Canada confirms 12th case of BSE

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirmed on Tuesday a case of BSE in a 6-year-old dairy cow from Alberta. The animal’s carcass is under CFIA control, and no part of it entered the human food or animal feed system. The age and location of the infected cow are consistent with previous cases in Canada, and this case will not affect …

Animal Health, International

Outstanding Dairy Industry Edcucator/Researcher

Chuck Zimmerman

One of the awards given by Western Dairy Business Magazine at World Ag Expo is the Outstanding Dairy Industry Edcucator/Researcher. This year that honor was presented to Dr. John Smith, Kansas State University. Dr. Smith was interviewed by Dairyline’s Bill Baker. He’s humbled by the award. He’s one of the presenters at the Dairy Profit Seminars that were held at …

Animal Health, Audio, Production, World Ag Expo

Study reveals consumer views on animal welfare

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A recent study, sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation and conducted by the Bureau for Social Research at Oklahoma State University (OSU) surveyed approximately 1,000 randomly selected people from across the U.S. on their attitudes in regards to animal welfare. The 48-question survey was conducted by telephone. Bailey Norwood, an OSU economist and primary researcher in charge of the …

Animal Health, Industry News

Value of Starch in Corn Silage

Cindy Zimmerman

Along with higher corn prices, the value of corn silage has tracked notably higher. The industry used to reference corn silage values at “a penny a pound” or $20 per ton. However, the higher corn market and costs related to silage harvest have boost corn silage values in upwards of $50 per ton, says Dr. Bill Mahanna, coordinator of global …

Animal Health, Audio, Feed, Forage Forum, Pioneer Hi-Bred, Podcast

NAIS Exemption Under Fire

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The Farm Bill debate continues in the Senate, and now government watchdog groups are questioning exempting National Animal Identification from the Freedom of Information Act (FIOA). The Society of Professional Journalists, the American Civil Liberties Union and others say an attempt to ban the disclosure of information from a national animal tracking system could exempt some Agriculture Department documents from …

Animal Health, Government, Industry News

Role of Yeast in Unstable Silages

Cindy Zimmerman

While yeast is a common ingredient in feed rations, including yeast in silage can cause stability issues, particularly when there is significant variability in the corn crop, says Dr. Bill Mahanna, coordinator of global nutritional services for Pioneer Hi-Bred. An increasing amount of yeast can impact digestibility and palatability of the silage, but more importantly yeast can “heat up” the …

Animal Health, Audio, Feed, Forage Forum, Pioneer Hi-Bred, Podcast

Fresh Cow Advice From Pfizer

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Pfizer Animal Health has some advice to help producers develop prevention management practices. Using systematic and comprehensive monitoring programs for facility layout, animal flow and employee training can dairy producers increase profits. “A good fresh cow management program is critical to the success and profitability of a dairy,” says Mark Kirkpatrick, DVM, Manager, Dairy Veterinary Operations, Pfizer Animal Health. “When …

Agribusiness, Animal Health, Industry News

Corn Silage for Heifers

Cindy Zimmerman

Does corn silage really need to be that much different for heifers versus cows? According to Dr. Bill Mahanna, coordinator of global nutritional science for Pioneer Hi-Bred, the answer is yes since high fat deposits in growing heifers can cause havoc and production issues down the line. Hear how producers can potentially manage this problem and their crops to reduce …

Animal Health, Audio, Feed, Forage Forum, Nutrition, Pioneer Hi-Bred, Podcast

National FAIR Recognized by USDA

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And the news from the Holstein Association USA is also outstanding – the Association is one of the first to be recognized by USDA as an official Animal Tracking Database. A cooperative agreement has been signed between USDA and Holstein Association USA giving National FAIR (Farm Animal Identification and Records) official approval as a compliant Animal Tracking Database under the …

Animal Health, Animal ID, Government, Holstein Association, Industry News

Dairy Animal Well-Being Initiative Announced

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Last week at World Dairy Expo a producer-led coalition called the National Dairy Animal Well-Being Initiative was announced. The coalition represents every facet of the dairy industry and wants to protect consumer trust and confidence in the dairy industry’s commitment to animal well-being. The coalition introduced the first draft of proposed principles and guidelines intended to provide a uniform umbrella …

Animal Health, Education, Industry News