How Can Policy Makers Learn More About Animal Science?

Animal Frontiers The American Society of Animal Science (ASAS), Canadian Society of Animal Science (CSAS), and the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP) launched a new print publication at the Joint Association Meeting (JAM) in New Orleans. Animal Frontiers aims to help bring animal science information to a broad audience with concise and focused series four times a year.
Each issue of Animal Frontiers will address a common theme with leading authors in those areas addressing various aspects of the theme. Animal Frontiers is published quarterly with an intended international readership of scientists, politicians, industry leaders and the general public seeking a scientific perspective on issues related to animal agriculture.

How To Open the Barn Doors, Connect With Community

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Commitment to connecting to the community is a key mission for this feed company. Tim Belstra, President, Belstra Milling Co., Inc., shares who they are, what they do, and why they do it.

"It should always be the challenge of food producers and food consumers to understand what it takes to provide 2 to 3 meals per day, to the world" Tim states

From the 2011 Animal Ag Alliance Stakeholders Summit, May 5-6, Arlington, VA, USA.

Two issues facing the world: food versus population

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Population growth and increased per-capita consumption are driving global changes to how food is produced and distributed.

In particular, higher incomes have caused per-capita consumption of livestock products (and feed grains) to increase. However, these trends, like population growth, will not continue indefinitely.

Dr. Douglas Southgate, Jr. Professor of Agricultural, Environmental, and Developmental Economics, The Ohio State University, highlights several of the issues that will cause stress in the system of food production to support a slowing growing population. From the 2011 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, April 11 - 14, San Antonio, TX USA.

Can Communicating with Consumers Help In Agriculture?

NIAA Animal Health Emergency Management Council

Foot-and-mouth disease, not to be confused with hand, foot and mouth disease, is a virus that affects cloven-hoofed animals, including cattle, sheep, and pigs. Foot-and-mouth disease is a serious animal disease but it does not affect food safety.

Unfortunately, many consumers are not aware of the disease until there is an outbreak. When surveyed, 69% of consumers say people can get FMD from infected meat, and many confuse FMD with bovine spongiform encephalopathy or BSE. FMD cannot be spread to humans through meat consumption and FMD is not related to BSE.

To help better prepare the animal agriculture industry before outbreaks occur, Dairy Management Inc., The Pork Checkoff, and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association are working together to provide producers with the tools to help inform and educate consumers that FMD is not a threat to people and does not affect the safety of meat or milk. This presentation by Cindy Cunningham, Assistant VP of Communications, National Pork Board, shares the current state of the Cross Species FMD Communications Team. From 2011 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, April 11 - 14, San Antonio, TX USA.

DairyCast update for July 1, 2011, Can Making Safe, Abundant Food Supply Become A Global Reality?

Jack Welch, past Chairman and CEO of General Electric, shares his thoughts on leadership and management training with MIT's Sloan School of Management students and others in attendance.  Some good content on how to find the right people for your team and why its important.

Information To Help Your Operations

DairyCast 0419 - Get The Right People On Your Management Team No Matter How Much It Costs!

DairyCast 0419 Show Notes:

DairyCast update for June 16, 2011, Importance of Traceability and Handling Summer Heat Stress

Dealing with heat stress is an annual concern when those summer days turn hazy.  Iowa State's Dr. Lance Baumgard shares background on the bio-health issues in heat stress and offers some suggestions in dealing with it.

A good presentation on the front page at DairyCast.com this week... "Food Plate Tectonics, Are The Right People At The Table?"  It's a presentation from the National Institute for Animal Agriculture's annual meeting looking at the changes in agriculture and suggesting those conversations with stakeholders and consumers need to be ratcheted up.


Are you interested in and enthusiastic about sharing your dairy agriculture story through social media? The AgChat Foundation has developed a conference to help grow farmers', ranchers', and producers' skill sets with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, blogs, YouTube, and smart phones. The 2011 Agvocacy 2.0 Training Conference will include large and small group learning to help you establish the confidence you need to "agvocate" through social media. Applications are due June 24th.

DairyCast 0418 - Why Foreign Disease Threats Keep Industry On Edge

DairyCast 0418 Show Notes:
  • In this special episode with Tech Nation's Dr. Moira Gunn, Tom Thornton, president and CEO of the Kansas Bioscience Authority discusses the need to tighten our international biosecurity firewall.  Special thanks to ITConversations.com
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