Animal Ag News 2/24

Carrie Muehling

  • Mark Frasier of Fort Morgan, Colo., was elected 2020 president of CattleFax at the organization’s annual meeting, held in conjunction with the Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in San Antonio, Texas.
  • Public Lands Council Executive Director and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Executive Director of Natural Resources, Kaitlynn Glover released a statement applauding the court ruling in a case related to the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. Chief Judge Beryl Howell of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the Bureau of Land Management’s decision to remove more than 1,700 wild horses from the Caliente Complex in Nevada complied with federal laws.
  • Phibro Animal Health Corporation’s new nutritional specialty product, OmniGen Pro, increases dairy profit potential by supporting immune competence, optimizing rumen health and helping cows be and stay healthy.
  • Thanks to continued vigilance by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. pork industry, the United States has so far prevented an outbreak of African swine fever, an animal disease affecting only pigs with no human health or food safety risks. To ensure the U.S. swine herd remains free of the disease, the National Pork Producers Council and 30 state pork producer associations asked Agriculture Secretary Perdue to take additional measures, including restricting imports of organic soy products for animal feeds from all ASF-positive countries.
  • PenCheckTM, a highly anticipated, new rapid test for African swine fever, demonstrates impressive results in a clinical study. Silver Lake Research Corporation makes and manufactures PenCheckTM,, the only low-cost rapid African swine fever test on the market with accuracy rates greater than 95%. PenCheckTM can be easily administered pen-side with results in just 20 minutes, to help prevent the spread of the deadly virus.
  • In a formal letter sent to the Packers and Stockyards Division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service, R-CALF USA requests that the agency extend the comment period in its proposed rule regarding undue preferences or advantages for at least 90 additional days beyond the current deadline of March 13, 2020.
  • National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Senior Director, International Trade and Market Access, Kent Bacus released a statement voicing “serious concerns” in response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture restoring access to the U.S. for Brazilian beef.
  • The now-ubiquitous term “plant-based” seems to exclude meat, poultry, milk and eggs – but that’s not the whole story. Join registered dietitians Cara Harbstreet, Street Smart Nutrition; Nicole Rodriguez, Enjoy Food, Enjoy Life and Alison Webster, International Food Information Council, at the Animal Agriculture Alliance’s 2020 Stakeholders Summit for a candid conversation about the latest consumer buzzwords.
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