New or expanding livestock operations must assess water needs

Producers who plan to start or expand a livestock operation need to think about water before moving forward. There are three main uses of water in a livestock operation: drinking water, cooling systems and washing of equipment and buildings. FULL STORY »

Grandin says livestock industry fails to communicate improvements

Animal welfare expert Temple Grandin recognized how animal handling practices and equipment have improved immensely in the past 40 years, but says the ag industry has done a poor job communicating those changes to the public. FULL STORY »

Iowa Farm Animal Care Coalition launches online resource

The resource is designed to answer consumers' questions about farm animal care and assist farmers in providing the latest science-based animal care standards. It also provides access to animal care experts. FULL STORY »

Flu activity increases nationwide

Influenza activity continues to increase in the United States which is now experiencing high levels of influenza-like-illness (ILI). And, even though the flu season is now in full force, the National Pork Board (NPB) still recommends producers, farm personnel and others who have contact with pigs get the seasonal flu vaccination. FULL STORY »

Ad exposes HSUS’s misleading fundraising ad campaigns Play video

HumaneWatch.org, a project of the Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF), has issued a consumer alert reminding Americans to be wary of the deceptive fundraising practices of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). FULL STORY »

New measures in assessing sow lameness

The ability to identify the risk factors affecting sow welfare and longevity in the herd becomes increasingly important for animal well-being, and economic viability, especially in transitioning to group housing for gestating sows. FULL STORY »

Proper heat placement in farrowing facilities critical

Heat placement for young pigs is a critical component for getting animals started quickly and maintaining optimal health. In farrowing facilities, piglets must be kept from becoming chilled, which often leads to scours, more tail-enders, and less healthy, thriving piglets. FULL STORY »

KSU professor says consumers to impact livestock antibiotic use

A Kansas State University professor says consumer interest groups will pressure the Food and Drug Administration to put more restrictions on animal antibiotic use, creating a bigger role for large animal veterinarians. FULL STORY »

Managing weanling pigs without using antibiotic growth promoters

There is a growing market in the U.S. for pork raised without antibiotics, including certified organic pork. A researcher at the University of Illinois has created a resource to help swine producers identify strategies that they can use to manage weanling pigs without using antibiotic growth promoters (AGPs). FULL STORY »

'Superbugs' not related to farming, AVMA official says

Christine Hoang, DVM, assistant director of Scientific Activities at the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and an expert on antimicrobial resistance, shed light on the use of antibiotics in livestock during a recent U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) panel discussion. FULL STORY »

AASV Board amends sow housing position statement

At the request of the leadership of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV), the Pig Welfare Committee reviewed the association’s position on pregnant sow housing approved in July 2002 and adopted a revised statement. FULL STORY »

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