Oklahoma Farm Report masthead graphic with wheat on the left and cattle on the right.
Howdy Neighbors!
Ron Hays, Director of Farm Programming Radio Oklahoma Network  |  7401 N. Kelley Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73111  |  (405) 841-3675  |  Fax: (405) 841-3674

advertisements
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

Agricultural News


Just How Prepared are We for the Event of a Foreign Disease Outbreak in the Heart of Cattle Country

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:49:36 CST

Just How Prepared are We for the Event of a Foreign Disease Outbreak in the Heart of Cattle Country


The most dangerous animal diseases can be found in a laboratory on Plum Island just off the coast of New York, at least for now. Currently, there is an effort to transfer these contained pathogens to a biosecurity safe laboratory at Kansas State University in Manhattan. Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays spoke with Dr. Kathy Simmons, chief veterinarian for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association recently. According to her, this upgrade of facilities will certainly help advance the research being done on infectious agents such as Foot and Mouth disease, to keep our food supply safe from contamination.


“I think it’s important to have the new facilities simply because the old facilities limited some of the work that could be done,” she said. “Having the facility in Manhattan should be able to secure the agents and allow us to have some advanced work done with some of these agents.”


The advanced research capabilities this new facility will enable scientists to conduct, will greatly improve the preparedness efforts of the industry, ever conscious of the possibility of an outbreak.


“We always strive to be better prepared,” Simmons asserted. “I think that’s going to be key - for the event of an FMD outbreak in the heart of cattle country. We need to continue to move product, so we need to be able to eradicate the disease and we need to get back to normal as quickly as possible.”


Listen to the full conversation between Hays and Dr. Simmons regarding the industry’s plan for food supply security, on today’s Beef Buzz.


The Beef Buzz is a regular feature heard on radio stations around the region on the Radio Oklahoma Network and is a regular audio feature found on this website as well. Click on the LISTEN BAR below for today's show and check out our archives for older Beef Buzz shows covering the gamut of the beef cattle industry today.







   




   

Listen to Hays and Dr. Simmons discussion regarding the industry's plan for security of the food supply
right-click to download mp3

 

WebReadyTM Powered by WireReady® NSI

 


Top Agricultural News

  • Meet Cole Eschete of the Rock Creek FFA Chapter, the Southeast District Star Farmer  Thu, 27 Apr 2017 05:38:56 CDT
  • Wednesday Market Wrap-Up with Justin Lewis  Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:03:53 CDT
  • Cattlemen Cheer Administration's Proposed Comprehensive Tax Reform Plan to Repeal of Death Tax  Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:47:44 CDT
  • Pork Producers Sound Off in Defense of NAFTA After Insinuations the White House will Withdraw US  Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:43:44 CDT
  • Corn Growers Ask President Trump Reconsider Signing Executive Order to Exit from NAFTA Treaty  Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:33:12 CDT
  • Soybean Growers Strongly Discourage President Trump from Ordering a Withdrawal from NAFTA   Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:28:19 CDT
  • Oklahoma Grain Elevator Cash Bids as of 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, 2017  Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:12:16 CDT
  • Trump Signs Executive Order Assigning Secretary Perdue to Chair Task Force to Boost Ag Economy  Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:23:49 CDT

  • More Headlines...

    Ron salutes our daily email sponsors!

    Livestock Exchange Oklahoma Ag Credit Oklahoma Farm Bureau National Livestock Credit P&K Equipment Oklahoma City Farm Show Stillwater Milling American Farmers & Ranchers KIS FUTURES, INC. Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association

    Search OklahomaFarmReport.com


       
       
    © 2008-2017 Oklahoma Farm Report
    Email Ron   |   Newsletter Signup

    WebReady powered by WireReady® NSI