Year: 2016

Common Calfhood Diseases

Diarrhea causing pathogens tend to strike at different ages, therefore, the age at which diarrhea strikes provides a clue as to what disease we are dealing with. The chart below indicates what pathogen is likely to present itself in preweaned calves. By determining the likely pathogen, the correct course of intervention can be utilized.

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Caring for Calves in Cold Weather

Calves are very susceptible to the stresses of cold weather. At birth, calves only have about 3% body fat! Getting and keeping them warm from birth to weaning is critical to their survival.

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Drugs Entering Veterinary Feed Directive Status

Beginning January 1, 2017 the following drugs will transition from Over-the-Counter status to Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) status. Be aware that this list may change at any time so please visit the FDA guidance website for the most up-to-date listing of affected drugs at: http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/DevelopmentApprovalProcess/ucm071807.htmDrugs transitioning to VFD statusDrug NameExample Brand NamesChlortetracyclineAureomycin, CLTC, CTC, Chloratet, Chlorachel, ChlorMax, Chlortetracycl…

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Preparing for the Veterinary Feed Directive

January 1st is fast approaching and the pressure of the upcoming Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) is on. Preparation is key for this new regulation. Make sure you have considered the following before January is upon us:What is your relationship with your veterinarian?Do you currently have a veterinarian that works with your facility?

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Certifications: What They Mean to You

Famo Feeds is Safe Feed/Safe Food, HACCP, and FCI certified. This means that you can count on both a quality product and a safe one as well. But, what do these certifications really mean?Safe Feed/Safe FoodThe Safe Feed/Safe Food certification signifies our compliance with total traceability of products.

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VFD – Requirements for Veterinarians 2015

With the Veterinary Feed Directive coming into effect January 1, 2017, veterinarians are under significant pressure to be well-versed in the new regulations. This brochure was created by the FDA to help explain what is expected and what the implications are.VFD-DVM.pdf

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The Veterinary Feed Directive: What Does it mean for you?

Beginning January 1, 2017, the Veterinary Feed Directive will take hold and change the game as we know it.  Getting Aureomycin pellets for sick calves will no longer be as easy as swinging over to the local feed store.  Times are changing.

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Feed Tags: Reading Between the Lines

Looking at feed tags can be overwhelming. The technical jargon is seemingly designed to confuse and frustrate all who dare to read the tag. To help you navigate your feed tag, here is a list of commonly used feed additives and how they are defined within the ingredient statement.

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Umbilical Uproar: Why Dipping Navels is Worth Your Time

The cow has successfully calved. You’ve brought her water, you moved the calf into her own clean pen, and then what? The answer should be…dip the newborn calf’s navel.

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Walking the Calf Barn: What to Look for

A lot can be learned from a simple walk through your calf barn, but how do you know what to look for? Here is a simple checklist to help you better read your calves. Remember, when walking through your calf pens, start with the youngest animals first and move through pens from youngest to oldest so that the risk of disease transmission from older to younger animals is diminished.

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