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Editorial: The Changing Role of Animal Vets

This week, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) announced that it was in support of modernising veterinary legislation across all member states. The organisation made a new set of guidelines available which they say will address the challenges and threats of today and of the future.

"In the face of increasing global trade, climate change and the emergence and reemergence of diseases that can rapidly spread across international borders, the Veterinary Services need an effective legislative framework to fulfil their key function," said the OIE in a press statement.

Veterinary services were also under scrutiny in a UK report. The report, commissioned by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), considered whether there was a shortage of farm animal vets in the UK as there is in the US. However, conclusions drawn pointed to poorly developed demand and not a lack of graduate veterinary interest.

The report also identified the potential for veterinarians to increase their role as providers of expert advice to the farming and food industries. "A recurring theme in the report is the need to better align farm animal veterinary services to meet the changing needs of the livestock industries," said Defra.

Adam Anson

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Saving Pennies to Make Dollars
When times are tough in the dairy industry, we try to find ways to become even more efficient than we already are, writes Laura Kieser, Extension Educator-Carver/Scott Counties. This report was published by the University of Minnesota Dairy Extension.
Reduce Electricity Use To Boost Profits
With operating costs for South Dakota dairies at approximately $14 per one hundred pounds of milk, electricity alone represents 30 cents per 100 pounds of milk, explains Jarett C. Bies, Associate Writer for the South Dakota State University.
Guidelines for Pasture Establishment
Pastures must be well established to be highly productive. Before establishing new pastures or renovating existing pastures, producers must evaluate the farm’s forage needs, writes Dr. Rocky Lemus, Assistant Extension Professor, Plant and Soil Sciences, in this Mississippi State University Extension Service publication.
Fly Control In Cattle
Flies cost the cattle industry more than $500 million each year, causing slowed weight gain, reduced milk production and diseases such as pinkeye and anaplasmosis, University of Missouri.
Effects of Shipping and Heat Stress on Embryonic Mortality in Cattle
Embryonic loss is the greatest economic loss in the cow/calf industry, affecting number of cows carrying to term and percent calf crop weaned, say Sarah Fields and Dr. George Perry, South Dakota State University Animal and Range Sciences Department.
Claas - Time for new rules
* Company News

New Advances in Animal Reproduction
FRANCE - IMV Technologies is to hold two conferences focused on the advancements in animal reproduction and their direct impact for semen production centres.
* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   General

 » FMD NEWS: Outbreak in Rwanda
 » OIE Provides Guidance on Veterinary Legislation

   United Kingdom

 » Union Fully Backs Proposed TB Eradication Order
 » NFU Disappointed At Milk Price Cut Bombshell For DFB Survivors
 » TFA Dismayed at Milk Price Reductions
 » UK Dairy Farmers Losing Confidence Over SPS
 » Diversifarm Features Renewables at Dairy Event
 » CLA: Scotland's Move On bTB Show Lack of Faith
 » Defra Sees the Future Of Farm Animal Vets
 » UK Milk Industry Smashes Environmental Targets
 » Calls for Rethink on Farm Veterinary Service
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   United States

 » NFU: USDA Dairy Announcement Welcomed, More Needed
 » Cattle Inventory Down One Per Cent
 » Developing Attractants, Repellents For A Cattle Pest
 » CME: Corn, Soybean Crops in Good Condition
 » Dairy Producers Should Protect Calves To Avoid Heat Stress
 » Weekly Outlook: If They Buy Cars, They Will Buy Beef
 » Killer Cows in the US
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » IDFA Point to Long Term Dairy Changes
 » DDGS Promotional Efforts to Continue Abroad
 » In The Cattle Markets
 » New Information on Multi-animal Pathogen
 » Limousin Releases EPDs From Multibreed Evaluation
 » Weekly US Cattle Outlook: Total Feed Market Down
 » Wisconsin Dairy Grows $6 billion Since 2004

   European Union

 » UFU Comments On Sainsbury Dairy Supply Chain Initiative
 » PROLEC Against Spanish Milk Contract
   Australia

 » Australia Commits to Cattle Railway
 » NSW Farmers Association Lobbies for Grazing Trials
 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary

   Taiwan

 » Taiwan to Resume Vaccination of Pigs to Fight FMD

   Colombia

 » Colombia Reports New Outbreak

   Rwanda

 » Outbreak in Rwanda

   Germany

 » German Dairy Farmers Help Themselves

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That's all for this week!

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