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Veterinary update at McNay farm

Veterinary update at McNay farm

By Andi Anderson

Iowa State University's McNay Memorial Research and Demonstration Farm, located near Chariton, is set to host the "2024 Update for Veterinarians" program on June 25. This educational event is tailored for large and mixed animal veterinarians, particularly those with a focus on beef cattle.

Participants will gain insights from Iowa State experts on various critical topics. Garland Dahlke, a nutritionist and research scientist at the Iowa Beef Center, will kick off the morning session.

He will explore the nutritional aspects of water in livestock diets, discussing contaminants, testing, and the overall health implications of water quality.

Chris Clark, a beef specialist at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, emphasized the program’s value, stating, “This year's water topic will build on the protein and fiber nutrition sessions from previous years."

The session will also cover Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in dairy cattle and provide updates on biosecurity strategies to enhance veterinary practices immediately.

Further discussions will involve Phillip Jardon and experts Molly Lee and Delaine Quaresma from the Center for Food Security & Public Health at Iowa State. They will address emerging issues in disease epidemiology and transmission, particularly focusing on HPAI.

An interactive feature of the event will be the new Iowa State biosecurity trailer, which offers hands-on learning experiences. There will be opportunities to engage with research farm staff on various pertinent topics.

Registration for the event is required, with a fee of $50 per person if registered by June 21, or $70 for on-site registration. The fee includes lunch and a morning break.

For more details and to register, interested parties should contact the ISU Extension and Outreach Lucas County office. The program is set to provide five hours of continuing education credits for attendees.

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