New rule will determine how or if you can buy antibiotics

An update to the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) going into effect nationally on June 12, 2023, will separate farmers with livestock into two groups – the haves and the have nots. How will it be determined?


Rural large animal veterinarian shortage in the horizon 

Educational debt, lower potential earnings and lack of support contribute to the large animal veterinarian shortages in the U.S. Consequences of a shortage could be serious for livestock, farmers, rural communities and more.



Gene-edited hen hatched using unique technology will change poultry industry – For the first time in history, scientists have genetically engineered a hen that lays eggs from which only female chicks hatch. The “Golda hen” was bred from a special technology that transfers a biological trait through sex chromosomes, which prevents the development of male embryos.

Melatonin improves calf growth performance – An animal scientist at the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station has found a common and inexpensive hormone additive may mitigate the ill effects on growth performance of calves born to cows grazed on endophyte-infected fescue pastures during gestation.

The future of animal production lies in its environmental approach – Over the past decades, the environmental impact of livestock production and manure management has been controlled by stricter regulations for manure storage and spreading.

Agriculture transportation working group endorses bipartisan WRDA – The Agriculture Transportation Working Group is calling on Congress to pass a recently crafted bipartisan agreement on the Water Resources Development Act. Members made their views known in a letter signed by more than 25 different trade organization.

Shippers note ‘notoriously difficult’ railroads during latest hearing – Shippers urged the U.S. railroad regulator to create more competition in the industry during hearings in which Union Pacific was called to explain a spike in service restrictions.

JBS workers at Denver plant unanimously vote to strike – United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 7 members who work at a JBS meat processing plant in Denver unanimously voted to strike on Monday, according to a union press release.

NARA announces new VP of scientific and regulatory affairs –  The North American Renderers Association (NARA) has announced that Charles Starkey, Ph.D., has been named the association’s new vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs.

Avian flu hits flock of 298,100 Minnesota turkeys – The latest case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) to be confirmed in Minnesota involved a flock of 298,100 commercial meat turkeys.

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