Portable Manure Separation For Concentrated Dairies

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screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-8-26-41-amBauer North America, a supplier of irrigation and waste management solutions for dairy producers in the United States and Canada, has introduced the Bauer Plug and Play Portable Manure Separator.

“The Plug and Play Manure Separator is a portable, space-saving option for dairies with high animal density but limited space,” said company representative, Robert Hultgren. “It allows dairy farmers the flexibility to perform manure separation where it’s needed most.”

All essential components – separator, pumps, controls, tubing, cables – are incorporated into a single compact unit with a footprint of just 7’4” x 3’3”, small enough to be mounted on a forklift. Output is approximately 177 cubic feet (5 cubic meters) per hour for dairy slurry, yielding an impressive dry matter content of up to 36 percent depending on separator configuration.

The Plug and Play is operational after just a few steps, and disconnects quickly for efficient separation at multiple locations on the same farm, or at multiple farms.

Bauer North America is a division of the Bauer Group, an international supplier of irrigation systems, waste management systems, pipes and fittings to a variety of industries worldwide. The company also offers the FAN line of separators for agriculture, biogas and bioethanol plants, food processing and chemical manufacturers.

Agribusiness, Cattle, Dairy, Equipment

Farm Bureau Fall Harvest Marketbasket Survey

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screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-8-10-50-amThe American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Fall Harvest Marketbasket Survey indicates lower retail prices for several foods, including eggs, whole milk, cheddar cheese, chicken breast, sirloin tip roast and ground chuck.

The informal survey shows the total cost of 16 food items that can be used to prepare one or more meals was $49.70, down $4.40 or 8 percent compared to a survey conducted a year ago. Of the 16 items surveyed, 13 decreased and three increased in average price.

Egg prices dropped significantly due to production recovering well from the 2014 avian influenza, according to John Newton, AFBF director, market intelligence. Milk prices are down substantially, particularly compared to record-highs in 2014, due to the current global dairy surplus.

“Dry conditions in the Northeast and Northwest the last few years likely contributed to smaller supplies and higher retail prices for apples,” Newton said. In addition, he said salad prices are up due to lower output particularly in California and Arizona.

The year-to-year direction of the marketbasket survey tracks with the federal government’s Consumer Price Index report for food at home. As retail grocery prices have increased gradually over time, the share of the average food dollar that America’s farm and ranch families receive has dropped.

“Through the mid-1970s, farmers received about one-third of consumer retail food expenditures for food eaten at home and away from home, on average. Since then, that figure has decreased steadily and is now about 17 percent, according to the Agriculture Department’s revised Food Dollar Series,” Newton said.

Using the “food at home and away from home” percentage across-the-board, the farmer’s share of this $49.70 marketbasket would be approximately $8.45.

According to USDA, Americans spend just under 10 percent of their disposable annual income on food, the lowest average of any country in the world. A total of 59 shoppers in 26 states participated in the latest survey, conducted in September.

AFBF, Ag Group, Farm Bureau, Food, Markets

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Address Endangered Species Act

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screen-shot-2016-09-26-at-4-49-13-pmThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a final rule that begins to address rampant abuse of the Endangered Species Act listing process. The rule limits petitions for new listings to one species and will require more substantive justification in order to file a petition for listing under the ESA. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council applaud FWS for taking steps to address these serious shortcomings.

“We have been pushing for reforms to the broken ESA listing process for quite some time, and this final rule is a great step in the right direction,” said Ethan Lane, NCBA federal Lands and PLC executive director. “Limiting petitions to one species at a time will provide some desperately needed focus, and notification to the states affected in a timely manner – even if only 30 days – is progress toward increasing local input into the process.”

The ESA, which is continuously abused by radical environmental groups, has a less than two percent recovery rate. Groups like the Center for Biological Diversity threaten litigation in order to force action on hundreds of species, without any regard for a recovery plan or actual species recovery. This continued abuse hampers real conservation efforts and species recovery by forcing arbitrary listing decisions that leave no time for sound research or science-based decisions.

“Serious groups from across the spectrum that are engaged in true conservation will applaud these changes,” said Lane. “By the same token, the habitual high-volume ESA abusers will be pretty easy to spot by their opposition to the rule.”

Ag Group, Beef, Cattle, environment, EPA, NCBA, PLC

#Celebrate50 With Us At World Dairy Expo

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50th LogoNext week as I head north for the 2016 World Dairy Expo I am expecting some cooler temperatures. As a girl born and raised in the beef industry, I look forward to this event each year as I learn more and more about our world’s dairy suppliers. This year’s #WDE16 should not disappoint as we all help celebrate it’s 50 year anniversary. Again this year, we would like to thank New Holland Agriculture for making our coverage possible.

For the first time ever, World Dairy Expo is launching a new texting feature to allow Expo fans another option to stay up-to-date with the Dairy Cattle Show. Starting October 4, and running through the completion of the show on October 8, cattle show enthusiasts will be able to receive placing updates from the Showring on their mobile devices.

To sign up, simply text WDERESULTS to 727-493-3976 – or 727-4-WDEXPO – and follow the prompts to choose any combination of Breed Shows, including the option of receiving results from all of the shows.

“The goal of this feature is to allow attendees to stay in touch with what’s happening in the Showring no matter where they are – somewhere else on the grounds or at home in the barn or a field,” explains Liz Matzke, WDE Attendee Services Manager.

In addition to this new tool, ExpoTV will continue to supply livestream coverage of the Showring. For attendees on-site, live coverage is positioned around the Alliant Energy Center to give you the opportunity to follow the Dairy Cattle Show while walking though the Trade Show and visiting with Commercial Exhibitors.

To save time at the show, attendees are encouraged to visit Expo’s mobile friendly, interactive website. It’s home to Innovation Unveiled, a page highlighting new products in the Trade Show, a food guide, complete with hours, location and menu of all dining options found on the grounds, and interactive maps that allow attendees to preplan their path through the Trade Show.

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Steps Remain for U.S. Beef Exports to China

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USMEF logoOn this week’s audio report from the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), Thad Lively, U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) senior vice president for trade access, provides his insight on the announcement that China has lifted its BSE-related ban on imports of U.S. beef.

In the report, Lively notes that lifting the ban is contingent on a list of requirements China has made in order to resume U.S. beef exports. He also explained that, while the beef industry and the U.S. government are committed to getting U.S. beef back into this important market, meeting the requirements has already been a long process and several important steps still remain.

According to Lively, the biggest hurdle to getting the ban on U.S. exports lifted was the process of convincing China that the U.S. has an effective means for tracing back to the birth premise for any of the meat we export to China.

“This is not something that we have in place in terms of mandatory animal ID, but we certainly are able to provide that level of assurance to the Chinese, and the industry has come together and agreed that it would be possible to put together a system that would allow us to meet Chinas requirements,” he said in the report. “There’s been a huge commitment on the part of the industry, and this current administration, to find solutions to the problems that have kept us out of the Chinese market.”

Learn more in the full audio report here:
USMEF Report, Gaining Access to China

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Audio, Beef, Export, Export, USMEF

Poultry, Egg & Soy Groups Head to Cuba

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dsc_4120The heads of four national U.S. poultry and egg organizations will lead a delegation representing the poultry, egg and U.S. soybean industries to Cuba for a fact-finding trade mission Sept. 27-30. Last week I traveled to Cuba with an agricultural media delegation and spent our time immersed in Cuban culture and agriculture. I am still regaining my wits and can’t wait to share all my photos and information gathered.

Jim Sumner, president of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council; Mike Brown, president of the National Chicken Council; Joel Brandenberger, president of the National Turkey Federation, and Anne Alonzo, president and CEO of the American Egg Board, will be among the group on the Cuba mission.

The multi-commodity mission will be the first foray into Cuba funded entirely by the soybean checkoff program since the U.S. began normalizing relations with the country earlier this year.

In March, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced that USDA would permit 22 industry-funded agricultural research and promotion programs to use checkoff funds to conduct authorized research and information-exchange activities in Cuba.

Since the U.S. government authorized limited exports of U.S. agricultural products to Cuba in 2000, it has become the fourth-leading export destination for U.S. poultry by volume. Also, the poultry and egg industry consumes more than half of the soybean meal produced in the U.S.

The Illinois Soybean Association checkoff program and the Iowa Soybean Association, funded by the soybean checkoff, are backing the mission, which will focus on assessing the potential for greater U.S. agricultural trade as relations between the U.S. and Cuba continue to develop.

While in Cuba, the delegation will meet with representatives from the Cuban poultry, egg and soybean industries to gain a greater understanding of Cuba’s food distribution system and to discuss issues such as biosecurity, food safety and nutrition.

Ag Group, Cuba, Eggs, International, National Chicken Council, Poultry, Trade

Iowa Avian Flu Incident Mngmt Team Honored by NASDA

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iowa agThe National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) has recognized the Iowa Avian Influenza Incident Management Team with the James A. Graham Award for Outstanding Service. NASDA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit association which represents the elected and appointed commissioners, secretaries, and directors of the departments of agriculture in all fifty states and four U.S. territories.

“Staff throughout our Department and from across state government stepped up and help respond to this terrible animal disease outbreak. This award is an opportunity to highlight the hard work and long hours they all put in to the response and thank them for their service. I am extremely proud of the Iowa team and join my colleagues from across the country in congratulating them on receiving this award,” Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey, who nominated the Iowa team for the award, said.

The award citation read:

“The Iowa IMT leadership worked diligently throughout the entire 2015 H5N2 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) outbreak in Iowa.

“This outbreak has been described by USDA APHIS leadership as the largest animal health emergency in US history. The Iowa IMT leadership provided effective, strong, committed, positive and creative leadership throughout the entire emergency response in Iowa. The Iowa IMT leadership worked closely with federal, state, local and industry partners to assist producers in depopulation, disposal and cleaning and disinfection of infected facilities.

“Throughout the disease outbreak they always maintained a focus on helping farmers get back in operation as soon as possible while ensuring strong biosecurity measures were in place to limit further spread of the disease.

“In addition to leading the Iowa response to this disease, Iowa IMT leadership have also conducted extensive training, planning and preparations in our state to better prepare for another incident of HPAI or other animal disease. They have also shared their hard earned experience freely and served as a resource for other states preparing their own animal health emergency response plans.

“The team members include Steve Moline, Food Safety and Animal Health Division Director; Dr. David Schmitt, State Veterinarian for Iowa; Dr. Jeff Kaisand, Assistant State Veterinarian for Iowa; and Robin Pruisner, Ag Security Coordinator.”

Ag Group, Animal Health, avian flu, award, Poultry

USPOULTRY Recognizes Clean Water Award Winners

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USPOULTRY_Blue Sanderson Farms, of Kinston, North Carolina, and Tyson Foods, of Russellville, Arkansas, were recently named the recipients of the 2016 Clean Water Award, presented by the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY). The award recognizes poultry facilities that have excelled in their efforts at water reclamation.

Awards were presented during USPOULTRY’s Environmental Management Seminar in Destin, Floria in two categories: full treatment and pretreatment.

“We received many outstanding applications for this year’s Clean Water Awards, and they should all be commended,” said Paul Hill, West Liberty Foods, Ellsworth, Iowa, and chairman of USPOULTRY. “The caliber of the applications received goes to show how seriously our members take water treatment and conserving our earth’s natural resources. Congratulations to this year’s winners.”

The full treatment category honor, which was awarded to the Sanderson Farms broiler processing plant, recognizes an exceptional plant that treats wastewater with an exceptionally high standard of quality, allowing the facility to discharge into a receiving stream or final land application system.

The Sanderson Farms facility processes approximately 250,000 birds per day, generating an average wastewater flow of 1.4 million gallons per day. Numerous wastewater treatment processes are utilized, including biological treatment, oxygenation, clarification and ultra-violent disinfection, as is discharged through a land application system that produces hay and pine trees, which helps to recharge the aquifer that supports facility operations.

The pretreatment category honor, which was awarded to Tyson Food’s further processing facility, recognizes a facility that discharges pretreated effluent to a publicly-owned, full treatment facility for further treatment.

The Tyson Foods plant treats an average of 200,000 thousand gallons of water per day, and recently installed a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system to more efficiently monitor and operate dissolve air flotation (DAF) units, flow meters, tanks, pumps and other equipment remotely. In an effort to save energy, The facility also manages the operation of tank aerators to ensure they are not running simultaneously, which saves energy, and operations are continuously being reviewed in order to expand the facility’s reuse of treated wastewater.

Tyson Foods River Valley Animal Foods of Scranton, Ark. received honorable mention in the full treatment category. Keystone Foods in Gadsden, Ala., and Tyson Foods in Rogers, Ark., received honorable mention in the pre-treatment category.

Ag Group, Agribusiness, award, Chicken, Conservation, sustainability, US Poultry, Water

Dairy Girl Network Introduces New Sponsors

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dairygirlnetwork1 Dairy Girl Network recently announced the addition of CRV USA and DeLaval in two new partnerships at the Sustaining sponsorship level. Each of these companies have shown a longstanding dedication to women in dairy farming and have helped enable women to serve in leadership roles.

Dairy Girl Network is responsible for the development of programs and events that support female dairy industry professionals by enhancing their lives and creating unique professional opportunities. These new sponsors will allow Dairy Girl Network members to gain valuable connections and resources, and will further enable them to share their experiences while supporting and encouraging fellow dairywomen.

“The fast-growing Dairy Girl Network is poised to reach hundreds, if not thousands, more dairywomen in the years ahead,” comments Laura Daniels, founder and president. “Thanks to CRV and DeLaval, we will strengthen Dairy Girl Network programming and continue the quest to reach more women in isolated areas.”

CRV USA is a world-leading cattle improvement organization that works to help dairy producers build healthy, easy-to-manage, and profitable herds.

“The Dairy Girl Network team is full of energy, brings a unique perspective, and endless resources to dairywomen across the country,” says Amy VanderMark, CRV USA Managing Director. “For many years, CRV has looked for ways to build alliances and support women in our industry. I hope to carry on that tradition by becoming active with the group and supporting the great women I’ve had the pleasure meeting and working alongside—and meeting many more along the way.”

DeLaval milking equipment is a worldwide leader in the industry and offers a diverse portfolio of solutions for dairy farmers.

“Supporting Dairy Girl Network programs has perfect alignment with our values and ambitions,” states Fernando Cuccioli, DeLaval North America President. “As a leading company in the dairy industry, a key factor of DeLaval’s success is the diversity of our workforce including more and more female professionals to our already large pool of talent.”

Ag Group, Communications, Company Announcement, Dairy, Dairy Business, dairy farming

AnimalAgCast Talks Pork Board’s Antibiotic Initiatives

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AgWired-Animal Ag Cast On this week’s AnimalAgCast, Lizzy Schultz sat down with Dr. Dave Pyburn, Vice President of Science and Technology for the National Pork Board, to discuss the organization’s ongoing commitment to antibiotic stewardship.

Antibiotics have become a major point of interest in the livestock industry following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s decision to enact Guidance for Industry #209 and #213, which will prohibit the use of medically important antibiotics for growth purposes in livestock and require increased collaboration between veterinarians and producers for the therapeutic use of medically important antibiotics.

The swine industry has made a long-held commitment to antibiotic stewardship, and pork producers across America have always prioritized the judicious use of antibiotics on their operations. The National Pork Board has significantly expanded upon their ongoing commitment to antibiotic stewardship by spending the last 18 months developing and implementing a new comprehensive education, research and communication strategy to help make this commitment to antibiotic stewardship known to all, and to work in collaboration with federal agencies, such as USDA, FDA and CDC, to look for ways for continual improvement of responsible antibiotic use.

“These new initiatives are not new commitments to antibiotic stewardship, that is something we have had for a number of years, they are instead commitments to being more transparent about the ways we use antibiotics,” said Dr. Pyrburn during the podcast. “We want to make sure we’re letting folks know that when we use antibiotics on the farm, we are using them judiciously and there are reasons that we are using them. We want to let everybody know how we make these decisions on the farm and how they’re done with scientific background.”

Learn more in this week’s AnimalAgCast:
AnimalAgCast with Dr. Dave Pyburn, National Pork Board

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