Advanced Animal Diagnostics Presents New Trial Data

Jamie Johansen

Performing a QScout® MLD (milk leukocyte differential) test at key lactation events can help dairy producers detect subclinical mastitis early, gain a better view on udder health, and make precise treatment decisions that increase milk production, milk quality and reproductive performance, according to new trial data shared by Advanced Animal Diagnostics (AAD) at the 2015 National Mastitis Council Annual Meeting. …

Agribusiness, Animal Health, Research

Roka BioScience Salmonella Testing

Jamie Johansen

Salmonella threshold testing was the hot topic in the Roka BioScience booth at the 2015 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE). I stopped by to talk with Ted Andrew, Director of Marketing and Product Development about their new approach to bacteria detection and other new opportunities they are offering the industry. “It’s a different way to look at pathogen testing. …

Agribusiness, Audio, Biotech, IPPE, Poultry, Research

QIAGEN Gets Certification for Detection of Listeria

Jamie Johansen

While at the 2015 International Production & Processing Expo, QIAGEN Inc. will also be highlighting their newly approved mericon® Pathogen Detection Assays for Listeria species and Listeria monocytogenes. This product received AOAC Performance Tested MethodSM (PTM) certification from the AOAC-Research Institute at the end of 2014. The AOAC, an independent third party international organization that evaluates analytical methods for food …

Agribusiness, Food, IPPE, Research

Qiagen to Showcase New Assay at IPPE

Jamie Johansen

QIAGEN Inc, is pleased to showcase, at the upcoming 2015 International Production & Processing Expo, our newly approved bactotype Mycoplasma Mg/Ms PCR assay. The product, which received U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) approval in mid-July of 2014, simultaneously detects the DNA of two pathogens that cause respiratory disease in chickens, turkeys and other poultry. The test …

Agribusiness, IPPE, Poultry, Research

Citizens Abuzz Over Bee Data Collection Project

Jamie Johansen

Citizen scientists around the world are busy as bees for a University of Florida study. A global movement called “citizen science” is gaining traction, as scientists give lay people protocols so they can collect valid data. In this case, participants build and monitor artificial nesting habitats suitable for solitary bees and wasps. Many bees and wasps live in social colonies. …

Ag Group, bees, Research

Researchers Look to Make Carp Invasive to Dinner Plates

John Davis

While invasive Asian carp have become a problem for Midwestern rivers in the form of living missiles, researchers are hoping they’ll soon to leap onto dinner plates. This article from the University of Missouri says a professor in Mizzou’s School of Natural Resources says if you can’t beat ’em, then eat ’em. With help from a Mizzou Research Council grant, …

Aquaculture, Fish, Research

System Based PRRS Control

Jamie Johansen

As veterinarians and researchers gathered for the 20th North American PRRS Symposium they heard from many speakers who shared insights into the virus. One was Dr. John Kolb who is a professional services veterinarian working in the key account section of Boehringer Ingelheim. He talked about the application of a system-based PRRS control methodology which provides a systematic approach for …

Agribusiness, Animal Health, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, PRRS, Research, Swine

Alltech Opens IFM Laboratory in China

Jamie Johansen

Global animal health leader Alltech is partnering with Nestlé in the creation of a world class training center, the Dairy Farming Institute in Shuangcheng, Heilongjiang province, China. Along with its participation in numerous educational initiatives and assistance in establishing best practices in Chinese agribusiness, Alltech is bringing its highly successful feed evaluation laboratory to the world’s fastest growing dairy market. …

Agribusiness, Alltech, Dairy, International, Research

Study Finds No Problems With GMO Feed

Cindy Zimmerman

A new scientific review from the University of California-Davis has found no adverse impact on the performance and health of livestock and poultry consuming genetically engineered feed in the time since it was first introduced 18 years ago. The review, led by UC Davis animal scientist Alison Van Eenennaam, examined nearly 30 years of livestock-feeding studies that represent more than …

Animal Health, Biotech, Feed, Research, USFRA

WD Farr Scholarship Winners

Jamie Johansen

Congratulations to two young agricultural professionals who were awarded the WD Farr Scholarship during the 2014 Cattle Industry Summer Conference. Ariel Overstreet-Adkins from Big Timber, Montana and Josh Ison from Batavia, Ohio were honored at the first session by the National Cattlemen’s Foundation and the Farr family. They each received a $12,000 graduate scholarship. Ariel will use it to finish …

ADM, Ag Group, Audio, award, Beef, Education, NCBA, Research