The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is planning a series of animal-health webinars this fall, covering a wide variety of livestock species and production systems. The webinar series, according to NIFA, is intended to help “identify, discuss, and prioritize the most pressing animal health research needs of our stakeholders.”

Prior to the webinars, NIFA is asking industry stakeholders to share their perspectives on what they see as the top-five animal health issues within each species or topic. That preliminary input, due by September 30, will help guide the conversations during the webinars.

The webinars will take place between Oct. 20 and Nov 15.

Planned topics include:

  • Aquaculture
  • Goats
  • Specialty Farm Species
  • Beef
  • Poultry-Layers/Breeders
  • Swine
  • Dairy
  • Poultry-Broiler/Meat
  • Cross-cutting: Animal Wellbeing
  • Equine
  • Sheep
  • Cross-cutting: Microbiome

The beef webinar will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 4:30 pm (Eastern Time) and will be led by Dan Grooms, DVM, PhD, DACVM. The dairy program, led by Julie Smith, DVM, PhD, will take place on Nov. 1 at 1:00 pm.

On Oct. 27 at 1:00 pm, Johann Coetzee, BVSc, PhD, DACVCP will host a session on animal well-being. Also of interest to beef and dairy veterinarians, Richard Isaacson, DVM, PhD, MS, will present a webinar on the microbiome on Nov. 3 at 4:30 pm.

To register visit the Animal Health Stakeholder Webinar Series web page and click on the topic or webinar in which you wish to participate. NIFA notes that space is limited, sand they encourage group viewership if possible.

To stimulate thoughts on critical topics, NIFA has posted the topics addressed at the last USDA animal health stakeholder workshop in 2010 and the top diseases of interest for commodity groups based on the 2015 ARS Survey on its website. Visit this site for more information and a link to register for the webinars.