John Maday

Intensive livestock production could reduce GHG emissions

A study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences provides more evidence that livestock-production systems that incorporate higher-quality concentrated feeds, such as grains, could provide the most efficient means toward desirable climate and food-availability outcomes. Researchers from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) conducted the study. FULL STORY »

USDA predicts record ag exports for 2014

In the February Agricultural Trade Outlook report from USDA, the department boosts its forecast for U.S. agricultural exports for fiscal 2014 to a record $142.6 billion. Anticipated demand for grain and feed exports account for most of the increase, with exports of livestock, poultry, and dairy products projected to be down $200 million to $31.6 billion. Beef and dairy, however, are the bright spots in the category with projected increases. FULL STORY »

Unique cattle antibodies offer clues to human immune systems

The unusual structure of certain antibodies found in cattle could add to understanding of the diversity of antibodies and their specific functions in the immune systems of human and cattle. FULL STORY »

Brazil faces challenges, but remains an ag powerhouse

Brazil in recent years has become a leading exporter of beef and other agricultural commodities, and the trend is likely to continue this year. According to a new report from Rabobank International’s Food & Agribusiness Research (FAR) and Advisory group, Brazil likely will have a record production year for several key crops during 2014. FULL STORY »

USDA: Beef production drops, herd growth will be slow

Although the U.S. beef-cow inventory appears to have reached a bottom, growth in cow numbers will start out slowly, and it likely will take several years for the turnaround to become evident in larger beef production. FULL STORY »

Genes could hold key to TB resistance in cattle

Researchers at University of Edinburgh's Roslin Institute have identified genes in cattle that could allow genetic selection for resistance to bovine tuberculosis (bTB). Their paper, titled “Genome-wide association study identifies novel loci associated with resistance to bovine tuberculosis,” is published in the journal Heredity. FULL STORY »

Ground-beef nation Play video

U.S. consumer demand for ground beef continues to grow, and an industry focused on producing high-quality steaks might need to adjust, according to a new study from Rabo Agrifinance. FULL STORY »

Slather on some butter

For years, Americans have turned to margarine, skim milk and low-fat yogurt in their efforts to stay slim and healthy. Gradually we learned that margarine, with its high saturated-fat content, is not a “healthier” substitute for butter, but we continued to believe dairy fats locically would lead to obesity. FULL STORY »

Planning underway for BRD symposium

The Bovine Respiratory Disease Symposium (BRDS) 2014, titled “New Approaches to Bovine Respiratory Disease Prevention, Management and Diagnosis,” will take place in Denver on July 30 and 31. The symposium will precede the 2014 Summer Academy of Veterinary Consultants (AVC) meeting, which runs from July 31 to August 2. FULL STORY »

Bovine emergency response Play video

During the recent Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville, a group of specialists conducted training for first responders dealing with emergencies involving livestock, such as trailer rollovers. Iowa State University Extension veterinarian Jan Shearer describes the training and its application to veterinarians. FULL STORY »

Tyson moving forward with FarmCheck

In 2012, Tyson Foods announced plans for their FarmCheck on-farm audit program for their livestock suppliers. Last week at the Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville, Tyson vice president for animal well-being Dean Danilson, PhD, updated producers on the program. FULL STORY »

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