It’s a profitable time for pork producers

For pork producers that weren’t hit with the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus, 2014 has been one of the most profitable years on record.  But what about farms that were hit with PEDv? Paragon Economics president Steve Meyer says, “Even those that have been hit with PEDv – the corn cost are going to go down… Read more »

EPA abandons RFS rulemaking for 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency says it will not finalize the 2014 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) for the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) this year. Instead, the agency says it will set the final 2014 volume standard next year, and try to get back on schedule in proposing the 2015 and 2016 blending volumes. Brian Jennings, executive… Read more »

Relieving livestock pain involves first assessing it

With a growing demand for improved animal welfare, the search is on for livestock pain relief.  There are no FDA approved drugs to relieve pain in livestock.  Hans Coetzee at Iowa State University is in search of one, but at the same time, is searching for a means to determine whether a compound is effective…. Read more »

Senators urge animal antibiotics action

Four U.S. Senators are urging the head of the Food and Drug Administration to propose a rule increasing data collection of medically important antibiotics used in agriculture. Senators Tom Harkin (of Iowa), Dianne Feinstein, Kirsten Gillibrand and Elizabeth Warren have sent a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg. The Democrats say antibiotic resistance in foodborne… Read more »

Crop producers urged to ‘minimize losses’

The financial situation facing crop producers for 2015 is considerably different from that of recent years. Ag economist Tina Barrett, director of Nebraska Farm Business Inc., says the emphasis has gone from “maximizing profits” to “minimizing losses”. “We need to take a step back and look at those choices that we’ve made over the last… Read more »

Livestock mortality composting workshop

Dealing with animal mortality is just something livestock producers have to deal with at some point. In Ohio there are four state-approved methods for disposing of dead livestock, incineration, burial, rendering and the most cost-effective method, composting. To help livestock producers learn more about livestock mortality composting and become certified, Ohio State University Extension will… Read more »

Preparing for PEDv again this winter

It was around this time last year when pork producers started seeing a spike in cases of the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus.  Director of swine health information for the National Pork Board Dr. Lisa Becton says as we head into winter – it is a concern again.  “We don’t know what this weather is going… Read more »

More consumers want “humanely raised”

While the American Humane Association is probably best known for the “No animals were harmed” disclaimer at the end of movies and TV shows, the Association also has the American Humane Certified program for animal agriculture. In a recent survey of consumers, more than 5,900 respondents expressed their increasing support for humanely-raised livestock. The 2014… Read more »

The need for antibiotic stewardship

The National Institute for Animal Agriculture held its annual antibiotics symposium “Antibiotic Use and Resistance; Moving Forward Through Shared Stewardship.” Dr. Lonnie King, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University keynoted the conference, he says the main goal was to prepare agriculture for the FDA’s new guidance.  That is a… Read more »

Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium

The program at the Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium will focus on management and breeding practices. Roger High, Executive Director of the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association says one of the breakout sessions during the Symposium will be for beginning shepherds. “In one of those sessions in the morning we have “Developing a Basic Flock Health Program,” “Sheep… Read more »