John Maday

BRD in perspective

This week in Denver, veterinarians, researchers and producers are engaged in the 2014 BRD Symposium, focused on the theme of “New Approaches to Bovine Respiratory Disease Prevention, Management and Diagnosis.” Purdue University veterinarian Mark Hilton, DVM, ABVP, kicked off the program with an overview of the past, present and future of BRD control in cattle. FULL STORY »

Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame: No limitations

The motto on the Darr Feedlot website says “Cattle are our business, but our people make the difference.” FULL STORY »

Beef prices continue to rally

Wholesale beef prices began the week with more gains, with the Choice cutout reaching $259.30 per hundredweight and Select not far behind at $256.17, according to USDA’s daily beef report. Both are up nearly $2 from last Friday’s average. FULL STORY »

Mid-year inventory shows further declines in cattle numbers

The July 1 Cattle report from USDA, released on Friday, July 25, shows reductions in almost all classes of cattle since the last mid-year report issued in July 2012. Last year, USDA did not issue a July Cattle report due to the sequestration that temporarily reduced funding for federal government agencies. FULL STORY »

Appeals court rules with FDA on feed antibiotics

In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday overturned earlier district court rulings resulting from a lawsuit filed by activist groups seeking to end the use of antibiotics in livestock feed. FULL STORY »

Heat danger persists through Friday

Livestock producers across the central United States will need to contend with at least a couple more days of dangerous heat and humidity. FULL STORY »

Disease update: Vesicular stomatitis

Several new cases of vesicular stomatitis (VS) have been confirmed in horses in Texas and Colorado over the past week. FULL STORY »

Heat danger reaches emergency levels

For much of the country, this week has brought the first truly dangerous heat of the summer. As of late Monday, the USDA/NOAA forecast for Heat Stress in cattle projected “emergency” levels of heat and humidity across much of the middle of the country and parts of the Southwest for today, July 22. FULL STORY »

Know when to hold ‘em

From the June-July issue: This year’s hot calf and feeder market offers ranchers multiple marketing opportunities. FULL STORY »

Researchers use “big data” to track zoonotic diseases

About 60 percent of diseases are zoonotic, or can pass between humans and various animal species, and understanding the pathways and complex relationships between pathogens, hosts and environmental factors is key to improving control strategies. FULL STORY »

Watch for illegally compounded animal drugs

In the wake of recent horse deaths following treatment with compounded drugs, the Animal Health Institute (AHI) is warning veterinarians to avoid these products and be cognizant of the risks and potential liability they present. FULL STORY »

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