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The Defining Decade: The Modern Simmental Success Story

May 11, 2020 Industry News ASA
By Chip Kemp | The Harvard Business Review (HBR) recently published its “Top 20 Business Transformations of the Last Decade”. The article highlights those organizations that have adapted and flourished in the last ten years to become dominant players in their…

Multi-breed PAP EPDs Released

May 08, 2020 Industry News ASA
By Lane Giess and Randie Culbertson, Ph.D. Colorado State University (CSU) and International Genetic Solutions (IGS) partners provide a tool to identify cattle less susceptible to brisket disease. Breeders in high elevation regions (greater than 5,000 feet)…

Welfare Crisis: Prepare and Respond

With training, monitoring and evaluation, livestock operations can minimize the risk for damaging accusations of welfare violations. ( John Maday )         

Editor’s Note: In light of the recent publicity over a case of animal abuse at Fair Oaks Farms, we’re reissuing this article from 2016, outlining a case study and ways veterinarians can help clients prevent mistreatment and respond if mistakes occur.
 

You've spent countless hours on a client's farm. You've helped train the crews and developed health and welfare protocols. You know the owner and management team well and have seen first-hand their commitment to proper animal care. And yet, early one morning you find your phone and e-mail swamped with messages about an undercover video supposedly documenting animal abuse on the farm.

Like it or not, you have a fire to fight. That's the bad news. The good news is that you, as the farm's veterinarian, are a trusted source with a high level of credibility among the general public. Also through an established veterinarian-client-patient relationship, you are in a good position to help your client minimize the fallout.

George Palmer, DVM, at Palmer Veterinary Clinic, Plattsburgh, N.Y., faced that scenario a few years back when an employee of the animal-rights group PETA clandestinely joined the staff at a client's dairy and released a video allegedly showing animal abuse on the operation.

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