Gesdate App Puts Herd in Your Hand

Cindy Zimmerman

A new iPhone app called GESDATE for swine producers to digitally track breeding, gestation, farrowing dates, litters, vaccinations, and more. From conception to sale or harvest day, GESDATE moves swine operations to a new tier of herd organization and management, giving producers unprecedented real-time access to farm data, and introduces a remarkable farm staff collaboration tool. All of these features …

Apps, Livestock, Swine, Technology

Spending Bill Includes Provisions for Producers

Cindy Zimmerman

The House Interior appropriations bill passed through committee this week includes language that would “help provide relief from the regulatory burdens that continue to hamper the productivity and profitability of farmers and ranchers across the country,” according to the Public Lands Council (PLC) and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). From language that blocks the listing of the Sage Grouse, …

Cattle, Government, Livestock

American Junior Shorthorn Association Elects New Board

Jamie Johansen

The 2014 National Junior Shorthorn Show and Conference was held in Louisville, Kentucky, June 23 through June 28. Junior voting delegates took part in electing three members to the American Junior Shorthorn Association (AJSA) Board of Directors, with new and retiring board members electing new AJSA officers. 2014-15 AJSA Board of Directors are as follows: President Dustin Smith, Decorah, Iowa, …

Ag Group, Beef, Education, Livestock, Shorthorn, Youth

EPA Chief to Explain Water Rule in Missouri

Cindy Zimmerman

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy will travel to Missouri this week to defend and explain the Administration’s proposed rules defining Waters of the United States (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act (CWA). “I’m hoping that this trip helps us ‘ditch the myths’ and misinformation,” said McCarthy during a media call this morning in an obvious reference to the American …

AFBF, Audio, environment, EPA, Government, Livestock, NCBA

Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Numbers

Cindy Zimmerman

USDA’s quarterly hogs and pigs report out Friday revealed the lowest inventory of U.S. swine since 2007, at 62.1 million head – about five percent below last year. Also down five percent from a year ago were the market hog inventory at 56.3 million head, the March-May 2014 pig crop, at 27.4 million head, and the number of pigs per …

Audio, Livestock, Pork, usda

New President for Livestock Marketing Association

Jamie Johansen

Dan Harris, owner of Holton Livestock Exchange in Holton, Kan., has been elected president of the Livestock Marketing Association (LMA). In this role, he will spend two years leading the nation’s largest membership organization representing more than 800 local livestock auction markets and allied businesses. Harris is no stranger to having a microphone in his hand; but, as he told …

Ag Group, Auctions, Livestock, LMA, Marketing

Lotz Wins World Livestock Auctioneer Championship

Jamie Johansen

Blaine Lotz of Edna, Kan. proved his world-class talent as a livestock auctioneer at the 51st anniversary of the Livestock Marketing Association’s (LMA) World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC) in Knoxville, Iowa, on Saturday, June 21. As a third-generation auctioneer, the world champion was quite familiar with the livestock marketing industry. When he was 15, Lotz attended auctioneering school at Western …

Ag Group, Auctions, Beef, Livestock, Marketing

Iowa Congressman is Animal Ag Advocate

Cindy Zimmerman

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) paid a visit to World Pork Expo last week to talk with producers and learn more about the issues they are facing right now. The congressman represents the 4th district of the state in the northwest corner, bordering Minnesota, South Dakota and Nebraska, and he is a strong advocate for livestock producers. During the farm bill …

Audio, Government, Livestock, World Pork Expo

Got Camel Milk?

Cindy Zimmerman

A California-based company has debuted America’s first retail camel milk brand. Yep, you read that right – camel milk. Introducing Desert Farms Camel Milk, America’s first retail camel milk brand and perhaps the most unusual and long overdue addition to the fast-growing trend toward Middle Eastern cuisine in this country. Available in select Lassen’s Market and by the end of …

Livestock, Products

Precautionary Principle & Animal Ag White Paper

Jamie Johansen

While the Precautionary Principle has been accepted by many national governments as a basis for policymaking, controversy looms regarding the actual content and the practical implications of its implementation in policy issues. The National Institute for Animal Agriculture devoted the Opening and Closing General Sessions of its 2014 Annual Conference to the Precautionary Principle and recently released a white paper, …

Ag Group, Animal Health, Animal Welfare, Livestock