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Love of cattle shared around the world

  A conversation with… Hayden Morrow, a 21-year-old Australian vet student at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga Australia on a trip to the United States through the American Shorthorn Association   OCJ: Could you tell me about your farm background and what you are doing now? Hayden: My Dad is an agronomist full time [...]

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Public Notice of election by the Ohio Pork Council and National Pork Board

The election of pork producers and delegate candidates for the 2016 National Pork Producers (Pork Act) Delegate Body will take place at 2:00p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, in conjunction with an Ohio Pork Council Board of Directors meeting, at the American Dairy Association Mideast offices, 5950 Sharon Woods Blvd., Columbus, OH 43229. All Ohio pork producers are [...]

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Breeding soundness exam key to expanding herd

Testing bulls for reproductive health is even more important now for beef cattle producers because feeder calves are expected to generate record prices this fall, a Purdue University veterinary scientist said. “Beef producers need to do everything that they can to produce a calf from every cow,” said W. Mark Hilton, clinical professor of beef production medicine. “If [...]

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Electronic sow feeding delivers improved nutrition

A computerized feeding system known as Electronic Sow Feeding, or ESF, has been employed at Cooper Farms to improve nutrition for sows and enhance their overall care. Although this feed delivery technology is not a new concept, recent enhancements have expanded its capabilities, resulting in increased adoption in Ohio and other key pork-producing states. Cooper [...]

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Don’t be “cowed” by false claims about beef

Husband and wife environmentalists Denis Hayes and Gail Boyer Hayes take to bashing beef and dairy in their new book “Cowed.” Published this year, it attacks animal agriculture on multiple fronts — health and nutrition, food safety and cattle production. The book also makes one of the most outlandish predictions that you’ve ever heard. According [...]

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Economic impact of avian influenza

Since December 2014, the USDA has confirmed several cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5 in the Pacific, Central, and Mississippi flyways (or migratory bird paths). The disease has been found in wild birds, as well as in a few backyard and commercial poultry flocks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers [...]

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Push to repeal COOL following WTO ruling

The National Pork Producers Council is urging swift passage of H.R. 2393, legislation to repeal country of origin labeling requirements for beef, pork and poultry, following yesterday’s World Trade Organization (WTO) decision that the requirements violate international trade rules. This week the WTO rejected an appeal by the United States of the international trade body’s [...]

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WTO rules against COOL

The Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization (WTO) issued its decision ruling against Country of Origin Labeling (COOL). “The World Trade Organization dispute panel has ruled that U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) regulations for meats are not in compliance with previous WTO decisions. That means we need further effort to craft an acceptable [...]

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Roger High works with sheep on his farm and in his career.

Raising sheep and teaching the flock

As the OSU State Sheep Extension Program specialist, the Executive Director the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association and Ohio Sheep and Wool Program, Livestock Director for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, OSU Animal Sciences small ruminant and pseudo-ruminant Instructor, sheep shearer, and livestock judge, Roger High has built his career around sheep. His job has taken him to sheep [...]

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First H5N8 avian influenza found in Indiana

On May 11, the Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH) has been notified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory that poultry from a backyard (hobby) flock in Whitley County tested positive for highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza. Avian influenza does not present a food safety risk; poultry and eggs are [...]

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