Tag: University of Calgary

A Case of Chronic Enteritis with a Bleak Diagnosis — Johne’s

It’s a diagnosis no cattle producer wants to hear, and it’s likely much more prevalent than we realize. Caused by Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP), Johne’s causes chronic enteritis (inflammation of the intestine), diarrhea and progressive weight loss in cattle. Despite the seemingly obvious symptoms in infected animals, the disease has characteristics that can make it difficult… Read more »

Infected from Within — Diagnosing an ‘Atypical Case of Lameness’

It’s easy to jump to conclusions when diagnosing issues in livestock. But, when a team from the University of Calgary, stumbled upon a case of lameness that just didn’t seem to be going away, they knew to look beyond the oft-blamed culprit of footrot. “This was a very experienced producer. He had a lot of animals,… Read more »

Ian Brodie — The Politics of Bill 6 in Alberta

The debate whether Alberta farmers and ranchers need Bill 6 is being discussed in full at the town halls, the rallies,  in all social media channels and on RealAgriculture.com. We thought it would be interesting to look at Bill 6 through a different lens — through the lens of an experienced political expert.  What about… Read more »

Hand-Fed Holsteins, Half Cows and a Movie Set — CFWF’s North Tour in Photos

Every year the Canadian Farm Writers Federation (CFWF) hosts a conference and awards night, complete with agriculture and agri-food related tours. This year, for the first time, I was along for the ride. I have to say, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’ve met a great number of farm writers, journalists and reporters since the… Read more »

A Pill for Every Ill: Our Own Complacency to Blame for the Growing Threat of Antimicrobial Resistance

It’s our own complacency that brought on the threat of antimicrobial resistance, says Trisha Dowling, a professor of veterinary clinical pharmacology at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. “We got complacent just pretty much thinking there was a pill for every ill. So there’s been a whole lot of use of antibiotics just in case someone or… Read more »

The Importance of Segregating Ill or Injured Animals

The 5th annual UCVM Beef Cattle Conference is officially underway today, following a rather insightful day of pre-conference workshops at the University of Calgary’s Spyhill Campus. The pre-conference dealt with proper management of cattle, covering low-stress handling techniques, treatment protocols and humane euthanasia. For now, I’ll report on the middle ground, as I’ve covered cattle… Read more »