John Maday

From the BIF conference: Research at US-MARC

Following the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) conference last week in Lincoln, Neb., two bus-loads of attendees participated in a one-day tour, visiting Circle 5 feedlot, GeneSeek and the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (MARC) near Clay Center. FULL STORY »

BIF presentations, summaries available online

The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) annual conference took place last week in Lincoln, Nebraska, with researchers and producers presenting a wealth of information on beef cattle genetics, nutrition, beef quality and more. FULL STORY »

From the BIF conference: Efficient heifers, efficient cows

High feed costs in recent years have driven growing interest in feed efficiency in cattle and the potential for genetic selection to improve efficiency. At the same time, advancements in technology have allowed more accurate measurement of individual feed intake, providing a means for comparing feed efficiency among groups of cattle. FULL STORY »

At the BIF conference: Cost-effective heifer development

Genetic improvement is great, but changes in management can significantly improve profitability with existing genetics in cow-calf herds. That was one message from University of Nebraska animal scientist Rick Funston, PhD, to the genetics-oriented crowd during the opening day of the 2014 Beef Improvement Federation conference this week in Lincoln, Nebraska. FULL STORY »

Beef, pork and dairy prices push higher

Recent rains in the Southern Plains haven’t cured the region’s drought, but could push feeder-cattle and cow prices even higher. Retail pork prices meanwhile are headed toward $4 per pound and dairy prices also are high, according to the USDA’s June Livestock Dairy and Poultry Outlook report. FULL STORY »

Tree tannins could reduce manure odor

Scientists with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service have found that tannins extracted from quebracho trees could restrict the activity of bacteria that produce hydrogen sulfide and other sulfur compounds involved in the offensive odors of manure pits or lagoons. FULL STORY »

Consumer Reports: Consumers confused by “natural” food labels

Based on survey results showing American consumers often misunderstand what “natural” means on food labels, Consumer Reports is calling for an end to the designation. FULL STORY »

Beef recalled due to specific risk materials

The USDA this week recalled 4,000 pounds of beef processed at Fruitland American Meat in Jackson, Missouri, due to possible inclusion of “specific risk materials,” which are tissues associated with BSE in cattle and possible transmission of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD) to humans. FULL STORY »

Congressmen call for action on captive deer

Citing risks to animal health and possibly human health, U.S. Representative Jim Moran (D-Virginia) and five other members of Congress sent a letter last week to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack asking for a ban on interstate movement of captive deer. FULL STORY »

USDA addresses questions on PEDv reporting rule

Last week, the USDA announced $26.2 million in funding to combat porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) and porcine deltacoronavirus (PDCoV), along with a Federal Order requiring the reporting of new detections of these viruses. To address concerns over the new rule, USDA issued a fact sheet addressing frequently asked questions. FULL STORY »

Texas proposes new trich rules

During a Commission meeting on May 13, the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) adopted several proposed amendments to the state’s animal-health regulations, including several changes regarding trichomoniasis (trich) testing, herd certification and entry requirements for cattle. FULL STORY »

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