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Animal Studies Safeguard Food Supplies—and Human Health
Hundreds of different species of Mycobacterium are known to exist, and many of them have been infecting animals and humans —sometimes with deadly results-for thousands of years, writes Ann Perry, Agricultural Research Service Information Staff of the...
The Life and Death of BSE
Fifteen years ago Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) was causing havoc in the EU. This fatal, neurodegenerative disease of cattle seemed both incomprehensible and unstoppable, but today many countries are looking to eradicate it once and for all,...
Foot and Mouth Disease: Novel Technologies Improve Detection and Control
Scientists at the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) are using infra-red technology to identify cattle infected with foot and mouth disease (FMD) virus. The same group has developed the world's first molecular-based FMD vaccine, which has been effective...
A Blueprint for Eradicating Bovine TB in England
Bovine Tuberculosis is a serious infectious disease, incurring huge costs on both the individuals affected, and on the governments attempting to control it. Adam Anson, reporting for TheCattleSite, summarises the latest UK plan which attempts to lay out...
Transition Period Management and Nutrition
Most of the metabolic diseases of dairy cows - milk fever, ketosis, retained placenta (RP), and displacement of the abomasum - occur within the first 2 wk of lactation. This feature was taken from the proceedings of the High Plains Dairy Conference. A...
Infrared Technology and Foot and Mouth Detection
Novel technologies improve detection and control of Foot and Mouth Disease, writes Laura McGinnis, Agricultural Research Service - this research is part of Animal Health, an ARS national programme. ...
Bluetongue 2009: Special Report
Last year there were more than 24,000 cases of bluetongue in France whilst none were reported in England. Can we pull off the 'great escape' again this year, asks Dr Dave Cavanagh of the Institute for Animal Health? To answer this question his colleagues...
Mycotoxins in Cattle
Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites produced by filamentous fungi which have a negative impact on animals and humans, either by ingestion, inhalation or skin contact. This paper, written by product managers, Inês Rodrigues and Yunior Acosta Aragón,...
Zoonoses in the EU: Trends and Sources
Because zoonoses are infections and diseases that are transmissible from animals to humans, it makes it particularly important to keep these livestock diseases under surveillance and control, writes Adam Anson, reporting for TheBeefSite. ...
NBAF: Securing a Threat, or Threatening a Security?
After months of deliberation, Manhattan, Kansas, has been chosen as the destination of the new US National Bio and Agro-Defence Facility (NBAF), writes Adam Anson, reporting for TheCattleSite. But what actions will this new facility undertake and what...
Bovine TB: Tracking the Footprints from Deer to Cattle
It has been known for some time that many species of wild deer can carry and transmit Bovine Tuberculosis, but limited research has kept scientists in the dark on the prevalence of these incidents and how they can affect cattle populations, writes Adam...
UK Cattle Disease Quarterly Surveillance Report (to September 2008)
This report, by the Veterinary Laboratories Agency, monitors trends in the major endemic cattle diseases. The report is compiled using disease data gathered by the network of VLA Regional Laboratories. ...
Meeting Consumers' Food Safety Expectations
Consumers expect convenience and quality when they are buying food and particularly meat and that quality means safety and good eating quality, writes TheCattleSite Senior Editor, Chris Harris....
Turnover: Symptom or Disease
Ask a few dozen agricultural managers what their largest human resource management issue is and chances are a good many of them are going to say, “Turnover!”, writes Sarah L. Fogleman of Kansas State Research and Extension. This feature was taken...
UK Cattle Disease Quarterly Surveillance Report (to June 2008)
This report, by the Veterinary Laboratories Agency, monitors trends in the major endemic cattle diseases. The report is compiled using disease data gathered by the network of VLA Regional Laboratories. ...
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