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 goats, ranging from pasture management to home-raised milk. However, there is a particular zoonotic disease to remember.
Sea lions in California are once again battling a debilitating and fatal disease. This disease affects multiple species, including humans. It may sound like the next zombie apocalypse heading our way, but in truth, it’s a very old disease. Leptospirosis was first described in 1883. Since that time, the bacteria have been found across the Continue Reading
We have discussed many aspects of agriculture and food safety. There remains one species of food producing animals who rarely get the credit they deserve. This group forms the backbone of many sectors of agriculture, and often go unnoticed. While they do give their lives to provide subsistence for humans, we do not eat them. Continue Reading
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. Newcastle Disease is considered to be one of the most important poultry diseases worldwide. The disease was first discovered in Indonesia in 1926. Newcastle Disease is caused by an avian Continue Reading
It has been a very active summer for emerging disease outbreaks across the globe. The US has had two outbreaks thus far and is bracing for a third. Backyard poultry flocks have been scourged with Virulent Newcastle Disease, and commercial turkey flocks are fighting Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza. On the heels of these outbreaks, the Continue Reading
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 insect, tick and rodent control. If you are a horse owner, opossums can be your worst enemy. Leading a scavenging lifestyle lends itself to picking up a few parasites here Continue Reading
Peste des petits ruminants. While it is French, it is not something fancy that you would want to receive as a gift from your beloved. It is commonly referred to as sheep plague or goat plague and is decimating the small ruminate population in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. The most recent outbreak has Continue Reading