Daily Archives: May 25, 2007

Do injection site swellings and lesions indicate decrease in vaccine response?

Do injection site swellings and lesions indicate decrease in vaccine response?

Dr. Glenn Selk, Extension Cattle Specialist, Oklahoma State University

University of Arkansas beef specialists conducted an experiment to compare the clostridial antibody response of 8 month-old heifers that do develop OR do not develop visible injection-site lesions and swelling.  Blood samples were collected on day 0, 28, 56, 84, and 112 after injection with a 7-way clostridial subcutaneous vaccination.  The vaccinations were given in the neck with a pistol-grip syringe using the tented technique.


Fly control begins with knowing flies (Pest control)

Fly control begins with knowing flies (Pest control)


Four fly species account for the majority of losses in beef production:  house flies, horn flies, stable flies and face flies. They have similar appearance and life cycles, but because of differences in their breeding sites, habitats and feeding behaviors, producers need to identify the pests for effective and economical control.


Federal Bill Seeks To Strengthen the Animal Welfare Act

Federal Bill Seeks To Strengthen the Animal Welfare Act

Humane Society of the US

WASHINGTON – Legislation introduced earlier this week would prohibit the use of live animals in sales and marketing demonstrations of medical devices and products. U.S. Representatives Steve Israel (D-NY) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) introduced the Animal Welfare Accountability Improvement Act, which would amend the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The amendment was prompted by an incident at the Cleveland Clinic last winter, when a doctor created a brain aneurysm in an anesthetized dog to demonstrate a medical device to a group of salespeople.

During the demonstration to about two dozen people, the dog, who was under anesthesia, was operated on and then repeatedly manipulated by a group of non-medically trained salespeople in attendance, according to reports. At the conclusion, the dog was killed. The Cleveland Clinic is credited with taking swift action in the case – conducting an internal investigation, taking disciplinary measures against the doctor, and notifying the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  However, The Humane Society of the United States believes there should be a national policy prohibiting such conduct, and the matter should not be left to each institution to settle.


Dale Blasi – If COOL Were Implemented, How Would It Affect A Stocker Cattle Producer?

Dale Blasi – If COOL Were Implemented, How Would It Affect A Stocker Cattle Producer?

Stocker Cattle Forum

Given the numerous food safety-related incidents that have occurred during the past six months, there certainly has been growing momentum for the implementation of COOL. While my comments will not to address the validity or the flaws of COOL in its present form, I will say that many people have the mistaken belief that food safety measures will be vastly improved with the existence of a labeling law such as COOL. Regardless of the outcome, all cattle producers should anticipate that greater emphasis will be placed on traceability in all aspects of our food production complex in the near future. As Nevil mentioned in his contribution, an individual animal identification system (not NAIS) will need to be factored into the equation if the desired outcome is an effective COOL.


Growing Iowa’s Cattle Feeding Business

Growing Iowa’s Cattle Feeding Business      

Rod Swoboda

Wallaces Farmer

Iowa State University Extension and the Iowa Beef Center sponsored three workshops for producers who were interested in starting or expanding a cattle feeding business this past winter. A total of 35 producers participated in the workshops. With distillers grains becoming more available to include in cattle rations as ethanol production continues to expand, there is a renewed interest in cattle feeding in Iowa.

Russ Euken, ISU Extension livestock specialist in north central Iowa, initiated the idea of the workshops. He says, “With an increasing number ethanol plants in the area, there is interest and opportunity for feeding cattle. However, many farm operations in the area have not fed cattle for quite a few years if at all. If they are going to start in the business and be successful, they need to do their homework and the workshop is meant to help in that process.”


Kansas cattle, cattlemen recover from tornado

Kansas cattle, cattlemen recover from tornado

By Gene Johnston

Agriculture Online        

Following some of the worst tornadoes in years, Kansas cattle producers are struggling to locate their herds, treat the injured, and tally losses.

“It will be quite a while before we know the extent of the injuries and the losses from the storms,” says veterinarian Randall Spare, Ashland (Kansas) Veterinary Clinic. “More than 10 days after the storms, people were still looking for their cattle.”


U.S. Cattle Groups Respond to Upgraded BSE Classification

U.S. Cattle Groups Respond to Upgraded BSE Classification         

Western Farmer Stockman

At its general session meetings in Paris Tuesday, the World Organization for Animal Health announced that it would formally reclassify the U.S. as a ‘controlled risk’ country for bovine spongiform encephalopathy. A major U.S. cattle group and meat institute say “about time,” while another cattle group wants a better classification.

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association issued a statement saying its members are “pleased” with the decision by the international veterinary body, known by its French initials as the OIE.

NCBA Chief Economist Gregg Doud says the decision should pressure foreign markets to open to U.S. beef. According to USDA, 18 countries still have bans on U.S. beef, reaching back to the late 2003 discovery of a case of BSE in the U.S.

“It is simply unacceptable for such trade barriers to cause further economic damage to our industry,” Doud says. “We expect this OIE categorization to trigger the lifting of long-standing political barriers to our products in various international markets.”