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Corn smut on ear corn The Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) has received several questions from southwest Iowa producers about corn mold this harvest season. Based on producer descriptions of black mold or black dust that becomes airborne when the plants are disturbed, common corn smut is the most likely culprit in many of these cases.
fatal idiopathic/renal failure Iowa State's Veterinary Diagnostic Lab have been seeing cases of fatal idiopathic/renal failure from several feedlots throughout the state. All known cases originate with calves weighing more than 750 pounds. Clinical signs are similar in affected animals, and necropsy findings show enlarged and pale kidneys. No specifically identified cause as of yet, and feedlot operators with calves going off feed that don't respond to therapy are asked to contact their vet for necropsy and diagnostic sample testing. 
flood resources See our newly updated list of sources and resources for those whose operations and farms may be affected by flooding or other high water situations.
feedlot cattle See our updated page of resources, information, sources and answers for all species for the Veterinary Feed Directive.
A VFD webinar presented by IBC beef program specialist Chris Clark and hosted by Iowa Farm Bureau on Sept. 20 is archived on the IFBF website.
Goat nutrition software A new nutrition software program will help Iowa goat producers with accurate information on nutrition needs and diet formulations for their animals. "Goat Nutrition" is for all goats of all ages, and the one-time price includes personalized assistance and future updates.
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