PoultryCast update for Februray 25, 2010, Review of Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production

In our last update we referred you to the Slaughter Bill (U.S. House Bill 1549) as a major fight in the making. Just this week, livestock and poultry health professionals joined forces to share industry issues with Capitol Hill legislators and staffer.

One brief excerpt; Dr. Timothy Cummings, clinical poultry professor for the Department of Pathobiology and Population Medicine at Mississippi State University, said: "Taking FDA-approved animal drugs off the market would leave farmers and veterinarians with very limited options for preventing and controlling disease in livestock and poultry, which would have serious repercussions for animal health and preventing foodborne disease, with the strong likelihood that there would be no improvement in human health. It’s absolutely vital that any decisions about the care of animals and the safety of our food be based on sound science rather than unsubstantiated concerns."

Additional information will be posted as it becomes available, but this is the most important animal health legislation for some time. A recent CBS news program along the same line has been panned as biased and containing several errors. For an industry response, see Review of the CBS Presentations, by Dr Scott Hurd, ISU Associate Professor and Former USDA Deputy Undersecretary Food Safety.

Be sure your legislator understands what this bill means to you, your birds and the consumer.

An interesting story growing out of biofuels research indicates we may be able to impact ammonia volatilization by feeding a potential waste product, "Char", to birds. Not sure why, but the digestive process seems to activate the charcoal and limit odor. That’s an awfully easy answer to a vexing issue, but thinking in new ways is what research is all about.

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Review of Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production

MP3 fileIndustrial Farm Animal Production American Veterinary Medical Association and the Federation of Animal Science Societies identified some weaknesses in the methodology used within the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production.

Reducing Ammonia

MP3 fileUniversity of Georgia researchers look at ways to use utilize biofuel byproducts discover a process to limit ammonia volatilization by feeding 'char' to broilers.

Agriculture Telling its Story With Social Media

Farming Your Online Community: Social Networks and Beyond Michele Payn-Knoper, Cause Matters Corp., says "If you do not learn how to use social media to tell your story in agriculture, others will, and possibly already are!"

Food Consumer Insight Panel #Foodchat brought together four non-agricultural food consumers to share their thoughts on issues and concerns on food and its production. This was an opportunity for those in agriculture to listen.

Farmers and Ranchers Are Using New / Social Media FollowFarmer has a set of curated set of Twitter based agricultural participants. And here are a few poultry focused professionals using social media to tell their story.

Poultry brief: What is on your mind?

Over the last several months PoultryCast ran a series of surveys and here are the top issues on your mind: Animal Welfare, Food Safety, and Cost of Inputs. Not as much of a concern: Access to Capital.
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Link to blogThe 2010 Census – Helping Your Community by Helping Latinos Be Counted Spread the word about the 2010 Census. Tell your Latino employees about their right to privacy and how important their response is. Tell them that it is safe to fill out the form and that it is important to be counted.

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Link to blogNAIS is Out, Animal Disease Traceability is in – Translate, Please! It’s no secret that the USDA’s National Animal ID System (NAIS) has encountered its fair share of critisism during its first six years on the drawing board. In fact, following hearing sessions hosted by the USDA last year, industry buffs called the program unworkable and unnecessary. Hence, in its current form, NAIS has been called off and USDA officials have rallied to create a new, more flexible framework for Animal Disease Traceability in the United States.

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