USDA’s Ag Research Service is working to combat major diseases in the dairy industry. One of the most challenging has been Bovine Viral Diarrhea (BVD). The disease has typically been battled by vaccinations, but as we learn from Julia Ridpath, a microbioligist with ARS, this strategy isn’t as effective as it could be due to persistently infected animals. Past-President of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting Joe Cornely has the details here: Julia Ridpath on BVD (2:59 mp3)
Amid debate over illegal immigration and spending priorities, Congress has put the brakes on further Animal Identification funding to USDA, at least until they have more information on which to resume funding.
Here’s a technical story that I’m going to depend on the release writer from the Agricultural Research Service to explain in their words.
A recent story for the USDA’s Radio News Service says that dairy operators are about to pull back on production increases as prices fall. The report is done by Gary Crawford who interviewed USDA Outlook Chairman, Gerry Bange.
West Milford, WV – Just outside this quaint village of 500 folks just south of Clarksburg, residents are concerned about a foul problem. A foul-smelling problem, that is. It seems that along the edge of town runs the West Fork River, and just outside town the river is dammed. Typically, the dam is a great fishing hole for the locals. Rather, it was a great fishing hole. Now it just stinks.
That’s the word from Japan this morning – the 26th confirmed case of BSE in the Land of the Rising Sun. This time, cow in question is a 5-year old dairy cow from the Hokkaido province.
Accelerated Genetics was honored this week with a Governor’s Export Achievement Award from Wisconsin Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Judy Ziewacz.
That’s the message health professionals are delivering as many states contemplate potential legislation to allow the sale of unpasteurized dairy products. Advocates of the unprocessed dairy claim that raw milk can magically prevent asthma, tooth decay, diabetes, attention deficit disorder, osteoporosis and other ailments. On the other hand, the health community points out that you’ll most likely end up with salmonella, E. coli, listeria, and more.
As you know, New Mexico is the fastest growing dairy state in the country, so the job of heading USDA’s rural development efforts in the state will focus on communities with strong ties to our industry and operations.
Here’s a summary of the USDA 2005 Milk Production, Disposition and Income report. The main number that jumps out is the lower cash receipts. Which of course relates to producer income. You can find the full report here. (pdf file)