John Maday

Studying how and why parasites affect performance

It is well documented that infections with internal parasites can reduce weight gains, feed efficiency and reproductive performance in cattle, but just why different parasites have evolved to affect or manipulate their hosts in different ways is unclear. FULL STORY »

FDA plans webinar on antiparasitic resistance

The FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine and the AVMA will host a one-hour webinar titled “Resisting Resistance: FDA’s Antiparasitic Resistance Management Strategy,” on Tuesday, Oct.14, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET. FULL STORY »

Update on vesicular stomatitis

The summer’s outbreak of vesicular stomatitis (VS) continues, with several new cases in horses and cattle confirmed over the past week in Texas and Colorado. FULL STORY »

DOJ adds divestiture requirement Tyson’s Hillshire purchase

Tyson plans to acquire Hillshire Brands Company, but the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and three state attorneys general are saying “not so fast.” FULL STORY »

Female markets soar during August

Demand for bred females was strong during August, with prices in most categories improving over already-high July prices. Bred heifers across our markets averaged $1,800 per head, up from $1,690 in July and $1,380 in August 2013. FULL STORY »

Beef, pork, lead food-price increases

The latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Food, released by USDA on August 25, shows large increases in retail beef and pork prices this year, with eggs and milk not far behind. FULL STORY »

Feedyard inventories, placements shrink during August

Feedyard managers across the United States are looking at a lot of unused bunk space these days. The August Cattle on Feed report from the USDA shows August 1 inventories at feedlots with capacity for 1,000 head or more at 9.8 million head, down 2 percent from a year ago. FULL STORY »

FAO urges support for animal disease monitoring

Calling animal disease a “weak link” in global efforts to combat disease, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) called for sustained monitoring of animal diseases, particularly those that can cross species barriers to infect humans. FULL STORY »

Cargill issues corporate responsibility report

Cargill this week released its fiscal 2014 corporate responsibility report entitled “Delivering Responsibly in the Global Food System.” FULL STORY »

Could we eradicate BVD?

The bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) virus, and related viruses in the “pestivirus” classification, cause considerable economic damage through reproductive losses in cow herds and as a contributor to bovine respiratory disease (BRD) in feedyards. FULL STORY »

USDA report: Heifer questions, strong export demand

The August Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook report from USDA, released August 18, examines somewhat conflicting numbers regarding heifer retention, and shows U.S. beef imports and exports running well above last-year’s levels. FULL STORY »

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