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Pig Production On Trial
On-farm trials of feed, equipment, genetics and management are a good idea for any pork producer, if done properly with an understanding of the results that are being targeted and a commitment to carry it out to completion, according to international pig consultant John Gadd. "The best pig producers I know always have had a portion of their farm -- and of their time and energy -- as an on-going test-bed," Gadd points out in his new book, Pig Production. Negative results from trials can be as valuable as positive results, saving the producer wasted effort and expense. 

Pig Production

Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in the Air at Industrial Swine Plants
People could be exposed to antibiotic-resistant bacteria from breathing the air from concentrated swine feeding facilities, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. They detected bacteria resistant to at least two antibiotics in air samples collected from inside a large-scale swine operation in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. The study adds to the understanding of various pathways in which humans can be exposed to antibiotic-resistant bacteria, such as consumption of retail pork products and contact with or ingestion of soil, surface water and groundwater near production operations. The article is published in the online edition of Environmental Health Perspectives.

Nitrates in Small Grain Hay Pose Dangers
Hay sustains cattle, but hay made from small grains also can contain dangerously high nitrate levels. While drought usually is the cause for high nitrate levels in hay made from small grains, normal precipitation doesn't mean nitrates are not hazardous. Nitrates in Livestock Feeding provides information on the dangers of nitrates in feed.

Fish Oil Cuts the Gas
Adding fish oil to animal fodder could cut the greenhouse gases emitted from livestock, according to researchers at Ghent University in Belgium. As reported in the journal Animal Feed Science and Technology, switching animals from regular feed onto a diet of fishy fodder cut the amount of methane in their belches by nearly half. New Scientist  

Producers Can Add Value to Calves
In the low margin industry that is the cow-calf business, producers ignore the advantages of calf de-horning, de-worming, castration, implantation and vaccination at their own risk. Oklahoma State University

Making Sense of Ultrasound 
U.S. beef production and marketing systems are changing. Production segments are becoming more coordinated; sometimes by formal business alliances, sometimes by improved information transfer and measurement of value. Montana State University

Wilson's Practical Meat Inspection
Grass-Fed Cattle
Grass-Fed Cattle

How to Produce and Market Natural Beef

Living with Sheep
Everything You Need to Know to Raise Your Own Flock

Farm Engines and How to Run Them

Good Used Books

The Lamb Menu Book: A Collection of Menus Featuring Selected Lamb Recipes. National Live Stock and Meat Board, date unknown (1928?). Promotional booklet with recipes and photo illustrations. Good condition with scar on cover, peg hole for mounting.


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