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The precautionary principle Play video

Mark Walton, PhD, chief marketing officer for Recombinetics, describes how gene-splicing technology can advance livestock genetics, and how the precautionary principle can stifle innovation in food production. FULL STORY »

Seeking harmony on trich standards

At the Trichomoniasis Forum last week in Omaha, much of the discussion centered on standardizing testing protocols and state regulations for testing cattle shipped between or within states. Currently, 22 states have some regulations regarding testing cattle for trichomoniasis or “trich,” but the specifics of those regulations vary. That variation can complicate cattle marketing, particularly for seedstock producers who sell bulls to customers in multiple states. FULL STORY »

Trich economics

When a third or more of a rancher’s cows turn up open, which can happen when trichomoniasis infects a herd, the rancher obviously takes a significant economic loss. But due to the sporadic nature of trichomoniasis, commonly known as “trich,” quantifying losses the disease causes across a region or across the country presents a challenge. FULL STORY »

Texas trich model

Collaboration and flexibility have helped build a trichomoniasis control program that seems to work for producers, markets and veterinarians in Texas. Dee Ellis, DVM MPA and Texas state veterinarian, outlined the evolution of the program during a Trichomoniasis Forum hosted this week by the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) and the U.S. Animal Health Association (USAHA). FULL STORY »

Fish tale

Anglers all talk of the big one that got away. The AquAdvantage salmon has not exactly gotten away, but it isn’t in the pan either. This week’s National Institute of Animal Agriculture (NIAA) annual conference in Omaha focuses on the “Precautionary Principle,” and a presentation from Ronald Stotish, PhD, executive director of AquaBounty Technologies, provided a case study of how a bias toward caution can prevent implementation of food technologies that could help feed the world. FULL STORY »

Precaution or paralysis

Excessive caution and risk aversion could stifle critical innovation in agriculture, just as the world needs more efficient food production to keep up with explosive population growth. That was the theme of last week’s National Institute of Animal Agriculture annual conference in Omaha. The conference theme focused on the “Precautionary Principle,” a philosophy based on “better safe than sorry,” but with more teeth and less flexibility, as several governments around the world have adopted it as policy. FULL STORY »

Industry loses an advocate and thought leader in Dr. Scott Hurd

Veterinarian H. Scott Hurd, a prominent and respected scientist and advocate for animal agriculture, passed away last week after a battle with brain cancer. A leading authority on food safety and antibiotic use in livestock, Hurd wrote prolifically, skillfully and passionately on these issues in recent years, bringing civility and reason to the often heated dialog. FULL STORY »

Linking the feedlot, ranch and seedstock supplier Play video

Warren Weibert, owner of Decatur County Feed Yard in Oberlin, Kan., describes how ranchers have used individual performance and carcass data, supplied by the feedyard, to refine their genetic selection. FULL STORY »

Ranch Sustainability Forum scheduled in Sheridan, Wyo.

Ranchers and other stakeholders will have a chance to learn about and discuss sustainable beef production, and gain first-hand experience in cattle and range management practices, during the first annual Ranch Sustainability Forum in Sheridan, Wyo. on May 12 through 14. FULL STORY »

Can beer make grilled meats healthier?

Savvy cooks often use beer in cooking, and the right brew served on the side can compliment many a fine dish. But now, researchers report that marinating meat in beer prior to grilling could reduce the formation of substances suspected to be harmful. FULL STORY »

Red Angus Association launches new quality-based grid with Tyson

Producers who participate in the Red Angus Association of America’s (RAAA) Feeder Calf Certification Program (FCCP) now have an opportunity to market finished cattle to Tyson on a grid offering significant premiums for Quality Grade. Speaking at the Leachman Cattle of Colorado pre-sale seminar last weekend, RAAA’s director of breed growth Myron Edelman described the new program, which is called “Choice+.” FULL STORY »

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