FYI on Swine
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Updated: 9 hours 19 min ago
Mon, 2011-10-24 06:39
President Obama signed the Free Trade Agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia on Friday (21 October). President Obama has signed into law the long-awaited free trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia, as well as the latest trade adjustment assistance for workers, reports ABC News.
Mon, 2011-10-24 06:20
I had breakfast this week with Jeffrey R. Immelt, the chief executive of General Electric, and the main dish on the menu was tough love. In an interview before a packed hall in Times Square, the boss of the more than a century-old $177 billion global behemoth told me that Americans can still win in the global economy — but that they need to fight harder.
Fri, 2011-10-21 06:56
Waters polluted by the ordure of pigs, poultry, or cattle represent a reservoir of antibiotic resistance genes, both known and potentially novel. These resistance genes can be spread among different bacterial species by bacteriophage, bacteria-infecting viruses, according to a paper in the October Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.
Fri, 2011-10-21 06:53
WASHINGTON (AP) — Winter looks to be cold and wet across the northern tier of states, and the drought will worsen in the South, where conditions are expected to be warmer and drier than usual, government forecasters said Thursday. Like last winter, the Pacific Ocean cooling known as La Nina is affecting the weather, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Tue, 2011-10-18 06:30
Biofuels face their biggest test yet -- whether they can power fighter jets and tanks in battle at prices the world’s best-funded military can afford. The U.S. Air Force is set to certify all of its 40-plus aircraft models to burn fuels derived from waste oils and plants by 2013, three years ahead of target, Air Force Deputy Assistant Secretary Kevin Geiss said. The Army wants 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2025. The Navy and Marines aim to shift half their energy use from oil, gas and coal by 2020.
Fri, 2011-10-14 11:46
It is estimated by the United Nations that the world’s urban population will double between the years 2000 and 2030. In that time, while cities and populations around the world grow, the amount of fresh water available for consumption as well as domestic and industrial use will not expand. It is further predicted that if little is done to alter this situation, global demand for fresh water may outstrip supply by as much as 40 percent by 2030, putting food security at risk. Such a prospect makes fresh water availability one of the most pressing issues facing the world.
Fri, 2011-10-14 10:15
Global agricultural production needs to continue growing at a significant pace to keep up with food needs, according to the 2011 Global Agricultural Productivity Report from the Global Harvest Initiative. The annual GAP report, developed with input from the Farm Foundation, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service and other agricultural experts, measures ongoing progress in sustainably doubling agricultural output in the next 40 years.
Fri, 2011-10-14 10:13
The divide between a utopian vision of food production and the realities of modern, large-scale agriculture grew ever wider this week as Worldwatch Institute released a report on global meat production and consumption. Offering little more than a rehash of unsubstantiated claims regarding livestock production, Worldwatch fails to add serious discussion to the debate about food production, and their actions don’t serve the world’s population that are poor and hungry.
Fri, 2011-10-14 07:53
An international team of scientists will tackle the challenge of improving feed efficiency in swine through a $5 million grant coordinated by Iowa State University (ISU). The team is also organising a conference on the topic in Omaha in November.
Fri, 2011-10-14 07:45
Where in some countries 30 piglets per sow per year is only a distant target, others are already talking about achieving a target of 40.
Fri, 2011-10-14 07:41
The National Pork Producers Council is calling it one of the “greatest victories ever for the U.S. pork industry.” South Korea alone could import as much as 5 percent of the United States’ annual pork production.
Tue, 2011-10-11 19:16
Mon, 2011-10-10 08:54
A 30-day extension of the comment period for the proposed rule on animal disease traceability has been made, the US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced. Under the proposed rule, livestock moved interstate would have to be officially identified and accompanied by an interstate certificate of veterinary inspection or other documentation, such as owner-shipper statements or brand certificates, unless specifically exempted. It also encourages the use of low-cost technology and specifies approved forms of official identification for each species, such as metal eartags for cattle.
Thu, 2011-10-06 05:33
Shechtman was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his 1982 discovery of quasicrystals, which changed the way scientists think about matter. His discovery turned the accepted thinking of the scientific community on its head, drawing him criticism for years before gaining broad acceptance.
Wed, 2011-10-05 16:04
Consumers, pinched by falling incomes, trimmed their spending last year even as prices for everyday goods climbed, according to a new report from the Labor Department.
Mon, 2011-09-26 08:59
Some call it the smell of money, but Teng Teeh Lim thinks that smell does not have to be so bad. The University of Missouri Extension researcher wants to give large, concentrated animal operations an economical way to lessen those troubling smells. Professor Lim recently received a $50,000 Mizzou Advantage grant to develop a computer model that allows large producers to use the size and other simple information about their swine or dairy farm to give them a better idea of the amount of emissions and what they can do to address odour or emission issues.
Mon, 2011-09-26 08:54
Then it comes to selling manure, pork producers need to know their product and understand what their crop-producing customers are looking for. Good negotiating skills can come in handy, too, according to a panel of manure brokers who fielded questions at the recent North American Manure Expo in Norfolk, NE.
Mon, 2011-09-26 08:53
ohn Morrell & Co, part of the giant Smithfield Foods group, is to pay a $162,500 civil fine for undervaluing pig carcases and falsifying records at slaughterhouses in Sioux Falls and Sioux City, Iowa. The company has said the underpayments were a mistake that is is working to put right.
Mon, 2011-09-26 08:52
A new report from the US Government Accountability Office has called for government and food industry bodies to track the effectiveness of policies to curb antibiotic resistance, including FDA's voluntary strategy designed to reduce antibiotic use in food animals. The GAO has called on the authorities to identify potential approaches for collecting detailed data on antibiotic use in food animals, including the species in which antibiotics are used and the purpose for their use, as well as the costs, time frames, and potential trade-offs associated with each approach.
Fri, 2011-09-23 22:08
The animal health business within the global health market is changing with pharmaceutical giants considering selling their veterinary arm due to lower sales and more regulatory restrictions. When a friend of mine swapped his veterinary job for one in human healthcare, I told him he was simply following the latest fashion. The top directors of several big pharmaceutical corporations have been recently suggesting, again, that they might concentrate on the human side and end their interest in animal health products.