Animal Ag News 4/10/23

Cindy Zimmerman

  • World Dairy Expo® welcomed new industry representatives to its Board of Directors, Commercial Exhibitor Committee and Dairy Cattle Exhibitor Committee at the annual March meetings. The two incoming board members include Kami Dorn, Wisconsin Guernsey Breeders’ Association, and Annie McCullough, Farm Journal.
  • PEAK 2023 – formerly called the Midwest Poultry Federation Convention – is being held this week, April 11-13, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The event is the nation’s largest trade show and convention in North America focused exclusively on the business and food production of poultry. The Midwest Poultry Federation board made the decision to change the name of its annual convention last year after more than 50 years. PEAK stands for Progress, Experience, Advancement and Knowledge. The show continues to be powered by the Midwest Poultry Federation representing 11 state poultry organizations in 9 states, including Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
  • Charles Krause from Buffalo, Minnesota, was newly elected as chair of Midwest Dairy during the organization’s recent annual meeting in Des Moines, Iowa. Elections for the Corporate board officer team were also held. Dan Hotvedt, Decorah, Iowa, was newly elected as first vice chair; Bill Deutsch, Sycamore, Illinois, was newly elected as second vice chair; Rita Young, Plainview, Minnesota, was re-elected as secretary and Matt Schelling, Orange City, Iowa, was newly elected as treasurer. New members elected by their divisions to the Midwest Dairy Corporate board include: Anthony Anderson – Minnesota, Eric Hoese – Minnesota, and Tom Walsh – South Dakota
  • The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) released a statement in regard to false information circulating on social media about the use of mRNA vaccines in cattle. “There are no current mRNA vaccines licensed for use in beef cattle in the United States. Cattle farmers and ranchers do vaccinate cattle to treat and prevent many diseases, but presently none of these vaccines include mRNA technology.”
  • The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has released an updated Veterinary Services (VS) 16-4 form, addressing concerns about US animal food manufacturers being barred from exporting products amid animal disease outbreaks. The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) expressed its support of the update, claiming that it helps protect processors’ abilities to export animal-based products.
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