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News Update

May 13, 2016

Indiana Angus Tour

The 2016 Angus Convention hosted in Indianapolis, Ind., will include a special opportuntity prior to the official start of the event: a tour showcasing some of the area’s top Angus herds and attractions.

Members of the Indiana Angus Association will host a tour with regional stops at Willer Timber Ridge, Stewart Select Angus, Coverdale Angus, plus a stop at the Hoosier Museum. Tour buses will depart from the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown on Friday, Nov. 4, at 6:45 a.m. and return at 5 p.m. A full lunch, plus drinks and snacks are included.

Check out what’s in store for the Indiana Angus Tour on this week’s The Angus Report. You can also catch the show at 1:30 p.m. CST Saturday and 7:30 a.m. CST each Monday morning on RFD-TV.

Liver Fluke Treatment

If you’re treating for liver flukes this spring, you may not be getting the most out of your deworming dollars.

Liver flukes are a devastating cattle parasite in many parts of the United States, with significant focus in the Gulf Coast, decreasing productivity, affecting reproductive health and hurting a producer’s potential profitability. It’s important to treat them, but it’s equally important to treat them at the right time.

“Currently available flukicides are only labeled against the adult stage of the liver fluke,” said John Davidson, senior professional services veterinarian with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. “Proper and effective treatment of the adult bovine liver fluke requires awareness of the unique parasite and its life cycle. Based on the life cycle, adults are primarily present in the late summer through late fall on the Gulf Coast of the United States.”

Read more of this article online.

Prevent Anthrax by Vaccinating Livestock

Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) officials are encouraging livestock owners to vaccinate their animals after anthrax was confirmed in a cow in southeast Webb County in mid-April.

“The anthrax vaccination is reliable and proven to protect livestock from the disease,” said Andy Schwartz, TAHC interim executive director. “Livestock owners are urged to consult with their local veterinary practitioners about vaccination.”

Anthrax cases in Texas are historically found in the triangular area bound by the towns of Uvalde, Ozona and Eagle Pass. This area includes portions of Crockett, Val Verde, Sutton, Edwards, Kinney and Maverick counties.

Anthrax is a bacterial disease caused by Bacillus anthracis, which is a naturally occurring organism with worldwide distribution, including certain parts of Texas. It is not uncommon for anthrax to be diagnosed in the southwestern part of the state.

Acute fever followed by rapid death with bleeding from body openings are common signs of anthrax in livestock. Carcasses may also appear bloated and decompose quickly. Livestock displaying symptoms consistent with anthrax should be reported to a private veterinary practitioner or a TAHC official.

For more information, view the full TAHC news release online.

Interim Director of SDSU Extension

Karla Trautman has been appointed interim director of South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension. The appointment will be effective May 23, when former Director and Dean of the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences Barry Dunn assumes the presidency of SDSU.

“Karla’s long history with SDSU Extension makes her uniquely qualified to serve in this role,” said Dunn. “Having worked alongside her for the past five years, I know her ability to provide strategic leadership and foster essential relationships with stakeholders will assure that SDSU Extension continues to be the strong outreach arm of South Dakota State University.”

Trautman will serve in the role until a permanent director can be named. Continue reading the SDSU news release online.

Supporting the Future of Agriculture

In continued support of the future of animal agriculture, Lallemand Animal Nutrition will once again award five Lallemand Forward scholarships to North American students. Three $2,500 undergraduate scholarships, one $3,000 master’s scholarship and one $3,000 doctoral scholarship will be awarded to students who are excelling in their agriculture studies in the United States, Mexico or Canada.

Undergraduate students who hold junior status or higher and have a minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent, are asked to submit a résumé, along with a 500-word essay describing “What’s the biggest challenge agriculture is faced with today?” Master’s and doctoral students who are enrolled in an agricultural graduate program, and who have a cumulative GPA of a 3.0 out of 4.0 or equivalent, are asked to submit a synopsis of their current work/project, along with their résumé.

For more information, view the Lallemand news release online.



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