Livestock

Shorter pig exhibits at fairs could cut down flu outbreaks

· August 18, 2017

The pig-to-person spread of the flu at fairs continues to be a concern — just this week a child in North Dakota and a child in Ohio contracted influenza from pig exhibits at the fair. However, a new study shows protective measures, including cutting the length of time pigs and people congregate, makes good sense […]

FDA decision helps ultrafiltered milk find home within border

· August 16, 2017

After years of lobbying efforts by the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association and national dairy organizations, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will exercise enforcement discretion regarding the use and labeling of fluid ultrafiltered milk (UF milk) and fluid ultrafiltered nonfat milk (UF nonfat milk) to make standardized cheeses and cheese products. The FDA says its […]

Fair Oaks farmer: A Good Housekeeping Awesome Woman

· August 15, 2017

Congratulations to Fair Oaks Farm and Fairlife co-founder, Sue McCloskey as she was selected one of the 2017 Good Housekeeping Awesome Women Award honorees. Fair Oaks is not only committed to educating the public about modern farming efforts, but also to protecting the environment and sustainable farming. Recognized in Good Housekeeping for converting cow poop […]

Anaplasmosis: Not just a Southern cattle producer problem

· August 15, 2017

Think anaplasmosis can’t affect your herd? Think again. While the highest prevalence has generally been in the Southern states, anaplasmosis has been identified in all 50 states, and with increased cattle movement over the last decade the footprint has spread. It’s something cattle producers should be watching out for now through the fall. “Since the […]

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Pigs could save human lives soon thanks to CRISPR

· August 15, 2017

Need a kidney transplant? You might be able to get one from a pig soon. Using CRISPR genome-editing technology, researchers at Cambridge, Massachusetts-based eGenesis have raised the first litter of piglets, free of PERVs — Active Porcine Endogenous Retrovirus. The fear of transmitting PERVs to humans was one of the main hurdles blocking successful xenotransplantation.

North Dakota opens up hay lottery to other drought states

· August 14, 2017

The North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) and North Dakota State University (NDSU) N.D. Agricultural Experiment Station are pleased to announced the hay lottery is expanding to drought-affected producers in the tri-state area. “We are pleased to open the hay lottery to producers in South Dakota and Montana experiencing drought and wildfire,” North Dakota Agriculture […]

Oregon police claim goat killing was self-defense

· August 11, 2017

A farmer near Portland, Oregon is livid after Washington County sheriff”s deputies shot and killed his $1,200 breeding male goat, all in the name of self-defense. According to Fox 12 Oregon, Matt Minnick said he felt partly responsible for the Volt the goat escaping along with other goats and sheep, but said the rare breed […]

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