Animal Ag News 3/30

Carrie Muehling

  • The Beef Checkoff program and fifteen grassroots-led state beef councils won a major court victory when the United States District Court of Montana ruled in favor of USDA and the Montana Beef Council in the matter of R-CALF vs. Sonny Perdue and USDA. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association praised the court’s decision, which ends a legal battle that has spanned more than three years and interrupted beef promotion functions in Montana. The case had threatened local input and promotion efforts at the state level across the country.
  • Following final passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act by the U.S. House of Representatives, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association sent a letter urging United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to “take immediate action to provide much-needed relief to cattle producers who have been negatively impacted due to the ongoing Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic.”
  • As of March 1, there were 77.6 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms, up 4 percent from March 2019, but down 1 percent from December 1, 2019, according to the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report published today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
  • The in-person Dairy Calf and Heifer Association (DCHA) Annual Conference, previously scheduled for April 7-9, in Madison, Wis., is rescheduled for April 8-9, in a virtual format. DCHA’s in-person event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. DCHA Annual Conference registrants received a full conference registration refund for the in-person event.
  • WATT Global Media recently released the March edition of WATT PoultryUSA magazine with renowned profiles of the leading U.S. broiler and turkey companies. The Top U.S. Poultry Companies Survey highlights the top 30 broiler companies and the top 21 turkey companies for 2020.
  • With the stability of the global food supply of utmost importance, Alltech has decided to make its COVID-19 resources available to all who might benefit from them.
  • Dr. Max Hawkins, a nutritionist with the Alltech® Mycotoxin Management team, will host a webinar focused on the results of the 2019 Alltech Harvest Analysis, including the mycotoxin risks and impacts for monogastric and ruminant animals, on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. EDT. The first half of the webinar will focus on ruminants, register via this link, starting at 3:00 p.m. EDT. The monogastric presentation will follow at 3:30 p.m. EDT, register via this link. For more information on mycotoxin management, visit
  • The Joint Poultry Industry Safety Award Program is extending the application submission deadline from poultry industry facilities with outstanding safety programs to May 8. The program is open to National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation and U.S. Poultry & Egg Association members with poultry processing plants, further processing facilities, egg processing plants, hatcheries, feed mills and rendering facilities that, through the implementation of innovative and effective programs, have injury and illness rates below the industry average for three consecutive years. Award program rules, regulations and application forms are available by clicking here.
  • In the wake of reports that beef cases in grocery stores are empty in some areas of the country, R-CALF USA has launched a new website to connect consumers with their neighboring cattle farmers and ranchers who raise and sell cattle or beef that is exclusively born, raised, and harvested in the U.S. directly to consumers. The website is
  • USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announce the completion of two funded research projects at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, in which researchers examined the impacts of cage-free layer housing.
  • The Animal Agriculture Alliance announced that its 2020 Stakeholders Summit is going virtual in response to ongoing public health concerns around hosting large events. The Virtual Summit, still being held May 7-8, will include the same exciting speaker lineup that was planned for the in-person event with sessions covering sustainability, animal welfare, influencer engagement, preparing for animal rights activist campaigns and other hot topics.
  • The International Dairy Foods Association is pleased to introduce Dairy Innovator Dialogues, a new video and multimedia series presented by IDFA that goes behind the scenes with today’s most innovative dairy leaders and companies.
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