Managing Heat Stress In The Summer
VND Alert in Southern California

Treating Foot Rot Early


Colostrum Is Still King
Dairy Herd Management just published an article by Maureen Hanson that will be quite beneficial for producers, especially since summer is here. Many farms prefer to keep their preweaned dairy calves in calf hutches, as this is said to provide many advantages. Sadly, the lack of climate control can be hard on calves and may cause them to experience heat stress.

Jud Heinrichs and Colleen Jones are educators at Penn State University's Dairy Extension. According to them, certain factors like excessive humidity, high temperatures, and the hot sun can cause heat stress in calves. Hair coat, bedding, moisture, air movement, and also rumination activity are some other factors that may come into play.

Heinrichs and Jones urge producers to provide their calves with proper shade and perhaps face the hatches toward the east. Calves should be allowed to move around. Hutches may also be elevated with concrete blocks, which will increase the airflow. Producers may provide free-choice water to improve body hydration. They also advise farmers to provide calves with fresh starter grain. This can be done by offering it in lesser quantities to prevent spoilage. You can read the full article here.

Visit the Continental Search website for jobs in the dairy industry in the United States and Canada, industry news, and updates. Follow #ContinentalSearch on Facebook and LinkedIn for the latest dairy job openings and for other jobs in animal nutrition.
Rick Pascual recruits in dairy nutrition for feed companies and their suppliers across the United States. Rick joined Continental Search in January 2015 and has successfully filled a number of searches for nutritionists, sales, and sales management for leading companies.

After completing coursework and a grueling exam, Rick became a Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) in November 2015, as well as a Professional Recruiting Consultant (PRC) by AIRS in April 2016.Visit his LinkedIn profile for more info and to stay updated with news about recent dairy trends.

Send Rick your resume to rick@consearch.com. Call him at (302) 544-9288.

VND Alert in Southern California

Bird mortality due to infectious diseases is never a welcome occurrence. The Poultry Site recently shared an update about the spread of virulent Newcastle disease, formerly known as Exotic Newcastle Disease, in Southern California. According to the USDA, this disease is so virulent that many birds and poultry perish without exhibiting clinical signs.

The California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory System (CAHFS) tested samples from flocks that have suffered from increased mortality. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS), and National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, IA confirmed the findings.

There have been an additional four cases in California involving backyard chickens. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) would like to urge bird owners to be more vigilant regarding biosecurity to prevent birds from infectious diseases.

Virulent is not a food safety concern. Even so, proper biosecurity measures should be performed to ensure the quality of life of birds/poultry, as well as to prevent financial loss for producers. Certain steps can be taken to prevent bird mortality due to infectious diseases, which you will find here. If you would like to view the list of cases, visit the USDA website.

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Trish Valenzuela specializes in recruiting for poultry feed additive companies. She has filled positions in technical support, sales, and sales management across the USA.


Trish joined Continental Search in July 2015 and through hard study, she passed two certification programs. She is now a Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) and a Professional Recruiting Consultant (PRC).


Visit her LinkedIn profile to connect with her and stay updated with current poultry trends. Trish can be reached at (302) 248-8242, through LinkedIn, or at trish@consearch.com.



Treating Foot Rot Early

With the warmer weather upon us, most people are more than ready for the summer. The wise producer however, understands that warm weather comes with its share of problem, too. Rhonda McCurry of Beef Magazine addresses one of the most stressful summer concerns, foot rot in livestock.

Foot rot can be attributed to a combination of factors, like weather and soil moisture. The mud and soggy pasture brought on by the wet spring season is usually to blame. Yes, it is true that it cannot be prevented entirely. Even so, the prevalence of this concern can be decreased and also treated, ideally in the early stages.

Robert Callan is a professor of livestock medicine and surgery with Colorado State University. He says that moisture can come in a variety of forms. "If cattle are on pasture and standing in ponds, that moisture can soften tissue between the claws of each foot and make the animal more susceptible to injury," Dr. Callan adds.

If the animal moves from moist areas to harder ground and there is trauma on the foot, this could result in abrasions and skin damage to the area. These provide bacteria with an entry point and once the infection has made its way into the skin, the condition can progress in a rapid manner. Dr. Callan says the animal can be extremely lame in as little as one to three days.

He urges ranchers to watch for lameness in the form of symmetrical swelling in the heel bulb area. Animals may have fever caused by the infection. They may not feed as they used to due to the pain caused by walking to the feeder and back.

Foot rot can be nipped in the bud with the right treatment. There are a number of antibiotics that can address the issue. The condition will usually respond to the antibiotic in three to five days. However, if a rancher does not notice improvement, he or she should have the treatment plan re-evaluated by the veterinarian. Cleaning in between the cow's toes should be done, as well. This can be achieved by using a hose to spray water in between the front toes.


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ANDY CHATTERJEE | Beef & Swine Recruiting Specialist

Andy Chatterjee is a Talent Scout for Continental Search. He handles placements for the feed industry. He is currently undergoing training for this demanding position.
Andy was handling operations for Continental Search for four years before he was promoted to Talent Scout. His understanding of the business from the ground up will make him an ideal addition to the recruiting team. You can reach him at (302)-353-4065 ext. 571 or andy@consearch.com.
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