Tag: livestock


Livestock outlook for 2018 a positive one

The 2018 outlook for the U.S. livestock and poultry sectors is generally positive. There are, however, concerns for both markets as uncertainty looms around trade agreements, said James Robb, director and senior livestock economist for the national Livestock Marketing Information Center.


Cattlemen take extra precautions when weather is frigid

January’s weather can be frightful; and for Virginia cattlemen, frigid temperatures call for extra precautions for their livestock.

Survey of Virginia cattle farms coming in January

In January the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service will survey about 920 cattle operations in Virginia to provide an up-to-date measure of cattle inventories.

USDA funds available for fencing livestock out of Virginia streams

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is making $874,000 available to farmers in 21 Virginia localities.


Cars, not livestock, greater contributors to greenhouse gas emissions

A recently published white paper sheds new light on the role of livestock production in greenhouse gas emissions.

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Report: Virginia livestock, grain inventory

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced the state’s estimated inventories for livestock and grains


Preparing livestock and farms for winter storms before they hit

Farmers need to prepare for power outages, threats to livestock and poultry, and structural or crop damage, that can accompany a strong winter storm.


New livestock, poultry, and equine facilities at Virginia Tech included in governor’s bond proposa

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced plans to include funding for new and renovated livestock, poultry, and equine facilities at Virginia Tech.

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Youth can apply for 2015 livestock exhibitor scholarships

Youth who exhibited in the 2015 State Fair of Virginia livestock shows are eligible to apply for scholarships offered by the State Fair of Virginia.

New livestock regulations now in effect

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) has announced changes to two state animal regulations: the Animal Importation Regulation and the Livestock Markets and Dealers Regulation.

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Record number of farmers applied for conservation cost-share funds

Almost 1,500 Virginia livestock farmers have signed up for state cost-share funding to install conservation practices on their farms.


Lawsuit regarding additional regulation of large livestock farms dismissed

A circuit court judge in Richmond rejected on July 9 a lawsuit aimed at declaring a cow a fertilizer applicator.

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Livestock disaster plans can offer peace of mind

When storms hit, disaster plans help livestock farmers weather the damages. This past February, Wise County cattleman Danny Cantrell lost 13 calves because of 20-plus inches of snow combined with 20-below nighttime temperatures.


Livestock show managers and exhibitors need to practice biosecurity

Dr. Richard Wilkes, State Veterinarian with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), reminds livestock and poultry owners and show managers that there is the potential for animal disease spread when animals are commingled.


Support sought for funding to restore coyote control program

A budget amendment is on the table that would restore the commonwealth’s portion of the state and federal program that helps Virginia livestock producers suffering from coyote depredation.

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Revenge of the bacteria?

The development and widespread adoption of so-called “antibiotics”—drugs that kill bacteria and thereby reduce infection—has helped billions of people live longer, healthier lives. But all this tinkering with nature hasn’t come without a cost.


Virginia farmers to help shape national Farm Bureau policies

Virginia representatives will join more than 5,000 Farm Bureau members from across the nation in helping shape policies important to farmers and ranchers Jan. 11-14 at the 2015 American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention.


Winter forage conferences to connect beef, forages and human health

The Natural Resources Conservation Service is partnering with the Virginia Forage and Grassland Council and Virginia Cooperative Extension to make the connection between healthy soils and high-quality proteins for human health in four Winter Forage Conferences January 20-23.


Seven Hills Food to provide new market for Virginia livestock producers

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Seven Hills Food, LLC will revitalize and open a meat processing facility in the City of Lynchburg.

In quest for greener pastures, don’t plant invasive species, Virginia Tech researchers say

Few agribusinesses or governments regulate the types of plants that farmers use in their pastures to feed their livestock, according to an international team of researchers.