As I write this column, we are in the dead heat of summer which means most field days and all regional shows are in the books. As it seems every year, no sooner are we through with those fantastic events, than we find ourselves hustling around preparing for the summerâ€™s premier event, The National Junior Limousin Show & Congress and All-American Limousin Futurity.
The North American Limousin Foundation (NALF) and Geneseek, a Neogen Corporation Co., have solidified a non-exclusive agreement for genomic testing services. Besides testing services, this agreement also includes a NALF exclusive product in the form of the new IgenityÂ®-Enabled Limousin Genomic Profiler, and simplification of genetic testing with competitive prices, all through a market leader in animal genomics.
NALF Adds Barrick and Pagel to Staff
NALF announces the additions of Brittany Barrick and Alison Pagel to the staff.
Barrick, a graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California, received her Bachelor of Science degree in animal science and a minor in agribusiness. She will serve NALF as the director of herd book registry and performance. Barrick comes to NALF from Elanco Animal Health, where she was a member of the West team and served as a sales representative in the dairy business unit.
As fall approaches, most of you will be weaning calves, selecting replacements and taking calves to market. At NALF, August signals the beginning of one of the busiest times of the year. We are completing the budget for 2012-2013, receiving weaning data and registrations at the highest volume of the year. Since fall will be here before we know it, I thought I would update you on new rules and strategies to expedite your experience with NALF and improve the quality of your data.
More And More Americans Want Their Meat Raised Without Antibiotics
That was the headline for a story by Deirdre Imus that recently appeared on FoxNews.com.
In my opinion, the article was fairly accurate, well enough written and didnâ€™t come off as protein bashing or condeming production practices, although she did take a jab or two at â€œfactory farmingâ€ and â€œmass medicationâ€ of livestock. The basis for the article was a Consumer Reports poll that showed a majority of Americans want meat raised without antibiotics to be sold at their local supermarket, and more than half of those surveyed said they would be willing to pay more for that guarantee.