Animal cruelty and investigation

CM-MR-2-ANIMAL CRUELTY1by Steve Wagner

When encountering the world of animal cruelty, one can be easily overcome by the staggering number of ways used to inflict animal cruelty. Comfort may be taken in the fact that there were people back in the American Civil War who exacted retribution for such actions. A prime example was General Ulysses Grant who, when he saw a man flogging a horse, had the man stopped, stripped of his shirt and tied to a post where he took the horse whip and ordered the man flogged without mercy. Hopefully the man learned his lesson and did not repeat the offense. Countless laws and protective regulations would prohibit Grant’s action today. Animal cruelty continues on a widespread basis at the hands of the thoughtless, the impulsive, and even those who engage in such activity subversively as sport and gambling. [Read more…]

Cold weather management for animals

CEWM-MR-1-Cold weather animalsBy George Looby, DVM

Global warming aside, the winter of 2013-2014 is shaping up to go on record as one of the harshest in decades and all domestic creatures exposed to its rigors need help in making adjustments to survive the elements. Animal owners are generally well tuned to the precautions necessary to help insure that their pets and livestock are comfortable during the heat waves of summer but are perhaps less concerned during the winter months.

Blame it on REO: an Avian REO virus update

C4-MR-2-Blame it 2by Steve Wagner

REO virus is a malady that appears and goes away, only to re-appear now and then, here and there, seemingly defying any pattern of severity or species. It is so hard to spot that often only vigilant farmers and/or veterinarians who conduct more than cursory examinations are likely to become suspicious of an REO virus presence. At a recent annual Penn-Ag sponsored Meat & Egg Meeting held at Shady Maple in Lancaster County PA, Dr. Donna Kelly, interim head of Clinical Microbiology at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine PADLS New Bolton Center, brought an audience up to speed on the REO. [Read more…]

2014 Virginia Farm Show offered prizes galore

CM-MR-1-Virginia Farm Prizes 1by Jon M. Casey
Attendees of the 2014 Virginia Farm Show not only had opportunity to see the latest in products and services to the farming industry, they were also able to participate in competitions and drawings for cash and prizes throughout the three-day event. With Friday’s popular Skid Steer Rodeo, sponsored by the Virginia Farm Bureau, and with trophies and cash prizes sponsored by the Virginia Farm Bureau, Crown Concrete and equipment dealers James River Equipment, Beverage Tractor, Binkley & Hurst and Carter Machinery, contestants and their families enjoyed an afternoon of excitement; one that they look forward to each year. [Read more…]

Virginia Farm Show continues to grow

CM-MR-1-Virginia Farm 1by Jon M. Casey

It didn’t take long to see the changes from previous years at the 2014 Virginia Farm Show. As attendees made their way from Building 1 to Building 2 Jan. 16-18, they were welcomed with a new paved asphalt floor inside the facility. [Read more…]