DairyCast update for May 18, 2010, Animal‑rights is not about treating animals more nicely

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Wesley J. Smith, Award winning author and Senior Fellow in Human Rights and Bioethics at the Discovery Institute, shares this observation to a packed audience at the 2010 Animal Ag Alliance Stakeholder's Summit: Truth, Lies and Videotape: Is Activism Jeopardizing Our Food Security?

Steve Maddox, California Dairyman from RuAnn and Maddox Dairy, shares how his operations have developed and grown from 14 cows in the 1950's to now over 3400 milking cows, 650 dry cows, 4000 replacement heifers, and 2500 cows sold for breeding purposes.

It may be difficult to tell if the climate change debate is heating up or cooling down. Regardless, the climate change issue is very important to animal agriculture when we consider the potential impact of pending legislation and EPA regulations. Dr. Jay Lehr, Science Director of The Heartland Institute, breaks down the hoax and myths behind man-made climate change, in three parts (Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3). This is a presentation from the 2010 Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Convention.


Five things you need to know for your diary operation and management:
  1. Audio: Animal‑rights is not about treating animals more nicely - Wesley J. Smith, Award winning author and Senior Fellow in Human Rights and Bioethics at the Discovery Institute, shares this observation to a packed audience at the 2010 Animal Ag Alliance Stakeholder's Summit: Truth, Lies and Videotape: Is Activism Jeopardizing Our Food Security? Wesley shares more in this audio segment or you can read the transcript of the presentation.
  2. Resources: How will immigration effect your operations? - While immigration reform has been something the U.S. Congress has talked about for years, the recent Arizona legislation is forcing actions to occur. What are the effects of immigration reform to agriculture, agribusiness, and consumers? Follow the issues, learn about some new resources & links, and catch up on the commentary.
  3. Audio: What is the future of Roundup Ready Alfalfa? - Roger McEowen, Director of the Center for Agricultural Law & Taxation, offers his thoughts into the current Roundup Ready Alfalfa case before the Supreme Court.
  4. Audio: Antimicrobial Resistance: Fact or Fiction? - Dr. Jared Taylor, DVM and assistant professor at Oklahoma State University, provides the facts, myths and follies regarding agriculture's role in antimicrobial resistance. Start with Part 1 and follow-up with Part 2.
  5. Video: What Are Dairy Producers' Concerns About Human Tuberculosis? - Steve Maddox, California Dairyman from RuAnn and Maddox Dairy, shares how his operations have developed and grown from 14 cows in the 1950's to now over 3400 milking cows, 650 dry cows, 4000 replacement heifers, and 2500 cows sold for breeding purposes. He extends the presentation to share how animal health and management techniques are continuously monitored and adjusted to keep the herds healthy over time. Steve also provides a case study of how his operations managed a TB outbreak.


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