By Robert Cohen Executive Director Text Only

Lung Worm


     You can learn a lot about a food product by reading the related industry magazine.

Open the inside cover of the September 25th, 2000 issue of Hoard's Dairyman (The National Dairy Farm Magazine) and you see an ad announcing:

"New Calf Diarrhea Vaccine Now Available"

The ad explains that their vaccine protects agains 4 strains of E coli, clostridium, coroma-virus, and 3 strains of rota-virus. If you still drink body fluids from diseased animals, this news may gross you out.

Do you eat their flesh? The first column ("Hoard's has Heard...") reveals that "evidence of hairy heel warts was found in 29 percent of dairy cows shipped to a Southeast slaughterhouse." Investigators found leg lesions, and 61 percent of the cows harbored infectious spirichetes.

A few pages later is a column called "Farm Flashes." We learn that an anti-inflammatory drug has benefits during dehorning. Ouch. Researchers recommend a sedative for dehorned cows followed by a local anesthetic. Since they are advising this technique, one must imagine that many dairymen don't follow this advice and cause great pain to their cows.

The same column warns farmers to understand mycotoxins which cause excessive vaginal discharge, udder enlargement, and diarrhea. WOW! These cows sure have problems, and most Americans are eating their resulting byproducts.

Dairy consumers should question milk's wholesomeness after reading the veterinarian's column. Dave Linn writes about milk quality. We visit a typical farm through a vet's eyes and learn:

"It was not uncommon for Jerry to have up to 5% of his cows in the hospital string at one time due to antibiotic treatment of mastitis cases...50% of the new cases were due to environmental Streps, 20 percent were coliforms, and the rest were Staph Aureus...most of these cases probably were clinical flareups of chronic infections."

For goodness sakes, these animals are carriers of disease, and cheese eaters should wonder what's in their next bite of brie.

Turn the page and there is a full page color ad for CYDECTIN. If you eat steak or ribs, don't read this. Here's what the advertiser says:

"Control performance-robbing parasites with CYDECTIN. You get long-acting persistence against brown stomach worms and lungworms, plus control of lice, grubs, mites and horn flies."

Lung worms? Do you have a long term cough? That tickle in your chest might be caused by a little creepy crawler. Do you also enjoy eating bar-b-cue animal parts from diseased animals? No way that can sound appetizing after reading the above.

The final page contains an ad for Bovine Rhino-trachetis Virus, Para-influenza Respiratory Syncytial Virus Vaccine. Do you suspect that Old MacDonald was keeping a few secrets from the rest of us?

Robert Cohen author of:   MILK A-Z
Executive Director
Dairy Education Board

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