cattle had some type of eye lesion. In cattle 6 years of age or older, the prevalence was quite high with 69% being inflicted. Younger cattle (less than 6 years of age) were much less likely to have an eye lesion. Still 24% of those less than 6 years of age were identified to have an eye lesion.
Cattle Marketing Symposium: What Animal Health Products Are Allowed In “Naturally Raised” Cattle?
Different branded programs vary regarding specific products that they allow or disallow in their particular programs. Therefore, it is critical to become familiar with the specific requirements of the programs in which you want to participate.
In general, all antimicrobials, whether administered in feed, water, or by injection, are not allowed at any time in the calf’s life span. The same applies to ionophores (such as Rumensin® or Bovatec®), hormones (growth implants, MGA®), and coccidiostats (such as Deccox® or Corid®).
From an industry perspective, these cattle are referred to as “never ever” cattle.
Early Detection of Pregnancy Problems Important
by: Heather Smith Thomas
There are a number of things that can go wrong during the last phase of pregnancy. Some of these problems can be resolved or dealt with rather easily, and others are more serious — and can be life threatening to the cow or fetus.
EXCESS FLUID AROUND THE FETUS — On occasion, either the amnion sac surrounding the fetus or the allontioc sac (the outer “water bag”) may produce too much fluid. Extra fluid in the amnion sac is more rare (a condition called hydramnios); it occurs mainly in Dexter cattle that have “bulldog: calves–a hereditary condition which may produce extra fluid as early as the 3rd of 4rth month of gestation. More commonly, excess fluid is only produced in the outer water sac. This condition, called hydroallantois, is seen in the last trimester. The fetus is often quite small for its stage of gestation and there is a sudden increase of fluid, which becomes noticeable by about six to seven months when the cow develops a huge belly. The later this happens, the better chance she’ll survive until the end of pregnancy.
Midway stockyards’ fate nears a decision
Woodford residents worry about water pollution, odor
By James Bruggers
The Courier-Journal (KY)
The future of the largest stockyards in the eastern United States could be decided tonight if city leaders in Midway, Ky., vote to make way for the cattle auction house.
But the project has opponents, who say moving Blue Grass Stockyards from its longtime home in Lexington to an industrial park in Midway will have dire consequences for a Woodford County community that otherwise features antique and specialty stores and is surrounded by the rolling fields of horse farms.
S.Korea to phase out U.S. beef import tariffs
South Korea and the United States have agreed on Monday to phase out a 40 percent tariff on U.S. beef imports over 15 years.
Washington had demanded the immmediate removal of all import tariffs on its beef.
“Import tariffs on U.S. beef will be eliminated over the next 15 years, step by step,” Minister for Trade Kim Hyun-Chong told a news conference.
Lawmakers beef about Korea trade pact
Baucus: Pact unacceptable unless Seoul lifts beef ban
By William L. Watts
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — U.S. and South Korean negotiators reached agreement late Sunday night on the largest trade deal in a decade, but a top senator says the pact isn’t going anywhere until Seoul lifts a ban on imports of U.S. beef.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., hails from a top beef-producing state. And his panel has jurisdiction over trade issues. Baucus vowed that the pact would go nowhere until Seoul lifts the ban, which was first imposed after a case of “mad cow disease” was found in the United States in late 2003.
Korea last fall opened its market to imports of U.S. boneless beef from cattle less than 30 months old. But U.S. beef producers and lawmakers have been angered by Korea’s rejection of three large shipments after inspectors said they found small bone fragments.
Future of U.S.-South Korean FTA still tied to beef ban
by Peter Shinn
South Korean and U.S. negotiators signed a free trade agreement (FTA) Sunday in Seoul. But will it ever take effect?
Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Karan Bhatia said that depends on what happens with South Korea’s de facto U.S. beef ban. During a conference call from Seoul Monday morning, Bhatia told Brownfield that Congress probably won’t pass the trade deal unless South Korea ends its ban on U.S. beef.
“I think the answer is no,” Bhatia said. “I don’t think the Congress will approve a FTA with Korea without the full re-opening of Korea’s beef market.”