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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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Among organic and sustainable farmers, there is a belief that healthy ecosystems with minimally disturbed soils, adequate access to diverse, high quality forages, and clean water have a robust correlation with cows’ well-being and milk quality.  However, there has been limited research on the relationships between changes in biodiversity, livestock health, and farm management and productivity.

Therefore, in 2012, a University of Vermont research team began a multidisciplinary, long-term study to learn if managing farms for increased diversity at different “community” levels (from rumen microbes to forage composition) in Northeast pasture-based dairy production systems positively contributes to improved livestock well-being, health and productivity, and creates an ecological service feedback loop that benefits soil and natural resource diversity.

“While this research is being done in the northeast, it’s application has amazing potential for the nations largest livestock state” says the new Tarrant County Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent Fred. M. Hall. The 60-minute webinar program is set for 1 p.m. on Monday, January 4 and will be held in the Fort Worth Room at the Tarrant County Extension office located at 200 Taylor St. in Fort Worth.

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The annual District 8 CEU Seminar hosted at thirteen locations across Texas A&M AgriLife Extension District 8 on Thursday, December 11, 2014. This seminar will offer eight (8) CEU’s for the private applicator license and certificate holders. The approved credit hours are: four (4) General, one (1) Laws and Regulation, two (2) IPM hours and one (1) Drift hour. Commercial and non-commercial license holders will be able to obtain all of their needed hours for license renewal with the first 5 hours of the program. The Texas Pesticide Law requires that a person may not use a restricted-use or state-limited-use pesticides or regulated herbicides unless licensed or certified by the Texas Department of Agriculture. All applicators must obtain continuing education units (CEU’s) to renew their license.

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A new study shows that chops and ground pork may be full of bad bacteria according to Consumer Reports. A whole host of food-borne illnesses is caused by these bacteria, such as stomach aches, vomiting, diarrhea, fever — and in the most extreme cases, even death.

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I have had several calls this week about protecting horses from West Nile Virus. Since first being recognized in the United States in 1999, West Nile virus (WNV) has posed a serious threat to horses and humans alike notes veterinarians from the American Association of Equine Practitioners. In the equine population, the virus is transmitted when a mosquito takes a blood meal from a bird infected with WNV, and then feeds on a horse.

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On Tuesday USDA Chief Veterinary Officer John Clifford released a statement that read “As part of our targeted surveillance system, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the nation’s fourth case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a dairy cow from central California… Samples from the animal in question were tested at USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa. Confirmatory results using immunohistochemistry and western blot tests confirmed the animal was positive for atypical BSE, a very rare form of the disease not generally associated with an animal consuming infected feed.

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