Animal Ag Bites 2/26

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  • Jack Welch will share his groundbreaking management practices with the attendees of ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference. The celebrated former CEO of General Electric is highly regarded for his track record of success and his commitment to building leaders and teams. Learn more and register at for a savings of $400 before March 31.
  • A new study published in the American Journal of Hypertension showed that eating two or more cups of yogurt a week is associated with a lower risk for developing cardiovascular disease in adults who already have high blood pressure. The large-scale observational study, funded by the dairy-farmer-founded National Dairy Council (NDC) and others, is the first of its kind to examine the relationship between eating yogurt and reduced risk in hypertensive adults.
  • Zoetis has developed the first complete Holstein de novo reference genome, giving geneticists the ability to map regions of the genome influencing a range of health and disease outcomes.
  • As the dairy industry evolves and modernizes, dairy companies across the U.S. are looking to capitalize on increasing milk production through international joint ventures with companies that have significant manufacturing, networking and marketing expertise, according to a new report from CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange Division. A video synopsis of the report, “Mutual Benefit: JVs with Foreign Dairy Companies on the Rise” is available here and the full report is available at
  • The Joint Poultry Industry Safety Award Program is accepting applications from poultry industry facilities with outstanding safety programs. The program is open to National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation and U.S. Poultry & Egg Association members with poultry processing plants, further processing facilities, egg processing plants, hatcheries, feed mills and rendering facilities that, through the implementation of innovative and effective programs, have injury and illness rates below the industry average for three consecutive years.
  • Dr. Stewart Galloway, senior swine nutritionist at Hubbard Feeds, will discuss how gut health strategies implemented early in the pig’s life affect its performance and how it can affect producer profitability during a live webinar on Tuesday, Feb. 27. Reserve a spot at the webinar here.
  • The Integrity Beef Alliance is now accepting Hereford bulls as the newest breed sire in the program, which simplifies cow-calf producer management decisions and increases the marketability of calves through the production of high quality, uniform, preconditioned cattle.
  • Leaders of Dairy Management Inc. (DMI), the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board and the United Dairy Industry Association announced new officers following elections held during the February board meeting of DMI. Visit for more information.
  • The World Brangus Congress will be Feb. 27 – March 3 in Houston, Texas. The Post-Tour will depart from Houston on March 4, and guests will travel across Texas until March 8. For more information or to register, click here.