Livestock

Farmers provide pork for 100,000 meals for Ohioans

Ohio pork farmers, through the Ohio Pork Council’s (OPC) Pork Power program, have partnered with generous supporters, including the Ohio Corn & Wheat, to provide the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank and Central College Presbyterian Church Food Pantry with a combined 20,300 pounds of lean ground pork. The protein-packed donation will provide roughly 100,00 meals [...]

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Argentine market now open to U.S. pork

The United States and Argentina last week finalized an export certificate that allows the U.S. pork industry to ship product to the South American country. “Argentina has tremendous potential for U.S. pork exports,” said Jim Heimerl, National Pork Producers Council President and a pork producer from Johnstown, Ohio. “This is great news for America’s pork [...]

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Dairy groups support Trump Administration examination of India, Indonesia compliance under generalized system of preferences

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) accepted a petition from the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) to examine India’s failure to follow through on its obligations to provide “equitable and reasonable access to its market” for dairy products. In addition, Indonesia, which has also been pursuing [...]

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It’s better to feed more hay than graze too soon!

Nobody is short of moisture. I look forward to just having firm footing again. When you can’t walk across the yard without splashing water up on you, it’s wet. The livestock are also getting tired of the wet conditions and continuous showers. I’ve had several calls from people looking for hay. This is a really [...]

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Sean Wintzer made some comments after his family accepted the Legacy Award.

Ohio Poultry Association highlights award winners and looks at proactive measures for avian influenza

As always the Ohio Poultry Association Annual Celebration Banquet was an event not to be missed. The 33rd annual banquet featured great food and the chance to recognize award winners. The Ohio Poultry Association’s Golden Feather Award is given to an individual who has distinguished themselves as a champion of poultry, livestock or other agriculture [...]

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Red meat exports continue to outpace 2017

February exports of U.S. pork, beef and lamb were higher than a year ago in both volume and value, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Pork exports totaled 205,466 metric tons (mt) in February, up 4% from last year’s large total, while export value increased 12% [...]

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Will Dean Foods’ Dairy announcement affect the beef cattle industry?

A few weeks ago, Dean Foods announced they were discontinuing milk contracts with 100 or so dairies which included a dozen or so operations in Tennessee. Essentially, the dairies impacted have until the end of May to find a new outlet for their milk or they will be forced to exit the industry due to [...]

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Aubree Topp Shelby County and Lydia Kaverman Clark County lead their Jersey Summer yearling..

Spring Dairy Expo highlights success, challenges and opportunities

Though dairy prices continue to be serious concern, it did not slow down participants and exhibitors at the 2018 Spring Dairy Expo at the soggy/chilly/sunny/cloudy end of March. “At the beginning of March, entries were well over 670 head entered with an additional 200-plus sale animals featuring all breeds. We were pleased to see numbers [...]

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Milk production of Ohio dairy herds

It is always important to monitor the yield of milk and the composition of milk, especially for the individual farmer, because the income of the dairy farm depends on this source of revenue. The yields of fat and protein are the primary determinants of the price received by farmers. The proportions of fat and protein [...]

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China announces 25% duty on U.S. pork

China has announced new tariffs on American agricultural exports as retaliation for U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum. “We regret the Chinese government’s decision to impose an additional 25% duty on imports of U.S. pork and pork variety meat. The United States is a reliable supplier of pork products to China, and this decision will [...]

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