AgriClear Collaborates with Canadian Beef Breeds Council

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AgriClearAgriClear has entered into a collaborative marketing agreement with the Canadian Beef Breeds Council (CBBC), an umbrella organization representing the purebred cattle sector in Canada.

Based in Calgary, the non-profit CBBC works with various government and industry organizations to collectively support and promote Canadian seedstock producers domestically and internationally. Under the terms of the agreement, CBBC will promote the AgriClear livestock platform and settlement services to CBBC members, which include national associations collectively representing more than 10,000 independent producers of purebred beef breeding stock. AgriClear and CBBC have also agreed to work together on marketing initiatives. The agreement is effective immediately.

“Today’s announcement marks an important milestone for AgriClear as we continue to enhance our visibility and expand our network throughout the Canadian cattle industry,” said David Moss, Vice President and Co-Founder, AgriClear. “The CBBC is a vital advocate for Canadian purebred beef cattle here in Canada and around the world and we are excited to offer the high value benefits of our unique platform, including transactional certainty, to their membership.”

“The Canadian Beef Breeds Council is excited about the opportunity to collaborate with AgriClear as we strive to provide new opportunities for purebred producers to market their cattle,” said Michael Latimer, Executive Director, CBBC. “The AgriClear platform will allow purebred producers to enter the digital marketing era with the added assurance of transactional security and a host of other benefits that will allow them to realize the full value of their cattle.”

Agribusiness, Cattle, Export, Livestock, Marketing

CRV’s Better Life Indexes Prove Effective

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crv usaCRV USA’s Better Life indexes, which were first introduced in 2013, are proving to be highly effective in improving the technical results of herds.

According to CRV, by incorporating Better Life Health genetics into a breeding program, producers will have healthier, longer living cows that require fewer veterinarian visits and treatments. In Better Life Efficiency, cows will produce more with less feed and will better utilize natural resources.

Each CRV bull is scored for these two indices, and large-scale analysis of more than 61,000 animals from 300 herds has revealed irrefutable proof that CRV’s Better Life genetics help cows stay healthy and more efficient as they age.

“This analysis proves that dairy producers can choose and trust in the CRV Better Life traits to breed healthier herds that require less attention and treatment,” said Amy VanderMark, Managing Director of CRV USA Operations. “Less attention and treatment, combined with reduced feed costs and lower cost per pound of milk, means better economics and a healthier bottom line for our customers.”

The effect of Better Life Efficiency is huge. For instance, for lifetime production, each Better Life Efficiency improvement of one-percent results in additional lifetime production of 3,300 pounds. Below is a comparison of the 25-percent highest and lowest scoring animals that illustrate practical applications of Better Life Efficiency.
– 28,850 pounds higher lifetime production (based on more than 22,000 culled animals)
– 4,500 pounds higher milk production (305 days)
– 16% higher than herd average
– 325 pounds extra fat and protein (305 days)

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Agribusiness, Breeding, Dairy, Genetics, Reproduction

Zoetis Offers Tips On Anaplasmosis Prevention

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It is difficult to quantify the risk of anaplasmosis in any given herd in any given time of year, but when an outbreak occurs, it can result in devastating consequences for a cow/calf herd. Daniel Scruggs, DVM, managing veterinarian with Zoetis, offers some tips for cattle producers to reduce the risk of anaplasmosis, and what treatment options are available to them.

Anaplasmosis is most commonly caused by Anaplasma marginale, a microorganism that invades red blood cells, causing severe anemia. The disease is often spread through hosts like biting flies and ticks that transfer blood between animals. Contaminated needles or other equipment can also cause anaplasmosis.

The disease can result in aborted calves, bull infertility, weight loss and diminished milk production, and also has the potential to be fatal. Mixing noninfected cattle with those that carry the disease, as well as environmental conditions that favor increased activity of biting flies or ticks, both contribute to an increased risk for the disease.

“Anaplasmosis is sporadic, not all factors that cause outbreaks in a herd are known but when they occur, consequences can be significant,” said Scruggs.

Mature animals have higher susceptibility to the disease than younger animals, and cows in the late stage of pregnancy and those nursing calves have particularly high death loss.

Signs of anaplasmosis can include orange-yellow coloration of the mucous membranes, thin, watery blood, slow, reluctant to move or short of breath cattle, aggressive behavior shortly before death, sudden, unexplained death of adult cattle, and abortions.

One of the most commonly used methods for the control of anaplasmosis is the incorporation of a feed-grade chlortetracycline, such as Aureomycin, in the animal’s feed or mineral supplements. Administration can occur year-round in feed or minerals in regions where fleas and ticks are active year-round, but producers in other areas often focus on late spring through fall, the time of highest transmission. More information on Aureomycin can be found here .

“It’s really a factor of diligence in making sure cattle are protected,” Dr. Scruggs said. “With spring-calving herds, the bulls are out during the spring and summer vector season. When bulls are experiencing an acute infection of anaplasmosis, and they become anemic or dead, they’re not good at settling cows. Whether a producer is running a spring-calving or fall-calving herd, there’s never a good time to go to sleep on anaplasmosis control.”

For more information on controlling anaplasmosis, contact your veterinarian, feed company nutritionist or Zoetis representative.

Ag Group, Animal Health, Antibiotics, Cattle, Veterinary, Zoetis

Great Ideas for Recycling Waste

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Earth Day may have come and gone but it’s always a good time to be kind to Mother Earth and recycling is one such way.

Farm waste can often contain some of the most recyclable materials around. Organic materials, animal manure and dirty straw and hay can all be used to make materials such as compost, which can be then put back into the earth for growing crops, plants, vegetables and more. Are you wondering what to do with the waste on your farm? Or even the waste from your kitchen? There are many different ways in which you can recycle your farmland waste materials, whether it be putting them back into your farm or handing them over to a recycling company who can distribute recyclable items to the best place.

Kitchen waste for composting.

Kitchen waste for composting.

Many farm waste materials can be re-used in some way or another on the farm. For example, animal waste can be used to make compost – especially horse manure, which has long been known for its garden-growing properties – gardeners will even buy horse manure from you to put on their roses! Apart from putting the recyclable farm waste back into the farm, you can also give any left over to a waste collection company who can recycle the waste for you. Landfills are no longer commonly used on farms due to the environmental consequences and the landfill tax, which is why more and more farmers are turning to waste collection companies such as Countrystyle Recycling. If you have hazardous waste, it’s important to understand the rules and regulations surrounding its safe disposal.

I don't live on a farm but I do recycle waste. This is a mixed-media art piece that I made from "re-used" materials. How do you recycle your waste?

I don’t live on a farm but I do recycle waste. This is a mixed-media art piece that I made from “re-used” materials. How do you recycle your waste? Share your stores in the comment section.

Wood is a highly recyclable product that is often used in the running of many farms across the UK. Whether you have a surplus of wooden pallets, old fencing that you’re replacing or wooden frames and furniture, it makes more sense to recycle old wooden products than it does to simply throw them away. If you have a wood burning fire, you’re probably already planning on using your old wood to keep your home nice and warm. Wooden pallets also make great DIY furniture ideas, and even if you’re not going to use them yourself, you can sell them on or give them away for this purpose. Wood shavings also make excellent bedding for animals who can’t use regular straw.

Food Waste
Many farms in the UK grow their own food products, either for personal use, to sell in a farm shop or market, or even to sell to commercial buyers. However, not all food products make the cut – and many are put into waste if they cannot be sold on or consumed. But, food waste is highly recyclable and being biodegradable, makes excellent compost which can be sold to garden centers at farmer’s markets and even used on your own crops, plants and veg allotments. If you get a lot of food waste, you can also arrange for a waste collection company to come and remove it, taking it to a recycling plant where they can recycle and distribute it accordingly.

Do you run or work on a farm? Do you have your own garden? How do you recycle the different types of waste? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.

Conservation, environment

FDA Reopened Comments for Combo Drug Medicated Feeds

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FDAThe FDA has reopened the comment period to seek public input on Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) draft recommendations for modifications to the current review processes for new animal drug applications (NADAs) for the use of multiple new animal drugs in combination drug medicated feeds.

In preparing these recommendations, CVM considered the input it previously received from the public. The period for commenting on the draft recommendations will close on July 29, 2016.

The FDA is exploring possible changes to this approval process consistent with a stated performance goal in the Animal Drug User Fee Amendments of 2013 (ADUFA III) goals letter. ADUFA III authorizes FDA to collect user fees from animal drug sponsors to expedite and modernize the animal drug review process in exchange for FDA agreeing to meet a comprehensive set of performance goals to show significant improvement in the timeliness and predictability of the new animal drug review process.

To submit your comments to the docket by mail, use the following address. Be sure to include docket number FDA-2014-N-1050 on each page of your written comments.

Animal Health, FDA, Feed, Government

Partners Increase Physical Activity of Youth

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fuel up to play 60The NFL, USA Football, GENYOUth and Fuel Up to Play 60 have expanded the Fuel Up to Play 60 NFL FLAG Essentials program. The increase physical activity of youth, with the distribution of NFL FLAG Essentials Kits to 4,000 schools nationwide will reach 1.5 million new students and double the number of resources provided in the first two years of the program.

“This partnership continues to positively impact the health and wellness of youth nationwide by helping kids be physically active, while also providing many of them with their first experience playing football,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “We are excited to offer more kids the opportunity to get involved in the sport and play 60 each day.”

In 2014, the NFL and GENYOUth developed a turn-key approach to the crisis in physical inactivity by supporting America’s PE teachers with resources to help students build a foundation for healthy, lifelong physical activity through football. NFL FLAG Essentials Kits, which include footballs, flag belts, posters and a PE curriculum designed by SHAPE America for elementary and middle school students, allow for students to get active and learn the basics of football in a fun environment.

“The flag program has been successful in part because it’s dynamic, strategic, challenging, safe, and fun and it teaches kids of all different abilities teamwork, resiliency, and respect,” Alexis Glick, CEO of GENYOUth. “We are thrilled to partner with the NFL to bring this solution to educators and students and are enthusiastic about the results we’re seeing, especially in the number of girls who are feeling empowered to get involved and get out and play.”

In addition to supplying NFL FLAG Essentials Kits, the partners will provide in-person NFL FLAG trainings, using a curriculum developed by USA Football and SHAPE America, for PE teachers in 18 NFL club markets this fall, including: Baltimore, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Green Bay, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Oakland, Philadelphia, San Diego, Tampa Bay, and Washington, D.C. The dedicated trainings will help educators build flag football into their PE programs and increase physical activity among their students. To date, more than 1,500 PE teachers have received in-person NFL FLAG trainings.

Ag Group, Dairy, Food, fuel up to play 60, Health, Youth

Alltech Opens Mycotoxin Laboratory in Europe

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Screen Shot 2016-04-27 at 2.17.57 PMAccording to Alltech’s 2015 European Grains and Forage Harvest Analysis, dairy and beef cattle are at high risk for mycotoxin exposure. Inconsistent weather conditions are wreaking havoc on the 2015 European crop. Alltech’s European Bioscience Centre in Dunboyne, County Meath, Ireland is opening its first European-based, state-of-the-art Alltech 37+® mycotoxin analytical services laboratory.

The laboratory will be the third of its kind for Alltech, which has two similar laboratories in the United States and China. The new laboratory will provide much-needed, high-throughput mycotoxin profiling services in Europe to accelerate the detection process, while saving time and money for European farmers and food producers. Having such a laboratory in Europe will allow Alltech to investigate more than 38 different mycotoxins quantitatively and more than 50 others qualitatively in animal feed in less than 15 minutes per sample.

Screen Shot 2016-04-27 at 2.18.18 PM“The new laboratory at Alltech Ireland will assist European farmers and producers in the identification and management of the risks associated with mycotoxins,” said Nick Adams, global director of the Alltech Mycotoxin Management Team. “The Alltech® Mycotoxin Management program and global Mycotoxin Management Team of researchers and specialized consultants offer unique and precise solutions to manage the menace of multiple mycotoxins. This new laboratory is yet again evidence that the Alltech team has always led the way in innovative technologies for combating the threat of this hidden global killer here in Europe.”

Diagnosis and effective remediation of mycotoxin problems have, to date, been limited by the ability to accurately measure these toxic contaminants in feedstuffs. Alltech’s new laboratory is an innovative resource that will house a team of analytical scientists who will assist farmers with their constant monitoring of mycotoxin presence and levels in stored forage, which is an integral part of a forage management program, with the end goal to reduce the impact on livestock and poultry performance and health. The laboratory will be able to rapidly identify these hidden killers in feed and provide a final report with recommendation for next steps to the farmer.

“To have a dedicated center for this innovative technology in Ireland will have a significant impact on the productivity, animal health, traceability, profitability and efficiency of not only Europe’s farmers, but also Europe’s food production systems,” said Adams.

Agribusiness, Alltech, Nutrition

NMPF Reorganizes Staff and Hires Two

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Emily MeredithCIn an effort to further advance the National Milk Producers Federation’s (NMPF) strategic agenda, Emily Meredith, formerly NMPF’s vice president of animal care, has been promoted to chief of staff. NMPF also welcomes two staff to the Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) animal care program team.

As chief of staff, Meredith will take on new responsibilities for strategic planning, organizational oversight and management of staff activities. Meredith will manage the Office of the CEO, working for president and CEO Jim Mulhern and in tandem with NMPF’s senior leadership.

BeverlyHampton“Emily has done a great job for the entire dairy industry with her skillful management of the FARM Program, building producer, processor and customer support, and effectively telling the story of the great job America’s dairy farmers are doing on animal care,” Mulhern said. “Those skills will now be applied more broadly across the Federation’s activities. Emily’s focus and attention to detail will benefit our members and staff as we move forward,” he said.

Meredith had served as NMPF’s vice president of animal care, and manager of the FARM Program, since 2014. She will continue to oversee the FARM Program, with the support of two new staff members who will assume day-to-day management of the program and report to Meredith in her new role.

The new hires include Emily Yeiser Stepp as FARM Program manager, and Beverly Hampton as FARM coordinator.

Screen Shot 2016-04-29 at 9.03.59 AMFor the past four years, Emily Yeiser Stepp served as the dairy initiatives manager for the Center for Dairy Excellence in Harrisburg, Penn. Most recently, she served as the dairy and beef extension coordinator at the University of Maryland.

Yeiser Stepp, of Annapolis, Md., got her start in the dairy industry through the 4-H dairy leasing program. She received a degree in animal science from Pennsylvania State University and a master’s in dairy science from Virginia Tech. Her research was focused on how mastitis and metabolic diseases affect dairy cow behavior.

Beverly Hampton also comes from an agriculture background, as she grew up on her family’s farm and helped run her parent’s agritourism business. She attended North Carolina State University, where she served as a North Carolina State FFA Officer and a National Collegiate Agriculture Ambassador. She graduated with a degree in poultry science.

While in school, Hampton worked as the communications intern for the Animal Agriculture Alliance. For the past year, Hampton has provided industry technical assistance for U.S. Poultry & Egg Association.

“We are very excited to welcome Emily and Beverly to NMPF and the FARM Program,” said Mulhern. “Their individual experience, expertise and enthusiasm will help ensure that the FARM Program continues to address the needs of farmers, and the entire dairy supply chain.”

Ag Group, Company Announcement, Dairy, Dairy Group, National Milk

AgriLabs Expands Animal Health Vaccine Opportunities

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AgriLabsGroup2016-04-26 23.15.36-1AgriLabs® has entered into the vaccine manufacturing business with a new USDA-licensed facility in Lincoln, Nebraska. They have also acquired Lincoln-based Antelope Valley Bios and Benchmark Biolabs, and Benchmark’s ownership interest of VaxLiant®. AgriLabs will now offer complete concept-to-commercialization services for vaccines used in swine, cattle, poultry and other species.

“By adding state-of-the-art manufacturing capabilities to our U.S. marketing and sales operations, we can deliver more value to veterinarians and producers both domestically and worldwide,” said Steve Schram, AgriLabs chief executive officer, at a ribbon-cutting event that included several state and city officials. “With the need for alternatives to antibiotics, vaccines are critical to the long term health and efficiency of food animal production,” Schram said.

“This announcement positions Nebraska for great opportunities in agriculture and bioscience,” Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts said. “We appreciate the confidence that AgriLabs has in our state’s bioscience research and manufacturing sectors, and its willingness to expand its investment in employees and facilities in these highly regarded areas.”

Schram said the expertise of the staff at both Benchmark and Antelope Valley Bios are critical to the research and design and manufacturing functions of the AgriLabs expanded business model. “This is the R&D team and the vaccine manufacturing plant involved in making the first foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) vaccine for cattle which was developed without using a live FMD virus. They also produced the first USDA-approved plant-derived vaccines,” he said.

“Practically speaking, our Lincoln facilities and our relationships will allow us to deliver to veterinarians and producers better vaccines quickly, safely and affordably. We also have a platform that will enable the rapid development of vaccines that work,” said Sean O’Hare, executive vice president of AgriLabs.

“This means customers of each company will see no change in how they currently do business with them,” Schram said. “However, an important benefit is that customers – whether small or large – now can have access to experts and other resources. So, whether people are looking for global expertise in securing regulatory licenses for vaccines, or wanting to purchase innovative vaccines that improve animal health, we can help.”

Agribusiness, Animal Health, Vaccine

AFIA Supports White Paper on Livestock GHG Emissions

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unnamedThe American Feed Industry Association is in support of University of California, Davis, Professor Frank Mitloehner, Ph.D., on the release of his white paper, “Livestock’s Contributions to Climate Change: Facts and Fiction.” The document dissects animal agriculture and other areas that produce greenhouse gas emissions, with the consensus that the livestock industry is not a driving force in climate change.

“Efficiencies in U.S. livestock agriculture have lowered this industry’s combined greenhouse gas emissions to a historic low of about four percent of the nation’s total,” said Mitloehner. “Furthering recent advances will be paramount to satisfy a growing global demand for animal protein without depleting natural resources.”

“With Frank’s expertise and years of research, I am glad he is able to provide sound, science-based information to consumers,” said AFIA President and CEO Joel G. Newman.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the livestock industry accounts for 4.2 percent of the U.S. GHG emissions. Energy production and transportation are the largest contributors, together equaling more than half of the total U.S. GHG emissions.

In perspective, if Americans practiced “Meatless Mondays” there would only be a 0.6 percent decrease in U.S. GHG emissions. However, replacing incandescent lightbulbs with Energy Star bulbs would be twice as effective–1.2 percent.

AFIA, Ag Group, environment, Feed, Livestock