John Maday

FDA offers resources on conditional drug approvals

Under the Minor Use and Minor Species Animal Health Act, which was passed in 2004, the FDA has options for “conditional approvals” of some drugs. These conditional approvals can come into play to help drug sponsors and veterinarians provide treatments for minor species, or for small numbers of major species in the case of uncommon diseases. FULL STORY »

Missouri right-to-farm vote withstands recount

Missouri’s “right-to-farm” statewide amendment, which voters approved by a narrow margin in an August primary election, has again come out ahead in a recount, according to news reports. FULL STORY »

Study focuses on bluetongue vector

The bluetongue virus (BTV) causes significant economic damage in cattle and sheep, but is much about the disease remains somewhat mysterious. Researchers in California recently published results of a study that could help clear up one question – that of how the virus overwinters in temperate regions. FULL STORY »

AGree releases papers on challenges facing agriculture

This week, the AGree initiative, which seeks to build consensus and catalyze action on food and agricultural policy, released five papers addressing individual challenges for the future of agriculture. FULL STORY »

Boxed beef gaining strength

Wholesale beef prices have moved upward over the past week, helping support fed-cattle prices. FULL STORY »

USDA reports on orbivirus diseases, research gaps

Orbiviruses, such as those that cause bluetongue (BT) and epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) have caused growing concerns among veterinarians and livestock producers. FULL STORY »

FDA seeks comments on two issues related to drug approvals

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced this week it is inviting public comment on a pair of potential changes in policy regarding approval of drugs used in food-animal production. Each public comment period opens today, September 9. FULL STORY »

Food insecurity declines slightly

A few more U.S. families have consistent access to enough food than a few years ago, but the levels of food security remain high. The USDA’s Economic Research Service last week released its 2013 Household Food Security in the United States report, showing 14.3 percent of U.S households were food-insecure during 2013. FULL STORY »

Back to basics on BRD

The modern beef industry has come a long way in understanding the array of pathogens involved in bovine respiratory disease syndrome (BRDS), along with the list of environmental and genetic factors associated with the disease, and in developing better vaccines, treatments, diagnostics and management practices. But as several presenters at the recent 2014 BRDS Symposium pointed out, we can and must do better. FULL STORY »

The ongoing battle with BRD

From the September issue of Bovine Veterinarian: New tools offer promise for prevention and early detection, while proven but underutilized methods await broader adoption. FULL STORY »

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 »

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