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NMPF favors regional trade with Canada if disease outbreak occurs

The National Milk Producers Federation today endorsed a draft plan for allowing the U.S. and Canada to cope with an outbreak of a serious foreign animal contagion, such as foot-and-mouth disease, suggesting the plan is a template for similar plans involving other important dairy export markets. FULL STORY »

Ag markets rebounding from Monday morning lows

Corn prices remain weak in the wake of recent losses. Despite having fallen for nine straight sessions, the July 11 WASDE’s increase in ending stocks for both 2013/14 and 2014/15 is depressing prices again Monday morning. FULL STORY »

Can we predict genomic defects in cattle?

A research team made up of members from Australia, France, Denmark, the U.S., Germany, Canada and the Netherlands recently announced they have sequenced the genomes of 234 cattle as a part of their 1000 bull genomes project. FULL STORY »

Experts predict falling global prices, oversupply

Two unrelated experts are calling for a drop in milk price and oversupply as demand levels out over the next five years. FULL STORY »

U.S. farmland prices stay high, but cash rents due for pressure

U.S. farmland values have remained strong this summer despite falling crop prices, but that could change heading into the busy annual auction season at year's end, auctioneers say. FULL STORY »

Lameness: Causes and prevention on dairy farms

Lameness affects animal welfare, health, production and reproduction. Knowing the potential causes and how to prevent those will yield multiple benefits to dairy producers. FULL STORY »

Are you detecting the lameness on your farm?

On a recent visit to a dairy farm in another state, a Michigan State University Extension coworker and I observed a significant number of lame cows. As we watched the cows exit the parlor, it hit us both at the same time that a great majority of the cows were exhibiting some degree of lameness. When we asked the herdsman about the problem, he indicated that he hadn’t noticed that they were lame. FULL STORY »

Lighter side: Quit trying - cow costume record set

Some people train for years or decades to set a Guinness World Record. As the best-selling copyrighted book of all time, it is the authority on records like world’s “fastest man,” “shortest living man,” and “fastest time to type a text message on a mobile phone while performing headspins.” FULL STORY »

Missouri Gov. vetos ag bills with dairy aid

After receiving overwhelming bi-partisan support in both the Missouri state House and Senate, Governor Jeremiah Nixon vetoed Senate Bill 506 and House Bill 1326. FULL STORY »

Mink-releasing animal rights activists caught

Criminals who appear to have released animals at mink farms in the Midwest last year have been apprehended. FULL STORY »

You cannot bleach your way to clean

I just had yet another question about the concentration of a chlorine bleach solution to use soaking calf feeding equipment. The assumption is that if the one uses the proper concentration of the active ingredient somehow the tube feeders and bottles will become clean. All the bacteria will be gone. FULL STORY »

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