Cattle prices rebound after BSE news; JBS says business not affected

Cattle futures were higher at midday. News that a California dairy cow tested positive for BSE sent CME futures down the daily limit on Tuesday, but prices bounced from the lows in electronic trading late Tuesday and were higher Wednesday amid assurances from most beef importing countries that they are not planning to restrict beef imports from the U.S. JBS also issued a release stating business will not be jeopardized following Tuesday’s report of BSE. Read more…

World Bank says global food prices on the rise again

Global food prices are rising again, pushed higher by costlier oil, strong demand from Asia and bad weather in parts of Europe, South America and the United States, the World Bank said on Wednesday. Read more…

TVMDL receives AAVLD accreditation through 2016

The American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) has given full accreditation to the Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) through 2016. TVMDL remains the only AAVLD-accredited laboratory in Texas and is among only 35 such facilities in the U.S. The accreditation includes TVMDL’s full-service labs in College Station and Amarillo, as well as its poultry labs in Center and Gonzales. Read more…

Prevention and management to protect horses from strangles

As spring competition season approaches, it is important to remember that strangles is a highly infectious disease that can have severe consequences for horses. Understanding what it is, how it is spread, and treatment options can prove to be a lifesaver for your horse. Read more…

Texas crop, weather, April 24, 2012

Though there remained large areas still stricken, the number of counties under drought conditions continued to shrink. In many counties, with lush growth brought on by recent rains, producers continued to bale a great deal of cool-season grasses for hay. Though the hay is certainly welcome, the flush of growth is holding back warm-season grasses, including Bermuda grass, Bahia grass and native species. Read more…