Drovers

Raising Reindeer: How One Show Reindeer Inspired a Passion

Taylor Armstrong’s show reindeer named Merlin was a decision Armstrong says she made on a whim. Now, the community of North Pole, Alaska, native is an aspiring large animal veterinarian with a growing reindeer herd. After showing more traditional livestock such as cattle and hogs, a local family brought reindeer to the county fair, and…

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China Says Deal Agreed, U.S. to Roll Back Tariffs in Stages

(Bloomberg) –China and the U.S. have agreed on the text of a phase one trade deal, which will see the removal of tariffs on Chinese goods in stages, Vice Commerce Minister Wang Shouwen said. China will increase imports from the U.S. as part of the agreement, Wang said at a briefing in Beijing Friday. The…

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Meat Industry Seeks To Block California’s Proposition 12

Over the past decade, California’s voters and legislature have supported several measures that mandate changes in common meat and egg production practices with consequences that extend far beyond the state’s borders. It began in 2008, when voters approved Proposition 2, a ballot initiative prohibiting California farmers from using gestation crates for hogs, confining veal calves…

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2019 Silage: You Never Know What You’re Gonna Get

Opening a silage bunker this year might be analogous to Forest Gump’s box of chocolates; “you never know what you’re gonna get.” With the challenges of the 2019 growing and harvest season in the Midwest and Northeast, a lot of forage was put up under less than ideal conditions. Two big concerns are: 1. Many…

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New Year, Same Issue

As we enter a new year and a new decade, antibiotic stewardship remains on the top of issues affecting food-animal veterinarians. Continued public pressure, along with regulatory actions, will drive ongoing change, with more emphasis on preventive care and more veterinarian oversight of antibiotic use. In September 2019, FDA released draft guidance for industry (GFI) 263,…

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JBS SA Faces New Fraud Charges In Brazil

Brazilian federal prosecutors have charged JBS S.A. and its holding firm J&F Investmentos, along with 14 other individuals, for alleged fraud in the approval of investments and loans by national development bank BNDES issued to the beef processor between 2007 and 2011. Meating Place reports the Brazilian Federal Prosecutor’s office is demanding payment of $5…

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Cargill Donations Support Calif. Foodbank’s Hunger Relief Efforts

To help support California food bank’s efforts to meet demand for protein during a difficult fire season, Cargill donated nearly 50,000 pounds of beef to local families in California. Cargill worked with its partner MEANS Database, a nonprofit that helps direct food in 49 states to local emergency feeding services, to connect with Redwood Empire…

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Trump Signs Off U.S.-China Trade Deal to Avert December Tariffs

(Bloomberg) — President Donald Trump signed off on a so-called phase-one trade deal with China, averting the Dec. 15 introduction of a new wave of U.S. tariffs on about $160 billion of consumer goods from the Asian nation, according to people familiar with the matter. The deal presented to Trump by trade advisers Thursday included a…

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U.S. Reaches Deal in Principle With China, Awaits Trump Sign-Off

U.S. negotiators have reached the terms of a phase-one trade deal with China that now awaits President Donald Trump’s approval, according to people briefed on the plans, Bloomberg News reports. Trade advisers are set to meet with the president at 2:30 p.m. to discuss the agreement. An announcement could come as soon as this afternoon,…

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Federal Judge Halts Arkansas from Enforcing Meat-Labeling Law

A federal judge prevented Arkansas from enforcing a law that bans using terms such as “burger” or “sausage” to sell vegetarian and vegan products. On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker granted a preliminary injunction preventing Arkansas from enforcing this state agricultural law alternately described as the “truth in labeling” law against Oregon-based Torfurky Co.…

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