Industry News

CME announces provisions for heifer delivery

Cattle traders have for some time wanted the option of delivering heifers against the live-cattle futures contract. Groups such as NCBA and the Texas Cattle Feeders Association have worked with the CME Group for two years on the issue, and CME now has amended the live-cattle contract to allow heifer deliveries. FULL STORY »

New grant funds study of dairy productivity and fertility

Even the best medicine has side effects. For years, dairy producers have been selectively breeding their herds to encourage milk production. New insights have confirmed, though, that such efforts to satisfy society’s demand for milk, cheese and other dairy products are hindering the herd’s ability to bear offspring – ironically, tomorrow’s producers. FULL STORY »

BCF Technology launches 2014 student competition

BCF Technology has announced the competitors for its latest Easi-Scan university competition. One college of veterinary medicine will win an Easi-Scan ultrasound machine for their university. FULL STORY »

PAACO schedules auditor training in Nebraska

The spring version of the extremely popular Meat Plant Welfare Auditor Training/Certification Course sponsored by the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization, Inc. (PAACO) will be held May 13-14 in Fremont and Grand Island, Nebraska. FULL STORY »

Mixed start for 2014 ag trade

Monthly export totals for red meats and meat products dropped off somewhat in January, but overall U.S. trade in agricultural products started 2014 at a good pace, according to the latest trade data from USDA. FULL STORY »

86th annual Western Veterinary Conference concludes in Las Vegas

More than 14,000 attendees from around the world take part in legendary veterinary education event. FULL STORY »

Can genomics, OPU and IVF take the industry to the 'next level?'

Artificial insemination has been around for more than 75 years. Gary Hennip with Penn State Dairy Extension suggests that new technologies may soon be replacing A.I. as the primary means of dairy genetic advancement. FULL STORY »

Animal-health industry commits to FDA Guidance 213

Members of the Animal Health Institute (AHI) and the Generic Animal Drug Alliance (GADA) today announced their written commitments to align all affected products with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) policy on judicious use of antibiotics. FULL STORY »

Feeding acidified milk to calves

Penn State University Extension specialists Coleen Jones and Jud Heinrichs join the discussion on the practice of feeding acidified milk to calves. FULL STORY »

IMI Global acquires Merck Animal Health's verification business

Where Food Comes From, Inc., the trusted resource for third party verification of food production practices, announced it has agreed to acquire certain assets of Global Animal Management Inc., which is owned by Merck Animal Health. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. FULL STORY »

More thoughts on the calving pen

Heather Dann with the W.H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute, Chazy, N.Y., discusses research-based methods for making maternity pens more comfortable and cow-friendly. FULL STORY »

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