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ISSUE DATE: 04/12/2010

Responsible antibiotics use ensures safety

By Jennifer Latzke

Animal antibiotics have had a bad rap lately. Everyone, it seems, from Katie Couric to countless bloggers, has an opinion on the issue. And, in a society where most consumers don't understand basic agricultural tenets, headlines and special reports can be scarier than reality.

But it's important to note how those in livestock production use antibiotics to ensure the safety of the food supply. Specifically--how working with a veterinarian, following drug protocols, and taking pre-emptive actions can result in success.

The veterinarian's role

Dr. Lee Bob Harper is the managing veterinarian in the Feedlot Veterinary Operations group with Pfizer Animal Health. He consults with veterinarians, producers and livestock professionals about the effective and judicious use of antibiotics, or "anti-infectives," in livestock. Pfizer has taken a proactive approach to the issue of anti-infective use in food animals, he explained.

"One thing I want veterinary consultants and producers to remember is that according to market research conducted by Pfizer Animal Health, food consumers, regardless of their perceptions, are reasonable and sensible people," Harper said. "If they are given general information on how anti-infectives are used in food-producing animals, their confidence in the safety of the product increases tremendously."


NEWS

Be safe during fire weather watches
El Salvador's agriculture minister visits Texas A&M University
Greenhouse gas emissions study under way
Lew Meibergen inducted into Agricultural Hall of Fame
Officials say lawsuit by farmers is moot
Study: Ethanol production essential to U.S. economy
The first-ever Global Food Security Symposium held
University of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty and graduate students receive recognition
Vilsack meets with Japan's Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Vilsack responds to roadless areas petition

CROPS

A 'hidden' resource
Barton County Extension Council will hold a mini field day
Colorado State researchers, cities, farmers work together to solve water challenges
Don't delay when reporting pesticide damage
Eastern S.D. farmers deal with flooding
Funding available for Agricultural Water Enhancement Program projects
Increases in corn, soybean and cotton acres
Insect infestations spotted in canola
March is National Peanut Month
Most wheat in Kansas came through the winter in good shape
New reports out for Oklahoma gardeners, farmers
Oklahoma residents get reliable, safe drinking water
Petition deadline for Nebraska Soybean Board District Election approaching
Protect pollinators when using pesticides
Scientist receives animal science society award
Soybean changes spur insect control changes
U.S. Wheat Industry Welcomes Positive Step Forward on Brazil Trade Dispute
U.S. Wheat Industry Welcomes Positive Step Forward on Brazil Trade Dispute
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Tractor/Farm Safety Courses will be offered
UNL plant pathologist fights Fusarium
USDA announces availability of funds to stimulate conservation

LIVESTOCK

About 15 percent of bulls didn't make the grade at Missouri soundness clinics
ASI announces scholarship
Beef board seats new members
Iowa Angus breeder Doug Rueber uses DNA information to target consistent, quality beef
NDA to present free webinar for cow/calf producers
Northeast Missouri Livestock Person of the Year applications due May 1
Oklahoma livestock producers support equine dentists
Pork inventories down; prices expected to improve
Responsible antibiotics use ensures safety
Rosebud County ranch loses 52 cattle in river
Selecting energy-efficient fans for swine production
USCA supports ag secretary's approach to reopening Japanese beef markets
UW Extension paper examines early calving versus late-spring calving
Viral life cycle of malignant catarrhal fever explained

EDITOR

A time for agriculture to unite
Camouflaged propaganda
The Brazil cotton case: Down to the wire

COLUMNS

Dual product program controls flies
Farmers get thanks for putting food on tables
Fighting junk
Herbicide tackles kochia, wild buckwheat
In other agribusiness news....
Intervet Schering-Plough joins Unwanted Horse Coalition
Just a scoop full
Multiple modes of action deliver weed control
New soybeans increase yield potential
Nitrogen stabilizers qualify for payments under CSP
Pioneer boosts productivity to feed the world
Seed treatment protects soybeans
Team building
Too much of what they know isn't so
Will you stand up and be counted?

MARKETS

Ada cattle sales report
Amarillo livestock auction summary
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock summary report
Clovis livestock sales report
Colorado feeder cattle report
Dalhart livestock auction report
Dodge City Winter Livestock sales report
Field progress slow
Ft. Smith livestock sales report
Georgia cattle auction summary
Goldthwaite sheep sales report
Grain market close
High Plains slaughter news
Higher-than-normal temperatures seen
Hub City Livestock Auction sales report
Huron cattle sales report
Joplin regional cattle sales
McAlester livestock market report
Most classes of hay selling steady
Most of state gets some moisture
Much-needed moisture fell in some counties
New crop alfalfa trade moderate
Newell sheep sales report
North Arkansas Livestock report
OKC West Livestock sales report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales
Pratt livestock sales report
Producers face wet conditions, high water
Salina cattle auction report
Small grain planting off to early start
South Dakota Livestock Sales market report
Spring weather brings mixed results
Springfield Livestock Marketing Center report
St. Joe feeder pigs
St. Onge livestock sales report
Sun, wind promote drying
Tulia livestock sales report
Tulsa livestock sales report
West Plains regional cattle auction
Wheat closes mixed, corn slightly higher
Wheat condition improves with warm weather
Wind, dry weather prevail
Woodward livestock sales report
Wyobraska cattle sales report

RANGE

A better breed of plants help revive western rangelands
Colorado Division of Wildlife continues efforts to conserve greater sage-grouse
EPA grants exemption to fight sandburs
Regional grazing school to be held near Everton
Reno County livestock producer adopts management practices, sees native plants return to pasture
Society for Range Management recognizes DASNR faculty member

FAMILY

4-H taps text giving for new fundraising effort
A session was presented by The Humane Society of the United States at the National 4-H Conference
Cleveland County 4-H member recognized for volunteer service
Colorado Plants Travel the Globe
Consider Kansas climate when selecting trees
Earth-Kind Gardening and Landscaping Seminar to be held April 24
Great grilling for less
Hands-on Workshop: Gardening Techniques and Raising Microgreens
Landscaping and Horticulture Workshop to be offered April 23, 24
Man plants thousands of trees on his farm
Managing sprinkler irrigation systems
Meditation for 4-12-10
New varieties can add fresh look to flower beds
Register soon for Marketing Your Food Product workshop
School nutrition programs constantly improving
Spacious interior of Neptune simple
Spring green-up shows spring dead spot in lawns
Stalking asparagus
Urban youth experience life on the farm
UW offers 'Starting Over: Making the Most of Your Money' class

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