More Midwest Horse Fair Clinicians Announced

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MHF-Payne The Midwest Horse Fair has confirmed that two popular clinicians will return for the upcoming event, held in Madison, WI from April 15-17, 2016. Wild west show performer John S. Payne and renowned bitting expert Dale Myler are the latest additions to the Fair’s growing list of performances by internationally-renowned icons, including John and Josh Lyons, Stacy Westfall, Guy McLean, Gayle Lampe, and Olympian Steffan Peters.

Payne, a lifelong cowboy and rancher, lost his right arm in an electrocution accident at the age of 20, while working on the Shidler, Oklahoma ranch he grew up on. Less than two months after the accident that nearly killed him, he was back in the saddle breaking a new horse, never looking back or allowing the accident to slow him down.

The notorious one-armed rodeo star has thrilled audiences throughout the U.S. and Canada with his spectacular wild west show, 12 Time Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association (PRCA) Specialty Act of the Year, “The One Arm Bandit & Company”. Payne will be joined at Midwest Horse Fair by fellow performer Bink Picard and grandson Patrick Prater, promising audience members an amazing rodeo experience.

MHF-Myler Renowned bit designer and bitting expert Dale Myler, of Myler Bits, has been a previous favorite of Midwest Horse Fair attendees. Tyler will provide a clinic and lecture on his bitting techniques that are sought out across the globe by top riders and trainers of every discipline.

Myler has conducted extensive research into bitting, focusing on increasing his understanding of the connection between bit function and horse behavior. He has conducted clinics and presentations around the world, and is regarded among horse industry professionals as a leading global expert on bits and bitting techniques.

Ag Group, Equestrian, Equine, Midwest Horse Fair, PRCA

Zoetis Continues Support for FFA and Vet Students

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Zoetis_Logo Selected FFA chapters and veterinary students across the country will receive $1.5 million in scholarships and donations this season as part of the eight annual Zoetis Industry Support Program, part of the company’s commitment towards investing in the future of the industry.

“The Zoetis Industry Support Program allows us a unique opportunity to work with our customers to help advance and give back to the future of the industry,” said Jon Lowe, vice president, U.S. Cattle and Equine, Zoetis. “Together, we are able to provide continued support to future agricultural and veterinary leaders and learning experiences they otherwise might not have access to.”

All veterinary, animal health dealer and distributor customers are able to participate in the program each spring by choosing to allocate a portion of their sales from eligible purchases of Zoetis cattle and equine products to local FFA chapters, the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) or American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) foundations that fund the veterinary scholarships.

“Our chapter helps to house horses and various small animals, which allows students to learn how to manage and care for them,” said Richard Horn, FFA Advisor for Graves County High School in Mayfield, KY, one of the FFA chapters selected this year to receive funds. “We’ve been up against decreased funding, so we’re all very appreciative of having support.”

“The scholarship enabled me to pursue advanced training courses,” said Alex Beck, one of the 2015 AABP Foundation Zoetis Veterinary Student Scholarship recipients and veterinary student at Washington State University. “I also plan to travel to several veterinary clinics over the course of my clinical year to better understand the diversity of bovine practice. These opportunities are invaluable for future veterinarians.”

For more information on how you can contribute to the Zoetis Industry Support Program, please contact your local Zoetis representative.

Ag Group, FFA, University, Veterinary, Youth, Zoetis

Alltech Looks to Future at #NAFB15

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nafb-15-253-edited Alltech had several representatives on hand during the 2015 National Association of Farm Broadcasters (NAFB) Convention to discuss their efforts to “future-proof” the company’s latest innovations by ensuring that any transitions in technology will provide producers with continued or increased success in the future.

Antibiotics are one of the major points of discussion for the livestock industry this year, and Aidan Connolly, Alltech’s Chief Innovation Officer, sat down with AgWired to discuss the impact of the global movement toward antibiotic restriction, and several innovative Alltech management strategies developed to make the transition a smooth one for producers.

I think the message we’re trying to give to producers is that this isn’t all negative,” he said. “These changes require better management, and they will require producers to think differently, but we have in fact found some of new management strategies and ideas that will allow producers to become even more profitable than producers using antibiotics, if done effectively.”

Listen to Jamie’s full interview with Aidan on antibiotics here:
Interview with Aidan Connolly, Alltech

Alltech’s recent acquisition of MasterFeeds, a Canadian feed operator, and what the acquisition means for the future of the company and its customers, was another topic of discussion.

Listen to more on the Masterfeeds acquisition:
Interview with Aidan Connolly, Alltech

nafb-15-256-edited Nikki Putnam, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with Alltech
discussed how she is helping the company work with the consuming public to learn more about the nutritional values and ideas that people consider the most when choosing food, as well as helping to ensure that the public’s growing interest in the production of their food is met with quality, accurate information.

Listen to Jamie’s full interview with Nikki on her role with Alltech:
Interview with Nikki Putnam, Alltech

Download and view photos from the event here: NAFB Convention Photo Album

Ag Group, Alltech, Audio, Feed, NAFB, Nutrition, Technology

Bayer Animal Health Launches Share For Shelters

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BayerBayer Animal Health and have launched Share For Shelters, a campaign designed to emphasize the love and appreciation pet owners have for their pets. For every posted photo of their pets, Bayer will give pet care products to select shelters and rescues across the U.S. that are a part of’s network.

Pet photos shared through December 31, 2015 will populate a digital photo collage featured at the campaign hub, This site will also highlight tips on how to keep your pet healthy and encourage visitors to consider a shelter adoption if they are interested in rescuing a dog or cat.

Pet owners can get involved in this campaign by:
– Uploading pet photos tagged with #ShareForShelters on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook;
– Uploading a pet picture from Facebook or a personal device directly to; or
– Sharing—via social media—one of Bayer’s pet health tips or pet facts from the Share For Shelters website.

Each social share will give Bayer products—up to a total retail value of $20,000—to, which, in turn, will distribute them to animal shelters and rescue organizations in need of parasite prevention products for the adoptable dogs and cats in their care.

Pet owners are encouraged to share photos of their pets and to frequently check to see their photos featured in the Share For Shelters digital collage. Additionally, Bayer will award a prize pack to the individuals submitting the five photos that receive the most likes across all social media platforms.

“At Bayer, we share America’s passion for pets, which is why we are excited to work with on our Share For Shelters campaign,” said Ian Spinks, president and general manager, Bayer Animal Health Division, North America. “A big part of pet ownership is ensuring that our dogs and cats have protection against parasites year-round, but for some shelters and rescues, the cost of providing regular pest prevention to dozens or hundreds of pets can be costly. That’s why we urge pet owners to help us help our shelters by socially sharing their pet photos today!”

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NPPC Discusses WOTUS At #NAFB15

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nafb-15-156-edited The nation’s pork producers used Trade Talk at the 2015 National Association of Farm Broadcasters (NAFB) Convention as an opportunity to discuss the impact of several major US policy and trade decisions that recently went into effect, and highlighted ways the pork industry is getting involved.

John Weber, President-Elect for the National Pork Producers Council(NPPC), sat down with AgWired, giving his thoughts on the results from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) conclusion reached last month, as well as the pork industry’s stance on the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule, which officially went into effect August 28th.

“We were very pleased with the results of the TPP,” he said, “As we started going through the details of the text, we think it’s going to be a huge boost for the US Pork Producers.”

Weber clarified that NPCC and several other livestock industry representatives have filed a lawsuit against the EPA regarding WOTUS.

“It’s a far-reaching, regulatory grab that’s going to impact all of agriculture, not just the pork producers, and we felt that any input from the various agricultural sectors across the country has been completely ignored,” he said. “We would really like to work with EPA, to sit down, start over with the process, and come up with solutions that are workable both with agriculture and trying to improve the nations water.”

Listen to Kindra’s full interview with John here:
Interview with John Weber, National Pork Producers Council

Download and view photos from the event here: NAFB Convention Photo Album

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Meat Export Review from #NAFB15

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nafb-15-152-editedThe U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) admits it has been a tough year for meat exports nationwide with 2014 being a record year for beef and pork. USMEF’s Vice President of Communications, Joe Schuele, was at this year’s NAFB Trade Talk and gave a complete market update.

“One thing is encouraging on the beef side. We have been in a period of herd rebuilding so we will see a larger calf crop for the first time in quite a long while. I think that has reassured our international buyers U.S. beef supply isn’t perpetually shrinking. Exports have helped stimulate some growth and we have been able to see a moderation in our prices over the last few months. We will have ample supplies for some of those key Asian markets.”

On the pork side, Joe said we will still be able to compete with the Asian market and the Trans-Pacific Partnership should open doors to better market access in Japan and Vietnam. Also reminding buyers that the U.S. is a reliable supplier of pork.

Listen to my complete interview with Joe to see how TPP and TTIP will be impacting meat trade in the coming years. Interview with Joe Schuele, USMEF

View and download photos from the event here: NAFB Convention Photo Album

Ag Group, Audio, Export, Meat, NAFB, USMEF

Alltech Dairy School Puts Focus on Teamwork

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wi-dairy-school 2016 will mark the 12th annual Alltech Wisconsin Dairy School, held Thursday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin. This year’s theme, “One Team, One Dream,” urges dairy industry professionals to come together and strategize in collaboration towards creating a better dairy industry.

Wisconsin Dairy School is a day dedicated to farmers, nutritionists and industry professionals, giving them opportunities to learn from experts on the latest innovations, practical concepts, marketing trends, and management tools used in today’s dairy industry.

The program will feature a wide variety of presentations by individuals from a diverse set of backgrounds and professions, each focusing on a different important aspect of teamwork. This year’s featured guest speaker is former Green Bay Packer William Henderson, who played 12 seasons for the team as a fullback. Often called “Old Reliable,” Henderson boasted a reputation for consistent play. He was also selected as Green Bay’s 2001 “Unsung Hero,” given to him in recognition of his efforts both on the field and in the community. Henderson will present on “The respect of teamwork.”

Joe Kerns, Kerns and Associates, will also present at the conference, speaking about the role Risk Management plays in every team. Sam Miller, BMO Harris, will discuss “How to build your own financial dream team.” Dr. Alexandra Weaver, from the Alltech Myoctoxin Management team , will present on “Forage Management: What expertise do you have on your team?” Jim Ostrom, Milk Source Agricultural Holding, will give a final discussion, focusing on the importance of building a strong management team.

For more information or to register for this free event, please contact the Alltech Wisconsin office at (920) 386-9651.

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Alltech, Dairy, Dairy Business, Education

Merial Preps Producers on Winter Health

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nafb-15-158-editedDr. Tony Moravec is a Technical Service Veterinarian at Merial where he has been working for almost ten years now. He took the time to speak with Jamie Johansen at the NAFB conference to talk about vaccines, winter health, and the use of antibiotics.

One of Merial’s most exciting projects has been the introduction of LongRange, an injectable, long-acting dewormer for cattle. The dewormer is available with a prescription from your veterinary and can control parasites for 150 days, learning to better weight gain, more reproductive efficiencies, and improved weaning weights.

One study used 15,000 cattle on 18 sites and in 9 states. On average the cattle on the Long Range dewormer gained an additional third pound per day.

“What we’ve gotten feed back wise has been astounding from cattle producers,” says Dr. Moravec. “Top to bottom, no matter the location, no matter what products they’ve been using, or what kind of cattle they’re running, or what kind of pasture they’re running on we’ve seen results that make us kind of blush. It’s a product that goes above and beyond what the product is labeled to do.”

Listen to the rest of his interview, including tips for getting cattle ready for winter. Interview with Dr.Tony Moravec

View and download photos from the event here: NAFB Convention Photo Album

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The ‘First Bird’ Takes Flight

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Screen Shot 2015-11-24 at 11.35.01 AMThe National Thanksgiving Turkey took off on a United Airlines flight designated “Turkey One” yesterday, flying from San Francisco International Airport to Washington, D.C. President Obama will pardon the bird tomorrow at the annual Presidential Turkey pardoning ceremony at the White House.

In partnership with the National Turkey Federation, this year’s Nicholas White turkeys have been raised for the past four months in California’s Central Valley by family-owned poultry producer Foster Farms. The birds arrived at SFO via Presidential Turkey motorcade accompanied by the official Presidential Turkey entourage, including handlers and private security detail.

Late last week, the yet-to-be-named Presidential Turkeys were selected in a final review at Foster Farms’ Presidential Turkey Ranch near Modesto, California, where 20 finalists strutted their stuff for the coveted title of National Thanksgiving Turkey. The turkeys were evaluated and selected by the Chairman of the National Turkey Federation, Dr. Jihad Douglas, and Foster Farms turkey grower and third generation turkey farmer, Joe Hedden. A fifth grade class from Eisenhut Elementary in Modesto attended to cheer-on their favorite choice. The White House will officially name the birds based on suggestions that included hundreds of submissions from California schoolchildren.

“We wanted a proud bird, fit to meet the president,” said Hedden. “We chose this year’s birds based on superior plumage, posture, personality, sociability and manners. Our team worked to socialize the birds as they grew to prepare for the big day at the White House, which included playing music to acclimate to noise and teaching them to sit calmly on a table. This year’s turkeys are country music fans.”

“The annual presentation of the National Thanksgiving Turkey is an important tradition that pays tribute to Thanksgiving and recognizes the turkey industry’s role in the national holiday,” said Ira Brill, Foster Farms director of communications and Unofficial Presidential Turkey Historian. “Foster Farms is honored to raise the National Thanksgiving Turkey for the second time in five years and highlight the significant role of California agriculture in the national landscape.”

Ag Group, Food, Poultry, Turkey