John Maday

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 »

Harmonizing trich standards Play video

During last week’s Trichomoniasis Forum, Jeff Baxter, senior product manager for ThermoFisher Scientific discusses the need to develop more uniform standards for sampling and diagnostics, and also to harmonize state regulations regarding trichomoniasis testing. FULL STORY »

From our April 2014 issue: Watch for invasive weeds after drought

Every pound of gain you put on a calf before weaning is currently worth well over $2.00. And of course the less you spend on feed to produce that pound, the more of that cash goes to your bottom line. FULL STORY »

On-farm option for medical waste

Proper storage, removal and disposal of potentially hazardous medical waste present financial and regulatory challenges for veterinarians and producers, especially in remote areas. FULL STORY »

Successes and challenges in genetic technologies

Last week’s National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) annual conference in Omaha focused on the “Precautionary Principle,” examining how a bias toward extreme caution can hamper development of tools to improve agriculture and food production. FULL STORY »

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 »

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