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Pork 509 to focus on pork quality

On Friday, June 29th, the Ohio Pork Council and The Ohio State University Department of Animal Sciences are hosting ‘Pork 509’ – a seminar to discuss pork quality. Throughout the seminar, faculty at the OSU Department of Animal Sciences will host informational sessions regarding welfare, genetics, meat quality, processing characteristics …

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Hay moisture levels

By Chris Penrose, OSU ANR Extension Educator, Morgan County and Dan Lima, OSU ANR Extension Educator, Belmont County With the limited opportunities and short windows many have had to make hay so far this year, some hay may have been made at higher moisture levels than we would like. Moisture …

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Senate Bill sets up group to study trucking regulations

Sens. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Michael Bennet, D-Colo., recently introduced legislation to revise existing trucking regulations to make them more flexible for drivers hauling livestock. The “Modernizing Agricultural Transportation Act” would establish a working group at the Department of Transportation (DOT) to examine the federal Hours of Service (HOS) rules …

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Comparison of grazing systems

By DeVaughn Davis, Nathaniel Kinney, Kristy Payne, Dalton Shipley, OSU Animal Science Undergraduate Students, and Brady Campbell, Program Coordinator, OSU Sheep Team Another school year has passed and I am happy to say that I have completed my third year of being involved in AS 4004, Small Ruminant Production at …

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Managing parasites in small ruminants

By Matt Reese The sun is out, the grass is growing and livestock in Ohio are out on pasture contentedly grazing. There is something special about the relationship between animals and pasture on a farm but there are challenges as well, including parasites. “Worldwide, producers are losing billions of dollars …

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Low to negative margins driving hog industry

By Ben Brown, Program Manager for the Ohio State University Farm Management Program Rallies in grain markets, especially soybean meal, have increased feed costs for hog producers that did not lock in contracts when prices were low. Higher input costs along with a decline in pork prices erased many of …

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