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Not all dairy created equal for women’s bone health

There’s good news for milk-loving women: new research shows women who frequently consume low- or no-fat milk may delay the progression of osteoarthritis of the knee. FULL STORY »

Big gaps remain between U.S. and Japan in trade talks

Big gaps remain between the United States and Japan after two days of top-level talks on a bilateral trade deal that is vital for a broader regional pact, negotiators on both sides said on Thursday. FULL STORY »

Growth benchmark basics for calf and heifer raisers

Raising dairy replacement heifers is a significant investment for most dairy operations. Monitoring performance and making adjustments as an investment grows is a key to optimizing return on investment. FULL STORY »

FDA announces voluntary withdrawal of 16 antimicrobials

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is today announcing that five drug sponsors holding animal drug applications affected by Guidance For Industry (GFI) #213 have requested that FDA withdraw approval of a collective 19 animal drug applications because the products are no longer manufactured or marketed. FULL STORY »

Animal welfare for youth: Part 3 – Three Circles Model

The Three Circles Model is the next building block to help youth understand animal welfare. It addresses both the object science and human values used in evaluating welfare. FULL STORY »

NMPF praises introduction of voluntary GMO labeling bill

The National Milk Producers Federation today applauded introduction of legislation establishing federal standards for the safety and labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients (GMOs). FULL STORY »

Producers drive change at DCHA annual conference

U.S. calf and heifer growers learn new strategies in dairy management during annual event – hosted by producers April 1-3 in Green Bay, Wis. FULL STORY »

Idaho asks court to toss ‘ag gag’ lawsuit

Idaho isn’t backing down from its so-called “ag gag” law and has asked a federal court to toss a lawsuit brought against the state by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and others in a coalition of animal activists, civil rights groups and media organizations. FULL STORY »

USDA forecasts more milk, higher prices in 2014

According to the USDA’s latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, milk prices and production are both expected to climb in 2014, but feed costs are expected to increase, too. FULL STORY »

Ask before seeding a new forage stand

In order to reap the benefits of what you sow, there are a few questions you should ask in regards to seeding a new forage. Identifying weed issues prior to planting is vital as is knowing the soil conditions and your timeline for your forage stand. FULL STORY »

Consistent hay and cattle patterns

Not all relationships hold cleanly over time. One way to keep some perspective and some sanity when trying to evaluate markets is to look for consistency. Are higher calf prices leading to more replacement heifers? Yes. Is the heifer mix on feed lower too? Yes. Thus, there are consistent indicators of expansion. Are the latest hay statistics also consistent with expansion? Here are some thoughts. FULL STORY »

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