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Meeting Challenges Facing Animal Agriculture


March 1, 2016

Industry and faculty meet to discuss future research needs

Industry and faculty meet to discuss future research needs

The school’s Center for Food Animal Health gathered faculty and representatives of California’s animal agriculture industry last week for a day-long advisory meeting focused on livestock, poultry, small ruminants and aquaculture.  Participants received updates on food animal diseases, food safety, and environmental health, and helped identify the latest, most important issues and needs in food animal health and production for focused research efforts.

Over the last 40 years, the center has provided seed funds to support new and innovative research to improve the health of food animals and solve problems impacting the state’s livestock and poultry industries, and environmental health. It also promotes collaboration among school faculty researchers. Examples of current projects presented at the meeting included intranasal vaccine development for pinkeye in cattle, mitochondrial markers in calves for feed efficiency, alternatives to antimicrobial therapy, colostrum management practices in organic dairy calves, Infectious Bronchitis Virus (IBV) variants in California poultry, risk mapping of Avian Influenza reservoirs for waterfowl surveillance, shellfish microbial standards and pathogen occurrence evaluation in Tomales Bay to help guide aquaculture policy development, and on-farm food safety.

Partners represent a wide range of livestock industry and commodity groups including the California Cattlemen’s Association, Dairy Cares, the California Farm Bureau Federation, Western United Dairymen, the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the USDA, and California Poultry Federation.

“Being a part of the Center for Food Animal Health gives California agriculture the opportunity to contribute meaningfully to setting and funding animal health research priorities at the nation’s premier veterinary school,” said Ria de Grassi with the California Farm Bureau Federation.