Animal Ag Bites 7/2

carrie muehlingAgWired Animal, Animal Agriculture

  • USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announce the completion of a funded research project at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C., in which researchers evaluated filtration systems with the goal of reducing ammonia in poultry houses.
  • BioZyme Incorporated, a world-wide leader in animal health through nutrition and microbial products and services has acquired Cogent Solutions Group, LLC (CSG). CSG is a trailblazer in the research, development and production of bioactive polysaccharides.
  • Two students will gain experience in dairy management and the feed industry as Vita Plus interns this summer. Cristian Sosa and Simon Johnson will work on different teams and focus on specific projects for the duration of the summer while learning the values of Vita Plus.
  • Michigan State University Extension, in partnership with other land-grant universities, is conducting a nationwide survey of food-animal producers to learn more about how the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) rules that have been in effect just over a year have impacted animal agriculture. All responses are confidential and participation is voluntary. Click to take the survey.
  • Minnesota pig farmers Randy Spronk and John Schwartz will travel to the Dominican Republic to attend the 2018 Latin American Product Showcase. The two farmers will participate in a market tour, marketing sessions and networking activities designed to highlight U.S. pork to importers in the rapidly growing Latin American export market.
  • Lane Giess has joined the American Simmental Association team as Director of Commercial and Nontraditional Data Programs.
  • Select Sires honors Bob Sabo of Green Bay, Wis. with the 2018 Select Mating Service (SMS) genetic consultant of the year award. Sabo was recognized at the 2018 SMS Conference among more than 115 genetic consultants and support staff from the United States, Canada and Brazil.
  • The American Feed Industry Association honored two individuals in the animal science field at the American Dairy Science Association annual meeting in Knoxville, Tenn. Ian J. Lean, Ph.D., of Scibus received the AFIA-ADSA Nutrition Research Award, and Ronald L. Horst, Ph.D., of Heartland Assays received the AFIA and Federation of Animal Science Societies New Frontiers in Animal Nutrition Award.
  • A nationwide grilled cheese competition inspired original recipes with everything from Cap’n Crunch® to peanut brittle, and nachos to grilled shrimp. All these unique ingredients combined with award-winning Wisconsin cheeses delivered sandwiches that went far beyond the traditional grilled cheese. Wisconsin Cheese announced the grand prize winner — The Green Lobster, which features a blend of Wisconsin butterkäse and fontina cheese, rich lobster and vibrant chimichurri sauce.
  • Kent Bacus, Director of International Trade and Market Access for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, released the following statement in response to Canada’s announcement of higher tariffs on U.S. beef products beginning on Sunday, July 1: “For the past few weeks Canada has threatened to retaliate against the United States by slapping a tariff on $170 million worth of U.S. beef products in direct response to the steel and aluminum tariffs. Today, they made good on that threat. These retaliatory tariffs were and still are clearly avoidable, and the unfortunate casualties will be Canadian consumers and America’s cattlemen and cattlewomen. We may not know the extent of the damage these tariffs may have on our producers, but we believe that cooperation is a better path forward than escalation. As Canadians gather to celebrate Canada Day and we prepare to celebrate American Independence, we encourage our government and the Canadian government to remember that we are allies and we rely on each other for future economic prosperity.”