John Maday

CDC confirms Texas case of vCJD

A Texas man who recently died from variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) probably contracted the disease while travelling overseas, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Variant CJD is the fatal brain disorder linked to consumption of products from cattle with Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE). FULL STORY »

Make plans for the 75th Minnesota Nutrition Conference

The Minnesota Nutrition Conference is the upper Midwest's premier educational event and forum for livestock industry professionals and nutrition consultants to update their knowledge of beef, dairy, poultry, swine and equine nutrition. FULL STORY »

BQA certification drive brings results

For the second year, Boehringer-Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. (BIVI) partnered with the Beef Checkoff to offer beef quality assurance (BQA) certification or re-certification at no cost to producers from February 3 through April 15, 2014. FULL STORY »

Maternal nutrition critical in cattle fertility

Alltech recently completed its 30th annual symposium, titled “What if,” with a focus on the future of agriculture and livestock production. During the symposium, Alex Evans, PhD, a reproductive physiologist from University College, Dublin, Ireland, discussed the critical issue of fertility in cattle, saying poor fertility is the largest issue facing beef-cattle producers. FULL STORY »

Gluten-free equals healthy, consumers believe

Thank goodness beef and pork are gluten-free. Labeling identifying products as “gluten-free” has become one of the hottest trends in the business, and with increased exposure, consumers increasingly perceive gluten as “bad” and gluten-free as healthy. FULL STORY »

Farm prices down slightly from last month

The preliminary All Farm Products Index of Prices Received by Farmers in May, including those for cattle and livestock overall, dropped slightly from a month ago according to USDA’s May 30 Agricultural Prices report. But while cattle prices posted a small month-to-month decline, they remain well above those of a year ago. FULL STORY »

USDA boosts forecast for 2014 ag exports

In its May 29 Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade report, the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) increased its export forecast by $6.9 billion over the last report in February, projecting a record export value of $149.5 billion. FULL STORY »

Most consumers support FDA policy on GMO foods

While activist groups have incited fear over genetically modified food and feed ingredients, and pressed for government mandates for labeling such products, most consumers continue to support current FDA labeling policy, according to a new report from the International Food Information Council (IFIC). FULL STORY »

Oregon county forbids farmers from growing GMO crops

Voters in Jackson County, Oregon last week passed a ballot initiative mandating what crops farmers can or cannot grow on their land. The initiative, which passed by nearly a two-to-one margin, bans county farmers from growing any genetically engineered plants. FULL STORY »

Plan ahead or fall behind

As we’ve seen all too often, livestock-related emergencies can come in many forms. From blizzards, floods, fires or deep-freeze, to highway accidents and the specter of foreign animal disease outbreaks, cattle operations face an array of natural and man-made threats. FULL STORY »

MERS, possibly transmitted by animals, not yet an emergency

The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, (MERS-CoV) has been confirmed in 571 people worldwide and arrived in the United States for the first time this month, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). FULL STORY »

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