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  • Mar
    29
    New COVID-19 requirements cause concern in the meat industry


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    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published a new National Emphasis Program (NEP) focused on the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • Mar
    29
    NIH launches new study into “Long COVID”


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    The United States National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced it will be launching a new initiative to study “Long COVID.”

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  • Mar
    29
    NIH releases results of study on low-fat versus low-carb diets


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    The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) recently conducted a short-term study to compare the effects of a low-fat plant-based diet versus a low-carbohydrate animal-based diet on calorie intake, hormone levels, body weight, and more.

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  • Mar
    29
    Public comment open by USDA for climate-smart agriculture and forestry strategy


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    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the publication of a Federal Register Notice requesting public input on a climate-smart agriculture and forestry strategy.

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  • Mar
    29
    There is no evidence of COVID-19 spread through food/food packaging


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    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Drug Administration, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently stated there is no evidence of COVID-19 transmission through food or food packaging.

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  • Mar
    29
    US Farmers and Ranchers in Action published information exploring new ag innovations for climate


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    US Farmers and Ranchers in Action (USFRA), an alliance connecting farmers and ranchers to food and agriculture stakeholders to create a sustainable food system, issued a new report that analyzes the state of soil health technology and identifies opportunities to find new sources of capital to increase the adoption of climate-smart agriculture on farms and ranches across the US.

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  • Mar
    29
    Washington Roundup - March 2021- By Lowell Randel


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    Congress Brings Back Earmarks
    On February 26th, Rosa DeLauro, Chair of the House Appropriations Committee announced the return of Congressional earmarks starting in fiscal year 2022.

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  • Mar
    29
    Company using satellites to improve pasture grazing


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    Organic Valley, an organic food brand and the largest farmer’s-owned independent cooperative of organic farmers based in Wisconsin, recently launched a pilot program using satellite photography to measure pasture health on its dairy farms.

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  • Mar
    25
    Interpretive Summary: Influence of feeding thermally peroxidized lipids on growth performance, lipid digestibility, and oxidative status in nursery pigs


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    Recently, Kerr et al. published “Influence of feeding thermally peroxidized lipids on growth performance, lipid digestibility and oxidative status in nursery pigs” in the Journal of Animal science to critically evaluate the impact of inclusions of differentially sourced lipids and thermally processed soybean oil in nursery pig diets.

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  • Mar
    25
    Interpretive Summary: Of rodents and ruminants: a comparison of small noncoding RNA requirements in mouse and bovine reproduction


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    A recent review by Chukrallah et al., published in the Journal of Animal Science, argued that small-noncoding RNAs (sncRNAs) from germ cells may represent prominent molecular mechanisms that control early embryo development and germ cell fitness

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  • Mar
    25
    ASAS Statement on Colorado Governor’s MeatOut Campaign


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    On March 20, 2021, Colorado Governor Jared Polis encouraged state residents to support “MeatOut Day” and not eat meat for the day. Polis said the reasons to skip meat included the health benefits of plant-based foods, concerns of animal cruelty, and the environmental impact of meat production.

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  • Mar
    22
    Interpretive Summary: Predicting bovine respiratory disease outcome in feedlot cattle using latent class analysis


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    A study recently published in the Journal of Animal Science aimed to identify bovine respiratory disease (BRD) outcome groups using BRD indicators collected during the feeding phase and at slaughter through latent class analysis and to determine the importance of BRD indicators to predict disease outcomes.

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  • Mar
    22
    Interpretive Summary: A comparison of the release of phosphorus by a phytase enzyme in pigs fed diets deficient or adequate in phosphorus content.


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    A study recently published in the Journal of Animal Science further tested the hypothesis that the amount of P released by phytase is greater in diets that are deficient in P.

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  • Mar
    18
    Interpretive Summary: Effect of storage of wet brewer’s grains with incremental levels of salt on apparent total tract nutrient digestibility and purine derivative excretion in dairy heifers


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    A study recently published in the Journal of Animal Science aimed to evaluate apparent total tract nutrient digestibility and purine derivative excretion in dairy heifers limit-fed diets containing wet brewer’s grains treated with salt.

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  • Mar
    18
    Interpretive Summary: Evaluation of biological and economic efficiency of the All Heifer, No Cow beef production system using a system dynamics model based on 6 yr of demonstration herd data


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    A paper recently published in the Journal of Animal Science evaluated the biological and economic efficiency of the AHNC beef production system using a system dynamics model based on 6 years of demonstration herd data.

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  • Mar
    18
    Interpretive Summary: Functional amino acid supplementation, regardless of dietary protein content, improves growth performance and immune status of weaned pigs challenged with Salmonella Typhimurium


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    A recent study, published in the Journal of Animal Science, aimed to determine whether supplementation of functional amino acids would improve growth performance and immune status of Salmonella-challenged weaned pigs and whether the effect of functional amino acids is dependent on dietary protein content.

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  • Mar
    15
    Interpretive Summary: Identification of the relationship between the gut microbiome and feed efficiency in a commercial pig cohort


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    A recent study published in the Journal of Animal Science investigated the association of bacterial composition and functional capacity of the gut microbiome with porcine feed efficiency using 16S rRNA gene and metagenomic sequencing methods.

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  • Mar
    15
    Interpretive Summary: Categorization of birth weight phenotypes for inclusion in genetic evaluations using a deep neural network


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    A study recently published in the Journal of Animal Science characterized birth weight phenotypes for inclusion in genetic evaluations using a deep neural network. The objective of the current study was to evaluate the use of deep neural networks to categorize contemporary groups based on data quality and to determine the impact of removing data predicted as fabricated on the ranking of animals for calving ease expected progeny differences.

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  • Mar
    11
    In Memory Dr. Harold Hafs


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    Dr. Harold Hafs, 89, passed away on March 4, 2021. Born on his family’s farm in Wisconsin, where farm implements were still drawn by draft horses, Harold Hafs went on to become a nationally prominent advocate for animal science research, education, and product development.

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  • Mar
    11
    Nonruminant Nutrition Symposium I: A Sustainable Approach of Reducing Antibiotics in Swine Production


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    The 2021 American Society of Animal Science Midwest Virtual Meeting session, Nonruminant Nutrition Symposium I (March 9, 2021), comprised of eight presenters from diverse educational backgrounds. The overarching theme of this seminar was the development of intervention strategies to reduce antibiotic use in postweaning swine.

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