Bovine Committee Minutes
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
The Bovine Committee of the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association met on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at the IVMA Headquarters. Dr. Brian Huedepohl called the meeting to order. Attending the meeting were Drs. Brian Huedepohl, Gary Runyon, Rex Wilhelm, Randy Koenig, Rexanne Struve, James West, Michael Todd, Randy Wheeler, Bruce Leuschen, Grant Dewell and Executive Director Tom Johnson.
The Committee reviewed complaints regarding the Preconditioning program. In the last six months we have had 1-2 complaints regarding horns, some complaints regarding animals not castrated and a complaint regarding 3-4 sick calves.
The IVMA office staff has reviewed PC certificates as they are returned to the IVMA office. There have been a number of incomplete certificates received with multiple infractions by a number of clinics. The Committee expressed concern regarding incomplete PC certificates. However, they would prefer not to remove the privilege to purchase and apply PC tags and certificates. The Committee has directed the IVMA office staff to randomly evaluate PC certificates in the months of October, November, December & January. Staff will review certificates as they are received on each Wednesday and send the appropriate letters to offenders if PC certificates are not completed. The Committee determined the IVMA staff should review procedures performed by the veterinarians and not address issues regarding producer compliance including weaning dates, calving dates and rations. The Committee also determined it was not a high level infraction to have the number of PC tags issued in discrepancy with the number of head worked. Therefore, IVMA staff will no longer address that as an issue with veterinarians. The Committee directed the Bovine Committee Chair to bring up the issue of incomplete and incorrect PC certificates at every Bovine Session at Winter Conference and Annual Meeting.
Dr. Johnson gave a brief report on the PC tags received from Ketchum that were not crimping properly. Ketchum has corrected that problem by retooling their machinery.
The Committee reviewed the PC certificates and determined there would be no changes to the PC program in the next year. The Committee asked the IVMA staff to have new PC certificates printed with the effective dates of July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2013.
It was moved, seconded and approved to increase the price of the PC tag from $0.17 to $0.20. This will require recalculating the percentage of revenue to go to PC research.
The Committee discussed the use of electronic PC certificates including the Lunch & Learn sessions offered by Global Vet Link. At this point in time, the Committee elected to postpone a campaign to encourage the use of electronic PC certificates. Dr. Johnson will check with GVL to determine if there is a way to reassign PC certificates to a new buyer
The Committee reviewed the PC accounting income and expenses for 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Dr. Johnson reported to the Committee that ISU has agreed to allow the IVMA to recover their seed money expenses should Dr. Jesse Hostetter’s research program result in income for the University.
The Committee reviewed legislative activity for the IVMA for 2011. They also reviewed the location of the student summer intern’s Vet Camps for summer 2011.
The Committee discussed the following potential topics CE sessions at Annual Meeting 2011 and Winter Conference 2012:
1. Livestock price insurance availability
2. Property taxes increases for recreational ground versus agricultural ground.
3. How can we keep cows in Iowa?
4. Drug residue traceability.
5. FARAD – What drugs were found, traceability to the source.
6. Embryo transfer – transferring embryos, synchronization protocols and track scoring
7. Off label use of drugs
8. Alternate CIDR drugs
9. Distillers grains affect on reproduction
10. Research reports
11. How to dry lot cows and early weaning of calves
12. Heifer development
13. Systems management – the speaker from Missouri who spoke at AABP in Omaha – Craig ???
14. Breeding soundness in bulls with emphasis on trichomaniasis
15. The issues of economic viability
16. The effectiveness of generic dewormers-Cost versus efficacy
17. Dr. Chris Reinhart from Kansas State University discussing nutrition using new technology in cattle production in dealing with high corn and commodity pricing, including implants, growth promotants, management for high efficiency, bunk management, health maintenance and iodofores
Dr. Johnson will try to contact speakers and develop the following program:
Annual Meeting – September 16th
Morning program by Dr. Chris Reinhart discussing nutrition and technology in cattle production and dealing with high corn and commodity prices including implants, growth promotants, management for high efficiency, bunk management, health maintenance and iodofores
Afternoon program will be devoted to a short program on livestock price insurance availability and then a program on drug residues and FARAD.
Morning session will be devoted to embryo transfer, transfer of thawed embryos and synchronization protocols for recipient cows, a session on reproduction and reproductive tract scoring and the use of alternate CIDR drugs.
The afternoon session will cover the research reports and a systems management report from the speaker from Missouri.
The meeting adjourned at 3:20 p.m.