Animal Ag News 11/21

Carrie Muehling

  • Alltech, a global leader in the agriculture industry for more than 40 years, is proud to introduce Egalis, a new range of high-quality silage inoculants that maximize nutrient quality, increase forage stability and reduce dry matter loss to help maintain optimal animal performance. Egalis drives proper fermentation and assists epiphytic bacteria to control the fermentation through the use of specific bacteria.
  • The Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, the largest and oldest livestock association based in Texas, announced Melissa Hamilton as executive director of government relations.
  • A tailgate event in Stillwater, Oklahoma, at the Oklahoma State University vs Iowa State University football game took on a special meaning as representatives from Zoetis presented the company’s third donation to Folds of Honor. Based in Owasso, Oklahoma, Folds of Honor provides academic scholarships to the spouses and children of men and women who have fallen or been disabled while serving in the U.S. armed forces or as first responders.
  • Congratulations to the 10th Annual National Anthem Singer winner Franki Moscato of OshKosh, Wisconsin. Moscato will sing at the 2023 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show February 1-3, 2023 in New Orleans.
  • The Beef Checkoff-funded Trailblazers program is seeking applications for its next class of beef advocates. Trailblazers, developed by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff, takes advocacy to the next level by giving participants the tools and training they need to promote beef to new audiences while addressing and correcting myths.
  • He’s the Academy Award-nominated writer behind the hit series Yellowstone and 1883, a Texas native, and owner and operator of the legendary 6666 Ranch in Texas. This February, Taylor Sheridan will be hitting the mainstage Wednesday, February 1st as the keynote speaker for the Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show Opening General Session sponsored Boehringer Ingelheim.
  • SM Animal Nutrition and Health — a global science-based company focused on nutrition, health and sustainable living — announces the availability of FUMzyme, fumonisin esterase, for use in poultry and swine feed in the United States.
  • Over 50 industry professionals gathered in St. Petersburg, Fla., to participate in the American Feed Industry Association’s (AFIA) annual Equipment Manufacturers Conference. Hosted by AFIA’s Equipment Manufacturers Committee, this year’s conference focused on building an industry perspective on sustainability.
  • The National Milk Producers Federation called on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to use existing legal authority to modernize its regulations allowing for faster approval of animal-feed additives that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, submitting comments to the agency that highlighted the need for urgent action to enhance dairy’s role as a climate solution.
  • Several large retailers and wholesalers (including Sysco, US Foods, Kroger, Hy-Vee, Albertson, Associated Grocers, Subway, SuperValu, and Cheney Brothers) recently filed claims similar to those brought originally in April 2019 by R-CALF USA and National Farmers Union (NFU) against the Big 4 packers. Those claims are that the packers’ efforts to jointly manage their slaughter volume and their cattle purchasing practices caused beef prices to rise while also pushing cattle prices lower. In response, the U.S. District Court held a hearing and decided to coordinate these new claims with R-CALF USA and NFU’s suit ahead of trial. This does not substantially affect the current case. While the Court may amend the existing schedule to fold these new claims in, fact discovery is already expected to continue across 2023 given that the parties have only just begun document production.
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