Livestock



National roundtable on lawsuit abuse targeting North Carolina farms

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall  joined a special national agriculture roundtable highlighting a recent wave of nuisance lawsuits targeting North Carolina hog farms. The event, which was held in Raleigh, North Carolina, brought together legislators and agriculture leaders to discuss the growing threat to farmers and exposed how out-of-state trial lawyers are using nuisance lawsuits to circumvent state right-to-farm laws.

The discussion centered on the economic impact of nuisance lawsuits on America’s farmers and rural communities.

“This is pitting neighbor against neighbor and community against community,” Duvall said. “The regulations need to be on the trial lawyers. We need to let our farmers and ranchers do what they do best, and that is feeding the world. They will not be a nuisance. They deserve a fair shot. They deserve to grow and succeed,” he said.

North Carolina Farm Bureau President Larry Wooten also addressed the panel. “What concerns me are the scars that could be left in rural North Carolina and in our rural communities due to these types of lawsuits,” he said.… Continue reading

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U.S. poultry gains new market access in Morocco

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the government of Morocco has agreed to allow commercial imports of U.S. poultry meat and products into Morocco for the first time.

“The Trump Administration continues to prioritize the opening of new markets for U.S. agricultural products. This new access to the Moroccan market is an important step in ensuring that American farmers and ranchers can continue to expand their exports,” said Ambassador Lighthizer. “I welcome Morocco’s agreement to allow imports of U.S. poultry meat and products and the economic opportunities that will be afforded to U.S. producers.”

The United States is the world’s second largest poultry exporter, with global sales of poultry meat and products of $4.3 billion last year. In May 2018, U.S. exports of agricultural products exceeded $12 billion (latest data available).

“Opening new markets for American poultry and other agricultural products is a top priority.… Continue reading

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Hog farm nuisance suits continue in North Carolina

Another verdict against a North Carolina hog farm came the same day outraged farmers — and a representative of the National Pork Producers Council — gathered for a discussion of the suits’ threat to the state’s pork industry.

North Carolina congressional lawmakers Sen. Thom Tillis and Rep. David Rouzer joined U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas, USDA Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service Under Secretary Bill Northey, North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler and agriculture officials from several other states for the National Agriculture Leaders Roundtable in Raleigh today to hear from hog farmers about nuisance lawsuits brought against 26 pork operations over noise and odors. Three of the cases have been decided over the past three months.

NPPC Past President Dr. Howard Hill, a pork producer from Iowa who previously worked for a pork operation in North Carolina, testified at the meeting, noting that the judge in all three cases believes people who have moved to North Carolina’s rural communities can sue farmers for millions of dollars “for doing nothing more than simply farming.… Continue reading

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2018 Ohio State Fair Junior Market Barrow Sale

 

The Buckeye Barrow Boosters also supported each exhibitor in the sale. They include: Jim Yeazel and Family, Ohio Hamp/York Crossbred Sale, Ohio State Fair Youth Gilt Sale, Ohio Pork Schopp, Ward Family Genetics, Mark Bodey and Family, Korb Farms, Kremer Yorkshires, Kimley Show Pigs, Ohio’s Country Journal/Ohio Ag Net, Moyer’s Genetic Edge, Rick Fogle, North Central Pig Sale, Isla Grande Farms, Bates Show Pigs, Mark Butterfield Family, Waits Family, Scott Evans Family, Scott Mihalik Family, Michael Carson Family, Thompson Show Feed, Bryan Vaughan Family, Andy Warner Family, Abt Family, Sponcil Family, Sharrett Family Farms, Tim Barney family, Scholl Family, Todd Price Family, Rusty Coe Family, Josh Overmeyer Family, Wendt Livestock, Nate Warner Livestock, Keplinger Farms, Bob Foster Family, Fender Club Pigs, Fearon Family, Dore Family, Stewart Family, Genter Show Stock, Jason Adams Family, and Ron Riley Family.… Continue reading

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2018 Ohio State Fair Market Beef Show results




 




Judge Brandon Callis, Oklahoma

 

Class 1 Angus

Champ: Carly Sanders, Highland

Res. Champ: Erica Snook, Noble

 

Class 2 Chianina

  1. Caroline Blay, Portage
  2. Taylor Poff, Geauga

 

Class 3 Chianina

  1. Delaney Jones, Allen
  2. Kimberly Winner, Darke

 

Champ: Delaney Jones, Allen

Res. Champ: Kimberly Winner, Darke

 

Class 4 Hereford

  1. Alexis Shaw, Tuscarawas
  2. Caroline Vonderhaar, Preble

 

Class 5 Hereford

  1. Franklin Kinney, Logan
  2. Adeline Kendle, Tuscarawas

 

Champ. Hereford: Franklin Kinney, Logan

Res. Champ Hereford: Alexis Shaw, Tuscarawas

 

Class 6 Maine-Anjou

  1. Elizabeth Heintz, Hardin
  2. Austin Sorgen, Van Wert

 

Class 7 Maine-Anjou

  1. Colby Watson, Champaign
  2. Harrison Blay, Portage

 

Champ. Main-Anjou: Elizabeth Heintz, Hardin

Res. Champ Maine-Anjou: Colby Watson, Champaign

 

Class 8 Shorthorn

Champ. Shorthorn: Kate Hornyak, Geauga

Res. Champ Shorthorn: Taylor Muhlenkamp, Mercer

 

Class 9 Shorthorn Plus

Champ: Kassidy Thompson, Miami

Res. Champ: Mallory Peter, Defiance

 

Class 10 Simmental

Champ Simmental: Carter McCauley, Guernsey

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Rabbit Sale breaks records again at Ohio State Fair

Setting a new record at the Ohio State Fair, the Grand Champion Rabbit Meat Pen, exhibited by Josh Morgan, from Ross Country, sold for $6,900 to Show-Rite and Hubbard Feeds, Inc. and their network of dealers. The Reserve Champion Rabbit Meat Pen, exhibited by Colin Tackett, of Miami County, also set a new record and sold for $4,600, bought by Turner Oil and Gas Properties and Antero Resources and the Ohio Market Rabbit Producers Association. The top 30 exhibitors from the show were awarded premiums. Third place received $1,000, fourth place received $600, fifth place received $400, places six through 15 received $250 and places 16 to 30 received $125.… Continue reading

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2018 Ohio State Fair Poultry results

 

Market Turkeys

 

 

Class 1

  1. Johnathan Woodward, Coshocton Co.
  2. Carter Henderson, Logan Co.

 

Class 2

  1. Maribeth Pozderac, Knox Co.
  2. Elizabeth Aleshire, Fayette Co.
  3. Hanna Shafer, Miami Co.

 

Class 3

  1. Myah Jones, Clinton Co.
  2. Allison Kinney, Logan Co.
  3. Mitchell Jensen, Fairfield Co.

 

Class 4

  1. Jozie Jones, Clinton Co.
  2. Mason Jackson, Logan Co.

 

 

 

Market Chickens

  1. Allison Davis, Carroll Co.
  2. Meghan O’Reilly, Geauga Co.
  3. Emma Preston, Fairfield Co.
  4. Anita Ruggles, Huron Co.
  5. Sophia Preston, Fairfield Co.

 

 

 

 

Class 1

  1. Meghan O’Reilly, Geauga Co.
  2. Emma Preston, Fairfield Co.

 

Class 2

  1. Seth Abel, Licking Co.
  2. Kori Marvin, Union Co.

 

 

Class 3

  1. Rachel O’Reilly, Geauga Co.
  2. Lauren Preston, Fairfield Co.

 

Class 4

  1. Allison Davis, Carroll Co.
  2. Sophia Preston, Fairfield

 

Class 5

  1. Jenna Goddard, Fayette Co.
  2. Anita Ruggles, Huron Co.
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Cattle industry issues will be discussed this week at Summer Business Meeting

More than 600 cattle industry leaders will be attending the Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting in Denver this week to help create direction for critical industry programs. The meeting is taking place Aug. 1-4.
The event includes meetings of cattlemen and women representing the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, American National CattleWomen and National Cattlemen’s Foundation. Among the purposes of the yearly conference is to create a framework for checkoff and policy efforts on behalf of U.S. cattle producers for the upcoming fiscal year, which for NCBA and the Cattlemen’s Beef Board begins Oct. 1.
Keynoter at the Thursday, Aug. 2, Opening General Session will be Tom Hayes, president and CEO of Tyson Foods, Inc., the country’s largest food company. Leading Tyson since 2016, Hayes has been focused on creating shared value and addressing societal needs and challenges in a way that benefits company stakeholders. He will engage with General Session attendees in a lively, informal discussion of topics of prime importance to the entire beef community.… Continue reading

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Margin Protection Program update

By Dianne Shoemaker, Field Specialist, Dairy Production Economics

The Dairy Margin Protection Program (DMPP) underwent a substantial change earlier this year resulting from language included in the 2018 Bipartisan Budget Act. Program enrollment was re-opened from April 9 through June 8, 2018. Significant changes benefiting dairy farmers included a one million pound increase in a farm’s production history eligible for new Tier 1 premium rates. This change meant that the first 5 million pounds of a farm’s annual production history was eligible for substantially reduced premiums. Tier 2 premiums applicable to any production history above 5 million pounds remained unchanged. Other changes included monthly margin calculations and payments of any indemnities, and the 2018 sign-up being retroactive to 1/1/18.

As a result of these changes and 2018’s challenging milk prices, 888 Ohio dairy farms enrolled in the updated MPP program according to the Ohio Farm Service Agency. By July 26, 876 of those farms had been approved.… Continue reading

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Dairy photo highlights and results

Photos by Lea Kimley.

Holstein

Total animals shown: 111
Exhibitors: 65

 

YRP Grand Champion (Senior Champion)
Exhibitor: Kris Ackley
Animal: Chakelburg Evasion Kaught
Sire: Belthuis SG Envision- ETS

DOB: 2.21.2014

 

YRP Reserve Grand Champion (Senior Res. Champion)
Exhibitor: Taylor Birkemeier
Animal: Marste Gold Chip Cher
Sire: Mr Chassity Gold Chip

DOB: 03.01.2014

 

YRP Intermediate Champion
Exhibitor: Garrett Havens
Animal: Brookview Sid Loverslane
Sire: Pine-Tree Sid-ET

 

YRP Reserve Intermediate Champion
Exhibitor: Brennan Topp
Animal: Toppglen Defiant Wowwee
Sire: Scientific B Defiant-ET

 

Junior Holstein Champion

Exhibitor: Tim Gunkleman

Animal: Savage-Leigh Gotta Look-E

Sire: Pine Tree Sid- ET

 

Junior Holstein Res. Champion

Exhibitor: David Miley

Animal: Milry Avalanche Genessee

Sire: Dymentholm Mr App Avala

 

Senior Showmanship (15 and over)
1. Marrisa Topp

  1. David Miley
  2. Tim Gunkelman
  3. Victoria Deam
  4. Cole Pond

 

Intermediate Showmanship (12-14)
1. Olivia Finke

  1. Emily Deam
  2. Lauren Lameroux
  3. Logan Topp
  4. Grace Gunkleman

 

Junior Showmanship (11 and under)
1.… Continue reading

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2018 Junior Market Lamb Sale

 

All exhibitors in the 2018 Market Lamb Sale got at least $975 with contributions from the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association and LEAD Council Banner Booster Program including Apex Clean Energy, Fowler Family Southdowns, Backwoods Farm, Reynolds Club Lambs, Black Thunder Breaking Donkey’s — Garrett Krasula, Emma Matthews Photography, Tom Butler Farms, Amstutz Club Lambs, Kalmbach Feeds, Umbarger Feeds, Elvin Elifritz Double E Dorsets, Johnson Show Lambs.Continue reading

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2018 Ohio State Fair Junior Market Lamb results

 

Hampshire

Champ: Grant Johnson, Wayne Co.

Res. Champ: Weston Stevens, Ross Co.

Shropshire

Champ: Chase Eisenhauer, Huron Co.

Res. Champ: Craig Schiff, Clinton Co.

Southdowns

Champion: Elizabeth Shatto, Shelby Co.

Res. Champion: Elizabeth Shatto, Shelby Co.

Suffolk

Champion: Jordan Collom, Clinton Co.

Res. Champion: Carter Lampe, Wood Co.

Dorset

Champion: McKala Grauel, Hardin Co.

Res. Champion: Alaine Brenke, Lorain Co.

Oxford

Champion: Elizabeth Shatto, Shelby Co.

Res. Champion: Hayden Harriman, Richland Co.

AOB

Champion: Jacob Roeth, Miami Co.

Res. Champion: Linsey Eddy, Union Co.

Brockle-face

Champion: Jada Shroyer, Logan Co.

Res. Champion: London Reichert, Darke

Natural Colored

Champion: Ian Johnson, Union Co.

Res. Champion: Caleb Stone, Miami Co.

Grade

Champ: Bailee Amstutz, Union County

Res. Champ: Jada Shroyer, Logan Co.… Continue reading

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2018 Ohio State Fair Junior Market Lamb photo highlights

 

Photos by Lea Kimley.

Judge Gene Winn, New Mexico sorted through more than 750 market lambs in nine breed classes and the grade crossbred lambs. Here are the results.

Grand Champion Market Lamb: Grant Johnson, Wayne Co. (Champion Hampshire)

Res. Grand Champion Market Lamb: Bailee Amstutz, Union Co. (Champion Grade

Third Overall: Jada Shroyer, Logan Co. (Res. Champion Grade)

Fourth Overall: Ian Johnson, Union Co. (Champion Natural Color)

Fifth overall: Weston Stevens, Ross Co. (Res. Champion Hampshire)

Hampshire

Champ: Grant Johnson, Wayne Co.

Res. Champ: Weston Stevens, Ross Co.

 

Shropshire

Champ: Chase Eisenhauer, Huron Co.

Res. Champ: Craig Schiff, Clinton Co.

 

Southdowns

Champion: Elizabeth Shatto, Shelby Co.

Res. Champion: Elizabeth Shatto, Shelby Co.

 

Suffolk

Champion: Jordan Collom, Clinton Co.

Res. Champion: Carter Lampe, Wood Co.

 

Dorset

Champion: McKala Grauel, Hardin Co.

Res. Champion: Alaine Brenke, Lorain Co.

 

Oxford

Champion: Elizabeth Shatto, Shelby Co.

Res. Champion: Hayden Harriman, Richland Co.… Continue reading

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Big numbers for the big horses at the Ohio State Fair

By Matt Reese

Cattle people love cattle shows and hog people love hog shows but pretty much everyone loves draft horse shows. And, fortunately for those in Ohio, the Ohio State Fair has five impressive days showcasing the largest livestock on the grounds.

The Ohio State Fair draft horse competitions are among the top in country.

“It truly is outstanding. I see it grow every year. I am so proud of it and I think it is great entertainment for all of our visitors who come to the Fair,” said Virgil Strickler, Ohio State Fair manager. “They get those horses decked out in their harnesses and the wagons they are pulling — that is just something you don’t see every day. And to see those six-horse hitches out there in the coliseum at one time for the Governor’s Cup is just phenomenal.”

In the background of those impressive horses at the Ohio State Fair is Ron Mack, who has served as the Ohio State Fair Draft Horse Superintendent since 2001.… Continue reading

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Ohio State Fair; a place to get “meals served by the Ohio farmers who grow it!”

By Stan Smith, Fairfield County PA, OSU Extension

 

The free market system will ultimately have a significant voice in how our farm animals are managed . . . the bottom line is that our clientele wants to know more about the food we are producing.

Those words were shared eight years ago by John Grimes as he discussed the 2010 agreement that initiated the creation of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board. Little has changed today in that regard, and little is expected to change anytime soon. With the majority of our consuming public two, three, or even four generations removed from the farm, whether we like it or not, public concern for how our food is produced, by whom, and the sustainability of methods we use is the reality of the world we presently live in. As we consider how best to share with consumers our story regarding the daily care and efficient production of livestock and the wholesome nutrition it provides the diet, perhaps one of the best opportunities we have begins next Wednesday with the opening of the Ohio State Fair.… Continue reading

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May beef exports shatter value record while pork exports trend lower

U.S. beef exports set a new value record in May while also increasing significantly year-over-year in volume, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). May pork exports were lower than a year ago, though January-May totals for U.S. pork remained ahead of last year’s pace.

Beef export volume was 117,871 metric tons (mt) in May, the sixth-largest on record, valued at a remarkable $722.1 million, which surpassed the previous monthly high (March 2018) by a healthy 4% and was 24% higher than a year ago. Through the first five months of 2018, beef exports were up 10% in volume to 547,157 mt while export value was $3.32 billion, 21% above last year’s record pace.

Exports accounted for 13.6% of total beef production in May, up from 13% a year ago. For muscle cuts only, the%age exported was 11.1%, up from 10% last year.… Continue reading

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Ohio State’s Greer a member of the 2018 #RealPigFarming Student Social Forces Team

By Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag Net

The Pork Checkoff has selected 12 college students to represent the #RealPigFarming Student Social Forces team. The program, now in its fourth year, partners with students who are earning a degree in agriculture and allows them to help share the stories of pig farmers all across the U.S.

“These students are interested in our industry and want to tell our story so we will bring them in for training and give them the tools that they need to do so,” said Claire Masker, communications director with the National Pork Board. “At the end of the program, they will all receive a scholarship to go toward their tuition and fees at their university.”

Social media is ingrained in the lives of young people. Masker says this is a tool to tell the story of pig farming.

“In our social networks, if you are on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram or Snapchat, a lot of people that follow you probably aren’t involved in agriculture or in pig farming,” Masker said.… Continue reading

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