Senate Ag Committee Holds Livestock & Poultry Hearing

Jamie Johansen

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, held a hearing on the U.S. livestock and poultry sectors, titled “A Review of the U.S. Livestock and Poultry Sectors: Marketplace‎ Opportunities and Challenges.” It has been five years since a hearing like this has taken place. Farmers and ranchers across the country took part …

Ag Group, Beef, Cattle, Chicken, Export, Government, Markets, NCBA, NFU, NPPC, politics, Pork, Poultry

WCMA Elects 2016-2017 Board Of Directors

Lizzy Schultz

The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA) has announced its 2016-17 Board of Directors. The Board was selected earlier this month by WCMA members and the Board Officers, who were elected last week at the International Cheese Technology Expo in Milwaukee. The 2016-17 WCMA Board of Directors will take office on July 1, 2016. Chris Simon, of Agropur, Inc. was re-elected …

Ag Group, Cheese, Company Announcement, Dairy, Dairy Board, Food

Past, Future Focus of AASV & the Swine Industry

Joanna Schroeder

As the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) conference came to a close, Chuck Zimmerman had a few minutes with Past President Dr. Ron Broderson, DVM and current President Dr. George Charbonneau, DVM, who also served as the Program Chair for this year’s annual meeting. One success story – attendance was at a record high and they expect even more …

AASV, Animal Health, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, Swine

Murtaugh's Research Shows How Pigs Respond to Infection

Joanna Schroeder

Dr. Mike Murtaugh, Ph.D from the University of Minnesota, was awarded funding through the Respiratory Disease Research Board with support from BIVI of $35,000 for his project, “Pen-Side Respiratory Pathogen Identification. The honor was bestowed during the American Association of Swine Veterinarians conference in New Orleans. Also during the conference, Murtaugh gave a presentation based on his award-winning research. Chuck …

AASV, Animal Health, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, Swine

BIVI Abreast of PCV2 Changes

Joanna Schroeder

Porcine circovirus Type 2 (PCV2) was one of the topics discussed during the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) that took place in New Orleans. Dr. Brian Payne gave a presentation about his PCV2 cross-production research. This is an important topic to producers, said Payne, because BIVI has been hearing a lot in the industry that there have been changes …

AASV, Animal Health, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, Swine

NPPC Highlights Policy Priorities for 2016

Jamie Johansen

Some of the greatest minds in the swine community gathered in New Orleans this weekend to discuss key issues and research impacting pork producers across the country. During the Ceva Swine Launch event, National Pork Producers Council’s CEO Neil Dierks talked about some of their top issues in 2016. Food security is at the top of that list. “The world …

AASV, Ag Group, Audio, Biosecurity, Ceva, Export, Food, NPPC, Policy, Pork, Swine

Ceva Panelists Discuss Antibiotic Movement

Kelly Marshall

Ceva Swine U.S. Launch & Scientific Symposium recently featured a panel discussion entitled “Swine Industry Expectations, Innovations & Transformations.” Chuck Zimmermann caught up with a few of the panelist and got their take on the issues they face in the industry today– namely solutions for antibiotic use. Bob Ruth is President of Country View Family Farms, a supplier for Hatfield Quality …

Antibiotics, Ceva, Swine

Maximize Milk Protein with Precision Release Methionine

Jamie Johansen

Balchem Corporation has announced the launch of their next generation rumen protected methionine, AminoShure®-M Precision Release Methionine. Utilizing an all-natural coating, new AminoShure-M is engineered to meter its payload gradually into the small intestine to provide sustained levels of methionine for milk protein-producing cells. “Cows synthesize milk protein around the clock,” notes Dr. Clay Zimmerman, technical services manager. “AminoShure-M continually …

Agribusiness, Dairy, Milk

Swine Health on the Beach

Chuck Zimmerman

Would you be talking about swine health at the beach? Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica does. It’s their annual Summer Swine Health Seminar taking place at Wrightsville Beach, NC. My name badge says, Cindy Zimmerman’s Husband.” Why? Because she usually covers this event. This year she couldn’t so here I am. To get a preview of the program here I spoke with …

Agribusiness, Animal Welfare, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, Swine