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Animal Ag News 11/16

Carrie Muehling

  • A shipment of breeding pigs from Henderson, Tennessee took off for Sao Paulo, Brazil recently, representing the first load to utilize the Livestock Export and Inspection Facility (LEIF) at St. Louis Lambert (STL). The LEIF-STL facility has been approved as a Port of Embarkation and Export Inspection Facility since 2017, but recent focus by a number of entities including the State of Missouri has brought success. The National Center for Beef Excellence secured a Missouri Agriculture Small Business Development Authority grant to lend assistance to STL and the Midwest Cargo Hub Commission in standing-up and promoting the facility.
  • A newly released Bureau of Labor Statistics annual report for 2019 shows U.S. meat and poultry packers and processors continued their lengthy track record of reducing worker injuries, reaching a new all-time low for injuries. The BLS report released final 2019 incidence rates for non-fatal occupational injuries and illnesses recorded with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
  • The Dairy Business Association has announced the program lineup and keynote speakers for Dairy Strong, one of the Midwest’s premiere conferences for the dairy community, on Jan. 19-21.
  • The checkoff-founded Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy announced a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that will open doors for increased collaboration in areas of mutual interest and allow the agency to gain a deeper understanding of and support for U.S. dairy farmers and the broader dairy community’s environmental sustainability efforts.
  • Working Ranch Magazine introduces the WR Podcast, with host Justin Mills. Each episode includes a brief news update, livestock market outlook, and a long-range weather forecast, as well as major issues that affect the livestock industry across the country.
  • Select Sires invites farmer-owners to visit the cooperative’s new website to access exciting news, sire announcements and the enhanced dairy sire search tool. The website has been refreshed with a modern design, improved functionality and responsive, mobile- friendly technology. Users can now view the website using a mobile device or tablet, as well as a desktop computer.
  • Alltech will host a focus session entitled “Africa: The Power of Partnerships” on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 8 a.m. EST. Access the Alltech ONE Virtual Experience here.
  • The National Pork Board announced the launch of AgView, a technology solution to help the U.S. pork industry respond faster than ever before possible in the event of a foreign animal disease (FAD) outbreak. The web-based tool will allow participating producers to easily share their farm’s FAD status updates and pig movement data with state animal health officials. The opt-in, no-fee technology – funded by the Pork Checkoff – will allow for contact-tracing of infected animals to help rapidly contain or regionalize a potential FAD outbreak.
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