At the Academy of Veterinary Consultants (AVC) conference this week in Denver, representatives from Merck Animal Health updated veterinarians and answered questions about their beta agonist product ZIlmax. The company suspended sales of the product in the United States and Canada in August, after concerns emerged over mobility problems in cattle arriving at packing plants.
The term “superbug” has become a popular way to describe any antibiotic resistant bacteria, but a new Meat MythCrusher video challenges the claim that so called “superbugs” are commonly found on meat and poultry products.
Performance and well-being of sows housed in pens retrofitted from stalls can be compromised if adequate space is not provided
By the end of 2012, 9 states in the United States imposed bans on individual stalls for pregnant sows. As a result, pig producers in those states must develop alternative methods for housing pregnant sows. A report from the West Central Research and Outreach Center of the University of Minnesota, Morris, describes the well-being of sows housed in pens retrofitted from gestation stalls. The study was published in the December issue of the Journal of Animal Science. Read more
Horses are highly sensitive to mold and dust, and hay and bedding can be a major source of these contaminants. A recent study conducted with horses at the University of Minnesota has examined the effects of hay steaming on mold and dust, forage nutritive values, and hay consumption, expressed on a dry-matter basis. This research, originally published in the Journal of Animal Science, shows that the hay steaming process can reduce total suspended particulates (TSP) and mold concentrations in moderately moldy hay and can be used to increase forage intake when feeding low-moldy hay. Read more