Pathogen-based Treatment for Cows with Mastitis?

Poultry Meat Antibiotic Resistance Is Taking a Dive!

Speech Patterns for Interview Success


Pathogen-based Treatment for Cows with Mastitis?
I recently came across an article on Bovine Veterinarian that can be a game-changer for dairy producers. Mastitis is a costly condition to treat, but is sadly common. It is the inflammation of the mammalian breast, which is caused by the blockage of milk ducts during the lactation period. This causes dairy cows much discomfort and may lead to fever or flu symptoms.

Mastitis can be caused by an infection where bacteria enters the body through the teat canal. In fact, it is quite common in dairy cows. It may also be caused by mechanical, chemical, or even thermal factors. Seasoned dairy producers say that this may lead to permanent damage and in severe cases, may even be fatal. Contaminated milk is thrown away due to contamination with medication. If permanent damage occurs, that can impact the farm's finances. Also, extra labor is required to tend to the sick cows.

The article links a webinar that was sponsored by Boehringer-Ingelheim Vetmedica (BIVI). It talks about the latest research that influences strategies to treat mastitis. It features BIVI vet Linda Tikofsky and Daryl Nydam, a veterinary epidemiologist at Cornell University who is also a dairy consultant.

According to Tikofsky, there is a difference between inflammation and infection. The infection stage is mostly short, depending on the pathogen. It may last for just a few days. She says that a high somatic-cell count is one sign of inflammation and can persist for several days or even longer. Treatment protocols should be based on the pathogen.

Nydam believes that a three-day treatment with Polymast (hetacillin potassium) can provide results that are equal to a five-day treatment with ceftiofur hydrochloride. He says that Cornell research shows that ed therapy, which uses cultures to identify mastitis pathogens, can allow producers to save about $30,000 for every 1,000 cows yearly. This will also address the concerns of consumers who worry about antibiotics used in dairy.

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Rick Pascual, CPC, Recruiter

Rick Pascual recruits in dairy nutrition for feed companies and their suppliers across the USA.  Rick joined Continental Search in January 2015 and has successfully filled a number of searches for nutritionists, sales, and sales management for leading companies.

After completing coursework and a grueling exam Rick became a Certified Personnel Consultant in November 2015, as well as a Certified Professional Recruiter by AIRS in April 2016. Visit his LinkedIn profile for more info and to stay updated with news about recent dairy trends.

You can also send Rick your resume at him at (302) 544-9288.

Poultry Meat Antibiotic Resistance Is Taking a Dive!

The USFDA has released the 2014 National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) Integrated Report. There is measurable improvements with regard to antimicrobial resistance, according to an article in The Poultry Site.

This report talks about antimicrobial resistance patterns in bacteria taken from retail meats, humans, and animals at slaughter. The NARMS report focuses on major varieties of foodborne bacteria that shows resistance to antibiotics, which are considered important for human medication. It also includes multi-drug resistant organisms that are able to resist three or more classes of antibiotics.

According to the 2014 study, overall resistance remains low for most types of human infections. There are also measurable improvements for resistance areas in some vital areas.

The poultry industry will be happy to learn that the study shows that the prevalence of Salmonella is at its lowest since meat testing began in 2002. Chicken meat is 9.1% lower, while retail ground turkey's Salmonella prevalence has decreased by 5.5 %.

Campylobacter is another organism of concern in the poultry industry. The study shows that its prevalence in chicken meat samples has taken a dive by 33%. Once again, this is lower than it has ever been since testing began.

Things are looking up for the poultry industry, which has had to deal with so much speculation over the years. You can read the full report here.

If you are looking for a new roost or perhaps a position with a higher perch, visit our website and go through the latest poultry job openings. You can also follow #ContinentalSearch on LinkedIn and Facebook and visit the website to stay updated about relevant industry news. If you have any questions or would like to ask me to help you steer your career in the right direction, send me an email. Share the good news with your consumers by sharing this post on social media.
Trish Valenzuela specializes in recruiting for poultry feed additive companies. She has filled positions in technical support, sales, and sales management across the USA.

Trish joined Continental Search in July 2015 and through hard study, she passed two certification programs. She is now a Certified Personnel Consultant and a Professional Recruiting Consultant. 

Connect with Trish to stay updated with current poultry trends. Trish can be reached at (302) 248-8242, through LinkedIn, or at  

Speech Patterns for Interview Success
A well-written resume helps build you up and leaves a great first impression. But that does nothing to ensure your success. It only gets you in the door. Land that job by acing the first and second interview with these helpful tips.

Did you know that how you talk tells a lot about you? We came a across an article in Talent Blog that we found quite accurate based on our collective experience working with candidates. Speech patterns can actually give headhunters and hiring managers a more honest look at the candidate.

At times, a candidate's speech patterns can tell us if we are talking to a winner or to an average to low performer. Here are a few helpful tips to make you sound as assertive and as confident as your resume reads.

Choice of Pronouns
A high performer might sound a tad bit self-absorbed. He or she will use words like I, me or we about 60% more than a low performer. Low performers are more likely to use second (400%), third (90%), and neuter (70%) pronouns.

A sharp hiring manager will use this to gauge assertiveness. A high performer would say, "I reached out to the customer to address his concerns." A low performer is more likely to say "You have to contact customers and ask them for feedback." Hiring managers want to know what you did. They do not need to know your company's protocol.

Passive or Active Voice?
A high performer is more likely to use an active voice while a low performer is 40 to 50% more likely to use a passive voice. So instead of saying "I write the letters," a low performer would say "The letters are written by me."

The active voice allows you to deliver more concise answers that sound confident. This method of constructing sentences will make you less likely to come across as awkward, as well.

Watch Your Tense
You might think that one's choice of tenses has nothing to do with success. We can now tell you that there is a link between the use of tenses and your chance of getting that job.

According to the Talent Blog article, high performers use past tense 40% more than low performers. Low performers are more likely to use present (120%) and future (70%) tense to answer a question.

Pretend that you're a hiring manager and you asked someone about his or her greatest work accomplishment by far. A high performer will take a few seconds and tell you what he or she did in the past that made him or her stand out.

A low performer will be unable to do that because nothing seems to stand out. He or she will mention something he or she is currently working on or hopes to work on in the future in order to impress you.

Speech patterns reveal more than any resume. In fact, how you answer questions can greatly affect the outcome of your first interview because it gives recruiters a look at what lies beneath a plastered-on smile and false bravado.


Maria Codilla is a Talent Scout for Continental Search. She handles direct-to-farm dairy placements. She is also Content Manager for the Animal Science Monitor. With her background in medical science and nutrition, she will make a great addition to the team. To find out more about the job openings she recruits for, you can reach her at or at 302-257-2008.


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