May 17, 2013
Dr. John Whitten Reappointed as President of the Board of Animal Health
At a quarterly meeting of the Board of Animal Health held on April 3, board members voted unanimously to reappoint Dr. John Whitten as president of the Board of Animal Health. Whitten co-owns a mixed-animal practice in Alexandria and also provides veterinary services at the Perham and Belgrade sale barns. He is currently serving in his fourth term as a veterinarian on the Board of Animal Health. Congratulations, Dr. Whitten!
U.S. Department of Agriculture to Launch Layers 2013 Study
In June, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) will begin the Layers 2013 study. Select operations with an inventory of 3,000 or more laying hens in 19 states will be asked to provide health and management information, which will be used to address Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) on table-egg farms. Participation in the study is voluntary.
The study objectives are to update information on farm management practices (last collected in the Layers 1999 study) relevant to SE and to estimate the prevalence and investigate risk factors for SE on layer farms. Representatives from the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service will begin contacting producers next month asking for voluntary participation in completing the initial questionnaire.
As always, links between NAHMS data and participating operations are not included in state or national databases. More information about the NAHMS Poultry studies is availble on USDA's website.
Equine Herpesvirus Type 1 (Neurologic Form) Added to List of Reportable Diseases in Minnesota
At the board meeting held on April 3, members voted to add equine herpesvirus type 1 neurologic form (EHV-1) to the list of reportable disease in Minnesota. Laboratories must now forward positive test results for EHV-1 neurologic form to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health.
View complete list of reportable diseases in Minnesota.
Electronic Interstate Certificates of Veterinary Inspection
As the USDA and Minnesota Board of Animal Health establish rules to achieve better livestock traceability, existing technology can lighten the veterinarian's load. Read more about the benefits of electronic interstate certificates of veterinary inspection on Bovine Veterinarian's website.
Each month in Animal Bytes, one piece of the rules will be highlighted. The complete Board of Animal Health rules can be found on the State Revisor's website.
Importation of Feral Swine
The importation into Minnesota of feral swine or swine that were feral during any part of their lifetime is prohibited.
Importation of feral swine carcasses is prohibited except for cut and wrapped meat, hides, teeth, and finished taxidermy mounts.