The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) has announced that bovine tuberculosis has been confirmed in a large beef herd in Alcona County.
Affordable Dairy Revenue Protection (DRP) insurance, an area-based quarterly revenue insurance product to protect against quarterly declines in revenue from milk sales, is now officially available for purchase by Michigan dairy farmers as of October 9.
As the USDA, Homeland Security and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) build up U.S. defenses against a potential African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak, the National Pork Board, the National Pork Producers Council, the American Association of Swine Veterinarians and the Swine Health Information Center are encouraging producers to remain vigilant with feed ingredients and feedstuffs, including holding times.
Four Michigan 4-H youth traveled to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in September to compete in the Junior Dairy Management contest at the All-American Dairy Show.
As the dry-grind ethanol industry has evolved, the number of co-products available for livestock diets has increased. A new high-protein type of distillers dried grains with solubles, produced through front-end-back-end fractionation, is now commercially available. Researchers from the University of Illinois have evaluated the nutritional value of the ingredient in a recent study published in the Journal of Animal Science.
The National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) program has launched its fourth resource component, FARM Workforce Development. The initiative provides U.S. dairy farm owners and managers with educational tools that offer best management practices around human resources – including hiring, training, and supervision – and worker health and safety.
The Farm News Media team was in Montpelier, OH at the Bridgewater Dairy Group on September 20, 2018 for corn silage harvest. This year's corn silage harvest was in full swing as the crew from Seven Farms Custom Ag Services worked to take off the corn crop.
The pork outlook looked bleak in August. Fear of large pork supplies and Mexican and Chinese tariffs on U.S. pork exports appeared disastrous to hog prices. At that time, my forecast was for losses of $40 or more per head in the fall and winter, the worst since 1998. The outlook is still suggesting losses this fall and winter but much less than in August.
“Existing labeling and marketing laws should be consistently enforced, and regulations should be updated to promote fair competition for producers and the health and safety of consumers.”
How do weather patterns affect the crops, and what should you be looking for in your feed this fall?
By understanding the dangerous gases found in manure, knowing the warning signs of a person who is experiencing high concentrations of manure gases and implementing safe practices when working around manure, there is the potential for fewer accidents and deaths.
Leasing equipment, facilities or vehicles often can bring benefits to businesses looking to reduce costs, improve cash flow and maximize tax advantages. Understanding if a lease is best for your business requires individual consideration, but there are some overall benefits of leasing that may make it the right decision for you.
The resulting southwesterly flow across the Midwest led to a very active storm track across the region, and in many portions of Michigan, to heavy rainfall and extended fall fieldwork delays extending into early October.
Your Field Focus reporters are busier than ever with harvest in full swing. Looks like they’re all optimistic about 2018 and into the future. Be sure to thank them for their reports this year and for their contributions to agriculture and society as a whole.
A strengthening upper-air ridge across the Midwest brought warm, dry weather to most of Michigan during the middle of September, allowing maturing crops and soils to dry/drain following a period of much- above normal rainfall during late August and September.