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January 2021 Newsletter – Spotlight on Blackleg

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Catawba Valley Cattlemen’s Association
(Talk & learn on the 2nd Tuesday of each month)
This month’s meeting is on Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., January 12, 2021

Business Meeting 6:30 p.m., Educational Program at 7 p.m. on Blackleg Problems  (in our counties)

Meeting Agenda
6:30 p.m. – Business Meeting- Discuss Fall BBQ and how to implement another one even more successful.
7 p.m. – Educational Program: Spotlight on Blackleg  Speakers: Amanda K. Whitener, DVM & Greg Whitener, DVM                                                                        8 p.m. – Meeting adjourned.


Ø  The Educational Program is planned as a conference call by phone or on the computer in the form of a Zoom meeting. Please read the inside article to see how easy it is to listen by phone or get into the meeting using the computer and/or iPhone to also see slides and people.

Ø  If you have a smartphone and want to download the Zoom app, it is possible the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Catawba County office could help you with that on weekdays, 8 a.m.–noon. If not, we could point you in the right direction to get help.

Ø  We will continue with Zoom and conference call meetings until the Governor, County, and Extension Admin changes the number of people we can have in a meeting. I can have 9 people in our meeting room to view the program on the big screen. When it gets warmer, we can meet in the pavilion with a total of 50 folks. Please follow the simple precautions if you can. Stay healthy!

                                                                      HAPPY NEW YEAR!! 


Spotlight on Blackleg

Catawba Valley Cattlemen’s Association’s treasurer, Amanda Whitener, DVM says: “Cases are on the rise in surrounding counties.” She is further quoted as saying: “In the last few weeks our practice has seen over a dozen cases of blackleg in Cleveland, Iredell, and Catawba counties. Blackleg is caused by a bacteria (Clostridium chauvoei) that is a normal inhabitant of the GI tract of cattle and also leave spores in the soil. Infections originate inside the animal with no wound present. There are usually a few healthy animals that are found dead over a 10-day period during an outbreak. If there are animals limping in a group, in which animals have died suddenly, high dose penicillin and pain management should be started immediately. Survival rates are low even when found alive and early during infection. If you suspect an outbreak contact your veterinarian to formulate a plan immediately. Administering high-dose penicillin is off-label use and will need to be prescribed by your veterinarian. It is also important to note that if you use a medication off label the meat withdrawals will most likely have to be extended. Although prognosis is poor once infected, this disease is preventable. A vaccine administered correctly at 4 months of age and boostered a month later will protect an animal for up to 1 year. Cattle should be boostered yearly.”                             Amanda K. Whitener, DVM

If you have questions about blackleg please contact Dr. Amanda by email at:

Amanda K. Whitener, DVM and Greg Whitener, DVM will be presenting a short but very informative program on Blackleg problems for our cattle and what symptoms to look for in both live or dead animals. Since no area meetings or CVCA’s January Meal & Auction will(not) occur in January, we will have a regular meeting by phone (Conference call) and computer (Zoom). The business meeting will start at 6:30 p.m., the 2nd Tuesday of the month, January 12, 2021. At 7 p.m. we will have the educational program on blackleg and how it is affecting our cattlemen in our region and what we can do to prevent it on our farms.

Dr. Amanda says: “To learn more about blackleg, what to look for in live and dead animals “tune in” to this virtual second Tuesday of the month meeting at 6:30 p.m., business and 7 p.m. blackleg special on Tuesday January 12.