Emergency Livestock Relief Program from USDA Farm Service Agency
Twenty-four states confirm avian flu outbreaks
Highly Pathogenic Avian influenza has now been confirmed in 24 states. Most cases are being caused by wild birds migrating to nesting and living areas.
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NIAA launches new sustainability council – “The question is no longer why the sustainability agenda holds strategic relevance or what action must be taken in order to achieve it, but rather how to do so,” said Fabian Bernal, Global Head of Sustainability for DeLaval Group and one of the co-chairs of the new council.
Report puts food at the heart of climate battle – The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a new report outlining the need for changes and states agriculture can play an important role in mitigation. “The new IPCC report shows that proper land-use management can even be one of the most cost-effective measures – that is, with a lot of impact for relatively little money.”
Insect oil: A sustainable alternative for poultry feed – Insect oils can boost poultry welfare, growth, and performance while also lowering the overall environmental impact of feed production.
A new portable device to test equine lung function – Equine asthma is a cause of poor performance for high-performance horses. Detecting and diagnosing equine asthma is now easier with a portable device currently seeking a patent.
Sustainability in the swine industry – Improvements in production efficiency are continually being made to create better and more sustainable pork. Now a Life Cycle Assessment tool is available.
Feed efficiency in beef cattle – Feed efficiency is always a primary determinant of profitability, but when feed costs are high, it becomes even more important. Residual Feed Intake or “RFI” explores animal feed utilization and the efficiency of feed use.
Egg prices spike amid worst avian flu outbreak in seven years – Prices are expected to climb amid the seasonal demand during Easter and Passover with the outbreak expected to make prices even more expensive.
Phosphorus supplements may not be needed for heifers grazing high-P pastures – Cattle grazing pastures with high soil-test phosphorus may be getting enough of the nutrient from the grass to eliminate the need for a phosphorus feed additive.
APHIS celebrates 50 years of protecting American agriculture – The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is celebrating a major milestone – 50 years of serving the public as a Federal agency.
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