health & disease

How Will Antibiotic-free Poultry Fare in Chicago Public Schools?

Just after the 2011 Antibiotic Use In Food Animals conference held in Chicago, IL, the Chicago Public Schools began serving local chicken raised without antibiotics to students in 473 schools.
"As the third largest school district in the nation, Chicago has a big voice," said Laura Stanley, Learning Lab manager for School Food FOCUS. "It's in a position to catalyze change in the school food market nationwide."
The poultry will be raised by Miller Amish Country Poultry of Orland, Indiana, and delivery is being supported by Whole Foods Market.

Improving Mycoplasma Detection

Mycoplasma Diagnostics
Audio via SwineCast.com
Dr. Erin Strait, Iowa State University, shares what we should expect from Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (M. hyo.) diagnostics today and what the future may hold.
Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae is a bug that is a challenge to detect in live pigs.

What Is The National Plant Disease Recovery System?

How can you find out more about plant diseases and the ongoing research behind them? The USDA offers the National Plant Disease Recovery System to help bring together data and information from scientists, industry experts, and the public. This resource highlights the high impact diseases, their economic impacts, and the plans in place to detect and mitigate the spread of the diseases.

The National Plant Disease Recovery System (NPDRS) is called for in Homeland Security Presidential Directive Number 9 (HSPD-9) which was issued in February of 2004.   The purpose of the NPDRS is to ensure that the tools, infrastructure, communication networks, and capacity required to mitigate the impact of high consequence plant disease outbreaks are such that a reasonable level of crop production is maintained in the U.S.

SwineCast Update for September 10, 2010, What Are Swine Vets Saying About Antibiotic Use?

What Are Swine Vets Saying About Antibiotic Use? Dr. Scott Hurd, Former Deputy Undersecretary Food Safety, USDA and Associate Professor in the Department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine at Iowa State; and Dr. Sarah Probst-Miller, Carthage Vet Service, discuss the prudent use of antibiotics.

Dr. Patricia Curtis - Food Safety Issues for Salmonella in Eggs and Egg Products


Food Safety Issues for Salmonella in Eggs and Egg Products - Dr. Patricia Curtis, Auburn University, from NIAA's One Health: Implications for Animal Agriculture, March 15 - 17, 2010, Kansas City, MO, USA.

SwineCast update for July 22, 2010, Who Will Take Charge Of Livestock Health? Veterinarians Or Regulators?

I keep hearing it's too early to be this hot. Weights are down in combination of high heat/humidity levels and poor quality corn. Feed grain growers are urged to carefully monitor grain as we use up the last of the 2009 crop. Winter warm spots on the sides of bins and the hurry to get damp corn stored could be causing another mold bloom behind closed doors. Dr. Bob Thaler of North Dakota State addressed this issue at the World Pork Expo.

DairyCast update for July 15, 2010, What Plants Should You be Concerned With in Your Forages?

This week is our local county fair. It is always a highlight of the year for me personally to see so many young people proudly displaying their months of hard work in an agriculture project. But it is also an excellent opportunity for all of us in agriculture to share our story with the public.
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