Keep horses healthy and safe during summer travel season

With spring underway, equine events are beginning to pop up on calendars across the country. Whether you travel with your horse for a local trail ride or head to a big competition, there are health and safety considerations to take into account before leaving home. Whenever horses gather together from different properties, a risk of […] Read more

Raising antibiotic-free pigs involves many questions

While research is ongoing to find substitute treatments, producers grapple with keeping pigs healthy without antibiotics

QUEBEC CITY, Que. — Using little or no antibiotics in swine production may be the wave of the future, but finding alternative treatments is a challenge. Consumer groups have been vocal about antibiotic-free food because they believe it tastes better, think it is healthier for them or worry about residue in the food or the […] Read more

Clostridium difficile a major cause of diarrhea in animals

Like many other bacterial species, Clostridium difficile, often referred to as C. diff, lurks in the guts of animals waiting for the chance to strike. It lives peacefully amid a teeming community of other types of bacteria until something puts the gut ecosystem into disarray. Usually the disruptor is a blast of antibiotics that kill […] Read more

Early treatment required for calves with ear infections

Ear infections are a common occurrence in young cattle. They can be seen at various ages, including young suckling calves, in older unweaned calves and also in weaned calves in the feedlot. The diagnosis of an inner ear infection is usually easy because clinical signs are obvious. However, the problem may have existed for some […] Read more

Ontario pork producer invests in technology

KEYSER, Ont. — A pork producer from Middlesex County in Ontario figures the extra money he spent on his new nursery barn will save him dollars in the long run. Paul Willemse said the ventilation system he’s using is unique to North American nursery barns. He also incorporated technology from a Dutch firm to help […] Read more

The facts and fallacies of clostridial disease

In spite of good protection contained in vaccines for most clostridial diseases such as blackleg, tetanus and redwater, incidences are on the rise. Whether we raise cattle, sheep, goats or other livestock such as bison or elk, all are susceptible to various disease forms of the clostridial organism. As a quick review, clostridial organisms are […] Read more

International horse trade raises risk of infectious disease

For centuries, people have taken their domestic animals, and the diseases they carry, around the world. Spanish conquistadors brought herds of horses on ships from the Old World to North America. Those that escaped or were set free became the founding populations of the familiar North American breeds including the feral mustangs, Appaloosas, Paints and […] Read more

Hoof abscesses are a common cause of lameness in horses

It’s been said that 95 percent of horse lameness is caused by problems in the hoof. Among the most common equine hoof ailments are hoof abscesses. These can occur if something causes a defect in the bottom of the hoof through which bacteria enter and cause infection in the sensitive inner hoof tissues. Since the […] Read more

Tackling pre-weaning respiratory disease in beef calves

When we think of bovine respiratory disease in beef cattle, we often think of the “shipping fever” pneumonias that occur in weaned calves shortly after arrival in the feedlot. Respiratory disease is the most common cause of death of feedlot cattle, and a great deal of research has been focused on the disease at this […] Read more

Precision ag heads to barns

Coughs, pecks, slurps. Average, thin, fat. Those are some of the real-life sounds and sights that are part of the reality of “precision livestock farming,” according to a European expert who spoke at the Manitoba Swine Seminar. They can be the key to catching problems quickly before a human would spot them and fixing systems […] Read more