2017: The Dawning of a New Era in Feed Additives

goatStarting January 1, 2017 the use of feed additive antibiotics will be changed forever!

Scientists have been recommending this change for many years as the misuse and overuse of antibiotics has led to a decrease in their effectiveness.

Some common antibiotic misconceptions and subsequent consequences are:

  • Antibiotics are not effective against viruses. Viruses are the major cause of scours in calves.
  • Prolonged feeding of antibiotics allows resistant strains of pathogens to evolve – thus rendering the antibiotic ineffective.
  • These “super bugs” that evolve can render other antibiotics ineffective in treating human infections.

Continue reading “2017: The Dawning of a New Era in Feed Additives”

Moving On In a Post-Antibiotic Era

One animal health expert summed up the options livestock producers, ranchers and integrated food operations have, now that the FDA’s Veterinary Feed Directive restricts sales and purchases of antibiotics over the counter. Aidan Connolly, chief innovation officer for Alltech, offered three choices:

1.) Simply do nothing.

2.) Replace antibiotics with gut health programs.

3.) Take a holistic approach.

The second option holds the best likelihood of success in the post-antibiotic age. Ranchers and producers around the world are farming without antibiotics, notes Dr. Connolly. Continue reading “Moving On In a Post-Antibiotic Era”

Antibiotics Update: Will New Administration Try to Mitigate Rules on Antibiotics Usage in Food Animal Production?

cattleThe short answer: probably not. Furthermore, dealers shouldn’t change their preparations to comply with the new rules governing the judicious use of antibiotics in food animal production, as we have been stressing for more than a year in ProfitBuilder.

President Obama and his administration’s strategy to restrict the use of antibiotics in agriculture went into effect on January 1, 2017. Agri-Pulse Communications reported in its newsletter (November 30, 2016) that “he’s also leaving behind some proposals that could easily be reworked or spiked by the incoming Trump administration.”

“And starting in 2017, no antibiotics important in human medicine will be labeled for use for growth promotion and feed efficiency,” Agri-Pulse noted. “Only disease treatment and prevention will be approved uses on animal antibiotic labels.” Continue reading “Antibiotics Update: Will New Administration Try to Mitigate Rules on Antibiotics Usage in Food Animal Production?”

The Traveling Road Show Season is Here!

mark-nibloPost written by Mark Niblo, Marketing Director at Durvet | Long Distance Runner | Iowa by Birth-Kansas City by Choice

The holidays have come and gone and those in the animal health industry find themselves again in the middle of spring trade show season.

I’ve joked for years about how our lifestyle this time of year is similar to the carnivals that used to come to town when I was a kid.

We travel to a city, set up our booth to meet with our customers and suppliers, and, at the end, tear down and move on to the next city. Continue reading “The Traveling Road Show Season is Here!”

Keeping Livestock Healthy: Internal Parasite Control is a Year-round Business

The cattle industry loses about $3 billion each year in lost weight gains, poor feed conversion and increased disease because of internal parasites, says Mark Alley, DVM, Managing Veterinarian at Zoetis, in a recent report.

With the financial impact and animal welfare concerns for cattle operations, he adds, it is important for producers to understand parasite control. Dr. Alley recommends year-round parasite control especially in the fall and again in spring before summer pasture turnout.

livestockParasites also pose a significant threat to the health of small ruminants, which are becoming popular with hobby and small-scale farmers.

According to the Purdue and Kentucky [joint] Extension Service, parasites can damage the gastrointestinal tract of goats and sheep, and result in reduced reproductive performance, reduced growth rates; less productive animals in terms of meat, fiber and milk; and even death. Continue reading “Keeping Livestock Healthy: Internal Parasite Control is a Year-round Business”

VFD: D-Day Came on January 1, 2017

mark-nibloPost written by Mark Niblo, Marketing Director at Durvet | Long Distance Runner | Iowa by Birth-Kansas City by Choice

You didn’t think it would actually happen, did you?

The rumors of a last-minute delay… or outright reversal of changes in how we treat animals with antibiotics…didn’t happen.

Gone are the use of these compounds for growth promotion and the increase in feed efficacy in livestock feeds.

Gone also are the use of feed additives for anything that isn’t specifically claimed on the label. Continue reading “VFD: D-Day Came on January 1, 2017”

The Senior Horse Has a Lot to Offer

Kerry GlakelerPost written by Kerry Glakeler, Brand Manager at Durvet, Inc.

Here’s something to think about…

Middle age for humans begins at about 45. Middle age for your horse begins at around 15, with a life expectancy of about 30.

Along the way, the inevitable signposts of aging begin appearing, including weight loss, a somewhat swayed back, reduced muscle around the withers and haunches, and a slightly unkempt or dull coat. These clues coupled with lower energy, graying on the muzzle, and sunken areas above the eye-sockets signal senior status. Continue reading “The Senior Horse Has a Lot to Offer”