June 24, 2021

Dairy producers find new value streams for calf crops

Genomic advancements create opportunity for profit: beef-dairy crossbred calves can bring up to $175 per head more than purebred dairy calves.

Carbon neutral dairy farming in 2050 is possible 

Carbon neutral dairy farming will be possible with appropriate systems, improved farm management, new technologies, and a common dairy initiative.



One million chickens euthanized – As a result of the Exceldor poultry processing plant strike in Quebec, 1 million chickens have been euthanized.

New tech for real-time Foot and Mouth Disease detection –  A company called Tetracore is announcing the licensing of its VetAlert Foot and Mouth Disease Virus Diagnostic Test Kit. It’s the first one of its kind to be licensed by USDA.

Wisconsin bills target milk, meat, and dairy labeling – Vegetarian and vegan foods sold in Wisconsin can not be labeled as meat, milk, or dairy under proposed “truth in labeling” bills.

USDA puts $55.2 million into expanded meat and poultry access – Six years after Rep. Thomas Massie, R-KY, first introduced the PRIME Act to exempt custom slaughtering from federal inspection, an alternative has emerged.

Vilsack announces plan to revive organic livestock, poultry rule – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced last week that USDA will reconsider the Trump administration’s Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices final rule.

Colorado Supreme Court shuts down animal rights measure – The Protect Animals from Unnecessary Suffering and Exploitation (PAUSE) Act was a proposed initiative that sought to criminalize accepted veterinary and animal husbandry practices like artificial insemination, pregnancy checking, and embryo transfers.

Wingstop leans on chicken thighs amid poultry crunch – Wingstop CEO, Charlie Morrison, shares that due to shortages and soaring costs of chicken, the company is launching “Thighstop” as a more affordable alternative.

Pork industry sets the record straight on steroids – Olympic hopeful blames a pork burrito for testing positive for nandrolone – a performance-enhancing steroid; an unlikely, but not impossible, scenario.


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