TELUS Agriculture News & Updates
(December 8, 2020)
Critical insights and data-based knowledge
Feedlots and calf growers operate in a competitive environment that requires adoption and implementation of the most cost-effective cattle procurement, production, and marketing strategies to continually improve the profitability and sustainability of their businesses. Determining the value of new products, management strategies and technologies is crucial in order to improve their net profitability.
Feedlot Health’s individual animal data collection and execution tools help optimize production efficiency and overall animal health by supporting data-based decision making for feedlot and calf grower clients.
The interdisciplinary expertise of the Feedlot Health team helps feedlots and calf growers to improve profitability by optimizing cattle health, nutrition and production, and adopting new knowledge based on the results of large scale commercial research studies. Feedlot Health’s method combines the use of commercial field trial data, operation-specific economic modeling training, support, and oversight 365 days a year. Their approach helps clients make the best decisions to ensure their businesses are profitable and sustainable.
As part of TELUS Agriculture, Feedlot Health is bringing value based services through the use of its technology solutions, track record of innovation and customer service, and top talent. Working with TELUS Agriculture will provide opportunities to enhance Feedlot Health’s technology solutions and to continue to innovate at a more rapid pace that will bring additional value to clients across the globe.
About Feedlot Health
Feedlot Health was founded in 1983 by Dr. Kee Jim, with a vision to provide animal health consulting services to feedlots using a data-based decision making approach. While in veterinary school, Kee recognized the potential of using computerized individual animal records to understand the epidemiology of disease in commercial feedlots as the basis for improving disease prevention, control, and treatment. This led to the development and implementation of the first chute-side computerized data collection system in Canadian feedlots. With the addition of Dr. Calvin Booker, Feedlot Health pioneered the large-pen commercial field trial model and Feedlot Health’s proprietary economic model to provide clients with decision support tools that would improve their profitability.
Over the years, Feedlot Health has continued to develop its data collection and execution tools, grow its team of experts, broaden its areas of expertise, expand its service offering across all aspects of feedlot and calf grower animal health and production, and provide services to clients in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Brazil and Kazakhstan. Read more about it here: https://www.telus.com/en/ab/agriculture/news-and-updates/feedlot-health
Booker’s President’s Message Touches on Diversity, Wellness
At the AABP Business Meeting and Awards Luncheon, AABP President Dr. Calvin Booker gave his outgoing president’s message. One of AABP’s initiatives he wanted to highlight was this year’s new diversity and inclusionary statement on the AABP homepage (https://aabp.org).
It reads: The American Association of Bovine Practitioners is an international association of veterinarians serving society as leaders in cattle health, welfare and productivity. We welcome and support any veterinarian or veterinary student, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, sexual orientation or any other demographic, to participate in all opportunities that our organization provides. As leaders in the cattle industry, we encourage all veterinarians with an interest in cattle to join us and participate in our organization.
“We need to live up to the true meaning of this statement,” Booker said. “I encourage you as members to try to make a difference, one person at a time.” Booker also spoke about the problem of mental illness in the veterinary profession. “In my March newsletter message, I talked about physical and mental wellbeing,” he says. “It’s a difficult topic. I’m pleased AABP is trying to change that by adding this topic to presentations, webinars and podcasts.”
New AABP President Dr. Carie Telgen presents the President’s plaque to Immediate Past President Dr. Calvin Booker at the conclusion of the 2020 53rd AABP Annual Conference Business Meeting and Awards Luncheon in Louisville, Ky.
Accolades for bovine veterinarian, practitioner
Dr. Tye Perrett received a Canadian Association of Bovine Veterinarians (CABV)/Association Canadienne des Vétérinaires Bovins(ACVB) Honorary Life Membership in recognition of his service as the association’s first president for two consecutive years (2007-09). Perrett provided capable guidance at a time when even small decisions would be magnified over the span of time. The association thanked Perrett for his steadfast leadership in helping to create a truly national organization that represents all bovine practitioners from coast to coast. Perrett is managing partner at Feedlot Health Management Services, Ltd. in Okotoks, Alta.
CVMA Life Membership awarded to Dr. Eugene Janzen
CVMA Life Membership is presented to a CVMA member for long and outstanding service on CVMA Council, Executive, Boards, and Committees or for outstanding contributions to the veterinary profession. This year’s recipient received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1972 from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) and spent 3 years practicing in northeastern Alberta before returning to WCVM on an Alberta-sponsored fellowship to complete a post-graduate degree. He received a Master’s of Veterinary Science from the University of Melbourne in 1977 before accepting a position with WCVM’s Ambulatory Clinic where he focussed on beef cattle medicine. He became associated with Feedlot Health Management Services in 2003 and began working with Canada’s newest University of Calgary — Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) in 2005 before accepting its first class of students in 2008. He recently transitioned from holding the 10-year position of UCVM’s associate dean of Clinical Practice, Community Partnerships to UCVM’s professor emeritus in the Production Animal Health Department. His main interests are mitigation of painful cattle procedures, validation of the digital necropsy diagnostics, management of lameness in feedlot cattle, and investigation of disease outbreaks and nutrition problems in the western Canadian community. The CVMA would like to welcome its newest Life Member, Dr. Eugene Janzen!
There’s a crisis in our beef industry, so what do we do about it?
Hear from Feedlot Health’s Managing Director, Dr. Kee Jim, as he discusses the current situation facing the beef industry in the Spring of 2020 on the AlbertaBETTER podcast hosted by the Business Council of Alberta.
Feedlot Health Featured in Bovine Veterinarian’s Post-Mortem Series 2019-2020
“Myocarditis and Chronic Myocarditis, by John Maday
This case continues our Post-Mortem Series. The image depicts a heifer calf found dead on November 18 at 34 days on feed, with no prior treatment for undifferentiated fever. Read Article here: Nov. 2019 – Post Mortem-Myocarditis and Chronic Myocarditis Heifer
“Fibrinous Pneumonia” by John Maday
This month, we continue our new Post-Mortem Series in partnership with Feedlot Health. Take a look at the diagnosis process of a feedlot steer, found dead in pen having been on feed for 20 days. Read Article here: Oct. 2019 – Post Mortem-Fibrinous Pneumonia Steer
“Feedlot Atypical Interstitial Pneumonia (AIP)” by John Maday
This month, we are excited to introduce our new Post-Mortem Series in partnership with Feedlot Health Managements Services, Okotoks. Read Article here: Post Mortem-Sept.19
“The Power of Numbers” by John Maday
Alberta-based consulting group draws on data and teamwork to provide integrated services to producers. Read Article here: FHMS-Sept.19
Booker becomes 2019-2020 President of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners
At the end of the annual business meeting of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) in St. Louis, MO, on September 14, 2019, Dr. Calvin Booker assumed the role of 2019-2020 President of AABP. The AABP is an international association of veterinarians serving society as leaders in cattle health, welfare and productivity. The “not-for-profit” organization was founded in 1965 in the United States and has grown to a membership of approximately 6000 veterinarians, including approximately 500 Canadian members.
For more information about AABP, please visit the AABP website: https://aabp.org/
2019 Fun-Run Challenge Pumps up Scholarship Fund
Drs. Eric Behlke (left) and Holt Tripp competed in the 5-K run, motivated by a $6,000 donation to the Amstutz Scholarship from Feedlot Health founder Dr. Kee Jim.
For several years, AABP has hosted an early morning 5-K fun run during its annual conference, with entry fees helping support the Amstutz Scholarship Fund.
In the months leading up to this year’s conference, held in Mid-September in St. Louis, two veterinarians from Feedlot Health Management Services, Okotoks, Alberta decided to ramp up the competition with a personal challenge.
Last spring, Dr. Eric Behlke and Dr. Holt Tripp challenged each other for best finish and bragging rights in the race. Both competitors trained diligently through the summer, along with considerable trash talk.
As interest in the competition grew, Feedlot Health founder Dr. Kee Jim offered a $6,000 donation to the scholarship fund on behalf of the winner.
Dr. Tripp came out ahead in the race, finishing third overall, but the big winner was the Amstutz Scholarship fund and the outstanding veterinary students it helps support. The Amstutz Scholarship provides over $300,000 per year to deserving students.
Feedlot Health and The Calgary Stampede
Since 2012, Feedlot Health has participated in the “Cattle Trail” display at the Calgary Stampede. This display follows the life cycle of a beef animal from pasture to plate and highlights 7 major areas of beef production. Our contribution to the display was found in the finishing section of the display and Stampede Park visitors had the chance to meet with Feedlot Health employees, including consultants, to learn more about the progression of a feedlot animal through a feedlot. A series of short video clips were available that showed such things as processing, feeding, pen checking and loadout.