Livestock

Sheep Award nominations due June 1, 2014

In 2010, the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association (OSIA) Board of Trustees initiated an award nomination program to recognize outstanding accomplishments made by sheep farmers as well as people who are associated with the Ohio sheep industry. Nominations for these awards can only be submitted by OSIA members and must be received by June 1, 2014. [...]

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Feral pigs and PEDv

Do feral swine play a part in spreading Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv)? That’s what scientists across Michigan and the country are rushing to figure out. According to MLive.com, scientists are developing a new blood test to detect PEDv to determine if feral hogs are helping spread the disease. David Marks, a wildlife disease biologist [...]

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USDA announces funding to train the next generation of farmers

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of more than $19 million in grants to help train, educate and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of agricultural producers through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP). “USDA is committed to the next generation of America’s farmers and ranchers because they represent the future [...]

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USDA announces disaster assistance

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that farmers and ranchers can sign up for disaster assistance programs on April 15. The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) and the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) will provide payments to eligible producers for livestock deaths and grazing losses that have occurred since the expiration of the livestock disaster [...]

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Public notice by the Ohio Pork Council and the National Pork Board

The election of pork producers and delegate candidates for the 2014 National Pork Producers Delegate Body will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at the American Dairy Association Mideast offices, 5950 Sharon Woods Blvd., Columbus, OH 43229. All Ohio pork producers are invited to attend. Any producer, at least 18 years of [...]

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Brad Mattix and Tom Wood

Handling manure the right way

Brad Mattix really wanted around 36,000 tons of poultry manure from Trillium Farms to sell and to spread over more than 4,000 acres of farmland in Marion and Crawford counties. “The microbial activity benefits the soil and the yield potential is much better. Once we added this to the soil for five or six years, [...]

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Fourth Annual Ohio State Fair Commercial Pen of 5 Market Lamb Show

Class Purpose: Increase producer’s knowledge of carcass merit of the lambs they are producing Provide carcass data to producers to aid in sire evaluations Promote the high quality product being produced by the Ohio lamb industry Expand the number of lambs available for the Ohio State Fair Lamb Sale to support the needs of the [...]

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piglets

PEDv losses not as large as expected

The headline for the last USDA Hogs and Pigs report could have been: “PEDv Losses Not as Large as Expected.” A week later, spring and summer lean futures are down nearly $10 per hundredweight, or about 8%. For the pork industry, the USDA’s March Hogs and Pigs report was the most anticipated in decades. The [...]

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Ohio Pork Council scholarship applications due

There are numerous scholarship opportunities available to college students interested in the pork industry. The Ohio Pork Council will be offering up to $9,000 in scholarships, ranging from $500 to $1000 per individual. Applicants entering their freshman, sophomore, junior or senior year in college are encouraged to apply. Applicants, or their parents, must be actively involved in the pork [...]

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2014 Ohio Dairy Judging Contest results

The setting is Spring Dairy expo on March 29, 2014 in a very crowded Voinovich arena. Both 4-H and FFA members from all parts of the state have come to compete in the Ohio Dairy Judging Contest. Someone’s goal is about to become reality, while other will return home with an eye towards 2015. While [...]

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