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Ohio egg farmer host sixth annual PJs and Eggs event benefitting Nationwide Children’s Hospital

The Ohio Egg Marketing Program in partnership with Ohio egg farmers recently hosted the sixth annual PJs and Eggs event. During the event, 11 central Ohio restaurants, regularly open only for breakfast and lunch, re-opened from 5 p.m. to close to serve breakfast for dinner to benefit Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Open to guests of all ages, attendees were encouraged to dine in their family-friendly pajamas and bring new pajamas sized newborn to 12 years to donate to Nationwide Children’s Hospital for children receiving care and services through its Columbus-wide treatment network. In exchange for pajamas donated, guests received a free dozen Ohio eggs.

This year’s event raised $3,628.50 in monetary donations and collected 1,737 pairs of pajamas. To date, PJs and Eggs has raised has raised $9,423.21 in monetary contributions for Nationwide Children’s Hospital and donated 7,313 pairs of pajamas. Participating restaurants included seven Sunny Street Café locations, Beechwold Diner, Gena’s Restaurant, Café Creekside and Lilly’s Kitchen Table.

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Mandatory CERCLA air emissions reporting begins Nov. 15

As a result of an earlier federal court decision, EPA issued a notice directing all livestock farms emitting more than 100 pounds of ammonia or hydrogen sulfide in a 24-hour period to report continuous air emissions under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA).

The reporting deadline is currently Nov. 15, 2017.

If you estimate your operation has greater than or equal to 100 pounds of ammonia emitted per day, then you must notify the National Response Center (NRC) by email at: NRC-CERCLA-EPCRA-REPORT@uscg.mil.

When reporting by email include the following information:

• In the subject line include: Initial Continuous Release Notification

• Name of the farm

• Location of the farm – city/town and state – The NRC does not require personally identifiable information, such as an address for a private residence.

• Amount of ammonia or hydrogen sulfide released (listed as greater than or equal to 100 pounds.

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Delay sought for reporting farm air emissions

With a Nov. 15 deadline looming, the National Pork Producers Council and the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association today filed a brief in support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s motion to delay a mandate that farmers report certain air emissions from manure on their farms.

In April, a federal court, ruling on a lawsuit brought by environmental activist groups against EPA, rejected an exemption for farms from reporting “hazardous” emissions under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the Emergency Planning Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA). CERCLA mainly is used to clean hazardous waste sites but has a federal reporting component, while EPCRA requires entities to report on the storage, use and release of hazardous substances to state and local governments, including first responders.

EPA had exempted farms from CERCLA reporting, reasoning that while emissions might exceed thresholds that would trigger responses under the law such responses would be “unnecessary, impractical and unlikely.” The agency limited EPCRA reporting to large, confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs), requiring them to make one-time reports.

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Definitive WTO win on Indonesia’s beef import

Last week, the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled in favor of the United States in a dispute with Indonesia over its complex and opaque import requirements for beef and beef products. The WTO report found that all 18 of Indonesia’s import measures challenged by the United States were inconsistent with WTO rules and obligations. The ruling marks the end of the WTO dispute settlement process and is expected to open up significant new export opportunities for the U.S. beef industry in the Indonesian market.

“We are extremely pleased with the outcome of this case and wish to thank the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) for its effective presentation of the legal arguments against Indonesia’s import controls,” said Philip Seng, U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) CEO. “The WTO ruling is confirmation of USTR’s decision to bring the case and supports the need for a strong and transparent dispute settlement system in the WTO.”

Seng said USMEF sees Indonesia as a very promising market for the future.

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Ohio Cattlemen’s Association’s BEST Program set to begin 19th year

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) is pleased to announce the 2017-18 BEST (Beef Exhibitor Show Total) program sponsoring partners that include Bob Evans Farms; Farm Credit Mid-America; Frazier Farms; Garwood Cattle Company, LLC; Kalmbach Feeds — Formula of Champions; M.H. Eby, Inc. and Weaver Leather Livestock. BEST is a youth program of OCA that recognizes Ohio’s junior beef exhibitors for participation and placings through a series of sanctioned cattle shows that include showmanship competitions. Juniors who participate in these sanctioned shows earn points for their placings. Points are tabulated for cattle, showmanship, registered Bred & Owned animals and first or second year BEST participants in a separate Novice division for market animals, heifers and showmanship. The program promotes consistency for exhibitors at sanctioned shows hosted by county associations or agricultural groups and clubs. These points are tabulated and posted at www.ohiocattle.org.

All cattle entering Ohio to show in a BEST sanctioned show MUST be tagged with an electronic identification (EID) ear tag prior to arriving at their first BEST show.

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Ohio pork events

All members of the Ohio Pork Council are hereby notified that the 2017 Annual Meeting will be held on Dec. 12 at All Occasions Catering in Waldo, Ohio. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Serving as featured speakers for the evening will be John Foltz, Chair, College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, The Ohio State University and John Heins, Producer and State Regional Manager, National Pork Board. To make a reservation, or for more information, please contact Cheryl by December 1, 2017 at (614) 882-5887 or CNeff@OhioPork.org

In addition, the annual Taste of Elegance and rack of pork white glove reception will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Doubletree (formerly Capitol Club) downtown Columbus.

The evening will feature pork appetizers, and original pork entrees by some of Ohio’s finest chefs.

To register, contact the office at PorkReception@OhioPork.org, or (614) 882-5887.

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U.S. pork exports steady in September while beef continues to trend higher

September pork export volume was steady with both the August and year-ago levels, while beef exports edged higher in volume and jumped substantially in value, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

Pork exports totaled 183,481 metric tons (mt) in September, nearly identical to both the September 2016 and August 2017 volumes. September export value was $503.8 million, up 3% year-over-year. Through the first three quarters of the year, pork exports were 8% ahead of last year’s record pace at 1.79 million mt, while export value climbed 10% to $4.71 billion.

September exports accounted for 23.6% of total pork production and 19.8% for muscle cuts only – both down slightly from a year ago. For January through September, these ratios improved about one percentage point from a year ago to 26.5% of total production and 22.1% for muscle cuts. September export value averaged $48.98 per head slaughtered, up 1% from a year ago.

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Where is fiber fermented in the pig digestive tract?

Fiber is increasingly being added to pig diets, but digestion of fiber in pigs is inefficient and poorly understood. In a new study from the University of Illinois, scientists pinpoint the locations within the digestive tract where fiber is fermented.

“We’re trying to figure out the specifics of fiber fermentation in pigs and what can we potentially do to increase it,” said Hans Stein, professor in the Department of Animal Sciences and the Division of Nutritional Sciences at U of I.

Stein’s research group formulated four experimental diets, including a standard corn-soybean meal diet as a control. Different fiber sources replaced 30% of the control diet in the remaining three diets: distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS), wheat middlings, and soybean hulls.

The researchers placed two cannulas in each of eight barrows, which allowed them to collect digesta from the end of the small intestine and from the colon, just after the cecum.

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Reducing the environmental impact of dairy waste

 

Two researchers in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University are studying how to cut methane gas produced by cows and reduce the phosphorus and nitrogen that end up in their manure — and potentially waterways.

While Zhongtang Yu didn’t grow up in a rural area but instead in a metropolitan region of China, he appreciates what cattle contribute to the economy, the beef and milk. And he understands the toll air pollution can have. He is a molecular biologist in CFAES and is working to reduce the amount of methane cattle give off by improving their digestion.

Another CFAES researcher, Chanhee Lee, an assistant professor of animal sciences, focuses on reducing the waste of cows — solids and gases. In his studies, Lee tests the effectiveness of adding chemical or biological substances to cow feed to reduce the methane they produce. He also puts addititives in manure to lessen the nitrogen and phosphorus in it, thus reducing the odds of those compounds seeping into surface water.

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Technicals suggest weaker future cattle prices

I have been impressed by the strength of feeder cattle and calf markets through the fall. But what do the technicals say? Very clearly sell. The feeder cattle futures have shown weakness in mid-October after rallying to fill the gap down in late September.

My interpretation of the feeder cattle futures rally through most of late August and early September was that it was driven by a strong cash calf and feeder cattle market pricing in a lot of the cheapening feed market. It is possible that all of this has run its course and traditional seasonal weaker calve prices are in the works. Of course, I have been saying that since August. However, the technicals support my position rather clearly. Feeder cattle and live cattle contracts have rallied to levels established in the early summer. The market turned lower in mid-July and it set to repeat that now. All of these fall contracts that have rallied to resistance planes have been turned back.

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Don’s Prawns found the right cocktail for shrimp production

Every farmer knows those crucial moments when factors beyond their control shape profits or losses for the coming year, and the stress they can bring.

For Don Maloney of Fairfield County, those moments are consistent from late May through around mid September while he is growing freshwater prawns (or shrimp) unseen underwater at the bottom of three ponds on his farm.

“If you want to invest in antacid between June and September do this. Antacid is my dessert after every meal that time of year. I’ve heard the stories about how you invest all this money and drain the pond and nothing alive comes out,” Maloney said. “There can be devastating losses with this. I like to gamble and this is definitely gambling.”

Don’s Prawns got its start when Maloney and his family moved from Michigan to Ohio for his work and bought a 40-acre farm in 1997. On his drives to and from work, Maloney listened to talk radio and around 2001 he learned about freshwater prawns.

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Dairy industry applauds introduction of School Milk Nutrition Act of 2017

The nation’s two leading dairy organizations applauded the introduction of a bipartisan bill to help reverse the decline of milk consumption in schools.

The School Milk Nutrition Act of 2017, introduced by Representatives G.T. Thompson (R-PA) and Joe Courtney (D-CT), would allow schools to offer low-fat and fat-free milk, including flavored milk with no more than 150 calories per 8-ounce serving, to participants in the federal school lunch and breakfast programs. The bill allows individual schools and school districts to determine which milkfat varieties to offer their students.

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) strongly support the bill and encourage Congress to pass it. Once enacted, the bill would make permanent the administrative changes in the school lunch program proposed earlier this year by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, in one of his first official actions earlier this year, supported giving school districts the option to offer a variety of milk types as part of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs.

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Feed alternatives allowed by a corn, soybean and wheat rotation that includes cows

I know I’ve shared this story before, but considering the weather we experienced across much of Ohio the first half of summer, it’s appropriate to tell it again. Dad was a mechanic for a local farm implement dealer. Once while out on a combine service call in mid summer he asked the farmer if he’d gotten all his hay made. The response — in a deep German accent — was, “Yes, it got made . . . but it rained so much I never got it baled.”

Despite that being the case in many parts again this year, and then followed by a very dry late summer, the fact is that we still have an abundance of feedstuffs available that will maintain beef cows cost effectively if managed and supplemented properly. Over the years we’ve spent a lot of time in this publication discussing the planting of small grains and annual forages in late summer and fall for supplemental forage.

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OSU Extension Sheep Team creates blog

Ohio’s shepherds now have a place to find all the latest information on sheep production, industry research conducted at Ohio State, and daily management tips. The recently rebuilt The Ohio State University Extension Sheep Team blog page can be found at http://u.osu.edu/sheep/.

The site is managed by the Sheep Team Program Coordinator, Brady Campbell, and includes contributions from the more than 25 Ohio State faculty and staff who each have unique interests in sustaining Ohio’s sheep industry. Once at the site readers will find current management information, a listing of upcoming events, research summaries, a library of resources, and a listing of the Sheep Team members and their contact information.

The site also features a search engine that allows readers to find previously posted articles relating to their specific concerns. Articles are archived by both management category and publication date. Sheep producers will also find timely information from the blog posted to the Sheep Team’s Facebook page at @OSUSheepTeam.

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Trump Administration announces withdraw of GIPSA rules

The Trump administration announced it will withdraw regulations related to the buying and selling of livestock, a move strongly commended by a number of livestock groups that opposed the Obama-era rules.

“This is a victory for America’s cattle and beef producers — and it’s a victory for America’s consumers. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue deserves a great deal of thanks and credit for this smart decision,” said Colin Woodall, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. “The proposed rule would have crippled cattle producers’ ability to market their products through the value-added programs that help make American-produced beef the most delicious and nutritious in the world. This is a decision worthy of celebrating this evening with a top-quality steak.”

The decision came about when Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue decided not to move forward with an interim final rule of the so-called Farmer Fair Practices Rules, which was written in 2016 by the U.S.

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Ohio Cattlemen’s Association hosts successful Cattlemen’s Camp

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) just wrapped up their annual Cattlemen’s Camp in October at the Madison County Fairgrounds in London. This educational, fun-filled weekend included hands-on opportunities for the youth and their families to gain experience with their beef projects. Attendees were invited to bring their calf project along for on-site training to prepare for the upcoming OCA BEST show season.

Saturday camp attendees began with a session titled “Character Traits” provided in part with event sponsor, Weaver Leather Livestock, and the morning session also included a Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) session and clipping demonstration. A beef lunch sponsored by Purina Animal Nutrition was provided to participants and their families before kicking off an afternoon of informative sessions including a hands-on clipping session and a Cattlemen’s Skillathon Quiz Bowl competition among other activities. The evening events included dinner, followed by a campfire, tailgating and big-screen televisions to cheer the Buckeyes on to victory with their fellow campers and cornhole tournament with nearly 20 teams competing.

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Dairy feed bunk management

The current state of the dairy economy has dairy farm managers looking for ways to improve cow productivity and reduce expenses. One management area that may offer some of these returns is the feed bunk. It is important to work with the herd nutritionist to provide a ration that will allow the dairy cow to produce a high level of milk, but beyond the nutrient composition of the ration, the manager must understand and work with cow feeding behavior to promote maximum dry matter intake (DMI). The following comments are based upon an eXtension article entitled “The Feeding Behavior of Dairy Cows: Considerations to Improve Cow Welfare and Productivity.”

Dairy cows managed in an indoor production system typically spend 4 to 6 hours per day eating, ideally divided into 9 to 14 separate meals or feeding sessions. The delivery of fresh feed is a major stimulus to cow feeding and research demonstrates that the 60 minutes following fresh fed delivery produces a peak feeding pattern.

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2017 Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium: Improving profitability of the sheep operation through nutrition, reproduction, economics, and marketing

The 2017 Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium (BSS) will concentrate on several topics related to the success of the sheep operation both now and in the future. The increasingly popular Friday program dubbed “Shepherd’s College” by the Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium planning committee will concentrate on several facets of production to assist sheep farmers improve their profitability, including feeding lambs on grass vs. grain, and feeding ewe lambs. This event will be held Dec. 1 and 2 at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), Shisler Conference Center, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, OH 44691.

Primary speakers will include Erin Recktenwald, Michigan State University; Francis Fluharty, Research Professor, OSU Animal Sciences; Tadd Thompson, Reproductive Specialty Group, Indiana; Brady Campbell, Program Coordinator — OSU Sheep Team, OSU Animal Sciences. Also, Roger A, High, OSIA/OSWP Executive Director; Nick Forrest, Ohio Lamb Entrepreneur, Chef Jeff Hyde, Chef, Colonel De’s Spice Company; Adam Wagner, OSU Student; Alex Tuggle, Ag Instructor at Washington Park Environmental Studies Academy; and Dr.

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Poor temperament adversely affects profit

October is a traditional weaning and culling time for spring-calving herds. Weaning for value-added calf sales is already underway. This is a time when producers decide which cows no longer are helpful to the operation and which heifer calves will be kept for future replacements. Selecting against ill-tempered cattle has always made good sense. Wild cattle are hard on equipment, people, other cattle, and now we know that they are hard on the bottom line.

Mississippi State University researchers (Vann and co-workers. 2006. Southern Section of American Society of Animal Science) used a total of 210 feeder cattle consigned by 19 producers in a “Farm to Feedlot” program to evaluate the effect of temperament on performance, carcass characteristics, and net profit. Temperament was scored on a 1 to 5 scale (1=nonaggressive, docile; 5=very aggressive, excitable). Three measurements were used: pen score, chute score, and exit velocity. Measurements were taken on the day of shipment to the feedlot.

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Ohio Hereford Futurity highlights of Hereford weekend

Saturday Sept. 30 Rick VanFleet and his family graciously hosted a Hereford field day at their family farm in Pleasant City, Ohio. This was the start of the Hereford weekend co-sponsored by the Buckeye Hereford Association and the Switzerland of Ohio Polled Hereford Association. The Van Fleets were gracious hosts and had a great program for all those in attendance. As guests arrived they were welcome to tour pastures and participate in a Hereford cattle judging contest. Christine Gelley, OSU Ag Extention Specialist for Noble County led the group on a pasture walk and gave an informative talk on pasture fertility, pasture management, weed control and stocking rates. Next on the Agenda Dr. Steven Boyles, OSU Animal Nutritionist shared his always entertaining and educational perspective on cowherd management. Everyone was then treated to a tasty Certified Hereford Beef Brisket sit down meal with all the trimmings. At the conclusion of the day the judging contest winners were announced and prizes were given to the top adults and all the kids in attendance.

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