Dairy Last Deal Made in TPP

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The last piece of the Trans Pacific Partnership puzzle to fall into place early Monday morning was dairy, with the holdout coming from demands for increased market access by Australia and New Zealand.

tpp-nz“The extraordinary thing about dairy products…is that New Zealand has only two and a half percent of world dairy production and roughly one third of world trade,” said New Zealand trade minister Tim Groser. “This is unquestionably positive for our dairy farmers.”

Listen to Groser comments here: New Zealand trade minister Tim Groser

tpp-fromanU.S. Trade Ambassador Michael Froman mentioned dairy as one of the agricultural sectors that will benefit most under the TPP. “Our dairy industry has become a more export-oriented industry in the last ten years,” he said. “We now export about 15% of our dairy products and this will open up additional opportunities in these other countries where they face either tariff or non-tariff barriers.”

Listen to Froman’s comments here: USTR Michael Froman

tpp-canadaCanadian dairy producers are disappointed in the increased access to their market granted in the agreement but Trade Minister Ed Fast stressed the global benefits of the TPP. “We’ve positioned Canada very strongly to be part of a much larger trade agreement, the largest in the world, providing Canada with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to shape outcome and rules within the Asia-Pacific region,” said Fast. “We believe the outcome is one that very much reflects Canada’s long term interests.”

Listen to Fast’s comments here: Canadian trade minister Ed Fast

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Animal Ag Bites

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  • Craig Boelling has been named vice president of resource development for the National Pork Producers Council. The position was created to focus on NPPC’s key resource development areas, including the Strategic Investment Program, Pork Alliance/Allied Industry and World Pork Expo.
  • Learn a new way to ammoniate low-quality forages at the Winter Feeding Workshop, 1-4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22. University of Missouri Extension and the MU Forage Systems Research Center sponsor the event at the research farm in Linn County.
  • The International Brangus Breeders (IBBA) Awards Committee is taking nominations for deserving recipients of the three awards given annually by the IBBA- Breeder of the Year, Commercial Producer of the Year, and Pioneer of the Year.
  • The Animal Agriculture Alliance would like to introduce their new communications intern for fall 2015 – Valerie Downs. Valerie is a senior at Palm Beach Atlantic University where she is studying public relations.
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Ceva Continues Facility Expansion

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ceva-swine-darylThe root of Ceva Animal Health USA lies in Biomune, the vaccine manufacturing company in Lenexa, Kansas it acquired in 2005.

“When we originally purchased Ceva Biomune we had a vision for where this (company) could go,” said Daryl Pint, Ceva Biomune CEO, during a tour of the facilities for swine industry media. “Ceva has purchased 27 companies over the last 15 years so we understand how to incorporate these companies and we understand how to grow within the market.”

Pint says Ceva’s goal is to grow its swine business as much in the next five years as the company has grown in the last 15, and a new expansion of the facilities in Lenexa will help to achieve that. “The 35,000 square foot expansion is the first of many,” he said. “Every year there is another capitol project to meet the growing demand for our products.”

Learn more about Ceva Biomune in this interview: Interview with Daryl Pint, Ceva Biomune CEO

Ceva Animal Health Swine Media Event photos

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Chief Veterinarian Addresses Antimicrobial Data

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ncba-200Kathy Simmons, DVM, Chief Veterinarian, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, addressed a joint public meeting of the Food and Drug Administration, United States Department of Agriculture, and Center for Disease Control highlighting antimicrobial use and resistance data collection.

“NCBA believes that a clear strategy for data collection, analysis and reporting must first be established before moving forward with the data collection process in order to provide information that correctly represents actual antimicrobial drug use in food-producing animals,” said Dr. Simmons, adding that antimicrobial use data collection needs to be revised.

NCBA has a long history supporting antimicrobial stewardship that directs responsible antibiotic use in all sectors of the beef cattle industry. This commitment dates back to the first release of the BeefProducer Guidelines for Judicious Use of Antimicrobials in 1987, which is still utilized in an updated form by producers today.

“We do not believe that the reduction in the volume of antimicrobial drugs used in food-producing animals should be used as the sole measurement for the success of a judicious antimicrobial drug use strategy,” said Simmons. Instead, “there must be a way to link antimicrobial drug use metrics with the reason for drug use and animal population parameters rather than simply reporting aggregate quantities for which the only goal is reduction.”

Simmons also addressed privacy concerns, particularly the anonymity of participants security of the information.  As the conversations continues the NCBA will be part of the discussion, working to bring transparency to antibiotic sales data.

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Vetericyn Pinkeye Spray Requires No Withdrawal

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wde-vetericyn Results from a study on Vetericyn Plus™ Pinkeye Spray recently completed by Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine shows a significant reduction in both pain scores and lesion size, and finds no need to require a withdrawal period from the product for lactating cows.

The Auburn University study found that dairy calves treated with Vetericyn Plus™ Pinkeye Spray had an average pain score reduction of 79.1% by day two, showing 60.8% greater pain reduction than that seen in the control group. Lesion size was also reduced significantly, showing an 85% reduction in size by day three compared to the control group.

The Pinkeye Spray, like all Vetericyn Plus™ OTC livestock health products, was developed using an innovative immunological technology involving the molecule hypochlorous acid(HOCl). It contains no antibiotics, and the study found no measurable residues of the spray in milk, serum, plasma, liver, muscle or fat. This has eliminated the need for withdrawal time for lactating cows, as well as eliminating the need to trim edible tissues at the slaughter of beef cattle.

“The greatest benefit of the product is its ease of use,” said Vice President of Sales and Marketing Scott VanWinkle during an interview at the 2015 World Dairy Expo, “You can come in and use it right in the milking parlor. There’s no withdrawal period, there’s no cytotoxicity to the product at all, so you can be confident that you’re using a very safe and effective product,”

The product is also extremely cost effective. “As far as a cost per eye, per application it’s about 15 cents,” said VanWinkle, “So you can buy a bottle of the product and use it to treat a number of animals, without having to purchase costly antibiotics or being required to take your animals out of the milking parlors due to withdrawal times.”

Vetericyn Plus products are sold at a variety of retailers across the country, and also may be purchased online. Interested customers are encouraged to visit the website and find a retailer in their area.

Listen to my interview with Scott here: Interview with Scott VanWinkle, Vetericyn

View and download photos from the event here: 2015 World Dairy Expo Photo Album

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Ceva Animal Health is Growing

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ceva-swine-craigCeva Animal Health is set on becoming a major player in the swine industry within the next five years. The global company was just created in 2000 in France, and the North American operations started in only 2005, but already Ceva has experienced a five fold growth increase.

Craig Wallace, Ceva CEO and North American Zone Director, says growth in his area – which also includes Australia and New Zealand – has been tremendous in the past decade. “We started in 2005 as we acquired a company called Biomune, a poultry company,” he said during a swine media event last week at Ceva’s North American headquarters in Lenexa, Kansas. “There have been multiple acquisitions since that point that have put us into multiple segments, primarily focused on poultry, swine and companion animals.”

Ceva is launching a major expansion into the swine health business. “Globally, of strategic interest and import, is moving into the poultry and swine business because of the ability for us to impact the world’s food sources and help producers deliver high quality, low cost proteins,” said Wallace.

The company has already developed a healthy market share of the poultry health business, with the expectation of being number one in vaccines by the end of next year. “Our plan moving into the swine business is to have the same sort of success,” Wallace added.

Learn more about Ceva in this interview: Interview with Craig Wallace, Ceva Animal Health

Ceva Animal Health Swine Media Event photos

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Fuel Up to Play 60 Launches Spanish Resources

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fuel up to play 60Fuel Up to Play 60 is now providing resources to help Spanish-speaking communities live healthier lifestyles through good nutrition, including low-fat and fat-free dairy, and physical activity.

Increasing access to Fuel Up to Play 60 is critical as the Hispanic population in schools is projected to increase to 29 percent of total enrollment by 2024, and Spanish will be the most spoken non-English language in the United States.

“The dairy checkoff is pleased to broaden our Fuel Up to Play 60 resources and make them available to a growing and vital segment of our country’s student population,” said Paul Rovey, Arizona dairy farmer and chairman of Dairy Management Inc., which manages the national dairy checkoff. “All kids deserve the opportunity to lead a healthy life. Fuel Up to Play 60 can help make this happen.”

Fuel Up to Play 60 is in more than 73,000 schools nationwide and has led to 13 million students eating better by adding nutritious foods such as low-fat and fat-free milk and milk products to their meals. Additionally, 16 million students are getting more physically active.

Fuel Up to Play 60 was founded by the National Football League (NFL) and National Dairy Council (NDC), with support from USDA. It is the flagship program of the GENYOUth Foundation, which generates additional resources for Fuel Up to Play 60.

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Chubby Chipotle Campaign Exposes “Burrito Disguise”

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ChipotleA full-page ad ran in the New York Post last week highlighting the Center for Consumer Freedom‘s Chubby Chipotle campaign.  The ad exposes Chipotle’s “healthy” burritos as 1,500 calorie meals.  The ad also points out that in addition to their Burrito Disguise, Chipotle is also facing a class-action lawsuit for alleged violation of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

“Chipotle promotes a local farm profile and is critical of big processing food suppliers, but its food is processed in large factories and the company shares a distribution chain with McDonald’s and Taco Bell,” Will Coggin, director of research at the Center for Consumer Freedom, said. “Chipotle’s marketing spins a false narrative that its food is healthier and more ethical, but consumers should know Chipotle is pretending to be something it isn’t, and deceiving them in order to sell 1,500-calorie burritos.”

Recently Chipotle ran a new advertising campaign, announcing that their food is free of GMOs.  This claim is untrue of the soda served in the restaurant as well as the meat, which comes from livestock fed GMOs up to the day they are processed for food.  Additionally, Chipotle claims their meat is from animals that are antibiotic free.  This policy has recently seen a sift as well, with the company allowing a new European supplier to treat sick animals– although the change has never been advertised.  Hormones are yet another hot topic, with Chipotle advertising beef as free of added hormones, even though beef is naturally low in hormones with lower rates than pinto beans and tofu.

“There’s no problem with genetically modified foods or hormones present in foods (according to scientists), or giving antibiotics to animals to keep them healthy,” reports the Center for Consumer Freedom.  “But there is a problem with Chipotle pretending to be something it isn’t and deceiving consumers in order to sell its high-calorie burritos.”

The ad is the third in a highly successful campaign that has been covered by CBS This Morning, Washington Post, Reuters, New York Post and the Daily Mail. The previous Chubby Chipotle ads can be found here.

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Purina Launches Amplicalf Program

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wde-purina Purina Animal Nutrition has introduced the AMPLI-CALF® Program: a feeding program for calves proven by an eight year research study to increase first lactation milk production performance by as much as 2,740 pounds.

The research, conducted at the Purina Animal Nutrition Center from April 2007 to October 2014, obtained data from 162,577 lactation observations and studied 650 animals. The data analysis showed an average production increase of 2,740 pounds of milk in calves who participated in the nutrition program compared to calves fed an above average calf nutrition diet on the same farm.

“You get one chance to start your calf off right. And what we’ve seen is the health benefit, the growth benefit early into first lactation,” said sales manager Ralph Gill in an interview at the 2015 World Dairy Expo, “and from those we’ve seen more potential milk income, more lifetime milk out of the lactations that we have on these young stock that we’ve got coming through.”

The dietary components of the program include a milk diet, a +22% starter, and a +18% grower, each with unique, complementary ingredients to enhance each stage of calf growth and nutrition. The feeding steps of the program change sequentially with age, and follow the calf through the first 6 months of life.

“Instead of looking at calves as a cost center, you need look at them as an investment,” said Purina representative Thomas Johnson during the interview, “Within that first lactation, you can more than reap the benefits of that investment through the increase in milk performance; the heifer will be able to stay in the herd longer, and there will be an improvement in overall milk production.”

Listen to my interview with the Purina Team at World Dairy Expo:

Interview with Ralph Gill and Thomas Johnson, Purina

View and download photos from the event here: 2015 World Dairy Expo Photo Album

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Life of A Dairy Show Heifer

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wde-15-272-editedShowing livestock isn’t glamorous. It’s hard work. It’s a 365 day experience. Late nights and early mornings. I have never shown a dairy cow, but I walked into my first showring with a Hereford heifer when I was just three years old. It’s in my blood and it’s in the blood of many exhibitors I met at the 2015 World Dairy Expo. One of those was Hannah Nelson. A 16-year-old young lady who introduced me to her heifer and shared a little about her experience showing dairy cattle.

Hannah was a little shy, so her mom stepped up to the plate to help explain what the judge is looking for in the ring and what the life of a dairy show heifer looks like. We talked nutrition, grooming, milking and everything in between.

View and download photos from the event here: 2015 World Dairy Expo Photo Album

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