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CFAH Brings Together Researchers, Industry Stakeholders

March 24, 2015

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Last month, the Center for Food Animal Health gathered more than 20 industry stakeholders and School of Veterinary Medicine faculty with an interest in livestock, poultry, dairy and small ruminants for a day-long advisory meeting in Davis.

Participants represented a wide range of livestock industry and commodity groups including the California Cattlemen’s Association, Dairy Cares, the California Wool Growers Association, Western United Dairymen, the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the USDA, among others.

Faculty presented research updates in the areas of avian/poultry, cattle nutrition, food animal diseases, beef and dairy cattle, small ruminant health and epizootic bovine abortion (EBA or “foothill abortion”) vaccine development.  CFAH leadership addressed participants’ needs and concerns and gave an update on the center’s priority issues including livestock disease, animal welfare and well-being, public and environmental health, antimicrobial drugs, on-farm safety issues and small-scale and sustainable production systems.

The CFAH helps to create, apply and disseminate new knowledge that will enhance the current and future health and well-being of food-producing animals, promote the safety of foods of animal origin, and provide a healthy environment for food animals and humans. Established in 1972 and formerly known as the Livestock Disease Research Laboratory, the CFAH serves as the veterinary medical component of the Agricultural Experiment Station of the University of California’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR).