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The big questions: Possible limitations of genomic information

During the 10 th World Congress of Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Dr. BrianKinghorn of the University of New England gave a presentation on Mondayabout the potential impact genomic information could have on genetic change. The presentation addressed 4 major questions about what genomic information can reveal. To what extent does nuclear DNA dictate...

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FDA finds positive and negative resistance trends

The Food and Drug Administration released its National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) 2011 Executive Report this week, showing both increasing and decreasing antimicrobial resistance trends. NARMS was established in 1996 as a p...

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USDA says beef grading system may be outdated

USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking public input on possible revisions to the U.S. Standards for Grades of Carcass Beef to adjust for recent improvements and trends in animal raising and feeding. AMS is also seeking input on a review of beef instrument grading. One driver is the advent of grass-fed beef, which has different attributes than grain-fed beef....

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U.S. cow herd rebuilding provides opportunity for new thinking

The U.S. beef industry is confronted with a significant long-term decline in cattle numbers driven in part by record input costs and severe drought conditions in many major cattle-producing states. These recent challenges only add to the long-term issues the industry has faced, which include an aging producer population, increased global competition, increased competition from other meat prot...

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Water sources, chemical quality important considerations for animal production

Maintaining healthy livestock can be achieved through knowledge of which chemical parameters affect nutritional status, the natural occurrence of chemicals, plus regional and seasonal variability of water quality, A.M. Dietrich of Virginia Tech explained here at the 2014 Joint Annual Meeting of the American Dairy Science Association and American Society of Animal Science in Kansas City....

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Appeals court uphold FDA action on judicious use of antibiotics

I am glad that now the FDA can focus on the issue at hand rather than litigation.   The Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision July 24 supporting the Food & Drug Administration's decision to pursue a collaborative stakeholder process to implement significant changes to antibiotic use rather than a regulatory action is a welcome development, according to the Ani...

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