Doc Sanders talks about the issues involved with the ethical treatment of farm animals and its’ impact on animal agriculture.
Antibiotics In Cow-Calf Operations: Which, When, & Why?
There are a lot of different opinions regarding which antibiotics are best for treating common infections – for example, pneumonia and footrot. How can a cow-calf producer make the best decision about which product to use and when?
Indiana Agriculture Comes To Grips With Animal Care
Hoosier AG Today
A year ago, Indiana agriculture was fighting hard in the Indiana General Assembly against animal rights legislation backed by the Humane Society of the United States. This year, Hoosier Agriculture got its own version of animal care legislation passed with hardly a dissenting voice.
HSUS Backed Bill Introduced in House
A bill introduced in the U.S. House has received the endorsement of the Humane Society of the United States. Introduced by Representatives Diane Watson and Elton Gallegly of California, the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act sets rules around confinement of animals used to produce food purchased by the federal government.
Producers Must Promote Industry Accurately
Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS
Previously we began a series discussing the challenges beef producers are facing in the marketplace to demand and revenues for their product. Hopefully the first part of this series helped dispel some of the misinformation that has circulated for years concerning the detrimental effects that beef consumption has on our health.
Cattlemen get good news at conference
Beef producers may be headed toward an exceptional year, provided a number of market forces beyond their control work in their favor. Gregg Doud, chief economist for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association had an upbeat report to give to the 122 people attending the 41st annual Beef Cattlemen’s Conference in Monett.
Ag Economist Outlines Market Trends
With recent downsizing in the U.S. cattle industry linked to a lack of profitability, agricultural economist Glynn Tonsor encouraged beef producers to heed recent data indicating why demand has softened and how it might be improved.
Campylobacter Bacteria in Cattle Manure May Survive Composting
Contrary to popular belief, some disease causing bacteria may actually survive the composting process. Researchers from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada report in the February 2010 issue of the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology that campylobacter bacteria in cattle manure can survive composting and persist for long periods in the final product.
Meatpackers say inspection cuts are shortsighted
Indiana’s plan to lay off some meat inspectors to save money and reduce the time inspectors spend with small, independent processors has the industry and farmers fearing it could hurt what has been a growing industry.
Lawmakers OK expanding privacy on feedlot manure
The Idaho cattle industry is raising a stink in hopes of restricting public access to the state’s oversight of feedlot manure operations.
The Senate Agricultural Affairs Committee voted 6-2 Tuesday to bar public access to the reports done once or twice a year by the Department of Agriculture on beef cattle feedlots across the state. The Idaho Cattle Association had lobbied to make the routine feedlot inspection reports confidential.
Genetic Issues: Fawn Calf Syndrome
As we continue our work to characterize and head off emerging problems, we are also carefully monitoring a non-lethal condition referred to as fawn calf syndrome (FCS). Calves suspected to have FCS have been reported in Angus calves in Australia for many years and researchers there have identified the condition as an inherited trait allegedly tracing to U.S. sires.
Continue bovine TB prevention as status improves
Ryon Walker, University of Minnesota
Results from a recent USDA review have returned with overall positive indications for Minnesota’s bovine tuberculosis (TB) program. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health, with help from its partners, is working aggressively to again upgrade Minnesota’s bovine TB status levels.
Cap and Trade Appears Dead; Regulation Is Not
Cap and trade legislation appears to be a dead duck in this year’s Congress, but those tempted to celebrate too early need to be aware of the potential consequences of EPA regulation of greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act, American Farm Bureau specialist Rick Krause said Monday.
Merck, Sanofi Will Combine Intervet, Merial Animal Health Units Into Joint Venture
Merck & Co. and Sanofi-Aventis SA said they will combine animal health businesses into a 50-50 joint venture, a marriage that will account for more than a quarter of the $19 billion global market for vaccines and other products for livestock and pets.
The joint venture, between Merck’s Intervet animal health unit and its Sanofi counterpart, Merial, is still subject to approval from antitrust regulators in the U.S. and Europe, the companies said in a statement announcing the transaction today.
2010 International Symposium On Beef Cattle Welfare
Amid consumers’ growing interest in how their food is produced, Kansas State University’s Beef Cattle Institute will host the 2010 International Symposium on Beef Cattle Welfare May 19-21 on the K-State campus in Manhattan.