Animal Ag News 5/18

Carrie Muehling

  • The Animal Agriculture Alliance recently hired Emily Solis as communications specialist, beginning May 11. In this role, Solis will work to execute the Alliance’s issues management and communications strategy.
  • The U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division provided guidance for collaboration among U.S. hog farmers to effectively address unprecedented challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The favorable decision is in response to a “business review” letter submitted to the DOJ by the National Pork Producers Council seeking permission to allow hog farmers greater flexibility in working to maximize the number of hogs entering the food supply, minimize the tragic need to euthanize hogs, and, facilitate the safe and orderly euthanization of those hogs which are not able to enter the food supply.
  • A bipartisan group of eight U.S. Senators, led by U.S. Sens. Tina Smith (D-MN) and Mike Rounds (R-SD), urged U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue to assure that bison producers will be included in the agricultural assistance package that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is developing under the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
  • Michael Dykes, D.V.M., President and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association, released a statement on the Recourse Loan Program for Commercial Processors of Dairy Products in the HEROES Act legislation as proposed by the House of Representatives.
  • Metritis can have a devastating impact on a dairy farm, reducing reproductive performance and decreasing milk production. To provide farmers with a quality, affordable way to treat metritis with zero milk discard, Norbrook, Inc., has launched Cefenil® RTU – the industry’s first ready-to-use, veterinary-prescription, generic ceftiofur hydrochloride injectable.
  • As Americans start to enjoy the warmer weather and fire up their grills, Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. is continuing to ensure beef cravings are satisfied with a quick guide for simple steak swaps. To help consumers make the most out of grilling season, the Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. culinary team, funded by the Beef Checkoff, has developed a chart of simple steak swaps for top grilling cuts that make it easy to get beef on the table, regardless of what cut of beef consumers have on hand.
  • The Dairy Business Association and Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative applauded the Agriculture Department for awarding $317 million in contracts to purchase milk and other dairy foods for struggling Americans.
  • A more condensed version of the Beef Quality Assurance Manual is now available to BQA followers in digital or print form. Both the digital and print versions of the BQA Field Guide are now available. To find out more about them or the BQA Manual, or to become BQA certified, visit
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