Showcasing U.S. Red Meat at SIAL Paris

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USMEF logo On this week’s audio report from the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), Dan Halstrom, USMEF senior vice president for marketing, discusses his recent experience showcasing U.S. beef and pork with USMEF and several of its member companies at SIAL Paris.

The global food show is held every two years, and this year’s event attracted approximately 7,000 exhibitors and over 100,000 attendees from well over 100 countries, including buyers from across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

“The SIAL Show in Paris is a very significant global food show, not only for European customers, but for customers from the Eastern Bloc, Central Asia, and a lot from China and Southeast Asia,” said Halstrom. “The exhibitors feel like there’s an opportunity with U.S. beef and pork, because we have larger supplies available in the U.S. compared to the last few years, and in a lot of cases our price points are a bit more competitive. I think this is indeed an opportunity for some incremental business.”

Learn more in the full report:
USMEF Report, SIAL Paris

Ag Group, Audio, Beef, Events, Export, Export, International, Pork, USMEF

Cargill Unveils Format Solutions

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cargill_logo Cargill recently changed the name of its feed and food software business to Format Solutions. The new name follows the company’s successful integration of Format International, and represents Cargill’s commitment to offer its customers a comprehensive, integrated set of software offerings, industry knowledge and expertise in animal and human nutrition.

“Our customers and our team share high expectations for Format Solutions,” said Bruce Feist, managing director, Format Solutions. “The name reflects our combined business of Feed Management Systems and Format International, and underscores the organization’s commitment as a proven technology partner providing integrated feed and food software solutions. Format Solutions also represents where we want to be as the trusted partner, understanding our customers’ businesses and bringing significant industry knowledge and investment in software and services solutions to our customers – helping them to grow their business.”

Format Solutions operates as a separate and distinct business, specializing in the design, authoring and marketing of recipe optimization, ingredient allocation, operational efficiency and food and feed formulation solutions for the animal feed, aqua feed, pet food, human food, premix and other industries. This new combined organization has plans to build a unique, state-of-the-art technology platform for formulation, operations and farm management software solutions for its customers.

“We are building a world class organization centered on what our customers need in order to help them be successful in their own businesses,” Feist said. “We will continue to innovate and develop our products and services so we can deliver the best technology solutions to the market.”

Agribusiness, Cargill, Company Announcement, Nutrition, Technology

Protect the Harvest Named Title Sponsor of EQUUS

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screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-9-09-23-amEQUUS Film Festival is the only horse focused movie, art and literary gathering in America and has named Protect the Harvest as the title sponsor of its annual event in New York City on November 17-20.

Protect the Harvest is a non-profit organization, pro-agriculture coalition founded by Lucas Oil Products, Inc. CEO, Forrest Lucas, focused on the betterment of life for all animals, including horses.

“One of the major concerns of Protect the Harvest is how to protect horses living in the wild,” said Lucas. “While not everyone agrees on how to do that, many horse lovers agree that we don’t want our wild horses dying from starvation or dehydration and that something must be done.”

Protect-the-harvest“We believe that smaller herds will help preserve their freedoms and their health. Opening up a dialogue on how to best solve these issues and protect Range Lands is something that needs to be discussed by ranchers and horse lovers.”

“The Wild Horse issue is only one of the many areas that EQUUS Film Festival focuses on and now with the help of Protect the Harvest, we will be able to continue to give the many filmmakers a place to showcase their hard work that has resulted in wonderful films that need to be seen and shared,” commented EFF Founder, Lisa Diersen.

The EQUUS Film Festival also takes a selection of its films to various “Tour Stops” throughout the year. “Our goal is to showcase our filmmakers, and this title sponsorship is going to allow a selection of these horse films to be shown at more locations,” added co-organizer Diana De Rosa.

Ag Group, Equine, Protect the Harvest

Thoroughbred Makeover to Feature 300 Retired Racehorses

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rrp-racehorse-logo 302 recently retired Thoroughbreds from 62 racetracks across North America are heading to Lexington, Kentucky for the 2016 Retired Racehorse Project’s (RRP) Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium. The Symposium, presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America, will be held Oct. 27-30 at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Each horse has spent the past ten months in training
The retired racehorses have been working with horse trainers of various disciplines for the past ten months in preparation for the four-day event, which serves to demonstrate the capability of Thoroughbred ex-racehorses to excel within their particular riding disciplines. The event also features a $100,000 purse.

The event will feature competition in the following ten equestrian disciplines: barrel racing, competitive trails, dressage, eventing, field hunters, freestyle, polo, show hunters, show jumpers, and working ranch. The top three in each discipline will compete in the Saturday afternoon finale, where America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred will be crowned.

The event will be live-streamed on the RRP website.

“For anyone interested in training horses, this is as good as it gets,” said event organizer and RRP President Steuart Pittman. “The horses all started knowing only what they learned in the sport of racing, and each trainer applies his or her own methods to the process. You can’t help but learn something new.”

The Symposium will also feature five “Bridges to Second Careers Roundtables,” five seminars, and 13 training demonstrations to help improve the quality of training and care that off-track Thoroughbreds receive from their post-racing owners. Several top riders, trainers, veterinarians, and educators will be on hand to visit with attendees, including Rosie Napravnik, Bernie Traurig, Chris McCarron, Elisa Wallace, and Lance Graves.

106 of the horses entered in the competition will also be featured in the 2016 Makeover Horse Sale. The online catalog is available in advance for review, and offers prices, photos, and videos. During the event, potential buyers can watch horses compete and request trial rides with the seller’s consent.

Details and a full schedule of events are available online here.

Ag Group, Competition, Equestrian, Equine, Horse Racing, Kentucky Horse Park

Oral Calcium Supplement for Dairy from BIVI

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wde-16-131-editedA tried and true product for Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) has been Bovikalc, an oral calcium supplement that provides fast and extended support of blood calcium levels in freshening dairy cows. The World Dairy Expo served as a great platform for BIVI to again showcase the vital calcium supplement.

Brand Marketing Manager, Dr. Raffael Lichdi, said, “One of the things which has happened in the last five years is that there has been a lot of awareness being raised around sub-clinical hypocalcemia. One of the things Bovikalc does is provide a solution to your fresh cow management. It’s a product you give at calving and again 24 hours later to help elevate those negative effects hypocalcemia has on the cow.”

Dr. Lichdi said one of the things farmers he has talked with enjoy about this product is it’s ease of administration. And if we take that one step further, farmers like that they can tangibly see a difference in a cows calcium levels within just 30 minutes of first dose. Bovikalc is also backed by key opinion leaders who have conducted research proving it does what it says it will do.

Learn more about Bovikalc and BIVI’s commitment to the dairy community in my complete interview with Dr. Lichdi here: Interview with Dr. Raffael Lichdi, BIV

View and download photos from the event here: 2016 World Dairy Expo Photo Album.

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Agribusiness, Animal Health, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, Cattle, Dairy, Supplements, World Dairy Expo

2016 World Dairy Expo Summary

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wde-16-logo The 2016 World Dairy Expo had a total attendance of 74,572 individuals, including 3,108 registered international guests from 102 countries. This year’s trade show hosted 881 companies from 30 countries, 6 Canadian provinces and 45 U.S. States. 83 new companies were in attendance this year.

The top five countries of registered international attendance were Canada, Mexico, China, South Korea, and Columbia.

2,434 total dairy cattle were housed on the grounds during the event and were shown by 1,778 exhibitors from 37 U.S. States, 9 Canadian provinces and 1 Mexican State.

Breakdown of Cattle Represented:
Ayrshire – 320
Brown Swiss – 377
Guernsey – 217
Holstein Total – 640
Jersey – 418
Milking Shorthorn – 213
Red & White – 249

Musqie Iatola Martha-ET, a Jersey owned by Milk Source, LLC, Kaukauna, Wis, was named the 2016 Supreme Champion of World Dairy Expo, and Sheeknoll Durham Arrow, a Holstein owned by Sheeknoll Farms, Rochester, Minn, was named the 2016 Reserve Supreme Champion.

The Supreme Champion of the junior show was Silvermaple Wyndham Camille, a Holstein exhibited by Christian Cunningham and Miles Price, Penngrove, Calif. The Reserve Supreme Champion of the junior show: was Cutting Edge T Delilah, a Brown Swiss exhibited by Kyle Barton, Ancramdale, N.Y.

A total of 393 youth attendees participated in this year’s youth showmanship contest, and 22 participants entered this year’s youth fitting contest.

19 universities competed in the Lely National Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest, with the University of Minnesota taking top honors. 13 post-secondary institutions competed in the Lely International Post-Secondary Dairy Cattle Judging Contest, with the winning title going to Northeast Iowa Community College.

View and download photos from the event here: 2016 World Dairy Expo Photo Album.

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Ag Group, Dairy Board, World Dairy Expo

Balchem’s Real Faces of Dairy Essay Winners

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balchemThroughout 2016, Balchem Corporation has celebrated and honored the American dairy industry – past, present and future. And now Balchem has announced the Real Faces of Dairy essay winners.

As part of the Real Faces of Dairy campaign, children and adults were encouraged to tell their dairy story through the Real Faces of Dairy website and Facebook page. Each entry answered these questions; What does dairy mean to you? How has the dairy industry impacted your life? The finalists were announced mid-summer, and the public voted on the Real Faces of Dairy Facebook page for their favorite essay.

First Place: Lisa Ruble – Waterford, OH
Second Place: David Alexander – Conneaut Lake, PA
Third Place: Ashley Eckard-Maule – West Grove, PA
Fourth Place: Annah Nigon – Spencer, WI

15-18 Years
First Place: Derrek Hardy – Browning, MO
Second Place: Sarah Lehner – Delaware, OH
Third Place: Peyton Bond – Stockton, NJ

11-14 Years
First Place: Emily Makos – Juda, WI
Second Place: Lily Charapata – Coleman, WI
Third Place: Clarissa Ulness – Valders, WI
Fourth Place: Brock Strassburg – Bowler, WI

6-10 Years
First Place: Whitney Ulness – Valders, WI
Second Place: Abbie Ainslie – West Winfield, NY
Third Place: Brady Strassburg – Bowler, WI

Agribusiness, Animal Health, award, Dairy, Nutrition

Animal Ag Alliance Calls for Increase of Farm Security

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animalagallianceThe Animal Agriculture Alliance is alarmed by the recent actions of Direct Action Everywhere, a radical animal rights group and the below release from them provides more information on their current activities.

Last week, Direct Action Everywhere released video footage that it claims was obtained during “stealth visits” to a California egg farm. Activists entered barns several times in late September and early October, mostly at night. Direct Action Everywhere’s founder, Wayne Hsiung, stated in a media interview that the group did not seek permission to enter the farm, but felt they had the right to enter the property because they suspected animal cruelty.

This complete disregard for private property as well as the safety of animals is deeply concerning, and Direct Action Everywhere cannot be allowed to continue to operate in this manner. The organization is clearly willing to take extreme, dangerous measures to further its mission of “trying to destroy animal agriculture” (as stated by Hsiung at the 2016 Animal Rights National Conference). The Alliance urges law enforcement and policymakers to take a strong stance against this illegal activity. Every state has animal cruelty laws in place, and any concerns about animal care should be reported to local law enforcement – not “investigated” by extremists with an obvious agenda.

In addition to blatantly violating the law, unauthorized visitors on farms present serious threats to the health and safety of livestock and poultry. “Biosecurity” refers to measures taken to reduce the chances of infectious diseases being introduced to farms by people, animals, equipment or vehicles. Activists breaking into and entering farms flies in the face of every principle of biosecurity and violates common USDA-recommended practices such as not allowing visitors near livestock or poultry unless absolutely necessary, making sure they have clean footwear and clothes and requiring visitors to shower-in and shower-out of barns.

One need to look no further than last year’s devastating outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza to understand the importance of closely following biosecurity measures and avoiding any risks – such as unauthorized visitors with camera equipment that has likely been on other farms and not properly cleaned. Because of the potential for contamination due to the activists entering the barn, the farm targeted by Direct Action Everywhere’s video had to destroy all of the birds in it – a clear consequence of the group placing their true agenda, promoting animal rights, above ensuring the health, safety and even lives of the birds.

The Department of Homeland Security has recognized agriculture and food production as critical components of our infrastructure and national security. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that business owners continue to strengthen the security of their facilities and that law enforcement provide support to farmers and ranchers. The Alliance urges farmers and ranchers to remain vigilant and aware of threats posed by extremists who have no respect for the law or animal safety. We also ask law enforcement to provide any assistance possible to the agricultural community in preventing these unlawful “visits” from occurring.

Ag Group, Animal Activists, Animal Ag Alliance, Animal Welfare, Poultry

Animal Ag Bites

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  • Taylor Shackelford has joined the International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA)’s staff as a field service representative. Shackelford begins his role Oct. 24. He grew up showing beef cattle, participating in a number of leadership and career development events and served the Texas FFA Association as first vice president in 2012.
  • Afimilk has created a new website,, for dairy producers looking to learn more about monitoring cows for estrus, illness and calving.
  • Registration for SALUMI 101 is open and will be held December 7-9, 2016 at California State University-Fresno in Fresno, CA. SALUMI 101 is sponsored by American Meat Science Association (AMSA), North Carolina State University and California State University-Fresno.
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Afimilk Honored for Innovative Calving Alert System

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afiact-cows Afimilk’s Calving Alert service was recognized for innovation in calving detection at an awards ceremony held during the 2016 World Dairy Expo, marking the third year in a row Afimilk has received the coveted Dairy Herd Management Innovation Award.

Dystocia is a costly and common problem, with studies reporting that up to half of Holstein heifers require intervention from a farmer or veterinarian during labor. While monitoring cows around their expected delivery time helps lower the risk of complications from dystocia, round-the-clock observation is incredibly impractical.

The system features the unique AfiAct II leg-tag technology, which is designed to alert producers of both the onset of parturition and dystocia events for individual cows. The system sends a wireless notification when cows go into labor, and again if labor is prolonged, offering farmers increased peace of mind as cows near the end of their gestational period.

The system can detect other conditions based on resting behavior and activity as well, including estrus, abortion, illness, and cow comfort problems.

“We now have good control over the calving process, and dead calves in the morning are a rare sight,” said Edu Mesnik, a veteran farm manager who experienced noticeably reduced half mortality after installing AfiAct II in his herd last year.

View and download photos from the event here: 2016 World Dairy Expo Photo Album.

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