Outcome-Based Grazing = Flexible Management on Public Land

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According to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Public Lands Council (PLC), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) launched a demonstration program allowing stakeholders in the grazing community an opportunity to achieve rangeland health goals on public land while allowing greater flexibility in livestock management decisions. The program focuses on responsive outcome-based grazing on public lands.

Six to twelve “Outcome-Based Grazing Authorizations” will be identified by the BLM in the first twelve months, and the selected permittees will participate in the demonstration program. Participants will actively implement a responsive grazing management plan to achieve habitat and vegetation goals on public land. The program will examine the effectiveness of a more flexible approach to livestock grazing on public land.

“Previously, ranchers have been held to a process and prescription method that tells them how to manage their land,” said Dave Eliason, Utah rancher and president of the PLC. “It’s irrational to think government officials can make a more informed decision than those who live and work on the land. When responsive management decisions fall into the hands of those who best understand it, the land, animals, and ecosystem thrive.”

“The livestock industry is thankful for the leadership of Secretary Zinke in establishing a demonstration program that allows flexibility in the ability to manage conditions on the ground,” said Craig Uden, president of the NCBA. “This decision ensures our public lands are managed in an efficient and sustainable way.”

Permittees, Lessees, rangeland ecologists, and other stakeholders are eligible for the program. Interested participants should contact their local BLM office. Project proposals will be accepted through Oct. 13.


USDA Trade Mission Heading to Brazil

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A USDA Foreign Agriculture Service trade mission to São Paulo and Recife, Brazil, is underway this week with leaders from 24 U.S. agribusinesses and trade organizations looking to expand their agricultural exports and further develop their business relationships in Brazil.

“Brazil holds significant untapped market potential for U.S. exporters,” said Mark Slupek, deputy administrator of the Office of Trade Programs for USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service. “The country’s growing population and rising per-capita income, coupled with the fact that Brazilian consumers have a high regard for U.S. products and brands, make this a market well worth exploring for American exporters.”

Last year, Brazil purchased nearly $1.4 billion in agricultural and related products from the United States. Top U.S. exports to Brazil in 2016 included ethanol, wheat, prepared foods and dairy products.

The delegation traveling to Brazil represents a range of U.S. products, from prepared foods and specialty food ingredients to bulk commodities and ethanol. Companies and organizations represented on the trip include Alltech, United Dairymen, U.S. Rice Federation, U.S. Grains Council, and all three ethanol industry groups.

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Animal Ag Bites 9/25

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  • The 47th Annual American Gelbvieh Association National Convention will be held December 7-9, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Wichita in Wichita, Kansas. Early registration ends October 31.
  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released a safety communication concerning the use of Micotil 300 in cattle and sheep.
  • If you haven’t registered for the 2017 Angus Convention November 4-6 in Forth Worth, Texas, now is the time.  Registration is $125 through September 30.
  • The Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board has approved a plan to invest $38 million into programs that promote beef, research, consumer communication, industry information, foreign markets, and producer communication in 2018.
  • Mary Doerschuck of Okawville, Illinois has joined Brookside Agra as Product Restoration & Compliance Manager.
  • The Regional Marketing Ambassadors for the 2018 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show have been selected. They are: Heidi Crnkovic, Arizona; Callie Taylor, West Virginia; Markie Hageman, Alabama; Katie Zoromski, Wisconsin; Carrie Meeks, Indiana; Katie Schlock, Oregon; Blaire Strohn, California; and Jaclyn Wilson, Nebraska.
  • The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) has created it’s sixth video highlighting environmental stewardship in the poultry and egg industry.  This newest edition features USPOULTRY’s Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award winners, Bullard Farms in Stedman, North Carolina.
  • Smithfield Foods, Inc. has joined the Global Harvest Initiative to help advance sustainable solutions to feed a growing world.
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ASI Accepting Nominations for Annual Awards

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The American Sheep Industry (ASI) has created a new award centered around innovation.

President Mike Corn said, “We have brilliant and dedicated people and organizations in the sheep business that do impressive things with sheep production or lamb and wool processing and marketing. We wanted to test the interest in a new award that would recognize innovations in the sheep business. ASI awards have traditionally recognized service and media coverage associated with the organization, so this Industry Innovation Award is an exciting addition.”

Nominations for the accolade – as well as ASI’s traditional awards – are now open. The deadline for nominations is Nov. 13.

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Senate Ag Committee Hears from USDA Nominees

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Nine months into the Trump Administration and the Senate Agriculture Committee just held a hearing this week on the first two nominees to help out Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue at the USDA.

The committee heard from Stephen Censky, long time CEO of the American Soybean Association nominated to be Deputy Secretary of Agriculture; and Indiana Director of Agriculture Ted McKinney, nominated for the new position of Under Secretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs.

Both farm boys with a long history of service in the agriculture industry, the two nominees are not controversial and are expected to be approved whenever the Senate gets around to it.

Here are opening statements from the two nominees at the hearing on Tuesday: Censky and McKinney opening statements

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DSM Introduces Hy•D® for Swine in U.S. Market

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DSM has introduced Hy•D® to the U.S. marketing optimizing the genetic potential within in sow herds, and improving the overall nutrition status and profitability.

Hy•D is a proprietary metabolite of vitamin D, 25-OH-D3 that supplements vitamin D3. Adding 25-OH-D3 directly into the diet is highly beneficial to animal health and productivity. Hy•D is consistently and efficiently absorbed by the animal, eliminating the need for conversion in the liver, so optimal vitamin D levels are reached more quickly.

When combined with existing vitamin D sources in the diet, Hy•D helps overcome absorption issues frequently experienced by swine and results in higher 25-OH-D3 levels in the bloodstream. The 25-OH-D3 is critical for the utilization of calcium and phosphorus for stronger skeletal structures, improved immune system function, and optimized animal performance from birth to finishing. Field and experimental trials from around the world confirm these results. In addition, producers outside of the U.S. have been successfully using Hy•D for swine.

Research has also shown optimal vitamin D nutrition in modern swine production is essential for ideal sow health, reproductive longevity and skeletal maintenance, improved neonatal nutrition, and the development of unborn pigs.

“Feeding Hy•D provides swine with a fast track to a strong skeleton and better performance,” said Dr. Jeremiah Nemechek, Technical Support Manager, Swine, for DSM Nutritional Products. “When they are fed Hy•D, swine are more likely to produce more selected gilts and to experience fewer farrowing difficulties. For swine producers, this has a direct impact on production and profits.”

Learn more here.

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Animal Bites 9/18

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  • Merck Animal Health and the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) recently presented Dr. Dee Griffin with the Mentor of the Year Award as a result of his significant contributions to the bovine medicine industry and his commitment to mentoring the next generations of bovine veterinarians.
  • Vermeer introducing the world’s first self-propelled round baler. Unveiled at Husker Harvest Days, the prototype ZR5 self-propelled baler promises to make quick work of any field while offering unprecedented ride quality and maneuverability.
  • The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) released the second video in its media campaign to promote comprehensive tax reform. The video features Jay Wolf, a third-generation Nebraska rancher, who discusses the time, energy, and financial cost he’s forced to spend on estate planning due to the death tax.
  • Imagine using precision nutrition to meet the needs of individual animals. Imagine meeting the expectations of the new consumer, “the prosumer.” Imagine the farm of the future. How will technologies help to achieve greater transparency and safety? This is a new age in agriculture in which nutrigenomics and big data play an everyday role in revolutionizing the way food is produced. Join Alltech and moderator, Peabody Award-winning journalist Tom Martin, for a live webinar discussing the future of agriculture and technology with a panel of agribusiness experts on September 25th at 9:00am ET.
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Beef Board CEO Search

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The Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion & Research Board (CBB) has announced a national search to fill the position of Chief Executive Officer after accepting the resignation of current CEO Polly Ruhland in late August.

CBB’s primary function is to oversee and administrate the national beef checkoff through the management of programs that are proposed and carried out by various contractors. As part of the administration of the program, CBB oversees the collection of a mandatory assessment fee on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle and imported beef and beef products through a coordinated effort with qualified state beef councils.

Under the direction of the Board, the CEO manages all administrative and organizational affairs of CBB. The successful candidate will lead CBB operations, manage organizational strategy, financial and legal matters, and communications, as well as CBB’s relationships with the United States Department of Agriculture and beef community stakeholders.

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Florida & Georgia Cattle Country Hit by Irma

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Hurricane Irma traveled straight through Florida and Georgia cattle country. An assessment of damaged areas is still being tallied. Florida dairies are running on generators, still struggling to keep cows milked and forced to dump tons of milk for various reasons.

Less impacted appears to be the beef cattle industry, as most fences remained intact and kept cattle from getting out into roads. Southeast AgNet spoke with Jim Handley, Florida Cattlemen’s Association, who said, “Everybody is tough, resilient and just waiting for water to recede. Ag people are pretty darn tough and are dealing with it. However, we do need some dry weather.” He said he knows family farms are suffering, but has heard of no widespread loss of cattle.

Listen to sound bites provided by our friends at Southeast AgNet:
Jim Handley, Florida Cattlemen’s Association
Will Bentley, GA Cattlemen’s Association

Butler Oaks Farm located in Lorida, Florida shot this great drone video of damage on their farm. We continue to send our thoughts and prayers to those impacted by hurricanes, flood waters, and fire.

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Deere Gives 3E Tractors a Facelift

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The John Deere 3E series tractors have received a makeover from head to toe or should we say tire. It’s one of the most popular tractors that comes off the line in Augusta, GA. The redesign was on display for attendees at the recent Farm Progress Show and there we spoke with Product Marketing Manager, Michelle Bentley to give us the details.

“It’s a really simple, easy to use machine a lot of folks really appreciate. What we are introducing is a new styling update with a few comfort and convenience features,” Bentley said.

Beyond the cosmetic facelift, Bentley said the 3E tractors are now equipped with new attachability features such as telescoping draft links at the rear and an updated loader. The fuel tank was also relocated keeping convenience in mind.

“The ideal customer for the 3E series is the large property owner who uses the tractor to maintain acres and move materials around. The most popular attachment is the rotary cutter and the loader basically comes standard for customers. Another segment this tractor reaches is our equine customers due to its tight turning radius,” Bentley said.

Listen to our complete chat with Michelle here: Interview with Michelle Bentley, John Deere

View John Deere photos here: John Deere at #FPS17 Photo Album

View all our photos from FPS here: 2017 Farm Progress Show Photo Album

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