Industry News

Ohio State Farm Policy Expert Offers Farm Bill Update

By: Tracy Turner COLUMBUS, Ohio – As the debate about the future of the 2013 Farm Bill continues, an Ohio State University farm policy expert has issued a summary that provides a detailed overview of the debate and examines the farm bill situation from a political, process and content perspective. The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives passed a version of the farm bill last week (7/11) that does not…

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Protect Cattle From Heat Stress

Being proactive is the best way to deal with heat stress in cattle. "Once cattle are in a severe state of heat stress, you may be too late to help them," cautions Carl Dahlen, a North Dakota State University Extension Service beef cattle specialist. "Having a solid management plan in place to address heat stress could pay big dividends in the form of maintained animal performance…

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Zoetis and The Roslin Institute collaborate to control Salmonella

FLORHAM PARK, N.J., July 10, 2013 — Zoetis Inc., formerly the animal health business unit of Pfizer Inc., and The Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom, today announced a collaboration for research of Salmonella in cattle. The Roslin Institute has received funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) to support collaborative research with Zoetis that will bring valuable industry knowledge and input into its academic research program.…

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AMI Joined By Seven Other Associations Organizations In Challenging USDA Country-of-Origin Labeling Rule in U.S. District Court

The American Meat Institute (AMI) and seven other meat and livestock organizations filed suit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia to block implementation of a mandatory country-of-origin labeling (“COOL”) rule finalized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in May 2013. In their complaint, the meat and livestock organizations explained that the final rule violates the United States Constitution by compelling speech in the…

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Did you know… Cost of poor calf health climbs

By: Larry Corah Health has always been of critical importance in the cattle business, but the cost of poor health has been accentuated as prices have moved up. Even though more dollars are at risk, health is by no means improving, as noted in a recent issue of the Professional Cattle Consultant (PCC) newsletter: Feedlot death loss was higher the first four months of 2013 than 2012,…

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