Livestock

Pork Checkoff publishes new PRRS Initiative Research book

The National Pork Board’s new porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus research booklet is now available. The guide, PRRS Initiative Research, is the most comprehensive source of Checkoff-funded research available on the subject, spanning 20 years of results. “Each year, the effect of PRRS is felt on pig farms across the country, and it has [...]

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Key pork trade issues addressed with Vietnam

Following a meeting between President Trump and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, the two countries last week announced plans to enhance political, diplomatic, economic and trade relations. Among the topics addressed directly with Vietnam’s prime minister were two key trade access issues for U.S. pork: the use of veterinary drugs and offal exports. Regarding veterinary [...]

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Marketing considerations during the breeding season

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) is announcing an event of potential interest for both the buyers and sellers of beef breeding cattle.  On Friday evening, Nov. 24, the OCA will be hosting their fifth annual Replacement Female Sale.  The sale will be held at the Muskingum Livestock facility in Zanesville and will begin at 6:00 [...]

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USDA seeks to revise schedule GLA specification for Angus certified programs

In response to a request from beef industry stakeholders, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is revising the live animal specification used for all Angus certified programs (Schedule GLA) to provide more objective phenotypic criteria for identifying eligible cattle. The specification is also being revised to reflect ownership by the American Angus [...]

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Trade leaders contacted by beef producers in North America about benefits of NAFTA

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association joined its cattle-industry partners in Canada and Mexico in sending a joint letter to the presidents of those two nations and to President Trump, urging the three leaders to not “jeopardize the success we have all enjoyed as partners of the North American Free Trade Agreement.” The letter to President [...]

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DFA to halt marketing milk for independent producers

Dairy Farmers of America’s Dairy Marketing Service sent a letter to dairies in the Mideast this week announcing they will put a halt to marketing milk from independent producers. Their focus will instead turn solely to cooperative members. The move comes as a result of a saturated milk market and burdensome costs assessed only to [...]

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Agreement with China opens door for beef export expansion

The White House announced last week that an agreement has been reached that will restore U.S. beef access to China. The Trump administration said that following one more round of technical consultations between the United States and China, China is to allow imports of U.S. beef on conditions consistent with international food safety and animal [...]

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Ohio Cattlemen’s Association BEST Program concludes 18th year

The 2016-2017 Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) BEST (Beef Exhibitor Show Total) Program wrapped up on May 6 with its annual awards banquet held at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus. “The banquet is a time to celebrate the many achievements of our BEST participants, both in and out of the show ring,” said Stephanie Sindel, [...]

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Managing spring grass growth and selective grazing

For most beef cattle farmers who are managing their pastures in a rotational grazing system two of the biggest spring challenges are the flush of rapid growth that will occur and selective grazing. While there are no easy management answers, if we review some basic plant growth biology and grazing principles, they may suggest some [...]

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Ohio State University Livestock Judging Camp June 5-7

In early June, 4-H and FFA members from around the state will be learning from some of the top livestock experts in the state at The Ohio State University Livestock Judging Camp. The three-day camp is designed to help young livestock exhibitors enhance their skills in judging and oral communication. The cost for the camp [...]

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