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Animal Ag News 12/5

Carrie Muehling

  • PIC (Pig Improvement Company) announced it has made a strategic minority investment in SwineTech, a farm management solutions company. As part of the investment, PIC and SwineTech will develop a strategic relationship to explore and advance the continued development of innovative products and approaches for improving the predictability and efficiency of swine production.
  • National Cattlemen’s Beef Association CEO Colin Woodall released a statement following the signing of H.J. Res. 100 to avert disruptions in rail service: “America’s cattle producers are grateful for the bipartisan effort that prevented disruptions in critical rail service across the country. A rail shutdown would have been disastrous to our supply chain, and would have interrupted the essential feed, fuel, and fertilizer shipments cattle producers need. We are pleased that this joint resolution was swiftly passed by Congress and signed into law.”
  • Join Dairy Calf & Heifer Association (DCHA) for its next webinar – “Achieving Better Outcomes when BRD Comes Knocking” – set for December 8, at 2 p.m. Central time (U.S./Canada). Tiago Tomazi, Merck Animal Health ruminant technical services, is the presenter for this free, one-hour educational offering. This webinar is RACE and ARPAS approved.
  • Royal DSM began construction of a new manufacturing facility at its site in Dalry, Scotland. The plant will significantly increase global production of Bovaer, DSM’s unique methane-reducing feed additive for cattle.
  • Vytelle outpaced their plan to double laboratory capacity to meet the demand for hormone-free in vitro fertilization (IVF). Part of the five-year plan, initiated at the conclusion of their Series A Funding, promised to double the laboratory capacity to produce bovine embryos through IVF. The announcement of the Franklin, Tennessee location marks the fifth laboratory opening since their Series A Funding in 2021.
  • The Animal Agriculture Alliance has concluded its release of reports from five prominent animal rights extremist conferences held over the course of 2022. The conferences included: Humane Society of the United States’ Taking Action for Animals (TAFA) Conference, The Rancher Advocacy Program’s (RAP) Summit, Animal Place’s Farmed Animal Conference E-Summit (FACES), Animal Legal Defense Fund’s (ALDF) Animal Law Symposium, and ALDF and the Center for Animal Law Studies’ Animal Law Conference. All 2022 animal rights activism conference reports, which include personal accounts of speaker presentations and general observations, are available to Alliance members in the Resource Center on the Alliance website.
  • Illinois Milk Producers Association during its 2022 annual awards program recognized two farmers who showcased leadership, stewardship and excellence in the dairy industry. David Ruppert, of Montgomery County, is the recipient of the 2022 Dairy Industry Service Award. This award recognizes an Illinois individual who has shown exemplary service and benefit to the state’s dairy industry. The 2022 Dairy Sustainability Award recognizes an Illinois dairy farm or dairy farmer who has made outstanding contributions toward innovative technologies and best management practices to improve environmental stewardship and economic viability. This year’s award recognizes Scheidairy Farm, in Stephenson County. Today, the operation is managed by Doug and Trish Scheider, fourth generation farmers, and Dan and Sarah Scheider, fifth generation farmers, who milk approximately 650 Holstein cows.
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