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2016 Study of Current Conditions of Kentucky County Animal Shelters and Degree of Compliance with Kentucky Animal Shelter Laws
1/5/2017 (new)

 UK Authors: Craig Carter, Cynthia Gaskill
 Departments: UK Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, Veterinary Science

Kentucky's county animal shelter conditions have not been studied for over 20 years. Major goals of this study were to assess current conditions in Kentucky's county shelters and determine the degree of compliance with Kentucky shelter laws. Additional information was gathered to determine the major problems and needs identified by shelter personnel and researchers. Data was used to determine if additional state funds or refinements and additions to current laws are warranted to ensure humane care of animals in Kentucky's county shelters.

web only | 60 pages | 12,201 words | 25 downloads | PDF: 3,687 kb

Fescue Toxicosis
7/3/2014 (new)

 UK Authors: Michelle Arnold, Cynthia Gaskill,
 Departments: Plant and Soil Sciences, UK Veterinary Diagnostic Lab,
 Series: Interdepartmental (ID series)
 Tags: nutrition and health

"Fescue toxicosis" is the general term used for the clinical diseases that can affect cattle consuming endophyte-infected tall fescue. Tall-fescue pastures containing ergot alkaloids are responsible for the toxic effects observed in livestock, including hyperthermia (elevated body temperature), gangrene of the extremities, decreased weight gain, and poor reproductive performance. Clinical signs vary depending on the cattle, the environmental conditions, and the level and duration of the exposure. Early clinical signs are often reversible after removal from contaminated pastures or hay.

web only | 4 pages | 2,470 words | 29 downloads | PDF: 740 kb

Cyanide Poisoning in Ruminants
4/21/2014 (new)

 UK Authors: Michelle Arnold, Cynthia Gaskill,
 Departments: Plant and Soil Sciences, UK Veterinary Diagnostic Lab,
 Series: Interdepartmental (ID series)
 Tags: nutrition and health

Cyanide poisoning of livestock is commonly associated with johnsongrass, sorghum-sudangrass, and other forage sorghums. Choke-cherry or wild cherry, elderberry, and arrow grass are less frequent causes. Young plants, new shoots, and regrowth of plants after cutting often contain the highest levels of cyanogenic glycosides. The risk from potentially dangerous forages may be reduced by following the management practices in this publication.

web only | 2 pages | 973 words | 33 downloads | PDF: 255 kb

Collection and Preparation of Milk Samples for Microbiological Culturing
4/16/2014 (major revision)

 UK Authors: Michelle Arnold, Jeffrey Bewley,
 Departments: Animal and Food Sciences, UK Veterinary Diagnostic Lab
 Series: Interdepartmental (ID series)

In developing individual farm mastitis control and treatment strategies, it is often necessary to characterize the types of bacteria that are present on your farm. To answer this question, a microbiological analysis, or milk culture, must be performed on milk samples collected from cows showing clinical or subclinical signs of mastitis. Results of the milk cultures will help identify which bacteria are causing the mastitis. In turn, this information can be used to alter mastitis control, prevention, and treatment options to fit your herd's conditions.

500 printed copies | 4 pages | 1,439 words | 30 downloads | PDF: 873 kb

Forage-Related Disorders in Cattle: Nitrate Poisoning
3/10/2014 (new)

 UK Authors: Michelle Arnold, Cynthia Gaskill,
 Departments: Animal and Food Sciences, Plant and Soil Sciences,
 Series: Interdepartmental (ID series)
 Tags: nutrition and health

Few plants normally contain high nitrate levels, since under normal growing conditions the nitrates are converted to protein as quickly as they are absorbed from the roots. However, under certain conditions plants can develop dangerously high nitrate levels which can cause nitrate intoxication. Death or abortion may result. Care must be taken to recognize possible toxic forages and manage them appropriately to avoid animal loss.

web only | 3 pages | 2,447 words | 30 downloads | PDF: 314 kb

2010 Research and Extension Beef Report
3/11/2011 (new)

 UK Authors: Les Anderson, Darrh Bullock,
 Departments: Animal and Food Sciences, Plant and Soil Sciences,
 Series: Special Report (SR series)

The 2010 Research and Extension Beef Report highlights advances in understanding of basic scientific principles of livestock production as well as applied research from which producers and the industry can benefit. Extension educational programs, on-farm demonstrations, and other activities help transfer this knowledge to producers so they can adopt of management changes as appropriate.

web only | 89 pages | 56,665 words | 33 downloads | PDF: 2,100 kb