Animal Ag News 7/18

Carrie Muehling

  • The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, in conjunction with the United States Department of Agriculture, is hosting a two-day webinar symposium to address concerns regarding the Asian Longhorned Tick and the pest’s possible impact on the U.S. cattle industry. The free virtual event will be held Aug. 23-24 from noon to 3:45pm (Eastern) each day.
  • Chairman David Scott announced that he will be introducing legislation to help small family farmers and ranchers and address the national crisis in our nation’s beef supply chain.
  • May pork export value equated to $65.27 per head slaughtered, down 23% from a year ago but the highest monthly average since July 2021. U.S. pork exports are still below year-ago levels, primarily due to a continued decrease in exports to China and Hong Kong. However, exports to Central America, Latin America and the Caribbean continue to grow. Click here for a comprehensive overview of key U.S. pork markets.
  • Alltech has proudly continued its commitment to supporting the Poultry Science Association (PSA) and student research, celebrating the 22nd anniversary of the Alltech Student Research Manuscript Award. This year’s award recipient was Sarah Struthers from Canada, who is currently in her third year of working toward obtaining a Ph.D. in genetics and genomics at The Roslin Institute, the University of Edinburgh and Scotland’s Rural College. Struthers is a two-time recipient, as she also received the award in 2020.
  • Superior Livestock Auction and Zoetis are collaborating to offer BLOCKYARD™ technology to cattle producers, providing a central, consistent digital source of information for every animal. For cattle buyers and sellers, that means an easy way to access and share cattle records in real time.
  • A team of Utah State University students majoring in food science answered the challenge of developing a dairy-based product for “gamers” during National Dairy Council’s New Product Competition. Students Nathan Pougher, Melissa Marsh, Chandler Stafford and Mackenzie Taylor defeated teams from Iowa State University and California State Polytechnic University-Pomona with its Moba Boba energy drink, which is 92-pecent dairy. The students earned the first-place prize of $8,000 and were recognized at this week’s Institute of Food Technologists’ FIRST (Food Improved by Research, Science and Technology) conference in Chicago.
  • The National Pork Producers Council released a new economic report highlighting how America’s pig farmers are significant contributors to the United States’ agricultural and overall economy. The report highlights pork industry value chain contributions and growth over the past five years.
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