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  • Junior National Show gets ready for close-up
    Participants in this year’s World Pork Expo National Swine Registry swine show and the World Pork Expo Junior National should get ready for their close-up. For the first time, portions of the two swine shows are going to be available through a webcast. 
  • PORK Academy tackles business, health topics
    What happens next? That’s the question that will be answered by seminars and sessions at the 2015 World Pork Expo. “To me, the most important activity for pork producers at World Pork Expo is the educational seminars,” said Ron Prestage, National Pork Producers Council president. 
  • Biodiesel's role in pork production to be highlighted
    How and why biodiesel plays a vital role in the U.S. swine industry will be explained at a new business seminar at the World Pork Expo. “We want to explain how the livestock sector is an important stakeholder and how the industries are co-benefiting,” said J. Alan Weber, founding partner of MARC-IV. 
  • Avian flu found at Hoosier farm
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed a positive H5N8 strain, a highly pathogenic avian influenza, on an Indiana farm. One 77-bird backyard flock in Whitley County is associated with the infection. 
  • Lab-grown meat offers food for thought
    Earlier this month, I was invited to a restaurant opening, which wasn’t remarkable except that it was for Bistro In Vitro, the “world’s first lab-grown meat restaurant.” I was very intrigued, which is what the organizers want me and other people to be. 
  • Alpaca farm draws curious onlookers
    People visiting the Point Park Marketplace can hardly miss the old-fashioned spinning wheel set up just inside the front door. The spinning wheel and the goods for sale around it belong to Tammie and Lester Marks, who own and operate the Heavenly Sunlight Alpaca Farm and country store in Wirt County. 
  • Llama farm grows from birthday gift 20 years ago
    On a recent morning, Vickie Balch, 69, walked out to her barn to find that her llama French Tart was giving birth to a little female cria. “Textbook birth — this is her third baby,” Balch said. “Normally, delivery is head first and legs, and so I came down here and there’s her little head and little legs stick out.” 
  • Alpaca ranching takes off in Colorado
    They may not be big, they may look like woolly giraffes and they may spit, but alpacas are an up-and-coming animal in Colorado livestock. Since alpacas first arrived in the United States from South America during the 1980s, hundreds of alpaca breeders, large and small, have sprouted all over the country. 
  • Cattle may graze in Florida park
    State officials have quietly been exploring the idea of leasing 6,630 acres of the Myakka River State Park for cattle grazing, but some residents and environmentalists are questioning the idea. The park was previously a cattle ranch. 
  • Cattlemen advised to monitor stored feeds
    Dairy and beef producers need to monitor stored feeds for mycotoxin contamination. “There are differences in mycotoxin levels; they are not the same every day,” said Max Hawkins, a nutritionist with Alltech’s mycotoxin management team. 



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