Livestock

Initial assessment of biotech regulatory documents pleases NCGA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration published documents addressing the pre-market regulatory oversight of biotechnology-based agricultural tools. The National Corn Growers Association is pleased that the agency has included input given by NCGA and others throughout the rule-making process while focusing on the importance of science-based regulations. Corn farmers [...]

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Promoting responsible on-farm antibiotic use

Antibiotic resistance has become a hot topic in animal agriculture, due to new regulations as well as pressure from activist groups, retailers, foodservice companies and customers. In a workshop at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2017 Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show last week, Dr. Jennifer Wishnie, a veterinary public health expert, gave an overview [...]

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Sarah Horowitz (Negev Foundation), Larry Baker, Emily Mowrer, and Thierry Moens in front of Sharon Brothers’ cattle feed lot.

Ohio’s strong livestock genetics shine through Israel trade mission

The American livestock industry is looked at worldwide for its vigor, experience, and genetic command. Such expertise is valued internationally, as demonstrated by a recent trade mission to Israel by representatives of the Ohio Livestock and Genetic Export Council. Darke County’s Larry Baker, director of the Ohio Livestock and Genetic Export Council (OLGEC), recently helped [...]

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Promoting responsible antibiotic use on the farm

Antibiotic resistance has become a hot topic in animal agriculture, due to new regulations as well as pressure from activist groups, retailers, foodservice companies and customers. In a workshop at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2017 Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show, Dr. Jennifer Wishnie, a veterinary public health expert, gave an overview of the [...]

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Should dairy alternatives be called milk?

What is milk? It may seem a simple question at first, but dairy producers across the country are finding themselves in the middle of a conversation debating the topic. In recent years, livestock dairy alternatives like so-called almond milk, soymilk, rice yogurt, and much more have appeared on grocery shelves across the country. Such names [...]

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Livestock owners: A new year and new regulations

The biggest news to hit livestock owners in recent decades started on New Year’s Day. I’m talking about VFD — no, not a venereal disease or a nutritional disorder. Rather, I’m talking about the Veterinary Feed Directive, mandated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which took effect Jan. 1, 2017. The VFD is an [...]

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2017 Ohio Forage and Grasslands Council Conference

The Ohio Forages and Grasslands Council Annual Conference will be held Feb. 3, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Ohio Department of Agriculture in Reynoldsburg. The program theme is “High quality forages.” The keynote speaker will be Kim Cassida, Forage Extension Specialist at Michigan State University, who will discuss “Managing grass-legume mixtures” based [...]

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Top sheep stories of 2016

Lamb Access to Taiwan Approved – American Lamb was given access to the Taiwan market for the first time since it was collateral damage following the first U.S. case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy in beef in 2003. In 2015, Taiwan imported nearly 17,714 metric tons of lamb and sheep meat products from Australia and New [...]

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Beef 509 returns in February

The dates have been set for the 2017 BEEF 509 program. The BEEF 509 program is held to raise the awareness level about the beef that is produced and the reasons why it sometimes misses its mark with consumers’ palates and producers’ pocketbooks. The program will take place on two consecutive Saturdays, February 25 and [...]

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2017 Great Lakes Professional Cattle Feeding and Marketing Short-course

This short course is a joint effort of Ohio State University Extension, Michigan State University, and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture to enhance the cattle industry in the Eastern Corn Belt. The first session will deal with early nutrition management, the veterinary feed directive, managing manure and beef cattle nutritional requirements.  The second session will [...]

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