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Emergency Animal Feed Program established in Utah after wildfires

Public can make donations to the fund that will help livestock owners affected by recent wildfires purchase animal feed, other supplies
The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food has activated an Emergency Animal Feed Program in response to numerous requests received for assistance from livestock owners affected by the recent wildfires. In partnership with the Utah Emergency Animal Response Coalition, the department established the "Feed the Animals" account at Wells Fargo Bank to serve as a place where the public can make cash donations to be used for the purchasing of animal feed and other livestock needs. 
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VIV Russia 2013 to highlight latest in animal protein industry

Event will include new MeatTech Russia theme
VNU Exhibitions Europe, together with ASTI Group, will organize VIV Russia 2013, a platform representing all parts of the feed to meat market for pigs and poultry. VIV Russia, which will be held May 22–24, 2013, at the International Crocus Exhibition Center in Moscow, will showcase new products and services, state-of-the art technologies and the latest trends in the animal protein industry. 
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Alltech unveils new Lyons Farm brand for poultry, beef

Brand focuses on natural feeding, premium quality with no additives
Alltech unveiled its new Lyons Farm brand of "natural, high-quality foods," beginning with poultry and beef products, at the company's 28th International Symposium. Lyons Farm’s poultry and beef products are produced using Alltech’s natural nutritional feeding programs, which have been developed through more than 30 years of research in animal nutrition. 
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US veal farmers move calves to group pens

Move made ahead of call for 2017 transition for veal community
A recent survey has revealed that 70 percent of veal calves raised by American Veal Association farmers will be housed in group pens by the end of 2012, five years after the association's board of directors voted to adopt a resolution calling for all U.S. veal farms to transition to group pens by Dec. 31, 2017. Veal farmers have traditionally housed calves in individual pens in order to ensure the individual requirements of food, water and comfort were all met. 
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US feedlots buy fewer cattle on lower availability

Third, fourth quarters of 2012 to be supply friendly
U.S. feedlots bought 1.521 million head of young cattle in April, down 15 percent from April 2011's 1.785 million head, due to lower availability and improved pasture conditions that allowed cattle to remain on grazing areas, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The feedlot herd totaled 11.11 million as of May 1, down 0.6 percent from 2011 numbers. 
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US fed cattle prices reach record levels in first quarter

Prices to remain steady through first half of year, increase expected in second half
U.S. fed cattle prices traded at record levels in the first quarter of 2012, with an average year-to-date price of $1.26 per pound and a peak price of $1.30 per pound in the first week of March, according to Rabo AgriFinance's Quarterly Beef Outlook. Cattle on feed numbers remain strong, with a 1 percent to 3 percent increase over 2011. 
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USDA: existing safeguards protect food supply, beef is safe

Recent case of mad cow disease presented no risk to US food supply
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has reiterated that existing safeguards protect the American food supply and that consuming beef and dairy products is safe, in the wake of a recent confirmed case of mad cow disease in California. "This animal was never presented for slaughter for human consumption, so at no time presented a risk to the food supply, or to human health in the United States," said the USDA of the infected cow. 
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Chipotle responds to FDA plan to reduce antibiotics in animals

Restaurant applauds FDA, says even more intervention is needed
Chipotle Mexican Grill has applauded the Food and Drug Administration’s attention to the overuse of antibiotics in livestock farming, but the company also said there is more the agency and the industrial animal agriculture sector can do. While Chipotle sees the FDA’s voluntary plan as a good first step, the company said it believes more intervention is needed to stop the abuse of antibiotics in farming.
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Ethanol production that poultry producers have been praying for

A process is available that would cleanly and efficiently convert natural gas to ethanol, while potentially redirecting the use of arable land to produce food rather than fuel. You know about the U.S. federal government’s “all of the above” energy policy to bring new fuel sources to the U.S. marketplace but that doesn’t include fossil fuels because they compete with wind, algae, corn and other favored industries. So, you won’t be surprised to learn that a Dallas-based chemicals company is ready to produce ethanol for fuel from abundantly available natural gas – at lower costs than the corn-ethanol industry is able to produce its fuel – but is blocked by existing law from doing so. 
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Early cattle turnout may challenge milk quality

Mild weather results in lush grass, but insufficient fiber
Earlier turnout in 2012 could pose an even greater challenge to dairy farmers if they are to maintain butterfat levels and avoid a serious dip in profits, according to specialist supplement manufacturer Ufac-UK. Rain and mild weather has resulted in lots of lush grass but while grass is rich in rapidly fermentable sugars, it has insufficient functional fiber to maintain chewing and cudding to promote healthy rumen function and prevent butterfat depression, said Robert Jones, managing director of Ufac-UK. 
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