Livestock

Ohio Sheep Day focused on expanding the flock

By Kyle Sharp The U.S. sheep industry is experiencing a historic time. Lamb prices are at an all-time high, the wool market and wool pelt prices are setting historical records, and the cull ewe market is strong. That reality made for a happy gathering of roughly 130 sheep enthusiasts from across the state and beyond [...]

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The dog days of summer

By John F. Grimes, OSU Extension Beef Coordinator So just what are the “Dog Days” of summer? According to Wikipedia, the “Dog Days” are the hottest, most sultry days of summer. Based on our latitude in the northern hemisphere, these days usually fall between early July and early September. The name comes from the ancient belief [...]

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ODA Announces Five Livestock Care Sessions

Farmers, veterinarians and livestock haulers are encouraged to attend one of five informational sessions to be held in August and September by the Ohio Department of Agriculture which will provide an overview of the state’s new livestock care standards. The two-hour sessions will be held in Allen, Highland, Mercer, Muskingum, and Wayne counties. The meetings [...]

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Care Board veal standards put on hold, for now

By Kyle Sharp Standards of care for veal production approved by the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board (OLCSB) in April have been put on hold, at least temporarily, after intense questioning by members of Ohio’s Congressional Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) during a hearing on Monday, July 11. At the meeting, OLCSB and [...]

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Hog prices on the rise

Pork prices are on the rise as international exports increase and high feed costs are passed on to consumers, said a Purdue Extension agricultural economist. Retail prices this year are averaging a record $3.35 per pound, up 14% from $2.93 per pound in early 2010. Increases in exports to South Korea, Japan, Russia and China [...]

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Summer pasture management sets stage for extended grazing

By Rory Lewandowski, Extension Educator, Athens County and Buckeye Hills EERA Summer pasture management generally requires a different mindset compared to the spring season. As both air and soil temperature increase our cool season grasses will grow slower and recover from a grazing pass slower. Just how much slower that growth and recovery is depends [...]

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Ohio Sheep Day July 16

Ohio needs more sheep. That’s the conclusion of Ohio State Extension Sheep Specialist Roger High, coordinator of the annual Ohio Sheep Day slated for July 16 at Blue Heron Farm in Columbiana County. “This year at the American Sheep Industry Association convention in Reno, we developed and implemented an expansion plan for the sheep industry,” [...]

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Manure Science Review set for August 16

Ohio’s annual Manure Science Review, featuring new and better ways to manage farm manure and wastewater, takes place in the state’s west on Aug. 16. Speakers from Ohio agencies, the farming community, and Ohio State University highlight the program. Both morning presentations and afternoon field demonstrations are part of it. Organizers say the event has [...]

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HSUS teams up with industry to push for federal legislation of egg production

The United Egg Producers has joined with The Humane Society of the United States to announce an unprecedented agreement to work together toward the enactment of comprehensive new federal legislation for all 280 million hens involved in U.S. egg production. The proposed standards advocated by UEP and HSUS, if enacted, would be the first federal law [...]

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Down-under digestive microbes could help lower methane gas from livestock

The discovery that a bacterial species in the Australian Tammar wallaby gut is responsible for keeping the animal’s methane emissions relatively low suggests a potential new strategy may exist to try to reduce methane emissions from livestock, according to a new study. Globally, livestock are the largest source of methane from human-related activities, and are the third-largest [...]

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