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  • Indiana leaders gird for avian flu outbreak
    Indiana agricultural leaders are increasing biosecurity and doing what they can to prevent a strain of avian flu from entering the Hoosier state. H5N2 is a highly contagious virus that kills commercial poultry quickly once it gets in the barn. 
  • Robotic milking system boosts production
    Days start early for 29-year-old dairy farmer John Lawfer. Often in darkness, he heads to the barn, but instead of going to the milking parlor, he heads to his office. He calls up a program on his computer to check on the overnight data for milk production of the 115-head herd that has been milked overnight. 
  • S.D. producers raise Japanese cattle
    A few South Dakota producers are giving expensive Japanese cattle a try. Farmer Reid Jensen first got his hand on Wagyu cattle in 2010. He now has 70 cows and a couple of breeding bulls in his pastures in Burbank. 
  • Triplets born at Logan County farm
    Easter Sunday was an eventful day for Logan County cattleman Kevin Wilham, when he discovered one of his cows gave birth to triplet calves. 
  • Feeding operation concerns neighbors
    Robert Sands grew up on a farm in Silver Lake. He and his wife, Tammy, have been farming in Morgan Township for 20 years, growing their enterprise from 100 acres to 1,200 acres. His son, Brandon, is in the agriculture program at Ivy Tech in West Lafayette and will be finished with school within the year. 
  • Cow dehorning at issue
    Food manufacturers and restaurants are taking the dairy industry by the horns on an animal welfare issue that’s long bothered activists, but is little known to consumers: the painful removal of budding horn tissue from calves so farm workers or other animals don’t get gored later. 
  • Deadly bird flu hits 9th turkey farm
    A ninth Minnesota turkey farm has been hit by a form of bird flu that’s deadly to poultry, this time in a large Jennie-O-Turkey Store operation that has 310,000 turkeys, federal authorities and company officials said.  
  • IBEP bull sale set for Springville Feeder Auction
    Nearly 100 top-rated animals will be available for purchase at the Indiana Beef Evaluation Program’s bull sale starting at 6 p.m. April 16 at the Springville Feeder Auction. 
  • Small Montana ranch sees 5 pairs of twin calves
    Calving season is nothing new to Don Eakman. For more than 40 years he’s lived in a farmhouse overlooking the Sun River, splitting his time between teaching elementary school and caring for a small herd of registered Red Angus cattle. 
  • Brewing byproduct as chicken feed
    A Cedar Rapids brewing company has made an unusual arrangement to provide a craft brewing byproduct to a farm to use as chicken feed. 

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