John Maday

U.S. population grows less than 1 percent

As of January 1, the U.S. Census Bureau projects the population of the United States at 317.3 million, up 0.7 percent from a year ago. The census figures illustrate the importance of export markets to support growth in U.S. livestock industries, as most of the world’s population growth is taking place elsewhere, particularly in Asia. FULL STORY »

A year to remember

2013, we hardly knew you. The year seemed to fly by at breakneck speed, but looking back, there was no shortage of momentous news in the cattle industry. FULL STORY »

China’s changing role

China’s economic growth likely will slow significantly in coming years, but the country will generate enormous demand for food, with implications for global markets and U.S. agriculture. During the recent Academy of Veterinary Consultants conference in Denver, market analyst Andrew Gottschalk, who owns, outlined key international trends in a presentation titled “New world order: Facts, myths and lies.” FULL STORY »

Biological risk management Play video

Danelle Bickett-Weddle, DVM, MPH, PhD., DACVPM, from Iowa State University, discusses a free, online biological risk management tool available to assist veterinarians in identifying and addressing health risks in their clients’ beef and dairy herds. FULL STORY »

Preventative measures can minimize trich impacts

Speaking to veterinarians at a “Prevention Works” conference hosted by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. last week, Dan Givens, DVM, PhD, from Auburn University, outlined the need for prevention in dealing with trichomoniasis, or “trich.” FULL STORY »

Blach: Bright outlook for 2014 and beyond

This year brought record prices for beef, calves and finished cattle, and 2014 promises continued success, particularly for cow-calf producers. That was one of the key messages when Cattle Fax president and CEO Randy Blach addressed a group of veterinarians at a “Prevention Works” conference hosted by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. FULL STORY »

Cattle outlook improving rapidly

Short cattle supplies, cheaper feed and a strong outlook for beef exports create a favorable environment for U.S. producers now and into 2014, according to the December Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook report from USDA. FULL STORY »

USDA raises estimate of corn use, lowers price forecast

The USDA boosted its estimate for domestic corn use 2013-2014 corn use by 100 million bushels in this month’s Feed Outlook report, based on projected increases in ethanol production and grain exports for the new crop. FULL STORY »

High-altitude disease in cattle at lower elevations Play video

Although it is commonly known as “high-altitude disease,” bovine pulmonary hypertension (BPH) can occur in cattle at lower elevations. Joe Neary MA, MS, VetMB, has focused much of his research on BPH and outlines some of the latest thinking on factors involved in the condition. FULL STORY »

Re-thinking Histophilus somni

Among the pathogens commonly involved in bovine respiratory disease (BRD) complex, Histophilus somni is not as prevalent as Mannheimia haemolytica or Pasteurella multocida, but the pathogen is highly virulent and can cause a range of clinical disease presentations in cattle. FULL STORY »

AVC names Sjeklocha Consultant of the Year

Dave Sjeklocha, DVM, was honored Friday at the Academy of Veterinary Consultants (AVC) winter meeting with the AVC Consultant of the Year award, sponsored by Zoetis. FULL STORY »

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