Animal Ag News 4/15

Carrie Muehling

  • Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) was found in a South Dakota dairy herd last week, becoming the eighth state with HPAI-infected dairy cows. The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s HPAI website now shows a total of 26 detections, in Texas (11), New Mexico (6), Kansas (3), Michigan (2), Idaho (1), Ohio (1), North Carolina (1), and South Dakota (1).
  • The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) expressed disappointment in the final rule released to update the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), which maintained the proposed rule’s cuts to dairy in the WIC food packages.
  • The Animal Agriculture Alliance’s 2024 Stakeholders Summit will feature panelists from Protect the Harvest, American Kennel Club, and CloverLeaf Animal Welfare Systems who will share their experience navigating animal rights activism. The 2024 event, themed “Ready, Set, Solve! Advancing Animal Agriculture,” is set for May 8-9 in Kansas City, Mo.
  • The 2023 Cattlemen’s Beef Board Annual Report is now available. See how the Beef Checkoff utilized your producer dollars to support and strengthen the entire beef industry through research, promotion and education.
  • Managing livestock grazing on federal public lands in a foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) outbreak will pose unique challenges for ranchers and animal health officials. That is why the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) received USDA National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program (NADPRP) funding to work with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and other stakeholders to develop movement decision criteria guidance that addresses the unique scenarios that would arise for federal lands grazers. Resources are now available on the Secure Sheep and Wool Supply and Secure Beef Supply websites under the Public Land Grazing pages.
  • Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association announced it will host its third-annual TSCRA Cattle Raisers Roundup July 22-26 in East Texas. The event is open to high school students who have completed their sophomore through senior years and are interested in gaining knowledge about the beef supply chain, natural resources and other important issues impacting agriculture. Cattle Raisers Roundup will include tours at cattle operation and beef packing plants, as well as the opportunity to speak with industry leaders. The program is structured to allow for practical application of everyday activities of those who buy, sell, produce and rely on beef protein. Applications are due May 1 and are available at
  • King Ranch, Inc. announced that it has acquired a 50% stake in Cobalt Cattle, the nation’s fourth-largest cattle feeding operation with six feedyards in Colorado, Kansas and Texas.
  • The Milk Cup launched April 10th as part of Gonna Need Milk’s efforts to connect with Gen Z. Gonna Need Milk’s inaugural gaming activation at Vidcon Anaheim featured a creator competition that streamed on Twitch’s front page, and the organization is committed to maintaining the momentum through this groundbreaking tournament.
  • U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) is accepting applications for the 2024 Clean Water Awards. The awards recognize outstanding performance of wastewater treatment plants that operate at poultry and egg processing facilities. Winners will be announced at USPOULTRY’s Environmental Management Seminar to be held Sept. 19 – 20, at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Destin, Florida.
  • Advancement and change continue at a rapid pace in today’s poultry industry. As increasing automation and new management techniques occur, the poultry processing plant feels the impact perhaps more than any other operation in the company. Throw in labor challenges and talent development, and managing the plant becomes more complicated day by day. Learn about ways to overcome these challenges and increase efficiency and effectiveness during USPOULTRY’s 2024 Poultry Processor Workshop that will be held May 15-16, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Downtown in Nashville, Tennessee.
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