Animal Ag Bites 4/2

carrie muehling

Various forms of robotic milking are helping sustain small to medium sized dairy farms amid broader industry consolidation and improving labor efficiency for some larger operations according to a new report from CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange Division. A brief video synopsis of the report, “Automatic Milking Systems: Keeping Smaller Dairies in the Game” is available here and the full report is …

AgWired Animal, Animal Bites

The Global Promotion of Irish Food & Drink

jamie johansen

While traveling Ireland with Alltech and KEENAN we stopped by Bord Bia Irish Food Board to learn more about the role they play in promoting Irish food and drink worldwide. One of the prize projects they have developed is Origin Green, a program centered around food sustainability. The unique national concept brings in industry, the state and stakeholders within the …

Agribusiness, AgWired Animal, Alltech, Beef, Dairy, International, sustainability

Easter Eggs Are Up in Farm Bureau Survey

cindy zimmerman

Your Easter basket is just a little pricier this year, according to the lastest American Farm Bureau Federation Spring Picnic Marketbasket Survey. Higher retail prices for several foods including eggs, orange juice, meat products, bagged salad, shredded cheddar and vegetable oil contributed to the overall increase of two percent compared to last year. The informal survey showed the total cost …

AFBF, AgWired Animal, Eggs, Food

Animal Ag Bites 3/26

carrie muehling

The 2018 World Pork Expo will mark its 30th anniversary by presenting the world’s largest pork-specific trade show with more exhibit space and featuring more U.S. and international companies than ever before. Presented by the National Pork Producers Council, the world’s largest pork-specific trade show takes place Wednesday, June 6, through Friday, June 8, at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in …

AgWired Animal, Animal Bites

Evaluating Aptimmune Vaccine in PRRS Viremic Pigs

Carrie Muehling

At the 2018 Aptimmune Scientific Symposium, Dr. Andy Kryzer of Fairmont Veterinary Clinic in Fairmont, Minn., shared an evaluation of the Aptimmune vaccine in Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) viremic piglets. Kryzer said the study trialed the vaccine at weaning only versus weaning and two weeks post weaning to see if the approaches were equally effective at reducing PRRS …

AgWired Animal, Aptimmune, Audio, PRRS

Swine Vets Excited About Barricade Vaccine

Carrie Muehling

Three different trials on Minnesota hog farms resulting in encouraging evidence for the success of Aptimmune‘s Barricade vaccines. Dr. Chris Sievers, associate veterinarian at the Swine Vet Center in Minnesota presented on the trials at the 2018 Aptimmune Scientific Symposium. “The exciting thing with Aptimmune is we have a vaccine that’s killed that’s showing some effectiveness,” said Sievers. “I should …

AgWired Animal, Aptimmune, Audio, PRRS, Swine, Vaccine

Ethanol and Pork on China’s Draft Retaliation List

cindy zimmerman

Following action by President Trump yesterday to impose tariffs on up to $60 billion in Chinese imports, China is making its list of what U.S. products will be the target of retaliation. The list reportedly includes agricultural products such as U.S. pork, modified ethanol, wine, fruits and nuts, and soybeans are expected to be as well. “We sell a lot …

AgWired Animal, Audio, ethanol, Exports, Pork, RFA, Soybean

Reducing Mortality with Barricade PRRS

Carrie Muehling

Participants in the 2018 Aptimmune Scientific Symposium heard some real world examples of how Barricade PRRS is helping farmers to fight the illness in their herds. Dr. Natalie Baker shared evidence of the vaccine’s success after Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) broke on an Indiana operation in April 2017. “We followed these pigs out and looked at mortality data …

AgWired Animal, Aptimmune, PRRS, Swine, Vaccine

KEENAN Connects Farmers to Nutrition Specialists

carrie muehling

U.S. dairy farmers visiting the headquarters for KEENAN Systems in Dublin, Ireland, learned more about MechFiber and the impact it can make on a dairy herd. KEENAN Corporate Marketing Manager Martin Minchen shared that the concept, developed in 2008, has been a key value proposition for the company globally. The focus is on consistent fiber lengths and an even mix …

AgWired Animal, Alltech, Animal Agriculture, Audio, KEENAN