Leprino Foods establishes animal care standards

Leprino Foods announced a mandate that its dairy suppliers and farmers comply with a set of animal care standards.  Leprino, one of the largest cheese and dairy food ingredient companies in the world is launching the Leprino Quality Animal Care Program (LQAC).  The initiative works in combination with existing dairy industry standards including the National… Read more »

Cattle handling expert to lead workshop

Renowned cattle handling expert Lynn Locatelli will put on a workshop for Indiana beef producers and veterinarians.  Locatelli will present the Cattlexpressions Low-Stress Cattle Handling workshop as part of the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association’s annual meeting. The workshop is February 7th at the Marriott Indianapolis East and focuses on how human interactions with livestock can… Read more »

Governor calls together Beef Summit

Missouri’s Governor is holding a Missouri Beef Summit January 5th of next year. Governor Jay Nixon says Missouri is ideally positioned to become a new hub in the beef supply chain. Missouri is second – behind Texas – in Cow Calf Production.  Nixon says there’s growth potential in this state because 95% of Missouri raised cattle… Read more »

Nebraska adds another ‘Livestock Friendly’ county

Another Nebraska County is “Livestock Friendly”. Saunders County is the latest to receive that designation through the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. With the addition of Saunders County, there are now 29 counties designated as Livestock Friendly through the state program. To apply for a livestock friendly county designation, the county board must hold a public… Read more »

Missouri governor calls for Beef Summit

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has announced a beef industry summit in early January to “develop strategies to maximize the potential of Missouri’s cattle industry and spur economic development in rural areas.” Nixon says he wants participants to identify ways cow-calf operators can grow their herds. While Missouri ranks second in cow-calf inventory in the nation,… Read more »

USDA confirms bird flu in wild birds

The USDA has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza in wild birds in the extreme northwestern county of Washington state. Whatcom County is just across the border from Canada’s Frazer Valley where five farms were quarantined last week after H5N2 was confirmed in chickens and turkeys. Wild birds are suspected in those infections…. Read more »

Meat exporters hope for progress in labor dispute

Increasing congestion at West Coast ports, where longshoremen have been working without a contract for nearly six months, is a growing concern for the U.S. meat industry. While about one-third of U.S. beef and pork exports travel to Mexico and Canada by ground transportation, the remainder relies almost entirely on ocean freight. And, according to… Read more »

A little less meat this year

Total U.S. red meat production is expected to be 47.4 billion pounds this year, nearly 2 billion pounds less than in 2013. The latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates from USDA say beef production will be 1.4 billion pounds less than last year at 24.3 billion pounds.  Pork production should be around 22.8 billion… Read more »

Producers encouraged by low number of PEDv cases

As the cold, winter temperatures move in, pork producers around Indiana have been encouraged at the lack of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus cases being reported.  Indiana state veterinarian Dr. Bret Marsh tells Brownfield it has been relatively quiet.  “We’re kind of watching cautiously,” he says.  “Since the federal mandate for reporting came in June of… Read more »

NCBA applauds ag-related provisions in spending bill

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is applauding agriculture-related provisions included in the omnibus spending bill in Congress. Colin Woodall, vice president of government affairs for NCBA, says the provision they’re most proud of requires EPA and the Corps of Engineers to rescind the interpretative rule that was part of the Waters of the U.S. proposal…. Read more »