Tyson moves up antibiotic-free goal

Tyson Foods reportedly will no longer use antibiotics in its chicken by this June. The company earlier said it would remove antibiotics important to human medicine from its chicken production by this fall.

Tyson slaughters more than 2-Billion chickens each year, making it the largest chicken processor in the U.S. and the second largest in the world.

Continue reading Tyson moves up antibiotic-free goal at Brownfield Ag News.

     

Western Farm Show features ag innovation and friendly ‘Border Battle’

Innovation and technology are on display through Sunday, February 26 at the 56th Annual Western Farm Show in Kansas City.  Show manager Ken Dean says the show attracts farmers wanting to learn about what is new in farm technology.  Everything from heavy farm machinery, such as combines, tractors, forage equipment and livestock handling gear, to seed and crop protection products and services are part of the show at the American Royal Complex.

It’s also about the next generation of farmers. 

Continue reading Western Farm Show features ag innovation and friendly ‘Border Battle’ at Brownfield Ag News.

     

SEMO dedicates indoor cattle feeding building

A cattle feeding facility has been dedicated at Southeast Missouri State University and will be used to study the economic results of covered feeding.

Researchers will compare beef production in the new 45-hundred square foot facility to open feeding areas.

They will track the cattle’s feed to gain ratio, behavior and welfare, and, meat quality.

The facility is funded by a Missouri Beef Initiative grant.

It is one of several indoor cattle feeding experiments in the state aimed at assessing the economic viability of feeding more cattle in Missouri for finishing.

Continue reading SEMO dedicates indoor cattle feeding building at Brownfield Ag News.

     

Illinois crops and livestock farm named Organic Farmers of the Year

A diversified crops and livestock operation in central Illinois has been named the 2017 MOSES (Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service) Organic Farmers of the Year.

The Bishop family operates PrairiErth Farm near Atlanta where they grow corn, soybeans, oats, wheat, forages, vegetables, fruit and flowers in addition to raising cattle, pigs and chickens.

Hans Bishop says running such a diverse farm that’s also organic presents some unique challenges.

Continue reading Illinois crops and livestock farm named Organic Farmers of the Year at Brownfield Ag News.

     

Soybeans were modestly higher on commercial and technical buying, but still posted a week to week loss. Weekly export numbers were bullish and the USDA’s Ag Outlook Forum numbers have been largely neutral as this year’s crop isn’t planted yet. USDA sees 2017 production at 4.18 billion bushels with an average yield of 48 bushels per acre and 2017/18 ending stocks at 420 million bushels. The trade’s continuing to watch harvest activity in South America with Safras e Mercado now pegging Brazil’s state of Mato Grosso at 66% complete.

Continue reading Soybeans up on weekly export numbers at Brownfield Ag News.

     

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