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Exercise will test state's ability to respond to livestock disease outbreak - Lawrence Journal World

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Exercise will test state's ability to respond to livestock disease outbreak Lawrence Journal World An upcoming exercise on the Kansas State University campus to test state response to an viral outbreak in livestock is two years in the preparation...
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A exercise on the Kansas State University campus is doing a state testing response to an viral outbreak in livestock. One of the biggest emergency and hence the exercise, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is absent due to the federal government shutdown.Sandra Johnson, emergency management coordinator for the Kansas Department of Agriculture, said the USDA's role will be simulated by exercise participants.

 

It will take place at the Biosecurity Research Institute in Manhattan. It will costs more than $100,000, (much of it funded through grants from the Department of Homeland Security). It involves more than 200 people and agencies from within Kansas.

 

Johnson said the exercise will begin with notification of a possible instance of foot-and-mouth disease, in a nearby state. FMD is a highly contagious pathogen that can infect cattle, swine, sheep, goats, deer and other cloven-hoofed animals. It creates painful lesions for the animals and can cause them to go lame. A

No cases of FMD have been identified since 1929. Yet because of the density of livestock populations in Kansas feedlots and slaughter houses, an outbreak of FMD could wreak havoc on the state's economy.

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Millions invested in salmonella research in cows - FarmersWeekly

Millions invested in salmonella research in cows - FarmersWeekly | ALS Animal | Scoop.it
Millions invested in salmonella research in cows FarmersWeekly The Roslin Institute at Edinburgh University has received funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) to support collaborative research with animal...
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This research may help us to where everyone knows how to stay away from salmonella. Salmonella as the cause of abortion in one of his suckler cows, urges farmers to think more about the disease risk on farm.Once cattle are infected with typhus or dublin, they can become carriers of the disease. A cow may look healthy, but begin shedding salmonella during times of stress.Calving or nutritional stress may also increase risk of shedding. Urges farmers to use isolation facilities effectively and avoid the habit of putting sick cows in with dry or calving cows. Good colostrum management and cleaning of calving pens is also key. When a problem is identified, cost benefit analysis will need to be carried out on a farm by farm basis to see if salmonella vaccination is justified.

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Weld livestock owners recovering from rescue efforts - Greeley Tribune

Weld livestock owners recovering from rescue efforts - Greeley Tribune | ALS Animal | Scoop.it
Weld livestock owners recovering from rescue efforts
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This past weekend, Kersey-area rancher Kevin Ochsner found himself on Weld County Road 44 near U.S.
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This is so sad, one day a truck went by and Kevin started to tear up because it was a truck full of animals that didnt make the floods. The Ag country had over 500,000 cattle and calves. Also in addition to the thousands of horses. Kevin had about 30 people that helped him during/ after the flood to move his cattle and other animals. His cattle was spread over 5 locations altogether. On Friday afternoon, 16 of the 51 horses were at a show in Denver, leaving 35 out at their ranch — which, within about 2 ½ hours, went from dry to under about four feet of water in some areas.

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