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Prussic acid toxicity explained as recent drought ramps up risk – If livestock eat Johnsongrass with a fatal amount of prussic acid toxicity, their blood becomes filled with oxygen that cannot be absorbed by cells. Toxicity levels are highest after drought and frost.
Dairy industry divides over pricing policy ahead of farm bill – After years of trial and error, lawmakers have finally arrived at a subsidy program that milk producers can live with, but the dairy industry is heading toward the next farm bill sharply divided over possible reforms to the federal pricing system for milk.
Industry leaders interview: what realistic change would you most like to see in food sustainability in the next 5 years? – The expansion of anaerobic digesters, more mandatory composting and further plant-based protein adoption are on the horizon, the experts say. Hear from leaders at JBS, Smithfield Foods, PepsiCo and more.
How satellite-guided cows might save the Kansas prairie and make ranchers more money – New GPS collars intend to make traditional fences not quite obsolete, but less important. About the size of an iPhone and twice as thick, the collars offer a high-tech take on the kind of familiar invisible fences that homeowners install for dogs.
Feeding insects to cattle could make meat and milk production more sustainable – Producers are growing insects for animal feed because of their nutritional profile and ability to grow quickly. Data also suggests that feeding insects to livestock has a smaller environmental footprint than conventional feed crops such as soybean meal.
SCOTUS isn’t reviewing the “Beef, It’s What’s for Dinner,” Checkoff Program – The U.S. Supreme Court does not see any reason to review the Beef Check-off. It’s a victory for USDA and the nation’s largest beef organization.
Can automated feeders help mitigate reproductive issues? – Reducing piglet mortality is one of the “low hanging fruits” in swine production, says Dalton Obermier, PhD student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He’s optimistic technology will help the industry get there.
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