John Maday

GMO labeling: Not without costs

In 2013, genetically engineered (GE) varieties accounted for 95 percent of sugar beet, 93 percent of soy, and 90 percent of all cotton and corn acreage in the United States, according to a new report from the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST). FULL STORY »

Feedyard placements drop, inventories down slightly

Inventories in U.S. feedlots with 1,000 head or more stood at 99 percent of one year ago on April 1 according to the March Cattle on Feed report from USDA. April marks the 19th consecutive month in which inventories were below year-ago levels, but large numbers of cattle placed into feedlots early this year have brought the total closer to a year ago. FULL STORY »

Study finds antibiotic-resistance genes in cattle manure

Researchers from Yale and the University of Connecticut report detecting genes relating to bacterial resistance to antibiotics in the manure of dairy cows. FULL STORY »

California Assembly member pushes for antibiotic restrictions

California lawmaker Kevin Mullin (D-22) this week assembled a group of advocates to rally in support of his California Assembly bill 1437, which would place new restrictions on the use of antibiotics in livestock in California. FULL STORY »

Elanco sees synergies in purchase of Novartis

On April 22, Eli Lilly and Company, the parent company of Elanco, announced an agreement to acquire Novartis Animal Health for approximately $5.4 billion. The transaction, which the company hopes to complete in early 2015, would make Elanco the second-largest animal-health company in global revenue. FULL STORY »

Corn-stover ethanol could increase CO2 emissions

Removing corn residues for production of cellulosic ethanol puts carbon into the air rather than back into the soil, and likely would generate more CO2 emissions than gasoline, at least initially, according to a new study from the University of Nebraska. FULL STORY »

Texas to vote on state beef checkoff

Texas could soon have its own $1 beef checkoff, depending on a vote scheduled for this summer. FULL STORY »

CDC issues mixed food-safety report

Some foodborne illnesses have declined and some have increased, according to a new report from FoodNet at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). FULL STORY »

Just in time for Easter: Rabbit pizza

Tis the season, apparently, for wacky seasonal food items. This week we saw the KFC chicken drumstick prom corsage, and a new Häagen-Dazs smartphone app that helps you consume your ice cream at just the right degree of meltage. And now, from New Zealand, rabbit pizza, promoted via a truly eye-catching billboard sure to annoy the vegans and animal-rights activists. FULL STORY »

Weather will dictate cattle trends this year

Commercial cow slaughter has run at historically low levels so far this year, partly due to short supplies but also indicating ranchers intend to stabilize or expand their herds. The situation remains volatile though, and with drought appearing to be expanding in the West and Southwest, weather conditions will help determine the direction of herd numbers, according to the April Livestock, Poultry and Dairy Outlook report from USDA. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Honoring service in cattle feeding

Over the past week, I had the pleasure of serving on a selection panel for the Arturo Armendariz Distinguished Service Award, through the Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame program. This award recognizes feedyard employees who go above and beyond the call of duty to help improve the cattle-feeding industry. FULL STORY »

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