U.S. appeals WTO COOL ruling

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The U.S. Trade Representative’s Office says it will appeal a WTO ruling on Country of Origin Labeling. The U.S. implemented COOL for a number of products including beef, pork and lamb in March of 2009. Canada and Mexico filed a complaint saying the rules discriminated against livestock producers in their countries.  A WTO dispute panel… Read more »

Vesicular Stomatitis found in two Nebraska cattle herds

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture reports the livestock disease Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) has been diagnosed in cattle on two farms in Wheeler County in north-central Nebraska. Nebraska agriculture director Greg Ibach says they are working to determine the source of the disease. And because the disease can be transmitted by nose to nose contact, Ibach… 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 »

What if your pet is exposed to Ebola?

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has issued guidance for health officials who handle pets of people exposed to the Ebola virus. AVMA convened a working group to develop the guidance in response to cases in Spain and Dallas where a pet was exposed to an owner with the virus. The following documents have been… Read more »

Kovich joins NPPC staff

The National Pork Producers Council has named Dr. Daniel Kovich as assistant director of science and technology, focusing on food and feed safety and animal handling issues. Kovich comes to NPPC from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, where he managed state animal welfare and control programs, including animal control officer training and… Read more »

Group housing for dairy calves

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One of the important aspects of a successful dairy farm is raising good replacements and that starts with calves.  While individual calf hutches have proven to be a good way to raise healthy calves, they are also very labor intensive and in the dead of winter, very tough work.  Among the alternatives are individual pens… Read more »

Vet & land-grant schools create antibiotic task force

  The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) are creating a Task Force on Antibiotic Resistance in Production Agriculture. The task force is comprised of representatives from the colleges, universities and veterinary colleges as well as production agriculture and the pharmaceutical industry.  It will advise… Read more »

Comment period extended on Argentine beef

The USDA is extending the comment period for its proposed rule allowing imports of fresh beef from a region of northern Argentina. Many cattle groups and members of Congress oppose the proposal because there’s been Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in that region of the South American country and they believe it’s too much of… Read more »

American Honey Princess in Wisconsin

American Honey Princess Susannah Austin is spending this week in Wisconsin.  The Florida college student is visiting schools and will attend the Wisconsin Honey Producers Association annual meeting later in the week. She says the industry is making progress on Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), mites and viruses which have been taking their toll on bee… Read more »