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When I was growing up (and admittedly even sometimes now) I was pretty sure I was born in the wrong place in time. The first time I read Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House In The Big Woods I came to understand that I was born 150 years too late. I wanted to ride horses to school, be a farm girl who went on adventures in a covered wagon, and read books by the light of an oil lamp. More...


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Senecavirus A (Seneca Valley Virus) in Swine – Cases at Iowa Slaughter Plants

Over the past 10 days, there have been 10 cases of vesicular disease that have been discovered at 2 slaughter plants in the state of Iowa.  All cases have tested negative for Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), but 75% of them have tested positive for Senecavirus A (Seneca Valley Virus).  In all cases, there was NO report of seeing clinical lesions at the site at the time of loading the market pigs, but the lesions and/or lameness were discovered during ante-mortem inspection by the USDA FSIS veterinarian.  Click here for more details.

What to do if you see or are made aware of clinical signs consistent with vesicular disease?
Immediately contact the State Veterinarian and/or APHIS Assistant Director (AD): Dr. Dave Schmitt (515-281-8601) or Dr. Kevin Petersburg (515-284-4140).
(Authors contributing: Chris Rademacher, Rodger Main, Phil Gauger, Dave Schmitt, Jordan Kraft)

Veterinary Feed Directives: Taking Action” Webinar Hosted by GlobalVetLINK

GlobalVetLINK (GVL®) will host a free webinar titled, “Veterinary Feed Directives: Taking Action” on April 19, 2016.
The one-hour session is ideal for veterinarians, feed industry personnel and producers responsible for handling VFDs and those interested in learning what steps they can take now to prepare for the changes in veterinary oversight of commonly used antibiotics, effective January 2017.
This webinar also offers one hour of RACE Certified Continuing Education (CE) credit. For more information or to register, visit


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