April 22, 2019 | Vol. 12 : No.4

Front Page

No Lies with Flies

Strategies offered to reduce parasite problems and increase cattle performance.

Flies are pests to your cattle and to your wallet. They bother your cattle, forcing them to group together to protect each other instead of grazing. They also are vectors of disease like pinkeye, mastitis bacteria, Staphylococcus aureus bacteria and anaplasmosis, says Casey White, director of product development at Central Life Sciences.

“Flies are known to help vector 65 diseases among animals, though recent research suggests that number is now more than 100,” White says.

Adam Conover

Association Perspective

Building consistency.

As we go about our normal lives, we often look for consistency in the products we purchase. Whether we are buying a new truck or going out for dinner, we want a consistent product. If those products are not consistent in quality, we most likely will find a new supplier. In this article we are going to discuss how consistent our calves are as we start to market them.


2017 Census of Agriculture data now available.

The USDA announced the results of the 2017 Census of Agriculture, spanning some 6.4 million new points of information about America’s farms and ranches and those who operate them, including new data about on-farm decision-making. Information collected by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) directly from farmers and ranchers tells us both farm numbers and acreages have incurred small percentage declines since the last Census in 2012. At the same time, there continue to be more of the largest and smallest operations and fewer middle-sized farms. The average age of all farmers and ranchers continues to rise.

Angus Link Enrollment Tutorial

Complete guide to enroll in Angus Link, including creating a profile, setting up bull battery and completing new enrollments.

Supercharge Ag

New report identifies how to supercharge ag science in the United States.

A new report issued March 27 shows how U.S. farmers — facing a surge of weather events and disease outbreaks — can increase production and revenues with innovations produced by federally funded agricultural research.

Angus Announces Losing Ground — Urban Sprawl Documentary

The American Angus Association® is proud to present the first film to expose the impact of urban sprawl on American agriculture — Losing Ground.

It will premiere on national television May 27, 2019, on RFD-TV.

Losing Ground will be released on YouTube after the broadcast. Subscribe to “Angus TV” to see the film:

FDA-approved Drug Effectively Treats Rare Chronic Immune Disorder

Small NIH clinical trial conducted in partnership with AstraZeneca.

A drug approved to treat a severe form of asthma dramatically improved the health of people with rare chronic immune disorders called hypereosinophilic syndromes (HES) in whom other treatments were ineffective or intolerable. This finding comes from a small clinical trial led by scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and conducted through a partnership with the global biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. The results were published online in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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