Barn Talk

First 2017 Case of Highly Pathogenic H7 Avian Influenza Confirmed

by Caitlyn Andrews March 06, 2017

Yesterday (3/5/17) the USDA confirmed the first case of highly pathogenic H7 avian influenza (HPAI) of the year for 2017. The strain was detected on a Tyson contracted chicken farm in Lincoln County, Tennessee. It is the first time HPAI has been detected in the state of Tennessee.

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Prevention and Control of Darkling Beetles in Poultry Houses

by Caitlyn Andrews February 14, 2017 1 Comment

If you're in the poultry industry then chances are you've encountered darkling beetles. These little pests also go by the name of lesser mealworms or black beetles. Whatever you call them, they are one of the most common pests in poultry facilities. Darkling beetles can be present in alarmingly high numbers and cause significant damage to facilities and productivity.

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Tips for Calving in Cold Weather

by Caitlyn Andrews February 03, 2017 2 Comments

If you're expecting newborn calves during the cold winter season, you should prepare now for the potential difficulties the weather can bring. We'll give you some tips below to help you care for your winter calves.

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Your Ultimate Guide to VFD Resources

by Caitlyn Andrews January 11, 2017 9 Comments

Happy New Year! The start of 2017 brings a big change to the livestock industry. The FDA announced on January 3, that it has completed implementation of Guidance for Industry #213. This guidance began in 2013 to transition medically important antimicrobial drugs used in feed or drinking water of food-producing animals to veterinary oversight and eliminate the use of these products in animals for production purposes, such as growth promotion.

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The Fundamentals of Swine Respiratory Disease You Should Know

by Caitlyn Andrews October 27, 2016

As temperatures drop this fall, swine producers need to be prepared for diseases that can accompany cooler weather. Swine respiratory disease (SRD) is the leading cause of swine mortality in the United States! Learn how to identify the symptoms, prevent and treat swine respiratory disease before it becomes a problem in your operation.

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Scours in Calves: Here's What You Need to Know

by Caitlyn Andrews September 08, 2016

Calf scours is a common problem for producers, and can be fatal if not caught and treated in time. Calf scours can be a leading cause of financial loss to cow and calf producers. It is not a single disease, but a clinical sign associated with several diseases. Scours can be characterized by diarrhea that often leads to dehydration and even death.

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