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Widespread antibiotic use reduced disease levels in herds but also sent resistance levels soaring.

Antimicrobial resistance in cattle means big changes coming

Resistance crisis even has drug companies calling for producers to change their ways

Multi-drug resistance to disease-causing bacteria is quickly becoming a complete “game changer” that could cripple the cattle industry’s ability to manage common bovine diseases. “We are really slamming into the end of the antibiotic era,” said Dr. Trisha Dowling, a professor of veterinary pharmacology at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. “I’ve got 24 different […] Read more

E. coli vaccine not effective in feedlot cattle

Study at two commercial feedlots finds minimal reduction of E. coli 0157

A study of a vaccine for controlling E. coli 0157 in the feces of feedlot cattle has found it was not effective. The study was conducted with cattle from two commercial feedlots to evaluate to see if the vaccine would reduce the number of E. coli 0157 shed in cattle feces. If the cattle carried […] Read more


Study examines lameness in feedlot cattle and treatment options

Diagnosing the cause of lameness is not easy and so it’s difficult 
to know how to treat the animal or if culling is the best option

Although feedlot pen riders do a good job of identifying lame cattle needing treatment, there has been very little work done to fully understand lameness in that sector. Knowing the types and prevalence of lameness could help to build better ways to treat and prevent it, says Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada researcher Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein. “We […] Read more

Alberta Barley scholarships awarded

Larisa Jancewicz, Laurel Perrott, and Alireza Akhavan, are the recipients of the first annual Alberta Barley scholarships. Perrott is from Whitecourt, currently works as an agronomic adviser for Cargill in Vermilion, and is about to begin her master’s program at the University of Alberta. She will be researching intensive agronomic practices to maximize feed barley […] Read more