Antibiotic use, resistance calls for “One Health” approach

The message emerging from the “A One Health Approach to Antimicrobial Use & Resistance: A Dialogue for a Common Purpose” symposium, Nov. 13-15, in Columbus, Ohio, is clear: Antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance are the responsibility of all communities—human health, animal health and environmental health—and solutions will require collaboration of these health communities. FULL STORY »

Antibiotic issues that need to be addressed

Participants at the NIAA Antibiotics Symposium yesterday were separated into more than15 small groups to identify the most important issues that need to be addressed regarding antibiotic use and resistance (in humans and animals). FULL STORY »

6 steps for a PRDC checkup

For both humans and animals the transition period from fall to winter can raise some health issues as buildings are closed up and ventilation, heating and air-quality systems are tested. For pigs, this means that porcine respiratory disease complex (PRDC) can become more of a challenge. FULL STORY »

Attention to details is key

When a herd faces challenges, quick, decisive action is needed. Rosalio "Leo" Fonseca, weaned-pig specialist at New Fashion Pork in Alpha, Minn., knows the importance of good observation skills in identifying potential problems before they negatively impact pig health. FULL STORY »

Animal antimicrobial use today

When looking at how antimicrobials are used in animals and humans, it’s important to carefully look at the differences between the groups. FULL STORY »

Antimicrobial resistance – a polarizing issue

Antimicrobial resistance is never going to go away and we will never completely win. “But, there are key battles we should and must win,” says Lonnie King, DVM, MS, MPA, Dipl. ACVP, dean of the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. FULL STORY »

Get Smart About Antibiotics Week – not just for humans

This week (Nov. 12-18) is “Get Smart About Antibiotics Week” promoted by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). The food-animal veterinary side is also working diligently to use antibiotics prudently and effectively to combat disease while preventing antimicrobial resistance as much as possible. FULL STORY »

What you need to know about influenza Play video

Jennifer Koeman, National Pork Board’s director of producer and public health, offers tips to protect people and pigs as influenza season gets underway. She also explains virus strains and how they get their names. FULL STORY »

Joint effort will explore alternative to antibiotics

A unique two-year research project is being undertaken by Diamond V and the National Animal Disease Center (NADC) of USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) to identify alternatives to traditional antibiotics for use in farm animals; the study will focus on swine. FULL STORY »

2012 harvest concerns? Call the mycotoxin hotline

As livestock producers begin to examine this year’s harvest, many feed quality questions are coming up. Is this mold? Should I be worried about aflatoxins, DON or other toxins? A toll-free hotline is available and ready to discuss mycotoxin concerns on this year’s harvest. FULL STORY »

Dissecting the seasonality of PRRS

The porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus has been challenging pork producers and veterinarians for nearly three decades. Two University of Minnesota veterinary researchers are working to determine whether PRRS season is a real or imagined phenomenon. FULL STORY »

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