Hundreds of animals die in Badakhshan

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FAIZABAD (PAN): Hundreds of household animals have died of diseases in the remote northeastern province of Badakhshan, officials said on Tuesday. Nearly 600 cattle died over the past two weeks of enterotoxaemia and anthrax in Zebak district, Mir Ahmad Zaghim, the district chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News. A district council member, Abdul Wahid Tabibi, confirmed…


Kuwait’s livestock imports rise in June due to Ramadan

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KUWAIT, July 27 (KUNA) — Kuwaiti imports of livestock in June increased by 16.27 pct to around 98,000, compared to 84,200 the same month a year earlier, the Kuwaiti Ports Authority said Wednesday. The rise of these imports is a result of the rising demand for meat with the approach of the holy month of…


Commentary: Banning agricultural antibiotic use is a false solution

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There’s a lot of misinformation out there about food and food production.  Usually we can look the other way, simply shaking it off as a matter of personal preference or fashionable trend that will eventually wane with time.  But there’s one issue where that approach is unacceptable:  the use of antibiotics in livestock.  After all,…


PETA-financed pork scientist draws hackles at MU

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Some Missouri farm groups are crying foul over the recent hiring of a University of Missouri scientist whose research is paid for by animal rights activists. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Nicholas Genovese joined the university’s flagship campus in Columbia as a visiting scholar earlier this month. His research involves…


Saudi Arabia: Barley prices to decrease, hope herders

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TABUK/AL-BAHA/QASSIM – The Royal Order to increase the fodder subsidy by 50 percent will have a positive impact on efforts to contain the price hikes that have overburdened livestock herders in different regions. Muhammad Sa’eed Al-Ghamdi, a fodder supplier in Al-Baha, said the subsidy was not surprising because the country’s "wise leaders are always willing…


Friday midday cash livestock markets

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The major direct feedlots are at a standstill but we could see a little bit of clean up following this afternoon’s USDA numbers. The monthly cattle on feed and cold storage numbers, along with the semiannual cattle inventory update, are out at 2 PM Central. Trade volume Wednesday was mostly moderate and there was some…


Demand for livestock waste on the increase

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As the price of commercial fertilizer has increased, so has the demand for livestock waste. Dustin Ransom, a custom manure applicator from Darien, Wisconsin, says the higher demand, combined with tougher environmental regulations, has them covering a lot more acres these days. “With bigger farms becoming more and more numerous—and with the application rates being…


Managing Head Scab

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Head scab in wheat can be a problem when humid, wet conditions along with moderate temperatures are present when the plant is flowering.  Kiersten Wise, plant pathologist with Purdue, says if the grain appears shriveled and has a bleached light pink color, disease is most likely present.  If farmers are aware of a disease issue…


Crop, herd stress continues to mount

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Though temperatures have finally slipped back into the double digits in much of the Corn Belt, it’s still hot and dry. Farmers are starting to take stock of the damage their crops and livestock have incurred over the last couple of weeks and their prospects moving forward. Farmers in the Corn Belt’s bookend areas are…


Livestock industry aims for 8% growth this year

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The livestock industry will strive to raise its production value by 7.5-8 per cent and increase the ratio of livestock production from 28 per cent to 30 per cent of the total agricultural output this year, an official said at a conference in HCM City yesterday. The livestock industry aimed to produce 4.2-4.3 million tonnes…


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