JBS to buy Cargill’s pork operations

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JBS USA Pork has entered into an agreement to buy Cargill’s U.S. pork business for $1.45 billion.  Included in the acquisition is Cargill’s processing plants in Ottumwa, Iowa and Beardstown, Illinois.  Those plants processed 9.3 million hogs in 2014.  JBS also gets Cargill’s five feed mills in Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa and Texas and four hog… Read more »

Missouri PSC denies Grain Belt Express

The Missouri Farm Bureau says it is pleased the state Public Service Commission has denied a request for a transmission line to be built across northern Missouri. Clean Line Energy Partners, based in Houston, had sought the permit for transmitting wind energy from farms between Dodge City, Kansas and Sullivan, Indiana.  More than 500 Missouri… Read more »

Brushing up on cattle basics

The Michigan Cattlemen’s Association met for their Anual Summer Round Up meeting over the weekend for educational sessions and farm tours. George Quackenbush, Executive Vice President says members come for comradery and to brush up on their management skills. “We’ve titled the educational program ‘Back to the Basics’ and we’re really looking at some of… Read more »

DNR will conduct EIS for proposed large Wisconsin hog farm

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says it will use an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process for the proposed Badgerwood swine operation in Bayfield County. Reicks View Farm of Lawler, Iowa wants to build a large sow-raising farm about seven miles from Ashland.  The $17.7 million facility would be the largest hog operation in… Read more »

Nebraska joins Clean Water Act lawsuit

Nebraska is one of 13 states that have filed a lawsuit in district court in North Dakota over the new rule defining “Waters of the U.S.” under the Clean Water Act. Justin Lavene, who is the agriculture, environment and natural resources bureau chief in the Nebraska attorney general’s office, says the rule greatly expands federal… Read more »

NCBA’s CEO resigns

The CEO of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), Forrest Roberts, has announced his resignation. Roberts has been the CEO of NCBA since 2009. According to an NCBA news release, Roberts is leaving the organization to pursue other opportunities in the cattle industry and agribusiness. He will remain until the end of July to help… Read more »

Increasing biosecurity measures

Avian influenza is one of the biggest concerns for poultry producers around the country. Darrell Glaser, owner of Bar G Ranch and Turkey Farm in Rogers, Texas says the potential for the disease to spread even more will increase this fall.  “When the migratory water fowl start flying again the chance is going to be… Read more »

Egg producer plans major expansion

One of the nation’s largest egg producers is planning a $44 million expansion of its organic and cage free facilities.  Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch in Mid-Michigan is the nation’s 12th largest egg producer, supplying Meijer, Kroger, and all McDonald’s east of the Mississippi with 1.5 billion eggs annually. The investment will add new egg-laying and pullet… Read more »

Yeast-derived carbohydrates to fight pathogens

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As livestock producers face the loss of some popular antibiotics in the coming months, alternatives are becoming available.  Dr. Danica Baines with the Lethbridge Research Centre in southern Alberta, Canada, has had some significant success in using yeast-derived carbohydrates in fighting pathogens in cattle.  She talks about the research:

CWD-positive deer found in Western Wisconsin

A farm-raised deer in Eau Claire County has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD).  The seven-year-old doe died and was tested on June 8th. It was one of about 167 deer on the 12-acre farm.  The herd has been quarantined and the disposition of the remaining deer will depend upon the outcome of an… Read more »