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The Potential Role of Direct and Indirect Contacts on Infection Spread in Dairy Farm Networks


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The Potential Role of Direct and Indirect Contacts on Infection Spread in Dairy Farm Networks

Monday, January 30th, 2017

Researchers have shown that looking at movements of operators and vehicles between farms in the same way we look at contacts in social networks can help explain the spread of dangerous infectious diseases of livestock, such as foot-and-mouth disease and avian influenza. This research, published in PLOS Computational Biology, can contribute to the development of […]

H5N2 avian influenza detected in duck in Montana

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Wild mallard duck is the first avian influenza detection in the United States in 2017 The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has reported the first detection of avian influenza in the United States in 2017. APHIS, in a press release issued on January 9, stated that the presence of Eurasian/North American reassortant […]

Webinar: Manure and Veterinary Pathogens of Concern

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

This webinar will provide an overview of bacteria, viruses, and parasites found in manure and other land-applied wastes as well as pathogens of veterinary concern. What are these pathogens? How do they affect you? What are their typical levels in manure and wastes? The presenters will also discuss veterinary concerns, and overall prevalence in the […]

England: Free-range poultry ordered indoors as bird flu risk rises

Friday, December 9th, 2016

Free-range poultry keepers have been ordered to move their birds indoors, or at least keep them separated from wild birds, as a precaution against avian influenza. The move follows the rapid spread of the highly contagious disease across Europe, with the most recent cases being found on a 5,000-bird duck farm in France, and a […]

Vaccine for Bovine Foothill Abortion is Evaluated at ANR Research Facility

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

After more than 60 years of working closely with University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources researchers to identify and learn how to manage a disease that causes the death of up to 90,000 calves annually, ranchers are optimistic that they are on the home stretch  to getting a vaccine that will protect […]

Reining in antimicrobial resistance

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Mounting evidence that food systems may be major conduits of anti-microbial resistance (AMR) point to the need for greater vigilance over the way antibiotics are used on farms. While antimicrobial resistance was first described in 1940, scientific understanding of the myriad of pathways by which resistance emerges and spreads remains in its infancy. The global […]

Scientists Suggest Re-Thinking Which Flea-Borne Bacterium Causes Fevers in Humans

Monday, November 14th, 2016

In Southern California over the past five years, there have been nearly 500 cases of flea-borne rickettsioses, more commonly known as flea-borne typhus. Rickettsia felis has become the presumed bacterium causing the fevers, but scientists from the California Department of Public Health think the presumption might be unfounded. Instead, in an article recently published in […]

Broad beef producer input sought

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Beef producers all across the country, from every segment of the industry, are being encouraged to participate in a survey that will help establish a benchmark and course for the beef industry for 2017 and beyond. The Producer Survey of the checkoff-funded 2016 National Beef Quality Audit (NBQA) will collect producer information and opinions, which […]

USDA Confirms New World Screwworm Cases in Big Pine Key

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of New World screwworm in Key deer from a wildlife refuge in Big Pine Key, Florida. USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, confirms this is a local infestation of New World screwworm. This is the first […]

Dust Baths and Longer Beaks Can Make Cage-free Chickens into Mite-free Chickens

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Life is improving for America’s chickens. Due to consumers’ increasing interest in animal welfare, large portions of the poultry industry are shifting towards less restrictive housing. Many poultry farmers are replacing the conventional conjoined small wire cages, called “battery cages,” with cage-free housing in large open poultry houses.  Read more:  dust baths and untrimmed beaks

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