November 23, 2017

Trade Talk 2017: Rabo AgriFinance and the Livestock Industry

During Trade Talk at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting convention in Kansas City, we visited with Don Close, VP, Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory, Animal Protein for Rabo AgriFinance.

Close will offer a market presentation at the upcoming annual convention and trade show of the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association, at the Ramkota Hotel in Pierre, November 28-30.  You can view the convention agenda here.

In Kansas City, we discussed the current cattle market, trade developments, and consumer trends.

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Trade Talk 2017: Bayer Animal Health

As winter settles in, there are some special considerations for livestock. American Ag Network Farm and Ranch Director Rusty Halvorson talks with Dr. Larry Hawkins, Senior Technical Services Veterinarian on how to prevent parasite problems.


From Bayer Animal Health:

Healthy animals are an important part of our daily lives and are essential for global public health. As the world population grows, so does the demand for safe and high quality animal proteins such as milk, eggs, meat and fish. Essential to this are good and sustainable farming practices, as well as veterinary medicines that prevent diseases, treat sick animals and control disease outbreaks.

To this end, Bayer offers veterinarians and farmers innovative medicines and solutions that contribute to the quality of life, health and well-being of farm animals around the world. Among the important areas are in the treatment and prevention of parasitic diseases, anti-infectives, pharmacological therapies and farm hygiene. We also have an ongoing quest to discover and develop new and innovative therapies to make the world a better place for animals and humans.

We offer quality veterinary medicines and solutions for the treatment and prevention of parasitic diseases, anti-infectives, immunostimulation, pharmacological therapies and farm hygiene. We focus on beef and dairy, and have a broader product portfolio that includes swine, poultry and aquaculture.

In the interest of furthering animal health and well-being, we continually engage with veterinarians and farmers around the world to better understand their challenges and needs, and we support them with technical education and good farming practices.

In our pursuit for Science For A Better Life, we recently achieved an innovative milestone with the successful formulation of two immunostimulants for animal health. These immunostimulants offer veterinarians and farmers a novel non-antibiotic approach to help mitigate infectious diseases certain species of farm animals.

Beef Quality Assurance Program Launches New Certification for Cattle Transportation

The checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program has launched a new training and certification program for cattle transportation. The program, known as Beef Quality Assurance Transportation (BQAT), provides cattle producers and haulers with comprehensive training based on their roles in the cattle industry. Online training will be made available beginning immediately, and in-person training opportunities will begin soon.

“The BQA Transportation training and certification program has been a long time coming,” said Chase DeCoite, director of Beef Quality Assurance for NCBA, a contractor to the beef checkoff. “By educating cattle haulers and producers on the best practices in cattle transportation, BQA is helping make improvements in cattle care and beef quality. Participating in BQA Transportation will be an indicator that the beef and dairy industries are committed to responsible animal care during transportation and makes both the BQA and dairy FARM animal care programs more complete.”

The BQA program was first funded by the beef checkoff in the early 1990s and developed its first guidance on transportation in 2006. Today, the program offers training and certification programs for all sectors of the industry: cow-calf, stocker and feedyard. This is the first time a nationally recognized certification has been offered for the transportation segment of the industry.

Online training for BQAT will be offered in two different modules: Farmer/Rancher and Professional. Farmer/Rancher modules will focus on the use of stock trailers and smaller loads of cattle that beef and dairy cattle producers might typically haul themselves. The Professional modules focus on the use of tractor-trailers and larger loads that are typically hauled further distances.

“Today the BQA program is taking another step in being the leader when it comes to educating producers and the cattle industry on the right things to do,” said Dan Kniffen, chair of the BQA Advisory Board, Assistant Professor of Animal Science at Pennsylvania State University and a cow-calf producer. “We have known for a long time that transportation plays a critical role in our industry. Now we are fully able to train and show our commitment to beef quality and cattle care from pasture to plate.”

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