John Maday

Merck updates veterinarians on Zilmax

At the Academy of Veterinary Consultants (AVC) conference this week in Denver, representatives from Merck Animal Health updated veterinarians and answered questions about their beta agonist product ZIlmax. The company suspended sales of the product in the United States and Canada in August, after concerns emerged over mobility problems in cattle arriving at packing plants. FULL STORY »

Progress in FMD research

Since 1954, scientists with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have conducted research at plum Island, New York to prevent and control foreign animal diseases that threaten U.S. livestock production and food security. A new article from ARS outlines progress, particularly in defending against foot and mouth disease (FMD). FULL STORY »

California seminars offer cattle handling, ultrasound training

A pair of upcoming seminars in California will help veterinarians and producers learn some new skills while earning CE credits and Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification or recertification. FULL STORY »

Feed efficiency in heifers

Research has shown considerable variation in feed efficiency between individual cattle, and heritability of feed efficiency suggests producers could reduce production costs through genetic selection. Measuring individual cattle for feed efficiency, however, particularly at multiple production stages, presents a challenge. Also, questions remain about the relationships between feed efficiency and other important traits such as those involved in reproduction. FULL STORY »

Food-price inflation slows in 2013

The latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) for food shows food-price inflation has slowed during 2013, including prices for meat and poultry. The CPI for all food increased by 1.3 percent from October 2012 to October 2013, and USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) projects an annual increase of 1.5 to 2.5 percent for all food prices and 1 to 2 percent for food-at-home prices. That would indicate a slightly smaller increase than we saw in 2012, and 2013 food-price inflation would drop below the 20-year historical average of 2.8 percent. FULL STORY »

Net farm income up, cash receipts down for 2013

USDA released its latest Farm Sector Income Forecast on Tuesday, predicting increases in total value of crop, livestock, dairy, and poultry production compared with 2012. Production expenses are also up, however, and lower corn prices will offset some of the benefits of what appears to be a record-large corn crop. FULL STORY »

Boxed beef again tops $200

The Choice beef cutout opened this week with a $2.40 per hundredweight gain over last Friday’s average, putting Monday’s price at $201.32. The Choice boxed beef cutout price had climbed over $200 per hundredweight during October, but gradually declined over the past two weeks. The Select cutout also gained strength, increasing $1.46 to $188.28, leaving a Choice-Select spread of $13.04 FULL STORY »

Perspective in data interpretation Play video

At the NIAA conference on antibiotic resistance, Guy Loneragan, DVM, from Texas Tech University, summarizes a joint presentation he conducted with Morgan Scott, DVM, PhD, with Kansas State University. FULL STORY »

Feedyard placements pick up during October

The November Cattle on Feed report from USDA, released on November 22, shows feedyard inventories in U.S. feedlots with 1,000 head or more capacity at 10.6 million head as of November 1, down 6 percent from a year earlier. Feedyard inventories have run below year-earlier totals every month of this year. FULL STORY »

USDA suspends July 2014 cattle inventory report

This July, following the “sequestration” that reduced funding for a wide range of government programs, USDA did not issue their usual mid-year cattle inventory report. This week the department’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) announced it again will not publish a report in July 2014, as the new fiscal year begins with sequestration-level funding still in place. FULL STORY »

Need for dialog on antibiotics Play video

At the NIAA conference on antibiotic resistance, Western Kentucky University animal scientist Nevil Speer, PhD, notes the complexity of the science behind antibiotic resistance and the need for continued collaboration among stakeholder groups to protect antibiotic efficacy, consumer confidence and animal health. FULL STORY »

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