March 15, 2014

Pre-slaughter weights of livestock species have been increasing since at least the 1920s, and some of the largest gains have occurred in the past 25 years. Figures from the Department of Agriculture indicate that, since the 1980s, mean cattle weight has increased by about 20 percent, mean turkey weight by 50 percent, mean hog weight by 8 percent, mean sheep and lamb weights by 21 percent, mean broiler weight by 38 percent, and mean weight for other chickens by 27 percent.


The AVMA has announced that Drs. José V. Arce and Rena Carlson-Lammers will be the next representatives for districts IV and XI, respectively, on the AVMA Executive Board. The sole candidates for their seats, they will begin their six-year terms in July.


Once again, the federal government has taken action to prohibit the use of tax dollars to inspect U.S. horse slaughter facilities, reinstating a ban on domestic horse slaughter for the 2014 fiscal year. The last domestic horse slaughterhouses closed in 2007, a year after Congress initially withheld inspection funding. After federal money was restored in 2011, plants in New Mexico, Missouri, and Iowa began trying to start horse slaughter. Now, their progress has been stopped.


The North American Veterinary Community hosted its annual conference Jan. 18-22 in Orlando, Fla. There, the NAVC debuted its professional development website called VetFolio, which offers continuing education and more. The NAVC Conference provided more than 1,200 hours of CE, including a new learning opportunity, Ignite!, which consisted of a full day of 15-minute talks and breakout sessions.


Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn., has named Dr. Glen F. Hoffsis as dean of its College of Veterinary Medicine and associate vice president of health sciences starting July 1. He replaces Dr. Randall K. Evans, who was the founding dean; he will now serve as an associate dean.