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Fluids for IV Use

In the age of residue avoidance, it is extremely important to monitor everything that goes into your calves and cows. Reading the labels on products should become standard procedure, even if you have been using the product for years and … Continue reading

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Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD)?

What is the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD)? The FDA recently released updated guidelines that will go into effect in spring 2017. The FDA asked all drug companies to voluntarily remove the growth promotion labels from their antibiotic products. All of … Continue reading

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Issue of the Week (March 31-April 6): Ketosis

What’s the issue? In many high-producing herds, ketosis may occur fairly early in lactation, often during the first two weeks after calving.  Today’s cows often are producing so much milk early in lactation that they cannot eat enough to meet … Continue reading

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Q: What can happen if I have a positive meat residue screening?

A: Not all carcass residue testing is random— some is mandatory.  If the inspector sees signs of mastitis, metritis, peritonitis/surgery, injection sites and/or pneumonia, that carcass will be further examined for positive meat residue results. Unfortunately, there are certain consequences … Continue reading

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Q. I have heard about some milk sampling program by the FDA, what does that mean to me? Is this different from the drug testing they already run on my milk?

A. Presently, the PMO (Pasteurized Milk Ordinance) requires bulk tank pick-ups to be tested for beta-lactam drugs.  Beginning mid January and going through at least September 2011 the FDA-CVM (Center for Veterinary Medicine) will begin their national program to sample … Continue reading

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Q. I’ve been hearing a lot about drug residues lately within the dairy industry. What are some best practices for residue control?

A.  As consumers become more critical of the food supply, farmers need to become more critical of their own operations. Residue management is in the hotseat today, and the majority of residue violations in slaughterhouses come from dairy cattle. That means … Continue reading

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