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The Place of Dairy in Dietary Guidelines, Key Focus of IDF Nutrition and Health Symposium

On 15 May, IDF organized its fourth annual IDF Nutrition and Health Symposium 2024 with a focus on the role of dairy in dietary guidelines around the world within a comparative approach. “Healthy Today, Tomorrow and in the Future: the place of Dairy in Dietary guidelines” was the theme chosen for this edition. For the second year, the Symposium was …

Experts Weigh in on Recent Discovery of Avian Flu in Dairy Cattle

Amid recent news of bird flu prompting warnings against raw milk and unpasteurized dairy products, two Auburn researchers are offering their expertise on the topic. Dr. Shollie Falkenberg, an associate professor and coordinator of animal health research, and Dr. Cris Young, a professor of practice in Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine, provide the below informed, broad perspective on the issue. Is it a surprise …

Ensuring Effectiveness of Federal-State Milk Safety System While Bird Flu Impacts Dairies

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), alongside its federal and state partners, is continuing to take a stepwise approach to its scientific analysis of commercial milk safety during the first-of-its-kind detection of HPAI H5N1 in dairy cattle. While FDA’s initial assessment of the milk safety system continues to be affirmed by sampling and testing of retail dairy products, there …

New Stanislaus County Ag Commissioner Serves as Liaison Between Farmers and California DPR

At Malcolm Media’s recent Tree & Vine Expo, event host Matthew Malcolm was pleased to introduce, Linda Pinfold, the new Stanislaus County Ag Commissioner to attendees.  Watch this brief video to get to know Linda and her emphasis on serving and assisting local farmers in navigating the ever-changing pesticide regulatory environment of California. Please thank this video’s sponsor Thunder Creek Equipment for …

Solving the Mysteries Behind the World’s Most Widespread Zoonotic Disease

Leptospirosis is a serious zoonotic disease that affects both animals and humans. This bacterial disease is commonly spread through the urine of infected animals and rodents, including wildlife and livestock such as cattle and swine. Humans can contract leptospirosis by having contact with water (such as by swimming, rafting, or kayaking) or soil that has been contaminated by urine or …

Managing Toxic Plants in Grazing Fields

Some plants thrive even in dry years, while others need wet years to really blossom. It’s no surprise, then, that this year the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Fresno office has received several inquiries about potentially toxic plants and how to deal with them. Even if these species have always been present in the seed bank or on neighboring …

California Growers Finding Alfalfa Weevil Difficult to Control with Insecticide Resistance

The ongoing drought is putting more than enough pressure on our dairy feed producers as it is in California; however, alfalfa weevil also continues to wage war over the state’s alfalfa crop as insecticide resistance for this pest continues to build. Watch this brief interview with Ian Grettenberger from the UC Cooperative Extension as he explains the situation.  Read more …

NIFA Invests $14M in Animal Health & Disease Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced an investment of $14 million in research to protect agricultural animals from disease. The grants are part of NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative’s Diseases of Agricultural Animals program area priority. “Animal health is critically important to farmers and ranchers,” said NIFA director Dr. Carrie Castille. …

Scientists Serve Up Vaccine Cocktail for Protecting Cattle from Disease

Scientists with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have developed a new experimental vaccine to protect cattle from the bacterium that causes Johne’s disease, Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis (MAP). Johne’s disease, also known as paratuberculosis, is a chronic intestinal disorder that can cause diarrhea, weight loss, poor health and sometimes death in afflicted cattle. In the United States, Johne’s disease is …

Ravens & Crows Wreak Havoc in Orchards, Vineyards & Dairies

Do you suspect some big black birds are damaging your irrigation lines, pecking at your newborn calves or eating your developing crop? You may have a problem with crows or ravens. But how do you tell the two apart, and how can you legally control them? Watch this brief interview with Brian Popper from USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services to learn more …

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