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To Pet or to Fret

I love capers! When I see these tasty little delicacies included in the description of a savory dish, my mouth is already watering. Being a native Californian, I also have a love for all things avocado. In my experience whether it is a pickled flower bud or a green protein- and potassium-rich single-seeded berry, they instill strong feelings one way

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What is Preventive Fraction?

Have you ever read a vaccine study and quickly tried to skip to the heart of the matter? Perhaps there is someone there, a teacher, a colleague or a vaccine representative. You ask, “What’s the bottom line here? How well does the vaccine work? What percentage of pets are protected?” The other person says, “The preventive fraction is 93%.” Then

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Optional Goat Vaccines

One of my all-time favorite TV shows is Frasier from the ’90s. In one episode, Frasier’s brother Niles reminds us of the axiom, “Less is more,” to which Frasier quips, “Yes but if ‘less is more,’ think how much more, more would be!” In our last podcast, we discussed the importance of rabies vaccines in goats who interface with people.

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TSE Part 4: BSE

In our fourth and final installment of prion diseases, we will discuss probably the most familiar of the TSEs: bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). Most cases occur in the United Kingdom, but the disease has been found in Japan, Canada, the US, and across Europe. First diagnosed in the UK in 1986, BSE was brought to center stage by the media

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TSE Part 3: Scrapie

In our third installment of prion diseases, we will discuss the oldest of the TSEs: scrapie. Scrapie affects sheep, goats, and their close relatives. Scrapie received its name from the intense pruritis that affected animals exhibit. First described in Great Britain in the 1750s, scrapie can now be found worldwide, expect for Australia and New Zealand. A country must conduct

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TSE Part 2: Chronic Wasting Disease

We covered the basics of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies in our previous post. We will delve a little deeper into the three economically significant diseases in the remaining posts. White tail season closed last week. Hopefully, the season was successful for those who endured endless hours of scouting, fine tuning scopes and bows, and freezing in blinds. Many families rely on

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Why Should I Vaccinate My Goat for Rabies?

Have you been recommended to have your goat vaccinated for rabies? Perhaps you don’t have a goat but own other livestock or even pets. Have you wondered if rabies vaccines are just a bit silly in today’s age? After all, where are these rabid goat herds? Could this all be a money scam? Nearly into 2020, it seems natural in

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Introduction to TSE

A family of diseases caused by a little known agent is making a steady march across the US. One form of this disease is centuries old in Europe, while another is only a few decades old here in the US. Only mammals are affected, which includes humans. The disease can neither be treated or vaccinated against. Let’s start with an

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Why Being the Most Powerful Can Be a Weakness

“Thou shouldst say regarding him: ‘One having a gaping wound in his head penetrating to the bone, perforating the sutures of his skull; he has developed ‘ty,’ his mouth is bound, (and) he suffers from stiffness in his neck. An ailment not to be treated.’” This is an excerpt from the oldest known surgical treatise from Egypt dating Circa 1600

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To Pet or to Fret

I love capers! When I see these tasty little delicacies included in the description of a savory dish, my mouth is already watering. Being a

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Optional Goat Vaccines

One of my all-time favorite TV shows is Frasier from the ’90s. In one episode, Frasier’s brother Niles reminds us of the axiom, “Less is

Read More »

TSE Part 4: BSE

In our fourth and final installment of prion diseases, we will discuss probably the most familiar of the TSEs: bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). Most cases

Read More »

TSE Part 3: Scrapie

In our third installment of prion diseases, we will discuss the oldest of the TSEs: scrapie. Scrapie affects sheep, goats, and their close relatives. Scrapie

Read More »

Introduction to TSE

A family of diseases caused by a little known agent is making a steady march across the US. One form of this disease is centuries

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Foot Rot Prevention

It has been raining here for almost 36 hours. This has been one of the wettest fall/winter seasons in recent years. While good news for

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Don’t Share the Orf!

Hopefully after Dr. Lee’s series of Goatcasts, you are seriously entertaining the thought of adding goats to your operation. There are many benefits to having

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Equine Hoof Care, Part 2

What happens when equine feet are neglected, or environmental conditions are less than ideal? The hoof is under constant assault from arid conditions, wet conditions,

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Do Vets Fat-Shame Pets?

“Comparison is the death of joy.” People have been shifting their concept of human beauty over the centuries, and with this, their view of an

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Life in the ICP

In the last segment, we introduced the Incident Command System (ICS). In this post, we will cover the day-to-day workings of the Incident Command Post

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Introduction to ICS

No one wants to experience a disaster.  But, disasters happen every day.  Most people plan ahead of time, to limit the impact the disaster has

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Virulent Newcastle Disease

The US is currently battling another foreign animal disease (FAD) outbreak.  Virulent Newcastle Disease (VND) made its way into southern California and continues to spread. 

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Why We Love Goats!

Are goats man’s second best friend? They certainly hold the qualifications. In addition to companionship, they have been providing resources to humans for thousands of

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Maggots Among Us, Part 2

In the previous post, we introduced the Old World (OWS) and New World (NWS) screwworms.  Both species have many common characteristics.  Here, we discuss lifecycles

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Maggots Among Us, Part 1

Maggots are gross.  No two ways about it.  Tiny little creatures with a voracious appetite consuming flesh.  But, did you know that there are different

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Who is C. chauvoei?

Weaning will be upon us sooner than expected.  Are your calves ready?  Are they protected from blackleg? All breeds of calves are susceptible to blackleg,

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Well Cholera Me Crazy

Well, cholera me crazy to be talking about cholera in 2018. Isn’t this what my great-grandfathers’ dad had to worry about when horses where transport

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I DO Give a Gram!

The Gram Stain differentiates gram-positive bacteria, which have one membrane, from gram-negative, which have two. We glean significant information from gram-typing, whether you are a

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Micronutrients, Part 3

Adult livestock tend to resist the effects of mineral deficiency better than young animals.  Increased demands from growth and decreased body reserves put young animals

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Micronutrients, Part 2

So far, we have covered reproduction and lactation.  Now we move on to growing and weaning stages. A common practice in many Midwestern states involves

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Micronutrients, Part 1

Nutrition remains a complex and fluid subject for most producers.  Keeping livestock at peak production means providing the best nutrition possible.  For ease of discussion,

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Macronutrients

In the last post, we introduced the components of a livestock ration.  Here, we delve a little deeper into what happens when the diet is

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Equine Infectious Anemia

Good husbandry practices continue to eliminate many diseases that have plagued livestock owners for many generations.  We have seen the eradication of rinderpest, brought many

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FAMACHA

Drug resistance affects all species, across the spectrum of all drug classes.  Antibiotic resistance appears in the news frequently.  Less popular, but just as concerning,

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Evolution by Subtraction

The Red Queen Hypothesis In the second chapter of Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass, Alice encounters the Red Queen who personifies the archetypal chess

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Most Everybody Poops

Some animals don't poop Most everyone has heard of the Japanese book titled, “Everybody Poops.” It tackles the issue of shame that surrounds defecation but

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Opossum Disease: EPM

Omnivorous opossums creep quietly through the night, in search of a meal of just about anything.   Many benefits come from having opossums for neighbors, including

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Mycobacterium Basics

What do skinny cows, armadillos, elephants and coughing humans have in common?  Turns out, they all play host to a very malicious genus of bacteria. 

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2.5 Month Check-in

Spring Break has passed, and it’s time to hit the books again.  In just 10 rapidly approaching weeks, all your hard work will be put

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Bobcat Fever

First described in Missouri in 1970, Cytauxzoon felis is a tick-transmitted protozoan within the family Theileriidae.  Bobcats and recovered domestic cats act as reservoir hosts

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The White Nose Curse

A bat lives as a small, unassuming creature.  Most people fear them, and rightly so.  Bats are known vectors of rabies.  But, they should be

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The Case of Tremoring 302

It’s a beautiful spring afternoon.  The grass is lush and green, the cattle are contentedly grazing.  Calves chase around the pasture.  It was a hard

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2.5 Month Check-in

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-fqjen-8ef747 Spring Break has passed, and it’s time to hit the books again.  In just 10 rapidly approaching weeks, all your hard work will be

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FIFRA For You!

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) works hard to prevent toxins from entering the American food and water supplies.  We have seen this with CERCLA, radon,

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Superfunds Near You

Congress enacted the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) on December 11, 1980.  Commonly referred to as Superfund, the Act created a tax

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P-Value, the False Idol

The most powerful woman in the world blinded her own son to uphold her beliefs Gorgeous, brilliant, and powerful, the Empress Irene perched upon her

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