Researchers Improve the Diet of Female Broilers

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USPOULTRY_BlueUSPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announce the completion of a funded research project at the University of Arkansas in Fayette, Ark., in which the researchers were able to improve the diet of female broilers.

The research was made possible by an endowing gift from Simmons Foods, and the research project is part of the Association’s comprehensive research program encompassing all phases of poultry and egg production and processing. A brief summary of the completed project is shown below. A complete report, along with information on other Association research, may be obtained by going to USPOULTRY’s website, The project summary is as follows.

Project #F061: Branched-Chain Amino Acid Requirement and Their Role in Protein Synthesis and Growth Performance in Female Broiler Chickens

Dr. Sami Dridi and Dr. Michael Kidd, from the University of Arkansas, recently completed a research project where they determined the ideal level of the amino acid valine that should be included in the diet of female broilers. They found that by optimizing the ratio of valine to lysine in the diet, improvements in body weight, feed conversion and breast meat yield could be achieved. In addition, the percentage of fat in the carcass was reduced. This is valuable new information for broiler nutritionists and broiler companies.

Ag Group, Chicken, Nutrition, Poultry, Research

Apply for BIVI Swine Research Awards

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screen-shot-2016-09-29-at-10-14-52-amThe Awards for Advancing Research in Respiratory Disease, with the financial support from Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI), has opened the call for entries for the 2017 research proposals.

Research proposals may be related to:
Porcine circovirus Type 2 (PCV2)
Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae
Influenza A virus in swine (IAV-S)
Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome

Practicing veterinarians and researchers seeking a Research Award need to submit a proposal by January 2, 2017. Three $35,000 awards will be available. Submissions are inclusive of research projects addressing some of the industry’s most pressing questions about the control and management of these infectious diseases.

“There are a host of respiratory diseases that impact production, performance and challenge producer’s bottom line,” says Dr. Daryl Olsen, AMVC veterinarian and member of the Respiratory Disease Research Board. “The Research Award Program showcases our commitment to meeting the industry’s need for applicable swine respiratory disease research.”

“The threat from swine respiratory diseases is always evolving, so ongoing research is necessary to find new and better solutions to problems that reduce production and profitability,” says Dr. Reid Philips, swine senior technical manager, BIVI.

AASV, Agribusiness, Animal Health, award, Boehringer Ingelheim, Swine, Veterinary

Proposed Estate Tax Regulations Threaten Family Businesses

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ncba-logoThe National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) along with more than 3,800 organizations and family-owned enterprises sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew adamantly opposing and asking for withdrawal of the newly proposed estate tax regulations by the Department of Treasury. The proposed regulations under section 2704 of the Internal Revenue Code would permanently change estate planning for families that own a controlling interest in a privately-held entity.

“The proposed guidance is one of the most sweeping changes to estate tax policies in the last 25 years and would be detrimental to active enterprises and family-owned businesses that employ millions of workers throughout the nation,” the letter reads. “In particular, these rules would impose significant new tax costs on family-owned businesses, diverting capital from business investment, costing jobs and threatening the ability of families to pass businesses on to the next generation of owners.”

Danielle Beck, NCBA director of government affairs, said the regulations would eliminate or greatly reduce available valuation discounts for family-related entities, which in turn increase the tax associated with common transfers including inheritance.

“These proposed regulations would eliminate or greatly reduce marketability for family related entities, effectively discouraging families from continuing to operate or grow their businesses and pass them on to future generations,” said Beck. “Producers are often forced into selling land or cattle in order to pay the tax, and in some cases, are put out of business. The Administration is causing unnecessary economic harm to family businesses.”

NCBA urges the Department of Treasury to withdraw the proposed estate tax regulations.

Ag Group, Beef, Farming, Ranches

Americans Embrace Sausage as a Staple

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nhdsc-logo-newest-darkNew polling shows sausage is an American favorite no matter how it’s prepared. October is National Sausage Month and nearly nine in ten Americans (89 percent) say they enjoy sausage, including 93 percent of men and 85 percent of women. Choosing a favorite type, however, is far more divisive. Italian sausage (20 percent) and breakfast patties (20 percent) are the two most popular styles of sausage followed by breakfast links (15 percent) and bratwurst (12 percent).

The research was conducted online in September 2016 among more than 2,000 U.S. adults ages 18 and older by Harris Poll for the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (NHDSC).

The poll found that favorite sausages vary quite a bit regionally. Northeasterners are most likely to say Italian sausage is their favorite (33 percent), while more Southerners enjoy breakfast patties (26 percent). Midwesterners are most likely to prefer Bratwurst (19 percent).

“Sausage is one of our most versatile foods, as it can be eaten on its own for any meal, combined in a recipe or even as a dip, said NHDSC President Eric Mittenthal. “No matter how it is eaten, Americans know that including sausage is guaranteed to make for a delicious dish.”

Ag Group, Food, Meat, Pork

Cuba Embargo – Here to Stay or Gone Tomorrow?

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zp-nh1Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What’s your opinion of the Bayer-Monsanto deal?”

The mega merger is still in the news and a small majority of pollers seem to believe the Bayer-Monsanto deal is bad news for the industry. As the companies work out the kinks farmers will soon see what the future holds and how this consolidation will impact their bottom line.

Here are the poll results:

  • Better solutions for farmers – 26%
  • Bad news – 37%
  • Consolidation is inevitable – 22%
  • Don’t know- 10%
  • Don’t care – 5%

Our new ZimmPoll is live and asks the question, How should U.S. normalize relations with Cuba?

The U.S. Ag Coalition for Cuba represents about 120 national groups each working collectively on individual interests with the common goal of improving trade relations with Cuba. Cubans seek to normalize relations with the U.S. which would include the U.S. lifting the embargo, extending credit to Cuba ensuring future trade deals and opening borders allowing U.S. citizens to travel as tourists to Cuba. Trade would open doors for U.S. agriculture and tourism would seal the deal on demand for U.S. goods. However, many believe any business with Cuba is bad business because of it’s history. Tell us how you feel…end the embargo, open-up tourism for U.S., neither or both?


Kent Nutrition Group Purchases Deluxe Feeds

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untitled1 Kent Nutrition Group (KNG) and Deluxe Feeds have announced an agreement for KNG to acquire the Deluxe organization on October 3, 2016, including its feed mills, retail business, and Midwest EnRG Flakes operations.

“We are very pleased to have Deluxe join our family of companies as we both share a passion and long tradition for providing customers with quality products and service,” said Gage A. Kent, chairman and CEO, Kent Corporation. “Our company has always been a strong supporter of U.S. and Iowa agriculture. The acquisition of Deluxe will continue to position us well in the industry and enhance our long term ability to serve customers with trusted brands, superior customer service and competitive ingredient sourcing.”

Deluxe is a private independent company with two primary state-of-the-art feed mills located in Sheldon and Ireton, Iowa, and the company prides itself on providing quality feed products for swine, dairy, and beef producers in their service area as they continue to address today’s rapidly changing livestock needs.

“Becoming part of the Kent Nutrition Group will help us write an exciting new chapter to the Deluxe quality and service story,” said Gary Doppenberg, Deluxe founder. “Our values are so closely aligned that Kent became the obvious choice as we looked at transitioning our business for the future.”

The transaction will allows KNG to bolster its commercial business and regional focus, since the Deluxe facilities are in one of the top commercial animal producing regions in the country. This new combination of resources, capabilities, and a long history in the nutrition and feed industries will provide an expanded opportunity to better serve customers, and existing Deluxe customers will continue to receive quality products and services from the familiar faces at the Deluxe organization.

“We are looking forward to the new opportunities this agreement gives us to enhance our product and service offering for livestock producers and dealers in Northwest Iowa,” said John Thorpe, president, Kent Nutrition Group. “This move makes our business even stronger and allows us to share our quality story in new markets.”

Ag Group, Company Announcement, Feed, Nutrition

CattleFax Announces Outlook & Strategies Seminar

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cattlefaxThe cattle industry is facing larger domestic supplies for 2017 and 2018, and pork and poultry production will be record large as well says CattleFax.

Beef industry participants will feel the far-reaching influence of livestock expansion well beyond 2016. CattleFax will discuss those implications in detail during its Outlook & Strategies 2017 Seminar on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 in Littleton, Colo.

Jan Lambregts, Global Head of Financial Markets Research for Rabobank International, will provide the keynote – presenting the factors that will shape the U.S. and global economy in 2017. Art Douglas, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of the Atmospheric Science Department at Creighton University, will discuss weather patterns and trends expected for 2017 and beyond.

The CattleFax team will share its expectations on the major trends that will shape the livestock, grain, protein and energy markets over the next 12 to 24 months – providing business strategies to navigate the market challenges. Seminar topics will include beef cowherd expansion, protein market trends, cheaper feedstuffs, energy market price changes, feedyard and packing segment capacity, interest rate expectations and world trade policy.

The seminar will be located at the Marriott Denver South at Park Meadows and will cost $325 per person and includes a pre-seminar networking reception on the evening of Monday, Nov. 28.

Agribusiness, Beef, Cattle, Dairy, Livestock, Markets, Price

Animal Ag Bites

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  • Abigail Shipley will join the American Hereford Association and its subsidiary entity, Hereford Publications Inc., as the new creative services coordinator. Shipley will assist with and manage HPI projects and will be responsible for coordinating projects to meet print deadlines.
  • Dan Schimek has joined NutriQuest as Director of Dairy Technology and will lead the development of NutriQuest dairy technologies. Schimek will focus on developing products and technologies to serve the U.S. and international dairy markets.
  • Todd Wilson recently was appointed general manager for Cobb-Vantress Inc. for North America. Wilson comes to Cobb-Vantress from Tyson Foods Inc. where he was senior director of continuous improvement. He has worked for Tyson Foods since 1989.
  • Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 13 requests for export assistance from Dairy Farmers of America, Northwest Dairy Association/Darigold and Tillamook County Creamery Association, which have contracts to sell 2.288 million pounds of Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese to customers in Asia, Central America, the Middle East, North Africa and Oceania.
Animal Bites

BLM to Gather Sand Wash Wild Horses

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us-doi-blm-logo A decision signed last week will allow the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to begin gathering up to 50 wild horses from northwestern Colorado’s Sand Wash herd management area (HMA) next month.

The young horses will be bait-trapped and placed in the Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary (GEMS) training and adoption program, and fertility control treatments will be administered to any mares being released back to the range.

BLM has named rapid, unhealthy population growth as the reasoning behind the decision. The agency has stated that it manages the area for up to 362 wild horses, but the current population exceeds 600, a number that poses a serious risk to the area’s ecological balance.

BLM will work with the Sand Wash Advocacy Team (SWAT), a partner group, to identify horses to be placed into the adoption program. SWAT members will also work to identify mares that can be treated with the contraceptive vaccine porcine zona pellucida (PZP), which delays fertilization, and released back to the range.

“The BLM is committed to maintaining a healthy wild horse population in Sand Wash over the long-term,” said BLM Little Snake Field Manager Bruce Sillitoe. “This small gather and fertility treatment will help keep their habitat healthy, which is key to keeping the wild horses healthy.”

The decision and associated environmental assessment are available here.

Ag Group, Animal Welfare, Conservation, Equine, Government, Horses, Wild Horses

Alltech Webinar – The VFD: What it means to me

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screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-2-27-19-pmJoin Alltech for a live webinar with Dr. Darrell Johnson, Director of Regulatory Services, University of Kentucky on September 29th at 2:30 pm EST. Topic up for discussion is “Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD): What it means to me.”

Key points which will be covered include:
– What it means – Gain a better understanding of what exactly the veterinary feed directive means.
– What will change – Take a closer look at what changes will take place from the farm to the feed mill.
– Which antibiotics – Obtain a list of antibiotics that this new regulation affects.
– Necessary actions – Understand the necessary actions that producers will need to take as a result of this new regulation.

Agribusiness, Alltech, Animal Health, Feed, Livestock, Veterinary, VFD, Webinar