Livestock

Ohio fertilizer training program kicks off

Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences is ramping up its efforts to improve Ohio’s water quality through a new fertilizer applicator certification training program that’s designed to help growers increase crop yields using less fertilizer more efficiently, thus reducing the potential for phosphorus runoff into the state’s watersheds. Introduced in September as [...]

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WTO announces decision on COOL

After a lengthy process, the World Trade Organization officially announced that the United States’ implementation of mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) for imported meat is noncompliant with WTO rules. WTO that found that COOL in its amended form discriminates against the Canadian and Mexican livestock industries. The U.S. amended the COOL regulations after a similar [...]

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2014 Ohio Hereford Futurity results

A large crowd of Hereford enthusiasts gathered Sunday September 8, 2014, at the Wayne Co. Fairgrounds  in Wooster, Ohio. The Buckeye Hereford Association hosted the annual event that showcases Ohio bred seedstock. Judge Bruce Everhart of Waldron, Indiana sorted out the entries and noted the depth and quality of the cattle. Judge Everhart complimented the [...]

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Winter ventilation can make a big difference for calves

Many calf barns rely on natural ventilation to provide clean, fresh air to calf pens. But, as the weather cools down and winter approaches, there can be a tendency to close the doors, windows and curtains on the calf barn in an effort to reduce drafts. Preventing cold air from blowing on calves can help [...]

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Beef alliance looks at Trans-Pacific Partnership

The Five Nations Beef Alliance concluded a successful meeting and tour in south Texas, capped by the unanimous endorsement of a public statement calling for all Trans-Pacific Partnership nations to support “gold standard outcomes” for beef that do not sacrifice important reforms for political expediency. Five Nations Beef Alliance is comprised of the Cattle Council [...]

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Cattlemen’s associations respond to potential beef checkoff changes

This week, 45 state cattlemens’ associations representing more than 170,000 cattle breeders, producers and feeders sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, urging him not to issue an Order for a supplemental beef checkoff under the 1996 General Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act. “This announcement by the Secretary was just not something that we [...]

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Manure regulation in Ohio

Although long considered a natural fertilizer that can benefit our soils, manure has a history of increased regulation in recent years based on potential impacts to water quality. The following explains how state and federal law regulates the production, storage and application of animal manure in Ohio.   Livestock Environmental Permitting Program The Ohio Department [...]

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EDF launches initiative to reduce fertilizer use for commodity grain crops

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has launched a new, collaborative initiative to eliminate fertilizer pollution as a major environmental concern in the United States. The effort will engage farmers and businesses throughout the supply chain to transform the way fertilizer-dependent grain crops are grown and sourced. “If we’re going to meet food demands for a growing [...]

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Wet October weather ahead

We are now in transition season.  We expect the rest of October to become more active with rain chances every two to four days.  We will be in a battle zone between high pressure near the East Coast and low pressure near the central U.S. leaving Ohio and the Ohio Valley in the transition zone [...]

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