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BLACK VULTURES HUNTING LIVESTOCK

Cattle farmers in southern Illinois are facing a threat from the skies. Vultures that swoop down and prey on young calves are raiding a growing number of farms. (Herald & Review News Service)

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PAINFUL CHOICES

Ranchers in New Mexico are buying up as much alfalfa as they can to supplement feed supplies as drought continues in the west. Some cattle ranchers are reluctantly cutting herd sizes amid the unrelenting dry winter and unfavorable forecast. (Associated Press)

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LESS NUTRITIOUS

The grass fed to #beef cattle isn’t as nutritious as it used to be. So say researchers in Kansas, who report a 20% drop in the amount of crude protein in the grass, which cattle need to grow. If the nutrient problem can’t be solved, the price for grass-fed beef could go even higher. (NPR)

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AG LEADERS SHARE LMFA INFLUENCE ON LIVESTOCK FARMS

The state Livestock Management Facilities Act (LMFA) provides a balanced structure for Illinois’ livestock sector while protecting the state’s environment, three livestock farmer leaders told the Illinois Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Confined Animal Feeding Operations. The subcommittee heard how the LMFA and state environmental regulations impacted each of the farmers’ operations. (FarmWeekNow.com)

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#ANTIBIOTIC GUIDELINES

For the first time, the World Health Organization has issued guidelines for how antibiotics should be used in food animals. Worried about an increasing epidemic of drug-resistant infections, the WHO called on global governments to ban the use of antibiotics for growth promotion and preventive medicine. The WHO also called on veterinarians to avoid antibiotics… read more

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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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