NFBFG Current Issues

BSE - Bovine Spongiform Excephalophathy

On December 23, 2003, the first confirmed case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy or BSE, which is commonly known as Mad Cow Disease, was found on a Washington state dairy.  Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) is a slowly progressing fatal disease that affects the central nervous system in cattle. More...

Determining Cattle Age for BSE

As most of you know, on January 12, 2004, the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued new rules to protect the public from Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE). Among the new rules, specified risk materials (SRM’s) in cattle more than 30 months of age are not allowed into the human food supply. More..

Permanent Mole Cricket Control

After six years of field testing, the entomopathogenic nematode Steinernema scapterisci (Ss) is now commercially available under the trade name Nematac S®. It is produced and marketed by MicroBio, Inc. of Ames, Iowa. This product has been found to provide permanent biocontrol of mole crickets with proper timing of application. More...

Proper Animal Handling Practices

Handling animals is something that many people do not spend much time thinking about. Some of the techniques, or lack of, that cattlemen use causes stress to the animals and are used all too excessively. More..