CEO Schumann Leaves American Angus Association
According to a letter sent out today addressed to American Angus Association members by the association’s board of directors it was announced CEO Bryce Schumann is no longer with the organization.
FDA Issues New Rule to Curb Antibiotic Use in Animals
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said farmers and ranchers will need veterinarian approval to prescribe antibiotics for animals that could later enter the food supply, the latest step by the White House to fight bacteria that are growing resistant to these powerful medicines also given to humans.
Antibiotic-free method to protect animals from common infections
Antibiotics have been a tremendous boon to animal husbandry as they prevent losses of livestock from once common infections that could bankrupt farmers and even cripple national economies. S
The case for long-term weaning
By Laura Mushrush
“It’s more efficient to put pounds on a calf than milk in a cow.” This is a common and proven case for early weaning. Once a calf’s rumen is fully developed, which is at about 60 days of age, it can be weaned, says University of Missouri Extension beef nutrition specialist Justin Sexten.
White House holds summit on combatting antibiotic-resistant superbugs
Many federal cafeterias will start serving meat and poultry from animals raised with fewer antibiotics in an effort to halt increases in antibiotic-resistant bacteria, President Obama said Tuesday.
Why the NYT article on MARC is wrong & what it might mean for animal ag research
Alison Van Eenennaam
By now, virtually everybody who is involved in agriculture has seen the projections of world population growth by 2050. The prospect that we’ll add roughly an additional 3 billion people, from 7 billion now to 9 billion in just 35 years, is cause for concern.
Washington ecology official: Don’t sweat over EPA water rule
A state ecology official says the new federal clean water rule won’t affect how the agency polices agricultural practices. “Essentially, we won’t see a change in the state of Washington,” state Department of Ecology water quality manager Heather Bartlett said Wednesday in an interview with the Capital Press.
Don’t Let Reproduction Suffer
With summer approaching it’s time to keep an eye on the Temperature-Humidity Index (THI). When the minimum THI is greater than 65, or the average is 68 for 17 hours/day it negatively affects cows giving more than 77 pounds of milk a day. Research is also suggesting that reproduction can be impacted at THI levels as low as 55.
House to consider COOL repeal next week — Canada seeking $3 billion in COOL retaliation
Helena Bottemiller Evich
Right on cue, the House will take up legislation next week that would repeal country-of-origin labeling requirements for beef, pork and poultry, according to leadership sources.
Is it OK To Drink Milk & Eat Beef If You Care About Animals? The Verdict.
Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.
Notice how cows prefer grain over grass (I had no idea, and was surprised to discover that!). Also, notice the word she used: “balanced” diet. It’s not like one diet is better than the other. It’s that cows need balance. Just like us