Alltech Dares to Dream Big

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Dr. Pearse LyonsDr. Pearse Lyons says he has never worked a day in his life and he means it. This man loves what he does and it shows every moment you’re in his presence.

Here at the Alltech Global Dairy & Beef Conference he welcomed us and challenged us to pursue our dreams. He also talked about his dream, the Alltech dream, including the farm of the future which he say will be vertical, not horizontal.

You can listen to an excerpt from his opening remarks here: Dr. Pearse Lyons Opening Remarks

In this video supplied by Alltech you can also listen to Dr. Lyons talk about the conference, the Alltech Experience pavilion, the Alltech Music Festival and all activities surrounding the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy.

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Meeting with Dr. Lyons

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Dr. Pearse Lyons and Dr. Mark LyonsDr. Pearse Lyons and Dr. Mark Lyons took the stage this morning at the Alltech Global Dairy & Beef Conference. I had the opportunity to speak with both of them together during a break.

Dr. Pearse Lyons says they used to call this the Global 500 but attendance has continued to grow beyond that number. There are dairy farmers here from the Normandy, France region who milk maybe 40 cows and there is a farmer here from China who milks 9,000 cows and has a total of about 200,000 cows! That’s a broad range of dairy farm size, eh?

Dr. Mark Lyons talks about partnerships being the way of the future. An example is the one discussed here with Nestle in China, a Dairy Farming Institute.

You can listen to my interview with Dr. Lyons and Dr. Lyons here: Interview with Dr. Pearse and Mark Lyons

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Getting Started with Alltech in France

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Alltech Global Dairy and BeefThe Alltech Global Dairy & Beef Conference got underway with a very tasty reception at the Centre International Deauville. Dr. Pearse Lyons welcomed us to France and then introduced some world class music.

The food here in Deauville is awesome. We had some great hamburgers at the reception. I am sure it was some local Normandy beef! But that was just a small part of the food we tasted last night. I hope I move on to Scotland this week without having added to many pounds.

During the conference we’ll hear relevant talks and engage with people from around the world to get a big-picture analysis of the global landscape for beef and dairy. There will also be evening discussion dinners and a visit to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

You can listen to Dr. Lyons and the first song here: Alltech Global Welcome

You can find my Global Dairy & Beef Photos here: 2014 Alltech Global Dairy & Beef Photo Album

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IBBA Board Offers Short-Term THR Amnesty Program

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ibbaThe International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) Board of Directors approved an amnesty period for its members to bring cattle back on the THR inventory with no penalty. This amnesty period will begin September 1, 2014, and end December 31, 2014.

The cattle brought back must meet all the following criteria:
– Member re-enrolling the cattle must be a member in good standing
– Cattle must have been registered and been in good standing with IBBA prior to coming off of Total Herd Reporting (THR)

Progeny of cattle put back in the inventory during the amnesty period may also be registered in the system as long as they meet all the registry requirements (e.g. the dam is on inventory during the year of birth, birthdate, sex, etc.)

Cattle brought into THR during the amnesty period will be billed a $21.00 fee the period ending December 31, 2014, and from that period on will comply with all set THR fees and criteria.

“The amnesty program passed by the IBBA Board of Directors provides an opportunity to add more data into our system for future development of new genetic evaluation tools,” said Dr. Tommy Perkins, IBBA Executive Vice President. “It is important to get these animals back onto the inventory should future registry options be offered to the membership.”

This program is designed to increase animal numbers, which in turn helps membership grow as well as strengthen our footprint in the beef cattle industry. For any questions regarding the amnesty period please contact the IBBA office at (210) 696-8231.

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Video Highlights Poultry & Egg Farm Environmental Stewardship

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U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) is releasing a new video series highlighting environmental stewardship on poultry and egg farms. The first video in the series features one of USPOULTRY’s 2014 Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award winners, Bar G Ranch Poultry, in Rogers, Texas.

Bar G Ranch Poultry, owned and operated by Darrell and Shannon Glaser, consists of 500 acres in which turkeys are raised on behalf of Cargill Turkey Production, LLC. The farm also raises cattle and produces forage. Recognizing the potential environmental benefits of litter as an organic fertilizer, Darrell and Shannon added four turkey brooder houses from 1994 to 1996 with the expectation that it would help them save a struggling farm that had been in the family for over 100 years. As hoped, the litter produced by the turkey operation, coupled with responsible management of nutrients in the litter, has restored productivity to the pasture and forage land to a level that now supports a beef cattle operation as well.

Bar G Ranch Poultry was one of six family farms awarded USPOULTRY’s 2014 Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award for exemplary environmental stewardship by family farms engaged in poultry and egg production. The Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award winners were rated in several categories, including dry litter or liquid manure management, nutrient management planning, community involvement, wildlife enhancement techniques, innovative nutrient management techniques and participation in education or outreach programs. Applications were reviewed and farm visits conducted by a team of environmental professionals from universities, regulatory agencies and state poultry associations.

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Ready for Alltech Global Dairy & Beef

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Alltech Global Dairy & BeefHello from Paris AgWired fans. I just arrived and am waiting on a shuttle to the Alltech Global Dairy & Beef in Deauville, France. This year’s event kicks off with a reception this evening (after I have a nap!). In addition to attending this event I will also be spending a day at the 2014 Normandy Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Most of my coverage from here will be published on our Animal Ag website,

From here I’ll heading on to Aberdeen, Scotland for the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Congress. So, pretty busy schedule for the next couple week, eh?

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World Dairy Expo Entries Due Now

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WDE_interface_2014_fDairy cattle exhibitors are encouraged to submit their entries now for World Dairy Expo. The initial deadline, to avoid late fees, is Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014 by midnight (CDT). Paper entries must be postmarked by that date to avoid late fees.

Exhibitors are encouraged to submit entries on the user-friendly Expo online entry system. The Premium Book is available online at Animal entries, stalling requests, tent and/or booth space purchases and 2017 International Futurity entries can be submitted within the online entry system. World Dairy Expo’s Youth Fitting and Youth Showmanship Contest entries may also be submitted. Special thanks to AgriLabs for sponsoring the Premium Book and their support of the show.

When submitting animal entries, please include an AIN 15-digit number (visual or electronic) for all animals. Acceptable forms of animal identification are: USDA AIN 840 tag (RFID or visual), Canadian CIA RFID 124 tag, Manufacturer Coded RFID 900, 982, or 985 tag. This information will be used for health check-in upon arrival. Breed show check-in will continue to use an original breed association registration paper.

Entries may be made between Sept. 1 and Sept. 7 online or by paper at $50 per animal. After Sept. 7, all entries are $100 per animal. Online entries will be accepted until Sept. 14. After Sept. 14, all entries must be submitted via the paper entry form. You may utilize the online entry system and pay by credit card (online only) until 11:59 p.m. (CDT) on Sept. 14, 2014.

Staff is available to answer entry and show-related questions as Expo approaches. Please contact either Ann Marie Magnochi or Laurie Breuch for assistance at 608-224-6455.

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Free BQA Certification for Beef and Dairy Producers

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BIVI_288_logo.212131245_stdFor the third time, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) is supporting the checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program by sponsoring all online certifications this fall for producers who enroll from September 1-October 31.

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. will pick up the $25-$50 certification fee for beef or dairy producers who are interested in becoming certified or recertified during this period. Visit to take advantage of the open certification period.

The BQA program is important to the cattle industry as it gives producers a set of best practices for producing a safe and high quality beef product. And for dairy producers, this offering is also beneficial as a large percentage of dairy calves and market cows make their way into the food chain.

The BQA certification modules are customized to fit the specific needs of each segment of the cattle industry – cow-calf, stocker, feedyard and dairy operations. The program covers best management practices such as proper handling and administration of vaccinations and other products, eliminating injection site blemishes, and better cattle-handling principles.

“One of the challenges that beef producers face is having all of their employees become BQA certified,” says Dr. Jerry Woodruff, Professional Services Veterinarian with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. “Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.’s partnership with BQA helps offset some of those expenses, and we encourage producers and their employees to use the web-based training programs.”

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UF/IFAS Family Day at the Dairy Farm returns Oct. 25, 2014

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Screen Shot 2014-08-29 at 1.58.06 PMUniversity of Florida supporters have something new to look forward to this fall – the return of Family Day at the Dairy Farm, a popular open house held at the UF dairy farm in Hague and presented by UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences with support from Florida Dairy Farmers and UF’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

In past years, the event has been held in March; this year, persistent rain forced organizers to postpone it until drier weather arrived, said Jerry Wasdin, coordinator of the dairy farm’s research programs and services.

“We’re optimistic about the new date and we’re eager to give North Florida residents a look at a real, working dairy farm,” Wasdin said. “Everything you see at Family Day at the Dairy Farm is similar to activities at commercial dairy operations throughout Florida.”

The event takes place 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, and is open to the public. The event is subject to weather conditions; check the website the week of Oct. 20 for updates.

Family Day at the Dairy Farm includes opportunities to see cows milked, tour barn facilities, examine cattle feed, pet calves, sample dairy products, make butter, take a hayride, climb onto a tractor and learn how UF/IFAS dairy research and Extension help the state’s dairy farmers produce better milk at lower cost and keep their herds comfortable and healthy.

Students from UF animal sciences and veterinary programs work at the farm as part of their training. Many of the current dairy students and faculty members are presenters at the event, educating visitors at more than 20 displays around the farm.

Visitors should wear closed-toe shoes, sunscreen and hats. To protect herd health, pets are not allowed at the event, he said. Restroom facilities and complimentary bottled water will be available on-site.

Cameras are welcome, and visitors can post their Family Day at the Dairy Farm photos on Twitter using the hashtag #UFDAIRYDAY.

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NCBA Addresses APHIS Proposed Rule

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ncba-logoThe United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Inspection Service published a proposed rule in the Federal Register today to allow the importation of beef from a region in Argentina. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Bob McCan, cattleman from Victoria, Texas, issued the following statement:

“The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is deeply concerned by today’s announcement by the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to add the Patagonia areas of Argentina to the list of regions considered free of Foot-and-Mouth disease and to subsequently allow the importation of live cattle and fresh or frozen beef into the United States from this region. Our extreme concern is only further magnified by the associated proposed rule to allow chilled or frozen beef to be imported from the region of Northern Argentina. Northern Argentina is a region that is not recognized as being free of Foot-and-Mouth Disease by APHIS. We strongly believe that these recent actions by APHIS present a significant risk to the health and well-being of the nation’s cattle herd through the possible introduction of FMD virus.

“FMD is an extremely contagious viral disease of cloven-hooved animals and many wildlife species. This disease is considered to be one of the most economically devastating livestock diseases in the world and an outbreak of FMD could ultimately threaten the entire U.S. economy as well jeopardize our national food security.

“APHIS conducted their risk analysis based on a series of site visits to Argentina to determine the FMD risk status of these regions. NCBA’s repeated requests for written reports for these APHIS site visits to Argentina have gone unanswered. Finally, we were informed by APHIS that written reports are not required for APHIS site reviews. This lack of documentation and an obvious lack of management controls for the site review process calls into question the integrity and quality assurance for the entire risk analysis. Valid science-based decisions are not possible in this flawed system.

“It is evident that APHIS has charged blindly forward in making this announcement, ignoring the findings of a third-party scientific review identifying major weaknesses in the methodology of the risk analysis that formed the foundation for the APHIS decision-making process. The third-party scientific review uncovered deficiencies in the APHIS hazard analysis and the exposure assessment, as well as an overly subjective qualitative format for the risk analysis.

“NCBA remains committed to supporting open trade markets, level playing fields, and utilizing science-based standards to facilitate international trade. At the same time, no amount of trade is worth sacrificing the health and safety of the United States cattle herd. Strict transparency for the adherence to sound science must be the basis for all animal health decisions of this magnitude.”

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