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Foot and Mouth Disease Preparedness is High Priority

The world knows how quickly a virus can spread, as COVID-19 extends its tendrils throughout the globe. The coronavirus epidemic reminds U.S. livestock producers how critical it is to have a vaccine bank in advance of a foreign animal disease (FAD) threat like foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). While FMD is not zoonotic (it impacts cloven-hooved animals…

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Marketing: The Art Of The Load

East of the Mississippi, the average farm cattle herd size is less than 20. The often-small number of cattle on Ohio farms creates an inherent marketing challenge: it can be tough to put together a good, consistent load of cattle larger operations need. This, of course, is where stockyards come in to aggregate cattle from…

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97 Million Acres of Corn May be a Stretch; Here’s Why

 As planting gets underway in some areas, it’s already off to a painful start. “We ourselves have nothing in the ground,” says Alex Koehn, a farmer in Paris, Texas. “In visiting with other farmers, I would say 15% to 20% [of the crop] is in the ground in this area. That is probably one of…

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Life Lessons I’ve Relearned, Thanks To COVID-19

Working through the challenges posed by COVID-19 the past few weeks has created considerable upheaval in my career and personal life—more than anything else I can remember in the past 35-plus years. From what I can tell, many of you would say the same. While there are so many facets of life that are beyond…

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Pirbright Tests New Coronavirus Vaccines on Pigs

In the global battle to help control COVID-19, the Pirbright Institute will use pigs to assess the validity of potential vaccines in an effort to protect people against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the cause of the current pandemic. Working in collaboration with researchers at the University of Oxford and Public Health England,…

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Need A Way to Temporarily Keep Newborn Calves Warm? Try This

For the first time this Spring, Saskatchewan, Canada, cow/calf operator Mitch Stuart has something new in his arsenal to keep newborn calves warm. Stuart, who runs 300 pairs at Stuart Cattle Station, has family members help with night checking shifts, but was looking for a way to add some extra safety measures for them. That’s…

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Conaway Tells AgriTalk Packer Probe Likely

Iowa Senator Charles Grassley is among some farm state senators who are calling for investigations of beef packing companies following the surge in wholesale beef prices that led to extreme processing profit margins. Texas Congressman Mike Conaway told AgriTalk Tuesday he thinks a probe into packer profits is likely. Cattlemen have complained that surging meat…

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Profit Tracker: Packer Margins Higher

Beef packer margins increased another $45 per head for the week ending March 27 while a rally in cash prices pulled feedyard closeouts into the black. Cash cattle prices at $119.25 were nearly $10 per cwt. higher, resulting in average feedyard profits of $25 per head, about $115 per head better than the previous week,…

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USDA Extends ReConnect Application Deadline to April 15

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WASHINGTON, March 30, 2020 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand today announced that USDA has extended the deadline for ReConnect Pilot Program applications to April 15. “In light of the COVID-19 National Emergency, USDA is extending the application deadline for round two of ReConnect Pilot Program funding…

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