John Maday

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 »

Almost all animal-health companies commit to guidance 213

Since the FDA released its Guidance for Industry #213 in December 2013, all but one affected company have committed in writing to comply with the voluntary guidance. And the committed companies market over 99 percent of the drugs affected by the guidance FDA announced this week. FULL STORY »

Monitoring behavior, performance and health Play video

GrowSafe has become known for developing systems for measuring individual feed intake and feed efficiency in cattle. FULL STORY »

Bull-sale time at CSU Play video

At Colorado State University’s Agricultural Research, Development and Extension Center, animal scientist Jason Ahola discusses the recent CSU bull sale and ongoing animal-science research at CSU. FULL STORY »

Marketing calves on genetic merit

Cattle feeders routinely see wide variation groups of cattle they feed in performance, value and profitability. Some of that variation relates to management before the cattle arrive, which has led to marketing programs designed to capture value based on verification of health and weaning practices back at the ranch. FULL STORY »

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