Animal Ag Bites 11/18

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The first-ever Sioux Falls Dairy Crawl was held on October 28, 2019, at three downtown restaurants. Five dairy farm families, along with dietitians and other ag professionals served as hosts to approximately 40 consumers. Cattle feeders will honor their own Feb. 4, 2020, during their 11th annual banquet, held for the second year in conjunction with the nation’s largest annual …

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Animal Ag Bites 11/11

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GMO Answers has partnered with the American Feed Industry Association to create a new video that answers common consumer questions about GMOs, animal feed, and pet food. The Animal Agriculture Alliance announced a new chair-elect and six new board representatives. The Alliance’s full board of directors, which includes representatives from all segments of animal agriculture, is listed on its website …

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Animal Ag Bites 11/4

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Support from dairy checkoff food scientists has helped McDonald’s USA produce a reduced-sugar, low-fat chocolate milk that will be unveiled nationwide in January. The new formulation has 25 percent less sugar than McDonald’s previous chocolate milk and is no longer a fat-free product. Dairy Management Inc., which manages the national dairy checkoff, has had a partnership with McDonald’s since 2009. …

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Animal Ag Bites 10/28

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During the NCBA Board Meeting this past August, the NCBA officers announced a scholarship honoring former NCBA CEO Kendal Frazier had been established at Kansas State University. If you are interested in donating to this scholarship fund to honor Kendal and his dedicated career to the beef industry, you can give via online donations at https://give.evertrue.com/ksu/kendalfrazier or contact Emilie Fink, …

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Animal Ag Bites 10/21

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A new environmental study has found that pig farms are generating less manure nutrient content associated with odor. Data gathered from more than 106,000 samples at 182 North Carolina farms shows significant reductions in ammonia levels and manure nutrient content. The improvements are attributed to gains in feed efficiency, which means it takes less feed to raise a pig. The …

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President Trump Addresses Farmers Through NAFB

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The National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) worked with officials from the White House to share remarks from President Donald J. Trump that he recorded from the Oval Office to the nation’s farmers, ranchers, and agriculture community through NAFB broadcast members. In his remarks, the President talked about a number of different topics important to the agricultural community as harvest …

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Animal Ag Bites 10/14

Carrie Muehling

Cattle producer record-keeping can be improved and simplified through the Redbook, a pocket-sized recordkeeping tool from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Redbooks can be purchased for $7.00 each, plus shipping and handling. To order, visit https://store.ncba.org. The National Dairy Promotion and Research Board, through Dairy Management Inc., which manages the national dairy checkoff, annually awards $2,500 scholarships to 11 students. …

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Animal Ag Bites 10/7

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Hundreds of dairy farmers will come to Madison, Wisconsin on Jan. 22-23, 2020 for Dairy Strong – an exciting conference and trade show. Dairy farmers who register by Nov. 1 are invited to attend Dairy Strong for free. Registration is now open at dairystrong.org. To receive two complimentary registrations, farmers must register BEFORE NOV. 1. After Nov. 1, dairies can …

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New Pig Farmer of the Year is From Pennsylvania

Cindy Zimmerman

America’s Pig Farmer of the Year for 2019-2020 is Chris Hoffman from McAlisterville, Pennsylvania. The award recognizes the pig farmers who exemplify industry leadership, a demonstrated focus in raising pigs following the We Care ethical principles and a commitment to connecting consumers with the farmers who raise the pork they consume. Hoffman was named America’s Pig Farmer of the Year …

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USDA Urged to Establish Foot and Mouth Vaccine Bank

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Representatives of the National Pork Producers Council, the National Milk Producers Federation, the National Corn Growers Association and Iowa State University are urging U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to move quickly to establish a Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) vaccine bank. At a press conference Tuesday, the groups recognized steps USDA has already taken to establish the bank, but called for “expedient …

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