On the Farm: Trappers deal with Virginia’s predator problem

MASON COVE, Va. (WFXR) — Predation on livestock, poultry, and crops costs U.S. farmers millions of dollars every year. That cost is passed on to consumers when they buy food. As predator numbers have risen in Virginia, especially coyotes, the number of farm animals has risen, too. Some farmers have turned to trappers to help […]
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State health officials warn of parasitic infections tied to livestock

Michigan health officials are investigating a parasitic infection connected to livestock after several suspected cases were found in Livingston, Ingham and Oakland counties. There have been one confirmed, four probable and seven suspected cases of cryptosporidiosis, a diarrheal disease caused by the Cryptosporidium parasite between Nov. 15 and 21. The health department believes the illnesses occurred after people came into contact with a group of sick calves.

Lessons from a cattle marketing class

This week I wrapped up another sell/buy marketing school. This was the first one I’ve done with teenagers in the class. I was thrilled to have these two young men because our youth are the future of this industry. We often pick on the next generation and say they...
Agriculture Online

FUMzyme now available for use in poultry and swine

DSM Animal Nutrition and Health has announced FUMzyme, its first FDA-approved purified enzyme designed to degrade fumonisins into non-toxic metabolites.FUMzyme has entered the poultry and swine feed market as a mycotoxin risk management tool that can mitigate toxin levels in corn. “With each year’s crop we see variation in mycotoxin...

Livestock Parasite Illness Identified In Livingston County

Local residents and others across the state are being advised to take precautions around livestock following recent cases of a parasitic illness in Livingston and some surrounding counties. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is reminding people of steps they can take to keep themselves safe and...

How livestock systems act as a reservoir for antimicrobial-resistant bacteria

Scientists from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the University of Liverpool, the University of Edinburgh and elsewhere have traced how livestock systems act as a reservoir for antimicrobial-resistant (AMR) bacteria and AMR genetic determinants that may infect or colonize people. This sheds light on the factors influencing AMR at...

Dwarf Fortress: How to Butcher Animals

Here's how to butcher both livestock and wild animals in Dwarf Fortress, as well as explanations on refuse stockpiles and standing orders. Butchering animals is dirty business, but some dwarf has to do it. Butchering animals is one of a few ways to keep food on the table in Dwarf Fortress, but the process is less obvious than what players coming from Rimworld may be used to.

Livestock buildings require cold-weather maintenance

Preparing livestock buildings for winter is the easy part. The challenges come when the white stuff starts to fall. “It’s an ongoing process,” says Brett Ramirez, Extension ag engineer with Iowa State University. Hog buildings need to be frequently checked for any type of hole or leakage, and...

Audio: USDA releases final rule for Cattle Contract Library program

(Brownfield Network) – The USDA has rolled out its final rule to stand up the Cattle Contract Library pilot program. Tanner Beymer with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says the USDA updated the language to the rule-following stakeholder feedback. The original proposed rule would have allowed the USDA to obtain all active contracts from packers, which the industry thought was problematic from a privacy perspective. “This rule has announced that they are going to look for the information that is in those contracts,” he says. “But they are going to acquire it through the summary report, which is very similar to other functions of livestock mandatory reporting.”

Read the draft plan for bringing wolves back to Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Colorado Parks and Wildlife dropped its 293-page draft plan after voters approved Proposition 114 in 2020. The measure, now a law, calls for the reintroduction of gray wolves in western Colorado. The draft plan released Friday highlights social tolerance for wolves, economic impacts, wolf-livestock interactions, and livestock loss to wolves.

Periodic Updates on the Grains, Livestock Futures Markets

Posted 08:35 -- March corn is up 2 3/4 cents per bushel, January soybeans are down 2 1/2 cents, March KC wheat is down 4 1/4 cents, March Chicago wheat is down 2 3/4 cents and March Minneapolis wheat is down 2 cents. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is down 70.78 points and January crude oil is up $0.68 per barrel. The U.S. Dollar Index is up 0.130 and February gold is up $7.10 per ounce. Corn and soymeal are slightly higher, while wheat and beans are weaker to start. There is not a whole lot of fresh news to impact ag markets early on as we await the December WASDE report. Soybean meal appears to be overbought but is headed for a possible eight straight higher finish.
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Pipi’s Pasture: Thinking of the animals

I grew up on a ranch where raising Hereford cattle was our main source of income. We raised the cattle because we enjoyed them, and we provided them with the very best of care. During all of those years we never forgot the cattle and other ranch animals when it came to Thanksgiving and especially Christmas.