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Olathe, Kansas (May 11, 2017)


SmartVet, and its distribution partner AgriLabs, are pleased to announce the regulatory approval and launch of AiM-A Abamectin VetCaps, a new VetCap insecticide for use with the VetGun Delivery System for cattle.

SmartVet is again disrupting the market by developing a first-in-class program for the rotation of two different modes of activity within the same parasite season. By color coding its VetCaps, SmartVet has made the rotation process simple and intuitive. The proven convenience of the VetGun enables a rancher to dose an entire herd out at pasture - no need for extra labor or handling facilities. Simplifying delivery means ranchers can now use insecticides only when parasites are causing them economic damage.

Effective chemical rotation within the same season

By minimizing the time horn flies are exposed to an insecticide, and rotating chemical classes in the same season, we decrease the opportunity for pesticide resistance factor to build up in population of these harmful parasites. The VetGun has just raised the bar in the fight against parasite resistance!

Introducing AiM-A Abamectin

VetGun is the proven easy-to-use, precision-dosage delivery system for treating parasites on cattle. VetCaps are now  available in two different modes-of-action – for optimum parasite control. The new AiM-A VetCap (Abamectin) is a significant addition to the VetGun delivery platform, offering cattlemen yet another tool to efficiently and effectively control parasites on cattle. Abamectin is a topically-applied Macrocyclic Lactone (ML) in the same avermectin family as the well established ivermectin and eprinomectin molecules.

AiM-A will be available through AgriLabs’ national distribution network late May.

Disrupting the market with effective IN-SEASON rotation and precision medicine to help combat horn fly resistance

When used in rotation with the existing AiM-L VetCap (Lambda Cyhalothrin), a Synthetic Pyrethroid, it delivers a 1-2 punch of two different modes of action. With the introduction of AiM-A Abamectin, cattle producers now have the ability to provided correctly-timed, precision-delivered horn fly control with the rotational use of two potent insecticides in the same season.  With VetGun and the AiM family of products, horn fly control is, for the first time, easily, conveniently and cost-effectively delivered while doing so in a way that works to overcome resistance.

Because of VetGun's accuracy, producers could apply a more precise dose of insecticide to each animal, than can be achieved with self-dosing, non-confined methods such as back rubber and dust bags.  In addition application can occur at the best possible time for a  particular treatment. This means cattle are not overexposed or underexposed to parasiticides,  applying the principles of precision medicine to the animal health industry.

Getting a 1-2 punch on horn flies – AND controlling lice

The following is a sample rotation schedule of how AiM-L and AiM-A VetCaps could be used for control of both horn fly and lice within the same season and year.


Effective and proven control

The effectiveness of AiM-A Abamectin against horn flies is proven.  In an independent field trial1, AiM-A VetCaps were applied to test cattle with significant horn fly burdens. AiM-A provided knock down and control of horn flies and remained 95% effective in control of flies through four weeks.

1  Efficacy Comparison in Central Texas, July 13, 2016

The economic benefits to the industry and cattle producers alike.

The leading cause of economic loss in the cattle industry is parasites, particularly horn flies. Overall, horn flies cost the U.S. cattle industry nearly $1 billion per year. Horn flies can interrupt cattle from grazing and cause a loss of as much as one pint of blood per day, which can result in 30% less weight gain in just 80 days. Conservatively, if not treated effectively, this can cost a producer $68/head income loss.

Proven customer satisfaction and market potential

In a recent annual VetGun Survey2 of 500 VetGun customers, not only did the VetGun Delivery System receive a 94% customer satisfaction rating, but 99% found it convenient to use. Furthermore, 95% indicated purchase intent if an additional VetGun Horn Fly Treatment Chemical Class product was introduced that, when used in rotation with the existing AiM-L VetCap product, would help combat horn fly resistance.

2 2016 VetGun Customer Satisfaction Tracking Survey_Dec2016

SmartVet continues to bring its pipeline of products to life, and is excited about continuing to bring innovative new products to the market every year.

]]> (Hanns Bergs) Horn Fly Management Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:46:17 +0000
SmartVet Innovation Award SmartVet IC PartnerBadge lowresOn 9 April 2015, SmartVet was honored as one of Kansas City’s most innovative companies in the inaugural class of Kansas State University’s Ingenuity Central.  

SmartVetDirectors June2015 crop2 lowresSmartVet Directors: Tim Rose; Glen Richards; Grant Pickering; Grant Weyer; Randall Tosh; John Lawlor (Alternate Director)Ingenuity Central is a hub connecting the most inventive ideas, technologies and processes across diverse industries -recognizing leading-edge ideas from a dynamic intersection of sectors across Johnson County and the greater Kansas City metro area. On hand to accept the award was Randall Tosh, Executive VP of SmartVet: "We are thrilled at being recognized as a leading innovator in animal health. Listening to and working with cattle producers, our VetGun Insecticide Delivery System has taken years of painstaking development. Working with our distribution partners AgriLabs, VetGun was successfully launched in Feb 2014. We now have thousands of VetGuns in the hands of cattle ranchers across the U.S. and an exciting pipeline of new internal and external parasite control products in the regulatory process." SmartVet's US headquarters are based at the state-of-the-art International Animal Health and Food Safety Institute in Olathe's new Bioscience Precinct, Kansas.
]]> (Hanns Bergs) Cattle Management Best Practice Fri, 18 Dec 2015 04:49:50 +0000
Parasite Management Articles Several key articles from Bovine Veterinarian on why parasites affect performance; and importance of parasite control prior vaccination:

1. Vaccination and Parasite Control - by Bovine Veterinarian (jan 17, 2011) -click here 

2. How and why parasites affect performance - by Bovine Veterninarian (Sept 2, 2014) -click here 

3. Effective Parasite Treatment & Monitoring - by Bovine Veterinarian (Feb 13, 2015) -click here

]]> (Hanns Bergs) Cattle Management Best Practice Sun, 29 Mar 2015 23:19:20 +0000
SmartVet successfully closes $5 million private placement investment round. svhqOlathe, Kansas (Nov 26, 2014) -  As part of its ongoing growth and continued expansion; SmartVet announces the recent successful closure of a US $5 million private placement investment round. The funds will be used for ongoing research and development in order to commercialize and bring to market additional products in the SmartVet product pipeline.

VetGun delivery platform
In February 2014, SmartVet, in partnership with AgriLabs Ltd. launched the VetGun™ Delivery System, an innovative new way to treat cattle parasites in the pasture, without needing to handle them.

"The response to the national launch was overwhelming," said Randall Tosh, the firm's Vice President of Business Development. "The company was established by producers and exists for producers. We recently surveyed 500 cattle producers and 94% said they were satisfied with the product and would recommend it to others. They're eager for us to bring new products to market.

Product pipeline
SmartVet is currently in discussions with the US Food and Drug Administration and the US Environmental Protection Agency concerning additions to the company's product portfolio. Mr Tosh said the firm is currently working on three new parasiticide products, inspired by the suggestions of producers.

Dr Shane Brookshire, President of North and Latin American operations, adds: "We're focused on thinking more broadly than standard products and delivery techniques," he said. "This is a disruptive technology that meets a need and has a huge economic significance. We are absolutely more than just the VetGun."

Looking to the future
Dr. Brookshire said the firm has a strong core management team in place, giving SmartVet a stage for growth. In the near term, SmartVet will focus on building its presence in the market for ectoparasiticide drug delivery in the US. The next stage of the company's development will be to begin breaking into the endoparasiticide delivery sector. Then, further in the future, SmartVet hopes to begin investigating other transdermal molecules.

VetGun and VetCaps are distributed by AgriLabs. Call 1-800 542 8916 or visit

SmartVet +1 913 307 7376 

]]> (Hanns Bergs) Cattle Market Trends Fri, 05 Dec 2014 06:21:09 +0000
Dr Shane Brookshire, SmartVet Chief Commercial Officer, appointed as new President, SmartVet Holdings Inc. shane brookshireAs part of its ongoing growth and continued expansion of its management team, SmartVet announces that Dr. Shane Brookshire will be taking the helm of SmartVet Holding Inc. current operations with immediate effect as the President of North and Latin American operations.  
Dr Brookshire is a highly experienced senior animal health executive. He previously led the US Ruminant and Equine Sales team at the world’s third largest animal health company Merial.  Prior to this he ran Merial’s Veterinary Public Health business unit. Shane brings a unique combination of both private company and public sector experience, having previously been the Commercial Director of private equity backed Anitox as well as serving as the State Veterinarian and Director of the Division of Animal Health for the Missouri Department of Agriculture. Shane graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Missouri and continues to be active in a cattle operation in Missouri.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of an innovative and hard-working organization and lead the growth of this business to the next level.” says Shane. ”I’m very excited to be able to deliver some of the most innovative technology the cattle industry has seen in decades.”  
“We congratulate Shane on the impact he has already made during his short time with us, and we look forward to many fruitful years working together with Shane. “  adds SmartVet Chairman, Grant Weyer.
]]> (Hanns Bergs) Interview Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:12:33 +0000
SmartVet appoints Aratana Therapeutic’s Louise Mawhinney as new CFO. Olathe, Kansas (July 1, 2014) 
As part of its ongoing growth and continued expansion of its management team, SmartVet has appointed Louise Mawhinney as its new CFO. 
Louise MawhinneyLouise has over 16 years’ experience as a Chief Financial Officer, the last 10 of which have been in life sciences. She was most recently the CFO of Aratana Therapeutics, a pet therapeutics company, where she was instrumental in its IPO – the “Most Successful IPO of 2013” according to Bloomberg.  Prior to that, Louise was CFO of Ikonisys, a cell-based diagnostics company and Helicos BioSciences, a genetic analysis technology company where she led the 2007 IPO. Louise was also CFO for ArQule, an oncology therapeutics company, eSpendwise, a provider of global eBusiness systems, and The Butcher Company, a chemical manufacturing company. Prior to that, she was Group Controller at Lifetime Corporation; and a Senior Tax Specialist at KPMG in Boston. Louise holds a Masters Degree from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and has been a CPA in Massachusetts since 1989.
]]> (Hanns Bergs) Interview Tue, 01 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000
SmartVet hosts Beef101 Day beef101logor1On Thursday June 19, 2014, SmartVet hosted a number of east coast delegates to an insightful; informative and educational industry Beef101 Day in the heart of U.S. cattle country. The morning was spent at SmartVet's Olathe Kansas headoffice listening to leading industry experts - an overview of the Beef Cattle Production Industry; how it operates; animal health-care; parasite management; and economic sustainability with China gearing up to become one of the leading importers of the world's beef supply. Thereafter delegates boarded a bus and were taken on a tour of a professionally operated Kansas Cattle Ranch where a lot of the morning's theory was then seen in real life; including live cattle herding; yarding and running through the headgate for demonstration of traditional parasite treatments. Then it was all aboard the ATV's and into the pasture where SmartVet's new VetGun Delivery System was demonstrated with 1 person treating up to 20 head of cattle in as little as 15 minutes. The highlight of the day for many delegates was seeing who was the best shot as they each fired off several VetGun rounds at a dummy cow target, complete with real cow hide.

Download the Delegate Pack and Speaker powerpoint presentations, click here: Beef101 Day (June 19, 2014)

View full-length video of days proceedings (3h 50 mins): click here

View editted version of days proceedings (58 mins): click here

Download Investment Bank Reports: pdfBofA report on Beef 101 day.pdf pdfGuggenheim - Beef 101 report.pdf pdfGuggenheim Research-cattle industry.pdf

Inquiries:  SmartVet +1 913-307-7376  

]]> (Hanns Bergs) Cattle Management Best Practice Sun, 29 Jun 2014 11:19:13 +0000
Industry Media flock to VetGun Launch The VetGun national launch at the 2014 NCBA (Feb 3-7, Nashville) attracted thousands of attendees across its 2 booths, with many trying out the VetGun Delivery System in a VetGun Shooting Tunnel, complete with cow-hide target to simulate a live dosage situation in the pasture. 

And so too did the industry media notice this innovative new technology, with no less than 18 media interviews and demonstrations given across the 3 days of the convention.  

Herewith just a few of the interviews and demonstrations:

1. RFD-TV Interview:  click here

2. NCBA's Cattlemen to Cattlemen: click here

3. AgDay Interview: click here

4. NorthernAg.NET Interview: click here

5. Brownfield Ag News Interview: click here

]]> (Hanns Bergs) Cattle Management Best Practice Fri, 28 Feb 2014 09:56:00 +0000
BREAKING NEWS: SmartVet and AgriLabs partner-up to launch first-of-its-kind VetGun at NCBA Feb 2014 AgrilabsOlathe, Kansas (Feb 4, 2014) — Leveraging the success of a 2013 market test, SmartVet USA,Inc. and AgriLabs,Ltd have formed a long-term partnership to launch the first-ever VetGun™ delivery system to effectively treat horn flies and lice in cattle. The revolutionary new delivery system  will be available across the U.S. in early 2014. 

RFDTV News Feature Feb 2014 jpegClick (here) or image on right for RFDTV News Feature

Next Generation of Horn Fly Control

The VetGun uses precision-engineered CO2 power to project a precise dosage of AiM-L™ VetCap to treat the animal. Each VetCap contains an EPA-approved insecticide in a soft gel capsule which can be fired from a safe distance of 20 to 30 feet while cattle graze or feed. The VetCap fragments upon impact allowing the topically applied insecticide to go to work immediately similar to that of pour-on applications.

]]> (Hanns Bergs) Cattle Management Best Practice Mon, 10 Feb 2014 02:10:00 +0000
ANNOUNCEMENT: Dr Thomas Monath (Harvard School of Public Health) joins SmartVet Advisory Board and heads up Transdermal Vaccine Project.  
SmartVet is glad to formally announce that Dr Thomas Monath, Adjunct Professor Harvard School of Public Health, has now joined the SmartVet team. Dr Monath will oversee SmartVet's Transdermal Vaccine Project and help direct research efforts toward the most efficient way of achieving successful transdermal immunization using a similar variation of the existing VetGun Delivery System.
Dr. Thomas P. Monath is a physician and Adjunct Professor (Emeritus), Harvard School of Public Health. He has substantial bioscience investment experience as an ex-partner in the Pandemic and Biodefense Fund, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.
]]> (Hanns Bergs) Cattle Management Best Practice Tue, 21 Jan 2014 07:37:00 +0000
NEWS RELEASE: Animal Pharm live-test new VetGun (Sept 16, 2013) Joseph Harvey of Animal Pharm recently undertook a live VetGun demonstration in Johnson County, Kansas. He wrote about his experience and published it online on the Animal Pharm website, as well as appearing as a 2-pager in the Animal Pharm printed publication.  
Feel free to view the article and short video online here
or alternatively article below for your convenience.
SmartVet's VetGun shoots its way into the US antiparasitic market
By  Joseph Harvey
Published Animal Pharm: 16 September 2013 01:42 PM
It is not often Animal Pharm gets to test a veterinary product on site. So when senior reporter Joseph Harvey was invited to test SmartVet's new VetGun antiparasitic delivery device on a humid and dusty beef cattle ranch in Johnson County, Kansas, he jumped at the chance.
]]> (Hanns Bergs) Horn Fly Management Tue, 29 Oct 2013 04:44:05 +0000
WEBINAR VIDEO: Managing Resistance in Beef Cattle Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine & SmartVet present a 60 minute webinar video with Drs. Dan Thomson; Robert Rew and Adalberto Perez de Leon. Hear from the experts on the latest challenges and treatments for endo and ecto parasite management.   

Click here to see video


]]> (Hanns Bergs) Cattle Management Best Practice Mon, 22 Jul 2013 06:37:35 +0000
NEWS RELEASE: Revolutionary new insecticide delivery system set to change future of animal dosing. SmartVet, a leading international innovator in animal healthcare, has announced the launch of a revolutionary new delivery system, set to change the landscape of parasite management in cattle. Using best practice methods, a rancher working alone can dose up to 100 cattle per hour.

The VetGun is the only dosing system not requiring animal handling; herding; yarding; or running cattle through the chute. It allows dosing to take place in the field from a safe distance, thereby reducing stress and the chance of injuries to cattle and ranchers alike. 

VetGun is a precision-engineered CO2-powered application device that delivers a new dosage form called a VetCap. The VetCap is a purpose developed gelatine capsule filled with a specialized pour-on developed by SmartVet for remote delivery using the VetGun. The VetCaps are fired from the VetGun and specially designed to fragment upon impact, taking almost instantaneous effect at relieving a horn fly burden. The first VetCaps commercially available are the AiM (Advanced Insecticide Management) line of products . AiM-L®, (Lambda Cyhalothrin with Piperonyl Butoxide) has been developed for control of horn flies, face flies, biting lice and sucking lice on beef cattle.

“VetGun is so quick, simple and effective that one person working alone can treat an entire herd in the field, resulting in major savings of labor; time and money. Not only does it allow for convenient timing of insecticide application to deliver maximum parasite control, it also allows for precise dosage control,” said Randall Tosh, SmartVet’s Vice President of Business Development. He continued, “It also reduces animal stress which in turn leads to improved feed conversion efficiencies, weight gain, overall health and productivity which add to the producers’ profitability. VetGun can even substantially contribute to alleviating horn fly resistance.”
The VetGun Delivery System is being lauded by industry specialists such as RFD TV DocTalk’s Dr. Dan Thompson,DVM Professor of Clinical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Director of the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University. Launched in June 2013, VetGun and the AiM-L VetCaps will only be available in select states until national rollout is completed in 2014. To see the VetGun in action, view the video demonstration at
VetGun and VetCaps were developed by SmartVet, leading innovators in large animal healthcare. Based in Olathe Kansas, SmartVet was co-founded by a fourth generation cattle rancher and specializes in finding simple, logical solutions to everyday animal health challenges.
For more information or demonstration video, visit or call +1 913 307 7376

VtGun and VetCaps are distributed by AgriLabs. Call 1-800 542 8916 or visit


]]> (Hanns Bergs) Cattle Management Best Practice Mon, 22 Jul 2013 06:15:31 +0000
Plan for Cattle Pinkeye Prevention now, to Reduce Operational Costs later Pinkeye or infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis is a contagious bacterial infection affecting the eyes of cattle, especially calves. With Pinkeye season around the bend it's a good time to review some of the steps cow-calf operations and ranchers can take to plan for and reduce the severity as well as operational expense of pinkeye in their herds.

Prevention is the key to control this contagious and costly disease that can often cost over $100 per incidence in beef cattle. Each Cow-Calf Operation should have an integrated Pest Management Program in place.   And, it should be re-visited with your Vet every year to ensure you're on top of any pesticide resistance or other issues which may affect your annual planning. When developing your annual pinkeye plan there are three elements that should be considered as part of your overall plan:

  • Protect your herd ahead of Pinkeye Outbreaks
  • Reduce Fly Exposure
  • Environment - Reduce Environmental Problems

Pinkeye Causation

Before we get into prevention let's get into the potential causes of pinkeye. The primary pathogen is the bacteria Moraxella bovis, which has more than one strain. These bacteria have pili (hair like extrusions) which allow it to attach itself to the conjunctiva of the cornea, thereby introducing the injury/infection. As with many pathogens multiple factors can increase susceptibility of cattle for the bacteria. However, the main culprit is often eye irritation prior to exposure which weakens the eyes ability to fight back effectively.

Eye irritants such as face flies are often a major pinkeye culprit. Face Flies feed on eye secretions and in the process, injury to the conjunctiva may result - increasing susceptibility for the spread of M. bovis via the flies. Unfortunately M. Bovis can survive on the wings and legs of flies up to 3 or 4 days which means that if one calf is infected flies will likely expose other calves to M. bovis. Other irritants include: ultraviolet radiation sensitizing / irritating the eye - especially with cattle that have little pigment around the eye, dust, pollen, seeds and grasses or weeds that cause mechanical injury to the eye during feeding. In addition male calves are more susceptible than female or older cattle and nutrition can also play a role.  Now that we know some of the potential causes, what can ranchers do to protect their cow-calf operations?

1. Protect your herd ahead of Pinkeye Outbreaks.

There are a number of Pinkeye vaccines in the market today such as: I-Site XP Moraxella Bovis Bacterin, Pinkeye Shields XT4, Solidbac Pinkeye IR/PR, 20/20 Vision 7 with Spur, Alpha-7/MB-a, Cavalry 9, Piliguard Pinkeye TriView, and Ocu-Guard MB-1 to name a "few". The challenge with so many vaccines on the market is to figure out which one will work for your herd and deciding when should the product be utilized. The best option is often to speak with your local veterinarian. They should be able to tell you which products have a high efficacy in your local area (and which ones have shown resistance) and timing the application properly to ensure maximum protection.

2. Reduce Face Fly Exposuremusca autumnalis face fly
Because face flies (Musca autumnalis) often play such a large role in the spread of pinkeye - controlling them is often the most important challenge cow-calf operations face ( job 1). Face flies spend little physical time on your cattle vs. horn flies and since they often spread pinkeye to several animals per day a comprehensive plan to minimize them prior to physical contact is often crucial.

There are many options available for fly control such as: ear tags, pour-ons, sprays, dust bags, oilers and back rubbers. All of these have inherent pluses and minuses with pesticide resistance being the number one issue that needs to be understood prior to purchase and application. Again, your local Vet or cattle supply store should have a good idea if certain pesticides have shown resistance issues in your area. All of these products can work well in the right conditions and if used at the right time. For more information we have covered some of these usage issues in a previous blog piece: Horn Flies & Horn Fly Best Practice Cattle Management. Regardless of the control method the quicker a rancher responds to increasing fly numbers the more likely they will reduce the overall effect on his cattle herd.    

3. Environment - Reduce Environmental Issues

We have already mentioned a number of the environmental problems that can increase the likely hood of Pinkeye outbreaks such as ultraviolet radiation sensitivity, dust, pollen, seeds and uncut grasses or weeds.   While you can't always control what your neighbor ranches do and how their environment impacts you, you can try to talk to them about their annual pest management plan and coordinate with them when and where possible as a first step.

In regards to your pasture keep it trimmed when and where possible to reduce the potential incidence of mechanical eye injuries which increase Pinkeye susceptibility. Overall grazing management - mowing, spraying and brush beating will help reduce pollen and dust problems. For ranches that use hay or feed bunk management lower overhead feeders to reduce potential fallout into eyes. Do not feed cattle hay with mature seed heads or cheat grass in overhead bunks and increase bunk space to decrease direct cattle contact / infectious contact.

Providing shade trees is a good idea (preferably low pollen producers - talk to your extension agent about the right trees for your locality) or build shade in order to reduce ultraviolet light exposure. Last, don't forget about optimizing cattle nutrition. The stronger your herds overall health / immune status the easier it is for them to fight off infections.

An integrated Pest Management plan is an important part of any cow-calf or ranch operation's success. Preparing for Pinkeye should be part of that overall strategic plan and will pay dividends via a healthier herd and better weight gains at the end of the season.

]]> (David Brown) Ranching Tue, 20 Mar 2012 18:28:00 +0000
Feedlot DNA Testing - Should Producers Change their Strategy? A recent research piece titled " Can DNA Marker Technology Improve Feedlot Growth Promotion Management Decisions to Ultimately Improve the Consumer's Beef Eating Experience?" by Colorado State University's Wagner, Thompson, O'Quin, Engle, Ahola, Woodward & Streeter and funded by the The Beef Checkoff brought some interesting new ideas up for both producers and feedlots to take into future consideration.


The end game of this research was whether or not DNA testing could be used to predict tenderness and marbling characteristics in the feedlot prior to harvesting. We all know that purebred producers spend a small fortune every year trying to improve bovine lineage and quality but what about the non pure bred feeder stock - how does a feedlot know what they are getting? Also, if a feedlot knows that a portion of the feedlot group will have higher marbling and tenderness characteristics - should they be fed / treated differently?

The research completed indicated that they could predict the marbling, tenderness and most importantly the quality of the beef (Choice over select or Premium Choice vs. Choice) fairly accurately (study sample was of 1,100 cattle). If you think about it this could have huge ramifications throughout the industry. If a producer knows which of his cattle are going to be premium choice cattle at harvest- shouldn't he get a price premium? And if a feedlot is buying cattle at a flat price per pound - would they be willing to start paying more for cattle that would fetch a higher % of Choice meat if they knew going in what they were getting after a DNA test, rather than just breed/ranch the product is coming from?

The study found that DNA marker testing can be used to successfully sort cattle into different marbling or tenderness groups. It also found that tenderness could be improved by a moderate growth promotion strategy but the marbling or USDA quality grade did not impact it. Overall (although this testing does seem to be in early stages) end beef quality can be predicted and will likely be factored into genetic breeding, likely more so than it is today. On the flip side could this adversely affect genetic diversity of the cattle genome and is this desirable long term? Some research has indicated that we're creating cattle that can only survive within certain variables (see African importation of Holsteins) and that a changing climate requires more biodiversity rather than less.

This research is worth keeping track of as it could potentially change the producer industry on a number of different fronts as well as Feedlots. In the end analysis consumers will likely win with higher quality beef that has better marbling and tenderness.

]]> (David Brown) Ranching Wed, 14 Dec 2011 19:00:18 +0000
Horn Flies & Horn Fly Best Practice Cattle Management Horn fly (Haematobia irritans) numbers are starting to go down in many parts of the US and they will soon start entering their winter pupal stage in some Northern States as the cold weather kicks in. These 3/16th inch long pests will winter as maggots underneath manure pads or in the soil. Thus providing cattle with a break from the 20 or more daily blood meals the adults engorge themselves on, at the cattle's expense.

]]> (David Brown) Ranching Fri, 07 Oct 2011 00:00:53 +0000
SmartVet Blog Welcome to the first SmartVet blog post. We're the newest innovators in Animal health focused on creating products that are convenient, easy to use and save time as well as labor for busy ranchers. The VetCap Delivery System with AiM-C was test launched this summer with our channel partner Agrilabs and we're on schedule for a US wide launch in 2012.

]]> (David Brown) Ranching Wed, 05 Oct 2011 06:37:58 +0000