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Growth benchmark basics for calf and heifer raisers

Raising dairy replacement heifers is a significant investment for most dairy operations. Monitoring performance and making adjustments as an investment grows is a key to optimizing return on investment. FULL STORY »

Successes and challenges in genetic technologies

Last week’s National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) annual conference in Omaha focused on the “Precautionary Principle,” examining how a bias toward extreme caution can hamper development of tools to improve agriculture and food production. FULL STORY »

Moving from Precautionary Principle to sustainability

Most regulatory systems—including that of the United States — utilize a precautionary approach to regulation. And, while most people would agree that precaution is a good idea, two key questions arise: Is the precautionary approach working? Can overzealous precaution actually halt innovation? FULL STORY »

The precautionary principle Play video

Mark Walton, PhD, chief marketing officer for Recombinetics, describes how gene-splicing technology can advance livestock genetics, and how the precautionary principle can stifle innovation in food production. FULL STORY »

Seeking harmony on trich standards

At the Trichomoniasis Forum last week in Omaha, much of the discussion centered on standardizing testing protocols and state regulations for testing cattle shipped between or within states. Currently, 22 states have some regulations regarding testing cattle for trichomoniasis or “trich,” but the specifics of those regulations vary. That variation can complicate cattle marketing, particularly for seedstock producers who sell bulls to customers in multiple states. FULL STORY »

Trich economics

When a third or more of a rancher’s cows turn up open, which can happen when trichomoniasis infects a herd, the rancher obviously takes a significant economic loss. But due to the sporadic nature of trichomoniasis, commonly known as “trich,” quantifying losses the disease causes across a region or across the country presents a challenge. FULL STORY »

Texas trich model

Collaboration and flexibility have helped build a trichomoniasis control program that seems to work for producers, markets and veterinarians in Texas. Dee Ellis, DVM MPA and Texas state veterinarian, outlined the evolution of the program during a Trichomoniasis Forum hosted this week by the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) and the U.S. Animal Health Association (USAHA). FULL STORY »

Fish tale

Anglers all talk of the big one that got away. The AquAdvantage salmon has not exactly gotten away, but it isn’t in the pan either. This week’s National Institute of Animal Agriculture (NIAA) annual conference in Omaha focuses on the “Precautionary Principle,” and a presentation from Ronald Stotish, PhD, executive director of AquaBounty Technologies, provided a case study of how a bias toward caution can prevent implementation of food technologies that could help feed the world. FULL STORY »

AFIA submits highly-prescriptive animal food rule comments to FDA

The American Feed Industry Association submitted comments Monday to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on what AFIA describes as the most massive overhaul of animal food industry regulations since 1958. FULL STORY »

Phage 'cocktail' wipes out 99 percent of E. coli in meat, spinach Play video

Treating food products with select bacteriophages - viruses that target and kill bacteria - could significantly reduce concentrations of E. coli, a Purdue University study shows. FULL STORY »

Precaution or paralysis

Excessive caution and risk aversion could stifle critical innovation in agriculture, just as the world needs more efficient food production to keep up with explosive population growth. That was the theme of last week’s National Institute of Animal Agriculture annual conference in Omaha. The conference theme focused on the “Precautionary Principle,” a philosophy based on “better safe than sorry,” but with more teeth and less flexibility, as several governments around the world have adopted it as policy. FULL STORY »

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