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Best Practices for Most Accurate Genetic Predictions and Genomic Testing

September 12, 2019 Industry News ASA
Best Practices to Receive the Most Accurate Genetic Predictions 1. Clearly defined breeding objectives With the ability to increase the rate of genetic change comes the possibility to make mistakes at a faster pace. Breeding goals need to be clearly identified…

Calving Distribution: A Tool for Evaluating Reproductive Performance

September 09, 2019 Industry News ASA
By Dr. Rachel Endecott, Director of DNA Research Management and Youth Development Calculating calving distribution is one way to evaluate the previous year’s cow herd reproductive performance. This assessment calculates the number of cows calving in 21-day…

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.

Continue to read the story.

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