In this issue: New Animal Industry newsletter begins; food safety display makes its debut at State Fair; potentially tainted rabbit feed prompts UDAF investigation
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New Animal Industry Newsletter Unveiled

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, Animal Industry Division recently released the first issue of a new periodic newsletter designed to keep people informed about animal health and livestock identification issues. Read more about the newsletter and access the first issue here.

Vesicular Stomatitis Outbreak Continue to Impact Utah and other Western States

Vesicular stomatitis is a reportable and zoonotic disease with the same signs and symptoms of foot and mouth disease as well as other vesicular diseases. In the past couple of years, it has infected cattle and horses throughout Utah and the surrounding states, with Colorado the most affected with hundreds of outbreaks over a long seasonal period. It can infect multiple species such as horses, cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, and certain wildlife species. Initial signs usually begin with excessive salivation and drooling as animals go off feed. The incubation period is usually 1-5 days and the disease is thought to be spread by certain insects, although the epidemiology is not well understood.

If you see these signs and symptoms in your livestock, contact your local veterinarian immediately and isolate the affected animals from other livestock if possible. Infected animals will need to be quarantined for 14-21 days, depending on the healing stages of the lesions. Depending on proximity to outbreaks, interstate shipment of livestock may be suspended until quarantines are lifted. Contact the animal health officials in the state you want to ship to for more information. Travel restriction and the judicious use of insect sprays during outbreaks may help prevent infections in your livestock.

Potentially Tainted Rabbit Feed Prompts Investigation by UDAF

Rabbit feed from a Northern Utah company is being blamed for the death of more than 500 rabbits. The company, Cache Commodities, voluntarily recalled and replaced the feed. Read the news release on our website.

2016 Pesticide Workshop schedule Announced

Classes on proper pesticide application and handling for commercial, non-commercial and private applicators are scheduled for various times and locations throughout Utah during the next two months.  After successfully completing the workshop, licensed pesticide applicators will receive continuing education units, which count toward their re-certification requirement total.

For more information, access the 2016 pesticide workshop schedule from the UDAF website.
UDAF unveiled its new food safety display at the Utah State Fair in September. The display is designed to show the safeguards in place to keep your food safe from the farm to the store. It also has safe handling tips for consumers.

State Veterinarians Play Big Role at State Fair

Dr. Chris Crnich, UDAF,inspects a sheep at the Utah State Fair.

Veterinarians from UDAF are at the Utah State Fair every day of its 10-day run in September. They are also routinely at livestock auctions and other events. Read more about the role of UDAF veterinarians at the State Fair on our website.

UDAF Chemistry Division's Move to New Building on Hold Until January 2017

The new multi-agency laboratory building in Taylorsville will be completed and ready for move-in on Dec. 5, 2016. However, pending audits of the UDAF dairy lab program will delay the Chemistry Division's move for at least a month.

The first is a triennial FDA audit to re-certify the three dairy lab analysts and also to re-certify an analyst as a Laboratory Evaluation Officer (LEO). All analysts in the dairy lab are required to be FDA certified to perform dairy testing mandated by the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance. The LEO is responsible for conducting audits of dairy plant labs in Utah to certify analysts to conduct testing of dairy products produced or processed at those plants. 

The second audit is a biennial evaluation to renew the dairy lab's ISO accreditation. ISO accreditation involves following rigorous testing and quality control standards that are internationally recognized. Accreditation allows the UDAF Dairy Lab's test results to be accepted internationally, including Federal and foreign governments. 
The ISO audit will not happen until January. "We are trying to schedule the ISO audit for early January so that we can move to the new building after that (in January). Basically, we are trying to schedule the move around the ISO audit," said Dr. Weston Judd, director, UDAF chemistry division. 
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