13 Years and Counting: The Durvet March Madness Bus Is Rolling

mike gallagherPost written by Mike Gallagher, Sales Coordinator

Every year the Durvet gang and our friends begin a three-week trek across the country in the Durvet bus.

Our mission: To reach the city hosting the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four, which this year is in Phoenix.

It’s a make-believe trip, in reality, but it’s a lot of fun in that many of our employees and friends get fun poked at them. Continue reading “13 Years and Counting: The Durvet March Madness Bus Is Rolling”

Girl Scout Cookies a Big Hit at Durvet!

Girl Scout cookie season is in full swing and Durvet employees were more than happy to support the Girl Scouts’ efforts!

First-year Daisy Girl Scout Allie (daughter of Emily Garcia) visited the office in January and quickly filled up her order sheet!

Durvet employees LOVE cookies and bought two wagonloads! Cookie delivery was hard work, but Allie got it done with assistance from her little sister, Audrey. Delivery day prompted a flurry of additional orders as well, so her work isn’t quite done yet!

Durvet’s purchases alone earned the Daisy troop nearly $75! Her troop is thrilled and greatly appreciates Durvet employees’ support!

Chick Days: Springtime = Chick Time

Kassie KreisslerPost written by Kassie Kreissler, Marketing Specialist | Event Coordinator | Social Media Expert | Live Music Supporter | Rancher | Horse Trainer

Springtime means chick time, and it’s one of my favorite times of the year. Your nearby feed store is getting prepared for chick days and soon there will be lots of small chirping across the states.

When bringing home your new chicks, there are many things to consider on your chicken venture! Here are just a few:

Vaccinations are Key

Knowing the vaccine status of the new chicks is critical. Mixing your new chicks with current chickens could be exposing your current chickens to diseases/virus and vice versa.

It’s best to quarantine the new chicks for at least a few weeks. Typically, depending on the vaccine, most chicks are vaccinated within the first day-to-three days. The most common range of diseases for vaccination are: Continue reading “Chick Days: Springtime = Chick Time”

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!”