Animal Ag Bites 6/4

carrie muehling

The National Pork Producers called for a swift resolution of the United States-China trade dispute, paving the way for increased U.S. pork exports to the world’s largest pork-consuming nation. According to Iowa State University Economist Dermot Hayes, U.S. pork producers have lost $2.2 billion on an annualized basis due to events leading up to and following China’s 25 percent punitive …

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Alltech Focused on Fish Nutrition, Sustainability

carrie muehling

Scientists in the field of aquaculture are working to produce a premium product sustainably, and nutrition is a key part of that goal. At ONE 18: The Alltech Ideas Conference, Dr. Philip Lyons shared some challenges and successes of the aquaculture industry with participants. “I think the biggest challenge is that at the moment a vast majority of feeds for …

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Poultry Researchers Tackle Woody Breast Syndrome

carrie muehling

A growing problem for the poultry industry is woody breast syndrome, a muscle myopathy that affects the most popular cut of poultry. While it doesn’t pose any harm to the consumer or the bird, it results in a product that is not palatable. In 2017, woody breast syndrome cost the U.S. poultry industry an estimated $200 million. Due to changes …

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Bytes: Tech That Feeds Us

carrie muehling

KEENAN CEO Robert Walker explored the future of technology and data as it relates to agriculture and the food chain at ONE 18: The Alltech Ideas Conference. “Ag tech is shrinking the food chain,” said Walker. “It’s making communication up and down the food chain a lot better, quicker, and ultimately that is going to be to the benefit of …

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China’s Impact on U.S. Beef Demand

carrie muehling

China reopened its borders to United States beef in 2017, but that historic decision sparked both challenges and opportunities for American beef producers, according to Ian Lahiffe, Lead of Operations, Allfex Livestock Intelligence. Lahiffe said beef consumption has almost doubled in China over the past 10-15 years, but Chinese consumers are accustomed to grass-fed beef primarily from Brazil or Australia …

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Animal Ag Bites 5/29

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U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) is releasing a video that demonstrates what poultry and egg farms can expect if their farms are inspected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). To ensure the information is accurate and beneficial, USPOULTRY collaborated with EPA personnel to develop and produce the video. A new study funded by National Dairy Council (NDC) shows …

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ZimmCast 585 – ONE 18, Alltech Ideas Conference

chuck zimmerman

In this week’s program I’m sharing several interviews from the ONE 18, Alltech Ideas Conference. First up is Aidan Connolly, Alltech VP, who talks about technology and what he hopes to convey to attendees this year. Next up is USDA Under Secretary Bill Northey. Bill talks Farm Bill, RFS and his department, Farm and Foreign Agriculture Service. Finally, you will …

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Four Alltech Global Accelerator Internal Startups

carrie muehling

Eight startup companies have joined The Pearse Lyons Accelerator, including four that are internal to Alltech. Rebecca Noble works in Alltech’s business development for crop science division. She describes Adentro as a crop pretection brand of the future, using new science and new research. The name of the company translates to “inside” or “within.” Noble and her colleagues are looking …

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Four Alltech Global Accelerator External Startups

carrie muehling

In its second year of existence, The Pearse Lyons Accelerator is adding eight new agriculture startups, featured at this year’s ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference. Four internal and four external companies make up this year’s participants. Israel-based eggXYt provides technology that allows hatcheries and chicken breeders to detect the gender of chicken embryos. The goal is to stop the unnecessary …

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Cousin Elected to Heifer International Board of Directors

cindy zimmerman

Ertharin Cousin, former Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme, has been elected to the Heifer International Board of Directors, joining other members with diverse backgrounds in the business, agriculture, academic, faith-based and private sectors. Cousin will serve on the board as an at-large delegate for a three-year term. With more than 30 years of national and international …

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