Livestock Briefs: Vesicular Stomatitis case prompts importation order

2012-05-15T14:09:00Z Livestock Briefs: Vesicular Stomatitis case prompts importation order Midwest Producer
May 15, 2012 2:09 pm

LINCOLN, Neb. - A recent confirmed case of Vesicular Stomatitis in a horse in New Mexico has prompted the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) to issue an importation order for livestock entering Nebraska from New Mexico.

"Producers should follow importation requirements and remain vigilant in looking for signs and symptoms of Vesicular Stomatitis in their own herds," said State Veterinarian Dr. Dennis Hughes. 

Hughes said the disease resembles Foot-and-Mouth disease. Vesicular Sto-matitis is a viral disease that is characterized by fever and the formation of vesicles (blisters) in the mouth, nostrils, hooves and teats. When blisters break, there is usually salivation, nasal discharge and anorexia. In three to four days, the animal will recover. The disease primarily affects horses, cattle, swine and occasionally sheep and goats.

Producers who are considering moving livestock from another state into Nebraska need to contact the State Veterinarian's office to learn about requirements. Staff can be reached at 402 471-2351.  Import regulations and orders also can be reviewed online at

'DNA Technology' meeting offered June 27 at U.S. MARC

LINCOLN, Neb. - "DNA Technology: Where we've been, where we are, and where we're headed" will be the topic of a June 27 conference at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center west of Clay Center.

This is a constantly evolving technology, said Matt Spangler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension beef genetics specialist. Participants will learn about DNA technology as it relates to making selection decisions in beef cattle and the changes in application and research discoveries over the past 12 months.

The conference will begin at 11:30 a.m. with lunch and end at 5 p.m.

Registration is $10 to cover handouts and lunch. For more information, contact Spangler at 402-472-6489, To RSVP for lunch by June 11, contact Terri Behl at or 402-472-6411.

Animal Science Leadership Academy on K-State campus

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The K-State Animal Sciences Leadership Academy is planned for June 6-9 on K-State's Manhattan campus. This academy will spotlight 20 high school students from across the state wishing to learn more about leadership and production in the animal science industry.

Students will receive interactive leadership training and tour facilities in K-State's Department of Animal Sciences and Industry. Students also will get the opportunity to tour businesses and organizations within Kansas' livestock industry.

More information is available at under K-State Animal Sciences Leadership Academy.

Briefly . . .

-  Trenton Blythe, White City, Kan., has earned the National Junior Angus Association's Bronze and Silver Awards.

-  To live a life of service by helping others was a principle lived by the late Hal Rinker, DVM, West Fork, Ark. For his lifelong commitment to the veterinary medical profession and the many organizations he loved, Rinker, who died Jan. 2, was honored by the Academy of Veterinary Consultants (AVC) with its Outstanding Service Award.

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