The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on May 20 released its proposed rule presenting revisions to its annual reporting requirements for drug sponsors (pharmaceutical companies). The purpose is to obtain estimates of all antimicrobials sold or distributed for use in food-producing animal species (cattle, swine, chickens and turkeys).
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced May 14 that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $6.5 million in the Ogallala Aquifer region this year to help farmers and ranchers conserve billions of gallons of water and improve water quality.
Larry Reynolds, North Dakota State University (NDSU) Distinguished Professor of Animal Sciences, along with colleagues from around the country, recently published: “Importance of Animals in Agricultural Sustainability and Food Security” in the Journal of Nutrition.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced USDA’s plan to implement a farm bill provision that will have a major policy impact on the way the Department of Agriculture helps rural communities plan and finance regional economic development strategies.
The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is seeking applications for the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP). The program is available to repay qualified educational loans for eligible veterinarians in exchange for veterinary services in designated shortage situations.
The University of Idaho announced recently that it will not graze sheep this summer on the Centennial Mountains, citing an ongoing unresolved lawsuit with environmental litigation groups. This keeps sheep off the range at the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station’s (USS- ES’) high-elevation allotments for the second year in a row.
Auctioneer C.K. “Sonny” Booth, Miami, OK, will be the sixth person inducted into the North American Limousin Foundation (NA- LF) Hall of Fame with a ceremony on June 30, 2015 in Tulsa, OK. Induction into the NALF Hall of Fame is the highest honor the foundation can bestow upon an individual.
Only one to two months ago, the spring-calving cows were calving, the temperature was cold and some of the calving pastures were muddy. Experience would say that you do not want to ask cow/ calf operators how “calving” is then, because the response would be less than objective, reflecting bone-chilling cold and not enough sleep.
The discussion on antibiotic use in food animals has been going on for many years. Beef producers have been following and joining the discussion in efforts to continue producing safe meat products and to ease concerns of consumers and government leaders.
For decades, ranchers in the foothills surrounding California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, as well as in portions of the Great Basin, have been forced to accept high rates of late term abortion and reduced calf crops in their herds as a matter of course.
Dave Ollila, a field sheep specialist for South Dakota State University Extension at the Rapid City Regional Center, said those who commingle cattle and small ruminants could see several benefits. The obvious plus would be that adding another enterprise to the operation creates more income, he said.
[Editor’s note: This story reports on the same report discussed in last week’s story “Study: Country-of-Origin labels provide no industry benefit.” However, this story focuses more on the economic details rather than political situation behind MCOOL.].
Mexico is the second largest importer of U.S. beef and beef variety meats in volume (216,386 metric tons) and third largest by value ($925 million), according to the United States Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Mexico is also one of our largest trading partners, as more than $1.
“With the dry conditions this spring, forage production will be lower than average,” Rangeland Management Specialist Kevin Sedivec cautions. “Early spring grazing, especially under dry conditions, can be costly in terms of total forage production during the entire grazing season.