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IVMA Winter Conference

Bovine Session

Sponsored by Merck

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Moderator – Dr. Brian Huedepohl

Rooms 167-175


8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Animal Welfare in the Beef & Dairy Beef Industry - Dr. Dan Thomson

Beef cattle welfare is an important part of every beef and dairy practice. This discussion will focus on understanding the current state of animal welfare, future implications for the beef production chain and how a veterinarian can incorporate animal welfare into a practice plan.

9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Practicing Proactive Verses Reactive Feedlot Production Medicine - Dr. Dan Thomson

High health risk cattle continue cause problems for feedlot operations. This lecture will focus on the management of these cattle upon arrival at the feedlot. These topics will include factors that influence morbidity rates and case fatality rates of feeder cattle. Also, we will discuss health parameters that practitioners can measure to proactively monitor feedlot cattle health and performance.

10:30 – Noon    Receiving Calf Nutrition - Dr. Dan Thomson

Whether you are starting commercial calves on feed, weaning purebred bulls or placing dairy beef calves into a feedlot, getting cattle off to a good start nutritionally is very important. This lecture will discuss feed delivery strategies, how to determine nutrient requirements of the calves and bunk reading for consistent feed intakes.

1:30 – 3:00 p.m. A Dairy Vet's Perspective on Residue Prevention - Dr. Patrick Gorden

The dairy industry has been dealing with milk residue prevention programs for years. With increased focus on food safety, meat residue prevention is increasing in priority. This talk will cover prevention strategies undertaken by the dairy industry.

3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Antibiotic Stewardship & Antibiotic Residues - Dr. Hans Coetzee

Antimicrobial resistance leads to an inability to successfully treat an infection because bacteria causing the disease are not susceptible to effects of the antibiotic. It is considered to be one of the most critical public health issues of the 21st century. Legislators are becoming concerned that antimicrobial use in livestock operations may contribute to the emergence and spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria in humans. These concerns were recently manifested in the Preservation of Antimicrobials for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA) introduced into the U.S. House (H.R. 1150) in March 2013. In this session we will examine practical strategies that livestock producers can implement to control the emergence of resistant pathogens on farm and to monitor if producers are implementing treatment protocols correctly.


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