Rabies is most often seen among wild animals such as raccoons, bats, skunks and foxes, but any mammal can be infected with rabies. Among domestic animals, cats are most frequently diagnosed with rabies in New York State. The first sign of rabies is usually a change in an animal’s behavior. Infected animals usually die within one week after showing signs of rabies. People usually get exposed to the rabies virus when an infected animal bites them.
Treatment after rabies exposure consists of a dose of human rabies immune globulin administered as soon as possible after exposure, plus 4 doses of rabies vaccine given over two weeks. A person who has already been vaccinated for rabies and is exposed to rabies must receive two booster vaccine doses three days apart immediately after exposure. Exposure to a rabid animal does not always result in rabies. If treatment is initiated promptly following a rabies exposure, rabies can be prevented. If a rabies exposure is not treated and a person develops clinical signs of rabies, the disease almost always results in death.
Be sure your pet dogs, cats and ferrets as well as horses and valuable livestock animals are up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations. If possible, do not let any animal escape that has possibly exposed someone to rabies.
I’ve just executed an agreement to sell my pigs and brands and other intellectual properties to Mosefund, one of my oldest and best customers. I’m almost out of the luxury pig and pork business – but I’ve still got meat to sell. If you want to buy Mangalitsa, please call me at 253-508-3604. If you want live pigs – breeding stock or feeder pigs – I suggest you call Michael from Mosefund at 201-289-0210. Part of my agreement with Mosefund includes a noncompete clause.
I spent most of yesterday and the day before calling former live pig customers, explaining that for at least one year, I wouldn’t be able to consult with them. I’ve enjoyed helping all my customers and potential customers these last few years. Besides consulting with them, in cases where I couldn’t serve consumers, or I felt a customer could serve them much better, I typically recommended the Mangalitsa products of others to the consumer, figuring it would be better for me in the long run. Due to the noncompete, that stops right now.
‘Animal Factory’ Author David Kirby on Industrial Farming
If you eat meat, the odds are high that you’ve enjoyed a meal made from an animal raised on a factory farm. In his book Animal Factory, journalist David Kirby explores the problems of factory farms, from untreated animal waste to polluted waterways. Kirby talks to TIME about large-scale industrial farming, the lack of government oversight and the terrible fate of a North Carolina river. In the 1930s and ’40s, large companies got into the farming business. The companies hire farmers to grow the animals for them.
The farmers typically don’t own the animals – the companies do. The farmer can’t even eat his or her own animals. We collectively refer to these facilities as factory farms, but that’s not an official name. Basically, it’s any farm that has 1,000 animal units or more. In a traditional farm, a sustainable farm, you grow both crops and animals.
That’s how I open Animal Factory, with him looking down at these massive pig farms. There’s no farm house on a factory farm, just business offices.
National animal heath statements are a way for producers to provide information about the animal health status of their flocks and herds. Buyers should ask for a copy and use the information provided to determine the health risks associated with the animals offered for sale. Agricultural Show societies require exhibitors to complete a declaration on the health status of animals participating in shows as part of showground biosecurity and the management of animal health. Show societies that have exhibitors whose stock are part of an Australian Johne’s Disease Market Assurance Program are required to have the showground facilities audited to ensure the biosecurity requirements of the MAP program are met. AlpacaMAP show, sale & exhibition venue audit form and certificate of compliance.
GoatMAP show, sale & exhibition venue audit form and certificate of compliance. SheepMAP show, sale & exhibition venue audit form and certificate of compliance.
Health news, resveratrol, vitamin, supplement advice from Bill Sardi
I’ve got clear lenses, no glaucoma; no other eye conditions typical for my age. My central retinal thickness is 255-256 right and left eye micrometers, about normal. It would be typical for a 70+ year old to have drusen deposits at the back of my eyes. I have habitually worn UV-blue-blocking sun lenses when outdoors during the day since age 40. I have been supplementing my diet with lutein since 1992 when lutein first became available as a dietary supplement.
I take resveratrol since 2004 when it was popularized as an anti-aging molecule. I have taken IP6 rice bran, an iron chelator, since the mid 1990s. My vision is 20/30 in both eyes and I needed a prescription for astigmatism.