News & PRODUCTS - Livestock spring 2017

By: Vet-Advantage
March, 2017

World food prices reach two-year high

According to a Reuters report, world food prices rose to a near two-year high in January, driven by surges in sugar quotations and export prices for cereals and vegetable oils, the United Nations food agency said. The Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) food price index, which measures monthly changes for a basket of cereals, oilseeds, dairy products, meat and sugar, averaged 173.8 points in January, versus a revised 170.2 in December. The 2.1 percent monthly rise pushed food prices on international markets to their highest since February 2015, and 16.4 percent above their levels in January last year.

National Pork Board launches Taste of Now campaign

The National Pork Board announced it has launched its Taste of Now marketing campaign. The integrated marketing campaign, which also includes significant Spanish- language outreach (El Sabor de Hoy), creates consumer awareness of pork's unmatched flavor and value making it the ideal protein on any occasion. “Pork is trending and there has never been a better time to enjoy pork and make delicious dishes for family and friends,” said Jan Archer, National Pork Board president and a pig farmer from North Carolina. “That is the focus of this first national campaign of 2017. And we are teaming up with celebrity chefs and pork advocates with a simple message – When it comes to pork, there has never been a better time than now to make something delicious.”

Categories: News, Livestock, 2017 SPRING LIVESTOCK

FFA: The School at a Zoo

By: Jessica Mozo
March, 2017

Most high school students would jump at the chance to spend half their school day at the local zoo. That’s certainly the case at Asheboro High School (AHS), in North Carolina, where students are participating in a new agricultural education program at the nearby North Carolina Zoo. 

Categories: FFA, Livestock, 2017 SPRING LIVESTOCK

Lessons from the Land of Oz

By: Jim Whitt
March, 2017

The Wizard of Oz thrilled audiences in movie theaters when it was released in 1939, and because it has been replayed for decades on television, it has never wandered far from our imaginations. It was based on L. Frank Baum’s book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which was written in 1899. And according to the authors of The Oz Principle, this 19th century story offers us lessons about accountability in the 21st century. 

Categories: Perspective, Livestock, 2017 SPRING LIVESTOCK

Increase longevity in sow herds with proper trace mineral nutrition

By: Jennifer Ryan
March, 2017

Sow lameness is the second leading cause of culling sows in a herd

Foot lesions can bleed away profits on swine operations, but many foot problems can be prevented by proper trace mineral nutrition in sow diets. Copper, zinc and manganese are the three trace minerals most demanded by sows. Feeding the right amounts of these minerals is essential to the longevity and reproductive success of sows. 

The cost of lameness

Second to reproductive failure, sow lameness is the next reason sows are culled from herds. An average of 30 to 35 percent of sows in any given herd experience lameness, according to Zinpro Corporation field observations. Producers should target that number to be just 10 percent of their herd.

Early culling of sows also cuts into profits. This is due to potentially decreased farrowing rate, smaller litters and limited progeny performance, which are all traits linked to early parity sows.

Mike Hemann, swine account manager at Zinpro, agrees on the importance of decreasing turnover in the sow herd.

“We know that a sow must reach her fourth parity to realize her economic potential,” he says. “By working to decrease lameness in the sow herd, we can increase the longevity in sows and, in turn, can see more sows reach their economic potential.”

Lameness is a multi-factorial problem that can be attributed to numerous causes, Hemann notes. Nutrition, management, facilities and animal structure can all contribute to lameness in a herd.

Foot problems or lesions are the most visible symptoms that can be related to lameness issues. Specifically, white line cracks, heel sole cracks, severe heel overgrowth and erosion, as well as vertical wall cracks are the most painful lesions that will contribute to lameness. Setting up the sow for success early in her life through proper gilt development nutrition, phenotypic selection pressure and early training to either crates or electronic sow feeding (ESF) systems will help reduce lameness in younger parity animals.

“Lameness in a herd is not solved by one ‘magic bullet,’” he says. “Hoof trimming is also an option that some systems have chosen to adopt in order to address the issue of long toes. Early identification of moderately lame animals by management is also critical in mitigating lameness within a herd.”

 

Categories: Livestock, 2017 SPRING LIVESTOCK, Swine, Sow Lameness

Calf Health Starts Before Birth

By: Jennifer Ryan
March, 2017

CALF HEALTH IS CRUCIAL TO KEEPING BEEF CALVES HEALTHY AND GROWING

The secret to keeping beef calves healthy and growing starts well before the calf is born – even prior to conception. In fact, the cow’s health can be a strong predictor of the calf’s potential for growth and production. 

Categories: Livestock, 2017 SPRING LIVESTOCK, Calf Health

The Veterinary Feed Directive Is Here

By: Jennifer Ryan
March, 2017

THE REGULATION TOOK EFFECT JAN. 1, 2017 BUT PRODUCERS, DISTRIBUTORS AND VETERINARIANS MAY STILL HAVE QUESTIONS

One of the most dramatic regulatory changes in how antibiotics are used in animals – the veterinary feed directive (VFD) – is finally here after years of anticipation. Yet, stakeholders across the industry may still be learning the best way to deal with the additional paperwork and processes. 

Categories: Livestock, VFD, Veterinary Feed Directive, 2017 SPRING LIVESTOCK

Building Confidence

By: Dawn Singleton-Olson
March, 2017

HELP YOUR CUSTOMERS UNDERSTAND THE NEW PRODUCTS AND PRACTICES THAT ARE CHANGING THE FOOD ANIMAL INDUSTRY

The first months of 2017 have already ushered in significant changes in the livestock industry. The veterinary feed directive (VFD) that took effect on January 1, more mergers, a new administration and a new Secretary of Agriculture will all impact the industry in ways that are still to be determined. The USDA’s Supply & Demand Report projected across-the-board increases in livestock, poultry, egg and dairy production this year – great news for everyone in the animal health industry. The report shows that the cattle industry is projected to expand rapidly, with herd expansion and rebuilding continuing for the next two to three years – thanks to improved pasture and hay conditions and significant cuts in feed costs. This will provide an excellent opportunity for growth for large animal veterinarians and their suppliers.

Categories: Inside Sales, Livestock, 2017 SPRING LIVESTOCK

Consequences of Change

By: Patrick T. Malone
March, 2017

THE IMPORTANCE OF UNDERSTANDING THE ROLE OF CONSEQUENCES IN CHANGE MANAGEMENT IS AN ESSENTIAL COMPONENT

Change is a constant. Every day is new and different. We accept that, adapt and move forward, probably because most daily changes are out of our control. But changing those things we do control – our daily routine, our eating habits, our exercise regimen – is a major hassle. Even changing something at work is difficult.

Categories: Sales, Livestock, 2017 SPRING LIVESTOCK

Adding Value

By: Jennifer Ryan
March, 2017

WORK WITH CLIENTS TO BE A VALUED PART OF THEIR BUSINESS – AND THE FOOD CHAIN

Categories: Editor's Note, 2017 SPRING LIVESTOCK

World Pork Expo 2016

By: Vet-Advantage
November, 2016

Producer Optimism Shines at the 2016 World Pork Expo 


This year’s World Pork Expo reflected an optimistic tone as more than 20,000 producers and ag professionals, including 1,100 international guests from 35 countries, convened at the state fairgrounds in Des Moines, June 8-10. Presented by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), the 28th annual Expo featured the world’s largest pork-specific trade show, a range of educational seminars and issue updates, and another Junior National swine show that filled the barns to capacity. The Big Grill served up more than 10,000 lunches; allied industry hospitality tents lined the streets of the Iowa State Fairgrounds; and MusicFest provided an evening of fun and fellowship.

Categories: Community, Conferences and Trade Shows, Livestock Winter 2016, Livestock, World Pork Expo

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