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Surefire methods to improve total-tract starch digestibility

There has been increased interest over the last few years in maximizing total-tract digestibility of starch from corn fed to dairy cows. This interest was primarily driven by the high price of corn over the last few years. Even with recent sharp decreases in corn prices, dairy producers and nutritionists still see value in improving total-tract starch digestibility as a tool to improve feed efficiency and potentially increase milk yield.

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Leaders in animal health honored at USAHA

The United States Animal Health Association recognized a few industry leaders at its recent annual meeting in Kansas City. Awards were presented during its annual President's Dinner on October 19.

Animal Health

UC-Davis receives $100 million to fight pandemic disease

The United States Agency for International Development has awarded up to $100 million for the second phase of the PREDICT project based at the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine. PREDICT is part of the Emerging Pandemic Threats, or EPT, program — an unprecedented international campaign to rapidly detect and respond to emerging viruses such as Ebola and SARS that move among people, wildlife, and livestock.

Industry

IIAD celebrates 10 years of protecting livestock and global health

Texas A&M University System leadership; and government, state, industry and research partners gathered Nov. 13 in College Station, Texas to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the establishment of Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD), a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Center of Excellence.

Industry

Feedyard inventories top those of a year ago

As of November 1, the number of cattle in U.S. feedyards with capacity of 1,000 head or more stood at 10.6 million head, which was slightly more than the total one year earlier, according to the USDA’s November Cattle on Feed report. That slight increase represents the first year-over-year increase in any month since August 2012.

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