GAO faults USDA at onset of PEDv outbreak

A new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) faults the USDA for not doing enough at the onset of the PEDv outbreak. The GAO says USDA failed to take regulatory action when the outbreak was first detected, choosing instead to support swine-industry led efforts against the virus. The report claims USDA worked with limited… Read more »

H7N8 is the first in a commercial operation since the 1920’s

The Indiana Board of Animal Health (BOAH) says the new strain of avian influenza identified last week in Southwest Indiana is very unique to the commercial poultry industry. Indiana state veterinarian Dr. Bret Marsh says, “Highly pathogenic H7N8 hasn’t been diagnosed in a commercial poultry operation since the 1920’s – so it is an unusual… Read more »

Poultry producers facing significant financial losses

The Indiana Board of Animal Health says Indiana poultry producers recently hit with avian influenza have a lot of challenges moving forward.  One of the toughest, Denise Derrer says, will be the financial losses. “The farmers who have infected sites are eligible to receive indemnity money for the value of the birds that were lost,”… Read more »

Iowa poultry producers’ ‘hearts go out’ to Indiana peers

A leader in Iowa’s poultry industry says U.S. egg and turkey farmers are resilient and will “get through” an outbreak of avian influenza in Indiana. “We think that they’ve caught it early and are working their best to stamp it out,” Randy Olson, executive director of the Iowa Poultry Association, told Radio Iowa’s O. Kay Henderson. … Read more »

Trich confirmed in four SD herds

Trich has been diagnosed in some South Dakota cattle herds, “We have four confirmed herds that have been diagnosed with bovine trichomoniasis,” says assistant state vet Mendel Miller who tells Brownfield Ag News the cases began last November with two herds in Ogalalla Lakota County, a case in December in the Corson/Ziebach county area and most recently… Read more »

No new cases of avian influenza in southwest Indiana

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An official with Indiana’s Board of Animal Health (BOAH) says no additional turkey farms in southwest Indiana have tested positive for avian influenza.  Denise Derrer says the agency is working to keep the virus contained.  “Half of the farms have been depopulated,” she says.  “The other half are in process.  We’ve had some weather hold-ups… Read more »

South Africa lifts ban on U.S. pork

The Obama Administration announced this week South Africa has partially lifted its ban on U.S. pork. National Pork Producers Council president Dr. Ron Prestage applauded President Obama and trade officials for, in his words, “bringing home the bacon for U.S. producers.” In a press release, Prestage says South Africa banned U.S. pork using non-science based… Read more »

TB found in northern Michigan

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development confirmed a medium Alpena beef herd positive for bovine tuberculosis (TB) during routine testing. This is the 63nd confirmed herd since 1998 in Michigan. Beef and dairy cattle producers are invited to an information meeting in Alpena county January 21st to learn how this will impact their… Read more »

Quiet on the PEDv front

A livestock market analyst says although he anticipated more problems with PEDv compared to a year ago, there haven’t been many issues so far. Steve Meyer with Express Markets tells Brownfield the fear of another outbreak stems from less sow farms with immunity to the virus. “We kind of expected the worst…I would say it… Read more »

Low soybean populations better fight white mold

An extension educator says 2015 soybean trials found lower planting populations were more successful in combating white mold. Mike Staton with Michigan State University Extension tells Brownfield on-farm research trials compared planting populations of 80,000 to 160,000 plants per acre with white mold outbreaks. He says the lowest two populations produced the highest incomes and… Read more »