March 24, 2017

South Dakota State Animal Health Lab Bill Signed

Dennis Daugaard signed Senate Bill 172 this morning to fund an upgrade and expansion to the state animal disease research and diagnostic laboratory, located on the campus of South Dakota State University. The facility serves as the state animal health laboratory.

SDSU Animal Disease Lab“Upgrading our state animal health lab is long overdue,” Gov. Daugaard said. “I’m pleased that the agriculture industry and the Legislature worked together to bring this project to fruition.”

Take a Listen — SD State Animal Lab Upgrade

The lab develops and conducts tests to identify animal diseases, creates new protocols to distinguish unique disease strains, and develops vaccines and other treatments to directly assist veterinarians, ranchers, farmers, pet owners, wildlife managers, public health officials, and state and federal agencies.

The lab was built in 1967 and last upgraded in 1993. It is out-of-date, according to the Governor, and needs to be modernized to correct aging infrastructure, accommodate new technologies, and meet current and future health and safety standards.

SD Governor’s Office


Soybean Producers Catch More Value Through Aquaculture

The bulk of grain processed into animal feed is fed to animals with hooves or feathers – but rising fish consumption is drawing attention from big grain processors like ADM and folks in the commodities industries.

Archer Daniels Midland recently outlined an expansion of its Chinese animal feed-making operations, including new aquaculture feed capabilities – said to be new territory for ADM.

USB AquacultureAccording to estimates from the United Nations, farmed fish accounts for about 50% of the world supply used for food. That number is expected to grow.

Casting a wider net to increase soybean meal demand is paying off for the Soybean Checkoff. Following years of checkoff funded research, the Association of American Feed Control Officials recently authorized a new definition for the use of synthetic taurine in fish feeds.

Approving taurine from additional sources allows for more soy protein – a change that could dramatically impact farmers’ bottom lines. Demand for seafood is growing at a staggering rate.

At Commodity Classic in San Antonio, with visited with North Dakota Soybean Council CEO Diana Beitelspacher about the topic.  Take a Listen —-  Diana on Aquaculture

The United Soybean Board’s 73 farmer-directors work on behalf of all U.S. soybean farmers to achieve maximum value for the soy checkoff investments.

Soybean meal offers a high-quality, renewable protein source for many species of fish. This makes it an economical choice for fish feed manufacturers. The potential for increased soy-demand in this market will have a direct impact on the return farmers receive for their soybeans at the elevator.

USB News, ND Soybean Council, media reports


South Dakota Announces Positive Bovine Tuberculosis Case

Cow picSome worrisome news for cattle producers out of South Dakota in the past few days.  The South Dakota Animal Industry Board announced a positive finding of Bovine Tuberculosis in a herd out of Harding County.  We were able to speak with South Dakota State Veterinarian Dr. Dustin Oedekoven:

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Dr. Oedekoven  cautioned that as much as the industry wants answers, the simple fact is that the series of tests for Bovine Tuberculosis aren’t quick:

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South Dakota became an accredited TB free state back in 1982, but there have been other isolated cases.  One was reported in Yankton County in 2009 and the other in Hutchinson County in 2011.  For the time being, South Dakota will maintain their TB Free status, depending on if and how many new cases arise.