John Maday

Adopting (appropriate) technology

The early bird gets the worm, we often hear. And in agriculture, the early adopter often gets the returns. These days, the rapid emergence of new technology for agricultural production can intimidate producers and professionals alike. Many of these technologies though, also offer genuine improvements to production and the farmer or rancher’s bottom line. FULL STORY »

Beta Agonists Part 1: Working to resolve the issue

The Cattle Industry Summer Conference usually is a fairly quiet, policy- and business-focused event, but now and then something happens to shake things up. That was the case last August in Denver, when the feed additive Zilmax quickly became the hot topic of discussion. FULL STORY »

Farm prices, including livestock, up in April

Prices received for most farm products moved higher in April, and they advanced at a rate exceeding that for prices paid by farmers, according to the USDA’s Farm Prices report released April 30. FULL STORY »

APHIS issues final rule on CWD certification

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has, as of April 29, adopted a final rule on the Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Herd Certification Program and interstate movement of farmed or captive deer, elk, and moose. FULL STORY »

GMO labeling: Not without costs

In 2013, genetically engineered (GE) varieties accounted for 95 percent of sugar beet, 93 percent of soy, and 90 percent of all cotton and corn acreage in the United States, according to a new report from the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST). FULL STORY »

Feedyard placements drop, inventories down slightly

Inventories in U.S. feedlots with 1,000 head or more stood at 99 percent of one year ago on April 1 according to the March Cattle on Feed report from USDA. April marks the 19th consecutive month in which inventories were below year-ago levels, but large numbers of cattle placed into feedlots early this year have brought the total closer to a year ago. FULL STORY »

Study finds antibiotic-resistance genes in cattle manure

Researchers from Yale and the University of Connecticut report detecting genes relating to bacterial resistance to antibiotics in the manure of dairy cows. FULL STORY »

California Assembly member pushes for antibiotic restrictions

California lawmaker Kevin Mullin (D-22) this week assembled a group of advocates to rally in support of his California Assembly bill 1437, which would place new restrictions on the use of antibiotics in livestock in California. FULL STORY »

Elanco sees synergies in purchase of Novartis

On April 22, Eli Lilly and Company, the parent company of Elanco, announced an agreement to acquire Novartis Animal Health for approximately $5.4 billion. The transaction, which the company hopes to complete in early 2015, would make Elanco the second-largest animal-health company in global revenue. FULL STORY »

Corn-stover ethanol could increase CO2 emissions

Removing corn residues for production of cellulosic ethanol puts carbon into the air rather than back into the soil, and likely would generate more CO2 emissions than gasoline, at least initially, according to a new study from the University of Nebraska. FULL STORY »

Texas to vote on state beef checkoff

Texas could soon have its own $1 beef checkoff, depending on a vote scheduled for this summer. FULL STORY »

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