Farmers may see little effect as FDA implements ban on antibiotics in non-therapeutic animal feed

Mar 01, 17 Farmers may see little effect as FDA implements ban on antibiotics in non-therapeutic animal feed

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By Merritt Melancon The market demand for organic chicken, beef and pork has been on the rise for several years, so most farmers were prepared for the new restrictions on antibiotics in animal feed that went into effect on Jan. 1. The Food and Drug Administration rule change – the veterinary feed directive – prohibits farmers...

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Mobile System Removes Phosphorus From Manure

By Jan Suszkiw A mobile system for removing phosphorus from cow manure may offer dairy farmers greater flexibility in where, when, and how they use the nutrient to fertilize crops. Manure can be spread onto crop fields as a source of phosphorus, nitrogen, and other nutrients important to plant growth. But applying too much manure...

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Milk Prices Poised for Modest Improvement

Jan 02, 17 Milk Prices Poised for Modest Improvement

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by:TheCattleSite News Desk US – After a few years of significant challenge, the outlook for US milk producers is beginning to improve, according to a new report from CoBank. Despite projected supply increases, milk prices are poised for modest improvement in the years ahead thanks to new export opportunities and gains in...

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Wild horse overpopulation is causing environmental damage

Jan 02, 17 Wild horse overpopulation is causing environmental damage

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by University of California – Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Most Americans envision healthy mustangs galloping free on the range when they think about the country’s wild horse population. But UC Cooperative Extension rangeland advisor Laura Snell sees another image. In conducting research on the...

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Eating dairy cheese may protect against sodium-related health risks

by Marjorie S. by Penn State Consuming dairy cheese instead of other sodium-laden foods may actually protect against some of sodium’s effects on the cardiovascular system, such as high blood pressure, according to researchers at Penn State. The researchers say the protection comes from antioxidant properties of dairy proteins in...

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Screwworm life cycle and habits contribute to insect’s threat, UF experts say

Nov 01, 16 Screwworm life cycle and habits contribute to insect’s threat, UF experts say

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Writer: Tom Nordlie, 352-273-3567, tnordlie@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida residents curious or skeptical about the threat posed by the parasitic screwworm fly Cochliomiya hominivorax can rest assured the insect merits all the attention it has received after an outbreak was detected in the Florida Keys earlier this month, say...

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UF/IFAS Extension offers ‘hands on, holistic’ approach to science of cattle reproduction

Nov 01, 16 UF/IFAS Extension offers ‘hands on, holistic’ approach to science of cattle reproduction

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By: Samantha Grenrock, 352-294-3307, grenrosa@ufl.edu The goal of any cow-calf operation is fairly straightforward: produce more cattle more efficiently. However, the science of animal reproduction — which includes nutrition, genetics and other health indicators — can be a little less clear-cut. To help those in the cattle...

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UGA researching betaine as possible food source for dairy cattle

Oct 31, 16 UGA researching betaine as possible food source for dairy cattle

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By Kyle Dawson Sha Tao and John Bernard, animal and dairy research scientists at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus, believe that feeding betaine to dairy cows could increase milk production. Betaine is a natural chemical compound that essentially helps to improve cows’ metabolism and milk production. “I think the key...

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FeedMix poultry feed mixing app aims to help small farmers optimize flock health

Oct 03, 16 FeedMix poultry feed mixing app aims to help small farmers optimize flock health

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By Merritt Melancon Whether you are working with three laying hens in a backyard coop or a farm full of broilers, chickens need proper nutrition to live healthy, low-stress lives. Providing the correct balance of protein, vitamins and other nutrients can be challenging for those mixing their own feed, and that can lead to...

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North American Cattle Markets Starting to Calm Down

Oct 03, 16 North American Cattle Markets Starting to Calm Down

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BY: TheCattleSite News Desk “All of the other commodity markets peaked earlier in the decade and they’ve gone through substantial price corrections,” said Randy Blach, CEO of CattleFax, a US beef information organisation, in his presentation to the Canadian Beef Industry Conference (CBIC) in Calgary in August. “Our markets...

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UGA Extension’s Georgia Grazing School set for Sept. 20-21 in Tifton

Aug 31, 16 UGA Extension’s Georgia Grazing School set for Sept. 20-21 in Tifton

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By Dennis Hancock University of Georgia Cooperative Extension forage specialist Dennis Hancock has organized the annual Georgia Grazing School set for Sept. 20 – 21 at the National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Laboratory (NESPAL)building on the UGA campus in Tifton, Georgia. This two-day workshop will focus on soil...

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Calving simulator offers training opportunity for cattlemen

By Clint Thompson The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine are offering a unique training opportunity for cattlemen who want more information on how to assist cows and heifers having difficulty calving. What is to be expected when delivering a calf? What is...

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Forage sorghum a viable option for Georgia cattlemen

Aug 03, 16 Forage sorghum a viable option for Georgia cattlemen

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By Clint Thompson  With water use and rising expenses a concern, forage sorghum is a cheaper, more effective alternative for Georgia cattlemen feeding dairy cows, according to University of Georgia animal and dairy scientist John Bernard. UGA scientists are studying the effects of forage sorghum as a dietary supplement for dairy...

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Researchers, farmers collaborate to prevent E. coli

Aug 03, 16 Researchers, farmers collaborate to prevent E. coli

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by Michigan State University.  A collaborative Michigan State University study involving microbiologists, epidemiologists, animal scientists, veterinarians, graduate students, undergraduates and farmers could lead to better prevention practices to limit dangerous E. coli bacteria transmissions. The study, published in Applied and...

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Protein in, ammonia out Cattle diet impacts ammonia emissions

Aug 02, 16 Protein in, ammonia out Cattle diet impacts ammonia emissions

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by American Society of Agronomy. Ammonia gas packs quite the smelly punch. In small doses, it’s what makes smelling salts so effective. But high levels of ammonia can be a health hazard and a pollutant. Dairy farms are one of the major sources of ammonia emissions. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimated that dairy...

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UF/IFAS researchers to study how to reduce carbon dioxide in ranch soil

Jul 06, 16 UF/IFAS researchers to study how to reduce carbon dioxide in ranch soil

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By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers hope to reduce possible pollutants emanating from soils in Florida cattle ranches by using a $710,000 federal grant to study soil microbes. In the new study, UF/IFAS researchers will use lab and field studies...

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Cancer-causing virus strikes genetically vulnerable horses

by Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine. Sarcoid skin tumors are the most common form of cancer in horses, but little is known about why the papillomavirus behind them strikes some horses and not others. A new study by an international research group led by scientists at the Baker Institute for Animal Health at...

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UF/IFAS program helps small cow-calf producers get ahead

Jun 02, 16 UF/IFAS program helps small cow-calf producers get ahead

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By: Samantha Grenrock, 352-294-3307, grenrosa@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is showing small cow-calf producers how using the latest reproductive research leads to larger profits. The UF/IFAS Florida Heifer Development Program was developed by Kalyn Waters,...

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Farming Group Launches Major Campaign on Benefits of Livestock, Poultry

May 02, 16 Farming Group Launches Major Campaign on Benefits of Livestock, Poultry

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by: ThePoultrySite News Desk Farming organisation Copa & Cogeca launched a major campaign in Brussels today to underline the multiple benefits of the EU livestock and meat sector for growth, jobs, vibrant rural areas, a balanced diet and to show the high production standards EU farmers meet. Speaking at the event, Copa President...

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UF/IFAS to host 65th Annual Florida Beef Cattle Short Course on May 4-6

By: Samantha Grenrock, 352-294-3307, grenrosa@ufl.edu Who:    The University of Florida IFAS department of animal sciences will host the 65th Annual Florida Beef Cattle Short Course. What:    Both small and large beef producers are invited to hear experts discuss hot topics and current research related to the beef industry....

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