Livestock

Ohio Beef Expo gearing up to celebrate 30th anniversary

The Ohio Beef Expo, the premier event of Ohio’s beef industry, will take place March 17-19 at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio. This annual event, coordinated by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA), includes a kickoff social, breed sales, shows and displays, an educational seminar, three-day trade show and a highly competitive junior show. [...]

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State of pork industry, production lessons at Pork Congress

The 2017 Ohio Pork Congress brought producers from all aspects of the swine industry to Columbus February 14. Ohio Pork Council’s Ryan McClure and Rich Deaton each noted the supply demand atmosphere of the pork council in the past, and what it has for the future including increased packing plants down the road. OSU Extension’s [...]

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Consolidated Grain and Barge Co. announces paperless signing for customers

Consolidated Grain and Barge Co. (“CGB”), a leader in the grain and transportation industries since 1970, is pleased to announce that it will begin offering paperless signing service for its customers. This service, brought to you by CGB and E-Sign Live, will go live in March and will be available free of charge! “We continually [...]

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2017 Ohio Pork Congress highlights

The 2017 Ohio Professional Pork Producers Symposium was held on Feb. 15 at the Columbus Crowne Plaza North as a part of the 2017 Ohio Pork Congress. To kick off the morning with a general session, producers and industry representatives heard from a variety of speakers on trade, exports, risk management, safe animal handling, and [...]

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Winter application of manure

Given the warmer than normal winter and large amounts of rainfall received in areas, some livestock producers will be looking to apply manure in February when farm fields are frozen enough to support application equipment. Permitted farms are not allowed to apply manure in the winter unless it is an extreme emergency, and then movement [...]

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Pork Checkoff offers free webinar on FDA antibiotic rules

The Pork Checkoff will present a free webinar, “How to Succeed with the New Antibiotic Regulations,” on February 21 at 1:00 PM CST for producers, and allied-industry participants. The 60-minute presentations will feature expert veterinarians, Dave Pyburn, Vice President of Science and Technology at the National Pork Board; Liz Wagstrom, Chief Veterinarian at the Nation [...]

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Strong finish for 2016 meat exports

U.S. pork and beef exports wrapped up an excellent 2016 performance with very strong December results, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Pork export volume reached a record 2.31 million metric tons (mt) in 2016, up 8% year-over-year and 2% above the previous high in 2012. [...]

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U.S. livestock, genetic export groups learn from Rickenbacker trade work

U.S. Livestock Genetic Export, Inc. is in Columbus this week for their annual meeting, bringing together livestock groups from across the country with a hand in international trade. They kicked off their stay in the Buckeye State with a first hand look at the work that goes on with regard to livestock export at Rickenbacker [...]

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Rice bran in weanling pig diets does not reduce growth performance

Research at the University of Illinois has demonstrated that adding rice bran to weanling pig diets does not have a detrimental effect on growth performance. Rice bran is a co-product of the rice milling process, which is often added to swine diets; it is relatively inexpensive, and it may improve gut health in weanling pigs. [...]

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Sheep inventory dips

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service Sheep Inventory Report, the sheep and lamb inventory in the United States on Jan. 1 totaled 5.20 million head, down 2% from 2016 when it totaled 5.32 million. “Following two consecutive years of increasing sheep numbers, the national flock decreased in 2016,” said Peter Orwick, American Sheep Industry [...]

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