Animal Ag News 6/5

Carrie Muehling

  • The World Pork Expo returns to the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, June 7-9. Presented by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), this year’s Expo will give attendees a packed schedule of events, including an expansive tradeshow, educational seminars, and numerous networking events.
  • The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) announced support for H.R. 3419/S. 1666, the Foreign Animal Disease Prevention, Surveillance, and Rapid Response Act of 2023. This bipartisan and bicameral legislation would continue making critical investments in foreign animal disease response programs currently overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
  • The National Milk Producers Federation applauds USDA for proposing its “Action Plan” to move toward a national hearing based on NMPF’s proposal to modernize the Federal Milk Marketing Orders. The largest representative of U.S. dairy farmers and farmer-owned dairy processors is eager to begin the next phase of creating a federal order system that better reflects today’s market conditions and dairy producer needs.
  • The National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program Excellence Awards are back for the third year. The prestigious awards recognize farms and evaluators who demonstrate excellence in their engagement with the FARM Program. Awards are presented in four categories: Animal Care & Antibiotic Stewardship, Environmental Stewardship, Workforce Development and FARM Evaluator. Nominations are open until 11:59 p.m. PDT Aug. 1 and should be submitted using the online form on the FARM website.
  • World Dairy Expo recently welcomed Brian Paul, Milton, Wis., as the organization’s new Trade Show Manager. In this role, Paul will work on all aspects involved in planning and executing the world’s largest dairy-exclusive trade show, including working closely with Expo’s trade show exhibitors and the Commercial Exhibitor Committee.
  • The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) announced the annual Capitol Hill Ice Cream Party will take place on the National Mall on June 21, 2023. The celebration on the National Mall just outside the U.S. Capitol Building is one of Washington’s most anticipated for professionals working in food and agriculture, bringing together thousands of guests, including members of Congress and officials from the executive branch, in a fun event showcasing America’s favorite frozen treats.
  • The inaugural class of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture’s (NIAA) Advanced Training for Animal Agriculture Leaders completed their 16-month leadership training program at NIAA’s Annual Conference.
  • DARI LLC, a trailblazer in the dairy industry, announces a new taste challenge, “Approve of MOO’V,” supporting Children’s Hospitals in the upper Midwest. To celebrate June Dairy Month, DARI will donate $1 to Children’s Hospital for each social media post by people experiencing the new MOO’V ultra-filtered, lactose-free, high-protein, low-sugar, naturally flavored, whole milk beverage.
  • In a new study published in the journal “JDS Communications,” scientists at the University of Florida have discovered that human interaction with calves helps to reduce abnormal oral behaviors and increase rest during early life. As part of an ongoing effort to enhance dairy cows’ lifelong welfare, this research is related to a previous study looking at how housing young calves in pairs and larger social groups may allow them to develop better social skills and produce more milk as a cow later in life. Building off these aims, this latest study sought to learn whether human contact provided additional complexities and enrichment in dairy calves’ environment during weaning.
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