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HPAI detected in domestic goat - A first in the US


A recent detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in a juvenile goat on a Minnesota farm has set a precedent for disease transmission in the United States. This case is notable not only for its rarity but also for its indication of potential risks to domestic livestock from diseases commonly associated with birds. 

The infected goat shared its environment with a poultry flock previously diagnosed with HPAI, suggesting environmental factors play a crucial role in the transmission of this virus. Such cases highlight the complexity of disease dynamics across different species and the importance of comprehensive biosecurity measures. 

Experts from North Dakota State University and the University of Minnesota have responded to this incident by advocating for stringent biosecurity protocols. These include separating livestock from areas frequented by wild birds, closely monitoring animals for signs of illness, and avoiding shared water sources between poultry and other livestock. 

This case also brings attention to the ongoing surveillance efforts for avian influenza among wild bird populations, conducted by agencies like the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and local wildlife departments. The goal is to mitigate the risk of HPAI spreading within both wild and domestic animal populations. 

Considering this development, livestock owners are urged to consult veterinarians and follow recommended biosecurity practices to shield their animals from HPAI and other zoonotic diseases. This event serves as a reminder of the interconnectedness of ecosystem health and the need for proactive measures to ensure the wellbeing of all species involved.

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Advancement Through Science: The Purpose of the Beef Cattle Research Council

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Every time a beef animal is sold in Canada, the Canadian Beef Cattle Check-Off is collected, and a portion of it funds research and extension through the Beef Cattle Research Council.

The BCRC has a vision of a transparent, competitive and sustainable Canadian beef industry. And, we’re on a mission to support growth in beef demand, increase productivity and earn public trust. Research investments by producers are making that happen.

The BCRC works to advance the Canadian beef industry through industry-led research and extension. We create practical tools and resources that help producers make improvements in:

?? animal health and welfare,

?? forage and grassland productivity

?? feed efficiency and nutrition

?? beef quality and safety and

??environmental sustainability.

Guided by a board of producers from across Canada, the BCRC has one goal -- to make every producer-paid research dollar count. For each dollar invested through the Canadian Beef Cattle Check-Off, we leverage two to three dollars from other funding sources.

By bridging the gap between research and real-life application, we empower producers to make economical, science-based decisions to help drive innovation, sustainability and profitability in their operations.

Where industry investment and collaboration intersect with research and ranching – that’s where we find advancement through science and the real purpose of the Beef Cattle Research Council.



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