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Economic considerations for disease testing strategies (Proceedings)

August 1, 2010

Many veterinarians express frustration when trying to provide their clients with the best advice on which diagnostic tests to recommend for purchased cattle or the resident herd. The goal is to screen apparently healthy cattle to identify carriers of infectious disease that could cause reproductive losses and other health problems in the herd.

Source: CVC IN KANSAS CITY PROCEEDINGS

Update on managing pain in food animals (Proceedings)

August 1, 2010

The capacity to experience pain is considered to have a protective role by eliciting behavioral responses aimed at reducing further tissue damage and enhance wound healing. However, persistent pain syndromes offer no biological advantage and are associated with suffering and distress.

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Consumer perceptions and public policy on drugs used in cattle (Proceedings)

August 1, 2010

At the time of this writing, the focus on farm animals by the media (and likely therefore consumer perception) seems to be on antimicrobial use in animal agriculture and on farm animal welfare.

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Antimicrobials for bovine respiratory disease (Proceedings)

August 1, 2010

Bovine respiratory disease complex includes bacterial components, which cause the classic clinical signs of lethargy, depression, and fever, with variable nasal discharge, cough, or other signs. This bacterial component of BRD (most commonly Mannheimia haemolytica, Pasteurella multocida, Histophilus somni, and Mycoplasma bovis) may be treated with antimicrobial drugs designed to kill or inhibit the growth of the pathogenic bacteria.

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Ancillary therapy of respiratory disease in food animals: What can we give in addition to an antibiotic? (Proceedings)

August 1, 2010

In this session we will take an evidence-based medicine approach to ancillary therapy of bovine respiratory disease. The literature reviewed here is not presented as being all-inclusive, but rather as a summary of many commonly cited articles on these subjects. The citations are primarily peer reviewed, but some are from freedom of information (FOI) summaries and a few are proceedings papers or abstracts.

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Antimicrobial therapy: regimen selection (Proceedings)

August 1, 2010

Recently, the use of antimicrobials in food animals has been scrutinized by the general public, by federal legislators, and by public health organizations. Some of these concerns relate to the use of antimicrobials as growth promotants, while some relate to the use of antimicrobials in food animals in general.

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What difference do antimicrobials make? (Proceedings)

August 1, 2010

Antimicrobial efficacy in cattle can be evaluated through clinical studies including a negative control group. To be included here, the study must have specified that the subjects were randomized, the evaluators were masked to treatment, and that statistical analysis was applied. Much of the data were compiled from Food and Drug Administration Freedom of Information (FOI) summaries for veterinary drug approvals.

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Case studies: Heifer development and reproductive failure (Proceedings)

August 1, 2010

Because one goal of proper heifer development is to improve second parity pregnancy percentage, a beef producer may ask "what is the impact of higher pregnancy percentages during the second breeding season on costs and income?" Table 1 displays the effect of changing pregnancy percentage for first-calf heifers in 5-percentage point increments on the percent of the herd that must be replaced each year and the average age of the herd. In general, given the assumptions in the table, for every 5-percentage point improvement in first-calf heifer pregnancy percentage, the number of replacements needed for the herd decreases by about 1 percentage point and average cow age increases by .01 years.

Source: CVC IN KANSAS CITY PROCEEDINGS

Important financial numbers for dairies (Proceedings)

August 1, 2010

With the current economy, everyone is becoming increasingly interested in discussing financial numbers with farms. However, the numbers do not tell the whole story. It is important to determine the goals of the farm prior to jumping into evaluating the numbers.

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