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University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences researcher Brenna Ellison, plus Kathleen Brooks, and Taro Mieno of the University of Nebraska completed a study that found for many consumers, buying a gallon of milk is much more complex than finding the preferred fat content and expiration date. They want to know how the cows were treated, what they were fed, whether they received growth hormones or antibiotics, whether the milk is organic, and so on. The recent University of Illinois study ranks which of these production attributes are most important to buyers for four different products: beef, chicken, milk, and eggs.

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An article in Feedstuffs noted that the National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program has opened participation in its third component: FARM Environmental Stewardship (ES).

The ES module joins the FARM Program’s two other pillars, FARM Animal Care and FARM Antibiotic Stewardship. The voluntary FARM Environmental Stewardship program helps dairy producers augment their environmental management efforts by identifying ways to improve their on-farm sustainability.

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With President Obama proclaiming November 13-19 as “Get Smart About Antibiotics Week and the World Health Organization aiming to increase awareness with World Antibiotics Awareness Week, we need to talk about the Veterinary Feed Directives that will come into play on January 1, 2017.

While animal agriculture often gets the blame for the global problem of antibiotic resistance, livestock feeders have been proactive in using the drugs appropriately. In Obama’s proclamation, noted that the nation’s public health is connected to the health of animals and the environment, especially with regards to the spread of disease. He also stated the he hosted the White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship to bring together key human and animal health stakeholders to identify successful strategies and opportunities for collaboration.

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The folks at the VFD News Center remind us that some medications for swine requiring a veterinary feed directive (VFD) are indicated for use alone while others are approved for use in combination with over-the-counter (OTC) medications that don’t require a VFD.

For example, chlortetracycline, which will transition to a VFD medication on January 1, 2017, has several indications for use alone but it’s also approved for use with tiamulin, an OTC medication, for diseases including swine dysentery, bacterial enteritis and bacterial pneumonia.

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The Lone Star Healthy Streams program educates Texas landowners on how to best protect waterways from bacterial contributions associated with horses, livestock and feral hogs. “In Tarrant County a large number of our small-acreage land-owners have horses and enjoy the lifestyle of trail rides, horse shows and rodeos,” says Tarrant County AgriLife Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent Fred M. Hall. To help land-owners understand how their horses and other livestock can effect water quality downstream the programs will focus on the Eagle Mountain and Village Creek watersheds.

On Tuesday, November 1 the program will be hosted at the Tarrant County Resource Connection at 110 Circle Drive in Fort Worth and on Wednesday, November 2 it will be hosted at the Fort Worth Nature Center located at 9601 Fossil Ridge Road in Fort Worth.

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“If you own a horse or think you would like to own a horse, there are some financial considerations of horse ownership,” says Tarrant County AgriLife Extension Agriculture and Natural Resource Agent Fred M. Hall. Horses are wonderful companions and riding can be a lifelong hobby for the entire family, but feed, boarding, medical care and upkeep costs don’t go away because you haven’t ridden for a few weeks.

This Extension program will be held on Wednesday, October 26 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Brand Room at the Texas Cattle Raisers Building. The building is located at 1301 West 7th St., in Fort Worth.

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The Lone Star Healthy Streams program educates Texas landowners on how to best protect waterways from bacterial contributions associated with horses, livestock and feral hogs. “In Tarrant County a large number of our small-acreage land-owners have horses and enjoy the lifestyle of trail-rides, horse-shows and rodeos,” says Tarrant County AgriLife Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent Fred M. Hall. To help land-owners understand how their horses and other livestock can effect water quality downstream we have focused on the Eagle Mountain and Village Creek watersheds.

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