DairyCast email update for May 4, 2009, Top 10 Strategies in Forage Production

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Update for May 4th, 2009

Undoubtedly you have heard a great deal over recent days about what the media is referring to as “Swine Flu.” Of course H1N1 is a human health concern and has little to do with swine. I say little because it appears that humans may be passing H1N1 onto swine, rather than the other way around. But it is certainly unfortunate that many are using this situation as an opportunity to either attack or block US protein production.

An area of grave concern is that animal rights activists are using this human health situation to attack the production practices. HSUS has this statement posted on their homepage, “Factory farming—the intensive confinement of tens of thousands or even millions of animals in one place—has strong ties to the current strain of swine flu.” Even though the HSUS CEO recently spoke to a group of agriculture advocates about ways to work together, be clear their mission has and will be to end animal agriculture.

The desire of some international trading partners to use these circumstance as a chance to create artificial trade barriers to our exports is also of concern. We must continue to demand that all trade policies are based on sound science. If you are like me, it is somewhat hard to swallow that we are still fighting trade restrictions based on growth hormones and BSE. I can only image where H1N1 (aka “swine flu”) may lead us.

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