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ATYPICAL BSE FOUND IN #ALABAMA

@USDA Tuesday announced it had detected an atypical case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in an eleven-year-old cow in Alabama. Atypical BSE generally occurs rarely and spontaneously in older cattle. USDA says the animal never entered slaughter channels and at no time presented a risk to the food supply or human health. (USDA Press Release)

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HERD HEALTH PLAN KEY FOR CATTLE UNDER NEW REGULATIONS

Longtime veterinarian Mike Wells always promotes the use of a herd health plan for livestock farmers. But such a plan may be even more critical with new veterinary feed directive rules in effect. Wells recommends a preventive approach. If herds are healthy, it reduces antibiotic treatments, the animals grow better and it boosts reproductive efficiency…. read more

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DON’T COUNT YOUR #CHICKENS…

The U.S. poultry industry is trying to figure out why, over the first five months of the year, the percentage of eggs hatching broiler chickens fell to its lowest level in more than a decade. Officials believe the numbers could be falling off due to new varieties of fast-growing chickens which are overheating or an… read more

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CHINA’S LIVESTOCK, FEED INDUSTRIES GROWING

China is now the world’s largest producer of livestock products and has also emerged as the largest manufacturer of animal feed, after nearly four decades of transitioning from a largely plant-based diet toward greater meat consumption.

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CAGE-FREE EGGS

Costco says that it has already made major strides toward a cage-free egg supply: In 2006, only 2% of the eggs it sold were cage-free, now 26% are. Meanwhile, Subway announced this week it’s started its 10-year transition to cage-free eggs.

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ECO-UNFRIENDLY DIETS

Vegetarian and “healthy” diets could be more harmful to the environment. A Carnegie Mellon study finds eating lettuce is more than three times worse in greenhouse gas emissions than eating bacon.

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U.S. MOBILIZES TO THWART BIRD FLU

U.S. poultry companies and regulators are taking unprecedented steps to combat the potential return of an avian-influenza virus that roiled egg and turkey farmers earlier this year and resulted in the death of more than 48 million birds. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, bracing for a return of the virus during autumn migration season, is… read more

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ANTIBIOTIC BAN

California has adopted the toughest limits in the nation on the use of antibiotics in healthy livestock, barring their routine use to prevent illness or promote growth. The law also eliminates the availability of livestock antibiotics for over-the-counter sales.

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VET DEGREES

Chances are good, the next veterinarian you visit will be female. In 2012-13, 77% of veterinary degrees were earned by females – the highest percentage among professional degrees.

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DATA LAWSUIT

A U.S. District Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by a coalition of consumer, environmental, and animal rights groups that could have made it easier for those groups to get information on livestock operations and their owners. AFBF’s Danielle Quist says the court made the right decision.

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