The negative impact of mycotoxins in feed on animal performance has been the topic of several meta-analysis studies and according to a recent article, has been correlated to have an economic cost of approximately $900 million per year in the U.S. alone.
This figure shows the importance of preparing a plan for mycotoxin risk management, which should involve the following six steps, and can minimize the impact of mycotoxins to your operation. [ More … ]
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Why Paying Attention to your Environmental Control Program is so Important – The Acheson Group
This is not just about meeting regulations. Rather, one need only review such major recalls of 2016 as those of frozen vegetables, sunflower seeds, ice cream and hummus – all of which resulted from environmental contamination – to realize it’s just as much a matter of brand protection. [ More … ]
The horse industry has once again been confronted with a high profile quarantine caused by neuropathogenic equine herpesvirus 1 (EHV-1). This frightening and frequently deadly disease is caused by a virus that normally causes respiratory disease or abortion. A mutation of the disease, however, can cause neurologic disease in horses that results in weakness, incoordination, inability to stand, high fever and sometimes death.
Premises with infected horses are quarantined by state officials, which can restrict the shipping any horses out of the facility for extended periods of time. [ More … ]
Described as “mighty beasts that stood almost as tall as elephants, with lean, powerful frames and fearsome horns,” the earliest form of cows did not look much like the cows of today. Known as aurochs, these animals were the largest land mammals in Europe, until the rise of human civilization decimated their numbers. Records shows the last of the species died in Poland in 1627 — one of the first recorded cases of extinction.
But now, thanks to ecologist Ronald Goderie, a “near 100% substitute” of the beast is returning to the forests. This is being made possible by the Tauros program, a project launched in 2008 to address failing ecosystems. [ More … ]
Dr. Rich (J. R.) Tait, Jr., has joined the product development team at Neogen GeneSeek Operations, where he will work on new and enhanced genomic testing services.
Dr. Tait joins Neogen after 10 years of post-doctoral scientific research in animal genetics, most recently as statistician and research geneticist in genetics, breeding, and animal-health research at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Neb. Prior to his work with the USDA, Tait was an extension program coordinator and associate scientist for animal breeding and genetics at Iowa State University. Tait has written and presented extensively on a variety of animal genetics topics. [ More … ]
2016 brought a bumper corn harvest thanks to favorable weather conditions throughout the U.S. that resulted in a record amount of corn available for export. However, with the good also comes the bad. Because such a large amount of corn was produced, a large amount also had to be stored — typically in outside piles — that are vulnerable to weather extremes, especially heavy snow and rain.
Now, due to the wet weather conditions most of the Midwest is experiencing, reports are surfacing of wet corn stored in piles turning sour, and in some cases, sprouting. [ More … ]