Purina Recalls Medicated Sheep Feed

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PURINA_HORIZONTAL Purina Animal Nutrition LLC is voluntarily recalling one lot of Purina Lamb Grower B30 Medicated Sheep Feed for elevated copper levels. The recalled product is formula number L329, item number 1850500-206, lot number 6MAY06WCH2, and is packaged in the green and white generic paper LAND O LAKES® Feed bags.

The feed was distributed in Ohio and Pennsylvania from May 12, 2016 through June 22, 2016.
The product may contain elevated copper levels, which can cause health issues and potential mortality in sheep. One report of mortality associated with this product has been reported, and customers should discontinue feeding the product immediately.

Symptoms of copper toxicity in sheep include lethargy and anemia, grinding of teeth, thirst, off feed/poor appetite, pale to yellow mucous membranes, red/dark purple colored urine and recumbancy. If the toxicity is fatal, death usually occurs one to two days after onset of clinical symptoms.

The lot number can be found on the sewing strip of each bag, and retailers have been contacted and told to check their inventories and immediately quarantine any remaining recalled product including notifying customers who purchased the product. Customers who purchased this product should return remaining bags to their retailer.

More information on the product recall can be found by contacting Customer Service at 1-800-227-8941. The number is staffed 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central Time Monday through Friday.

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USEF Announces 2016 Olympic Dressage Team

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us-dressage-team Four athlete-and-horse combinations, as well as one traveling reserve athlete-and-horse combination, were named this week by The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) to the U.S. Olympic Dressage Team for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. One direct reserve horse has also been named. A direct reserve horse would be an automatic replacement should the original horse on which the athlete was named need to be substituted.

The Olympic Dressage competition will take place August 8-15, 2016, at the Deodoro Olympic Equestrian Center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Laura Graves, Steffen Peters, Allison Brock, and Kasey Perry-Glass were named the four members of the 2016 Olympic Dressage Team USA, along with their horses Verdades, a 2002 KWPN gelding, Legolas 92, a 2002 Westphalian gelding, Rosevelt, a 2002 Hanoverian stallion, and Dublet, a 2003 Danish Warmblood gelding.

Shelly Francis, along with Doktor, a 2003 Oldenburg gelding, were named the traveling reserve combination, and Rosamunde, a 2007 Rheinlander mare, was named the reserve horse.

Further information regarding the U.S. Olympic Dressage Team selection process can be found on the USEF website. All nominations to the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team are subject to approval by the United States Olympic Committee.

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Conewango Introduces the Evolution X1 Milking Liner

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evolution The Evolution X1 Milking Liner has officially been released by Conewango. The liner was designed to help dairy producers increase milking speed without increasing vacuum levels.

“Evolution X1 combines the best features of our gentle, low-vacuum Evolution X with high milking-speed design,” said Conewango General Manager Jeff Perkins. “It’s also the ideal solution for dairy producers who want a higher-capacity, faster-milking version of our original, time-tested liner designs.”

Some features of the new Evolution X1 include an oval-bore design that shortens barrel wall movement from open to collapse, a shallow vacuum chamber that allows for reduced vacuum levels at the mouthpiece for gentler milking, a two-stage, controlled collapse for greater stability with virtually no slip, a patented short milk tube with compression ribs and hinge points for greater flexibility, and built-in twist-resistance from top to bottom.

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Future Angus Stockman to Attend AI School

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41qxwzc5.40zFuture Angus Stockmen, offered through the American Angus Association, strives to equip the beef industry’s future generations with the tools and knowledge they need to be successful. This year, the program partnered with Select Sires to sponsor one Future Angus Stockmen participant to attend artificial insemination (AI) school.

“At Select Sires, we look forward to supporting a Future Angus Stockmen participant in attending an AI school of their choice, and contributing to their future goals and quality of their cow herd,” says Brian House, vice president, beef program and product manager for Select Sires.

Benjamin Hicks, Carrollton, Ga., was selected as the recipient, and says they currently use AI in their operation and it is important for him to better understand the technology.

“AI is crucial to our operation,” says Hicks, who serves as herdsman at MM Cattle Co. “In my own herd, AI will allow me to selectively breed my cattle, so I can produce better quality calves to market to consumers. Through breeding selection, I will be able to not only enhance my own personal herd, but also the entire herd I care for at MM Cattle Co.”

Future Angus Stockmen is aimed toward college-age or recent graduates who want to raise high quality Angus-based commercial cattle. The program offers educational opportunities that teach participants how to thrive in the cattle industry, social networking to connect them with fellow producers, and leadership development to instill an entrepreneurial spirit and drive to improve their businesses.

Association Director of Commercial Programs Ginette Gottswiller says programs such as Future Angus Stockmen allow young producers the opportunity to find out how certain tools can help their operation.

“We want our young producers to be successful,” Gottswiller says. “In today’s high input world with volatile markets it is very important for beginning ranchers to understand data can help improve a thin margin. We hope Future Angus Stockmen participants realize the value Angus genetics and the Association’s comprehensive database provides to the industry.”

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Rabobank’s Quarterly Beef Report

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Rabobank_logoThe new “Beef Quarterly Q2 2016: Volatility Challenges Beef Markets” report from the Rabobank Food & Agribusiness Research (FAR) and Advisory group is now available.

The Rabobank global beef index ticked up in Q1 2016 after declining for much of 2015. However it shows signs of dropping again as softening prices in the U.S. and Canada battle strengthening prices in Australia and Brazil, according to the Rabobank Global Beef Quarterly Q2 2016.

“Volatility is a key theme across most markets at the moment,” says Angus Gidley-Baird, Senior Animal Protein Analyst at Rabobank. “A range of factors are creating a degree of uncertainty, including the economy and exchange rates influencing Brazil, seasonal conditions impacting Australia, the economy impacting China, and market volatility impacting the U.S.”

Brazil: continuing to increase exports
The low value of the real, high domestic prices and the slow economic conditions will continue to support increased Brazilian beef exports. Exports to China, which reopened in June 2015, totalled more than 70,000 tonnes from January to May, while exports to Saudi Arabia, another new market, are more than 11,000 tonnes in the first five months of 2016.

China: economy affecting consumption
China’s slowing economy is affecting general beef consumption, but higher- and middle-income earners are supporting continued imports as they continue to seek quality beef products. Beef prices will remain stable in the coming quarter, as supply and demand are likely to be balanced.

Australia: cattle supplies remaining tight
Australian cattle supplies remain tight and prices strong. Australian cattle prices are expected to remain strong through Q3, given ongoing tight cattle supplies. Buoyed by recent rains, cattle prices have again risen to record levels in June.

U.S.: market disrupted by volatility
U.S. market volatility continues to be a market disrupter. The combination of marked week-to-week price volatility, and equal volatility in the futures market, has made marketing decisions difficult to impossible.

Europe: calm in a sea of volatility
Europe is the most stable beef production region right now, with prices strengthening slightly, supported by steady exports, in particular to Turkey, despite ample availability of beef and low prices of competitive proteins.

Agribusiness, Beef, Markets

Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition New Global Website

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armhammer-lgArm & Hammer Animal Nutrition has launched its new global website highlighting their commitment to excellence and the industries it serves, while providing the latest available dairy, poultry, beef and swine nutrition information to enhance animal productivity and producer profitability.

“This resource has been quite some time in the making as we explored how best to bring our deep knowledge of animal nutrition to life for the benefit of the global community we serve,” explains Scott Druker, director, Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition.

“We’re very pleased to unveil today this user-friendly global website that will enable us to better communicate with our customers at their convenience,” he adds. “No matter where you are located or the species you work with, you can reach out to us for research-proven animal nutrition information 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

“We’re focused on research, service and support that help our global customers meet their needs and get their most important jobs done right,” says Bo Hansen, Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition EurAsian sales manager. “This website offers our customers another way to communicate with us and for us to communicate with them—at their convenience and in their language.”

Users can select their country of origin and language so that they obtain the most relevant information for their location. Furthermore, the site provides species-specific details to ensure users have access to the data and product details they need depending on which animals they work with most.

Plus, users can use the website to locate local ARM & HAMMER™ distributors, technical service specialists and sales representatives.

For decades Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition has been a leader in dairy feed ingredients. A 2015 acquisition expanded their portfolio across a wider range of species and the company became global in reach.

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Animal Ag Alliance 2016 Advances in Animal Ag Report

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aaaThe Animal Agriculture Alliance released its 2016 Advances in Animal Agriculture Report. The report highlights animal agriculture’s advances in animal care, antibiotic use, food safety and sustainability for each sector of the industry.

“The animal agriculture industry collaborates, funds research and evolves to meet the highest animal care and food safety standards while feeding a growing population,” said Kay Johnson Smith, Alliance president and CEO. “Our Advances in Animal Agriculture report is an essential resource in communicating that message to key stakeholders including consumers, the media and partners throughout the supply chain.”

Highlights from the report include:
– Compared to 1960 laying hens, 2010 laying hens have 26 percent less daily feed use, 27 percent higher hen-day egg production, 42 percent better feed conversion, 57 percent lower mortality and 32 percent less direct water use per dozen eggs produced.
– Pork producers today use 78 percent less land and 41 percent less water than they did 50 years ago.
– The National Pork Board has adopted a new three-point antibiotic stewardship plan that is proactive, collaborative and aggressive in its strategy and scope.
– From 2005-2011, beef producers achieved a 7 percent overall improvement in environmental and social sustainability.
– Today, more than 94 percent of the milk supply comes from dairy producers enrolled in the National Dairy FARM program.

In addition to the 31-page report, an updated industry group contact list and a third-party expert contact list are available upon request. A new Advances in Animal Ag infographic illustrating one key advancement in each category for pigs, dairy, beef, laying hens, sheep and goat, chicken, turkey and veal is also available.

“The animal agriculture industry is committed to continuous improvement – and maintains that commitment of its own accord and in spite of groups who use fear and misinformation to confuse the public about livestock and poultry production,” said Johnson-Smith. “This report helps set the record straight by sharing the positive, factual story of animal agriculture today.”

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Young Dairy Leaders Institute Accepting Apps

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Screen Shot 2016-06-26 at 8.15.31 PMYoung Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI) is seeking young adults, ages 22-45, to apply for the 10th YDLI class. A program of the Holstein Foundation with over 500 alumni, YDLI is a innovative leadership and communication skills development program. Applications are due August 1, 2016.

Dairy producers working with all breeds of dairy cattle, and allied dairy industry members, are encouraged to apply. YDLI Class 10 will have on-site meetings in Phoenix, Ariz. February 8-11, 2017 and January 31-February 3, 2018. During fun and interactive sessions, participants develop top-tier leadership and communication skills and the personal network needed to succeed in today’s dairy business. In the year between sessions, participants have monthly assignments to practice the skills learned in their home communities.

YDLI Class 9 alumnus Michael Goeldi from Wisconsin said, “I’ve been very lucky in my life to be able to attend quite a few workshops and conferences aimed at personal growth, but YDLI was far and away the best experience I’ve had. If I had to use one word to describe YDLI it would be transformative. I came to Phoenix last year thinking that I was in a pretty good place both personally and professionally. YDLI opened my eyes to many things that I have not only worked on, but will continue to work on into the future.”

Phase I, held in February 2017, focuses on individual leadership and personal development. Interactive workshops cover topics such as working with different personality types and in team environments, developing communication skills through hands-on practice, and giving impactful presentations.

During Phase II, participants complete a series of assignments in their community, which emphasizes the advocacy and outreach skills gained during Phase I.

The final on-site training, Phase III, will be held February 2018. The program will feature sessions on advanced communications training, influencing public policy and continued advocacy and leadership. Throughout the program, an emphasis is placed on networking with industry peers, a benefit that carries on long after a YDLI class is complete.

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2016 National Safety Conference on Poultry

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Screen Shot 2016-06-26 at 8.02.02 PMThe 2016 National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry will bring together poultry facility and corporate safety personnel for a three-day event to discuss industry challenges, best practices and updates on government policy.

Sponsored by the Georgia Tech Research Institute/ATRP, Georgia Poultry Federation, National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation and the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, this year’s conference will be held Aug. 15-17, at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Destin, Fla.

“The poultry industry has seen an 81 percent reduction in workplace illnesses and injuries in the last 20 years. We are proud of what we have accomplished, but we are not at all complacent with that number. As an industry, we are constantly looking for ways to prevent injuries in the workplace, and the National Safety Conference gives industry safety professionals an opportunity to learn from each other,” said Paul Pressley, executive vice president of industry programs for USPOULTRY.

Program topics include the Regional Emphasis Program and an OSHA Update from an OSHA Regional Administrator, Communicating with Upper Management…Safety’s Seat at the Table, Building a Business Case for Automation, Ergonomics, Washington Update, and Regional Emphasis Program Industry Case Study. A series of related roundtable discussions will allow attendees to share best practices on a variety of timely topics including GHS Best Practices, Medical / Drug Screening, Fall Protection and Microbial Intervention Chemicals Management.

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Quarterly Hogs & Pigs Report

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pork checkoffThe U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) published their Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report and as of June 1, there were 68.4 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms, up 2 percent from June 2015, and up 1 percent from March 1, 2016.

Other key findings in the report were:
– Of the 68.4 million hogs and pigs, 62.4 million were market hogs, while 5.98 million were kept for breeding.
– Between March and May 2016, 30.3 million pigs were weaned on U.S. farms, up 3 percent from the same time period last year.
– From March through May 2016, U.S. hog and pig producers weaned an average of 10.48 pigs per litter.
– U.S. hog producers intend to have 2.95 million sows farrow between June and August 2016, and 2.90 million sows farrow between September and November 2016.
– Iowa hog producers accounted for the largest inventory among the states, at 20.6 million head.
North Carolina and Minnesota had the second and third largest inventories with 8.90 million and 8.00 million head, respectively.

To obtain an accurate measurement of the U.S. swine industry, NASS surveyed about 8,150 operators across the nation during the first half of June. Data were collected by mail, telephone and through face-to-face interviews. All surveyed producers were asked to report their hog and pig inventories as of June 1, 2016.

Today the Pork Checkoff hosted a news media conference call following the release of this information. The panelists on the call were: Daniel Vaught, Senior Economist, Doane & Pro Farmer, St. Louis MO; Joe Kerns, President, Kerns & Associates, Ames, IA; Ron Plain, Profession Emeritus, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.

Listen to the complete audio report here: Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report

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