John Maday

Cattle inventory report shows contraction in 2013

As expected, U.S. cattle inventories shrank again during 2013, although heifer numbers suggest a shift toward expansion. All cattle and calves in the United States as of January 1, 2014 totaled 87.7 million head, 2 percent below the 89.3 million on January 1, 2013, according to USDA’s Cattle report released on January 31. This is the lowest January 1 inventory of all cattle and calves since the 82.1 million on hand in 1951. FULL STORY »

NRDC claims FDA ignores antibiotic risks

Earlier this week, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released a report titled “Playing Chicken with Antibiotics,” claiming the FDA has allowed continued use of numerous antibiotics in animal agriculture in spite of high risk for emergence of resistant pathogens. FULL STORY »

Bovine emergency response training

During the Cattlemen’s College at next week’s Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville, producers, veterinarians and first-responders will learn what it takes to plan and execute an effective response to emergencies such as traffic accidents involving cattle. FULL STORY »

NRCS projects tight water supplies in western U.S.

In its first forecast for 2014, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) National Water and Climate Center indicates lower-than-average streamflows across much of the West this spring. FULL STORY »

Alltech survey reveals feed-industry trends

Globally, feed mills produced 963 million metric tons of livestock feed during 2013, according to results of a major survey from animal health and nutrition company Alltech. Aidan Connolly, vice president of Alltech and director of the company’s global feed survey says analysts expected feed production to top 1 billion tons this year, but several factors contributed to slower-than-expected growth. FULL STORY »

Feedlot inventories remain low, heifer placements lag

As expected, feedyard inventories remain below those of a year ago, as they have for the past year. Placements did pick up during December relative to a year ago, and likely continued to gain steam during January as fed-cattle and beef prices increased dramatically. FULL STORY »

Consumers report reductions in red-meat purchases

U.S. consumers say they ate less red meat during 2013 compared with the previous year, according to a survey from market-research company Mintel. Price appears to be a major factor, although health concerns also play a role. FULL STORY »

Groups encourage Congress to preserve COOL rules

As the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives work toward finalizing a new farm bill, several groups in favor of the current mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) rules for meat are working to prevent legislative changes to the contentious requirements. FULL STORY »

U.S. Customs intercepts exotic ticks at Philadelphia airport

USDA specialists have confirmed that ticks intercepted at the Philadelphia International Airport last month were Anatolian brown ticks (Rhipicephalus bursa), a European species known to transmit diseases in cattle and other livestock. FULL STORY »

BSE case found in Germany

German health officials this week reported finding the country’s first case of BSE since 2009. The case was discovered in a 10-year-old beef cow through routine slaughter testing. Germany requires BSE testing in cattle that go to slaughter at older than eight years of age. FULL STORY »

Scientists report progress in prion research

Researchers at the University of Alberta’s Centre for Prions and Protein Folding Diseases report finding a protective mechanism in cells related to the slow onset of symptoms, which could lead to methods for preventing the onset of neurological diseases such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) in humans and bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in cattle. FULL STORY »

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