Tiny Acres Holsteins in Prince Edward Island, Canada was the proud recipient of not one, but two prestigious milk quality awards this year. Owner Wade Bryanton and his son Logan attribute their success to a strong nutrition program and genomics, as well as to the dedication and commitment of their employees and herd health management team. They work closely with their veterinarian and nutritionist, and are consistently in Canada’s top-five genetic Holstein herds. Wade Bryanton shares his management strategy and explains how they’ve reached and maintained such high standards of excellence.
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the most important threats to human and animal health. There are indications of a pending “post-antibiotic era” where AMR will cause 10 million human deaths per year globally by 2050 if no serious action is taken (O’Neill, 2016).
Dr Greg Keefe is Dean at the Atlantic Veterinary College, Prince Edward Island, Canada. M2 magazine asked Dr Keefe about his education, his work at the University and at the Canadian Bovine Mastitis Research and Milk Quality Network; and about life outside of academia.
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Mastitis remains the single most challenging infectious disease faced by dairy farmers across the world. Producers and herd managers rely on a series of approaches to control and treat mastitis, including genetic selection, environmental management, nutrition, and selective dry cow therapy. In combination with strict hygiene protocol and other treatments, such as the use of teat sealants, headway can be made. Yet, mastitis persists. For the most part, veterinarians and dairy farmers have relied on antibiotics to treat mastitis. While they do work, they do not repair the tissue damage caused by infection, which can lead to abnormal and decreased milk production. Amid rising resistance to antibiotics, it is ever more important to find new and novel solutions for treatment.