New Dairy Goat Website Offers Timely Resources

A collaborative website between Iowa State University and the University of California-Davis has been created to educate dairy goat producers and veterinarians about the science behind producing high-quality goat milk.

The Dairy Goat Extension and Education website provides modules and templates for health and reproductive records, with the goal of providing resources that will launch the American dairy goat industry forward in the areas of animal and udder health, milk quality and antimicrobial stewardship.

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Receptors make dairy cows a prime target for influenza, ISU team finds

AMES, Iowa – As highly pathogenic avian influenza has spread in dairy herds across the U.S., the virus is being detected in raw milk. A new study by a broad team of researchers at Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine helps explain why.

Sialic acid, a sugar molecule found on the surface of some animal cells, acts as a receptor for influenza. Without sialic acid providing an entry point to attach, invade and infect, a flu virus is unlikely to find a potential host hospitable.

Before the recent HPAI outbreak in dairy herds, there was scant research into sialic acid levels in the mammary glands of cattle. Scientists had no reason to suspect the milk-producing organs would be a good target for influenza.

“In livestock, we hadn’t usually looked in milk for viruses. Bacteria, sure. But not so much viruses,” said Dr. Eric Burrough, professor of veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine.

A team of Iowa State researchers who examined mammary gland samples from two infected cows found a rich supply of sialic acid, which could shed light on how the virus attaches to hosts and help develop measures to slow the illness’ spread.

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Forage Field Day Set For August 6

I-29 Moo University, SDSU Extension, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, and the Northern Plains Forage Association will co-host a field day for forage producers. I-29 Moo University includes dairy specialist from Iowa State University Extension, Minnesota Extension and South Dakota Extension.

Forage Field Day is a regional event that brings together experts, producers, and industry professionals to provide field tours, panel discussions and presentations on forage-related topics.

The 2024 Forage Field Day is from 9:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 6 at the Haskell Ag Lab in Concord, Nebraska. Check-in begins at 8:45 a.m. Registration is required. To register, click HERE.

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