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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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FMD language in Senate Agriculture Panel’s Farm Bill

The National Pork Producers Council was encouraged that the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry included in its 2018 Farm Bill language establishing a vaccine bank to deal with an outbreak of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD). FMD is an infectious viral disease that affects cloven-hooved animals, including cattle, pigs and …

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Dairy trip of a lifetime for Ohio FFA members

By Alex Zimmer, Agricultural Science Instructor Buckeye Valley High School-DACC Because of their success at the 2016 National FFA Convention, members of the Buckeye Valley-DACC dairy team were invited to compete internationally, traversing seven european countries over the course of two weeks during June of 2017. The FFA Dairy Evaluation …

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Trade war hurting U.S. pork

According to Iowa State University Economist Dermot Hayes, U.S. pork producers have lost $2.2 billion on an annualized basis due to events leading up to and following China’s 25% punitive tariffs in retaliation for U.S. tariffs on aluminum and steel. “U.S. pork has invested significantly to ramp production to capitalize on growth opportunities around the world, including …

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