Superior genes leads to $251,000 sale of dairy calf

Last month a 12-week-old Australian Holstein dairy heifer calf, known as Jedi Gigi, sold at auction for $251,000 — the second highest price ever paid for a bovine (beef or dairy) in Australia’s history. This sale will also be the first time an Australian dairy animal will be live exported to the U.S.

Taking into […]

Dairy industry says milk alternatives spoil truth

If it doesn’t come from a cow, can it truly be called milk? That’s the question on the top of some minds this week as 25 members of Congress recently wrote a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration asking them to investigate and take action against manufacturers of “milk” that doesn’t come from […]

Neogen acquires Preserve International and Tetradyne

Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG) announced today that it has acquired Preserve International and Tetradyne LLC, sister companies owned and operated by the private Nevada-based Preserve International corporation.

Founded in 1991, Preserve and Tetradyne offer the livestock and food processing industries cleaners, disinfectants, and associated products. Preserve has focused primarily on the swine, poultry and food […]

The straw to last? Dairy industry considers sex sorting

When it comes to breeding cows, there are some dairy farmers that would rather not let nature take its course. Instead, some are willing to pay top dollar — up to $200 a vial — for bull semen that contains only X chromosomes and therefore increases the chances of producing only female offspring.

“As […]

Study: Farm workers carry more antibiotic-resistant bacteria than animals

One of the most common and costly diseases faced by the dairy industry is bovine mastitis, a potentially fatal bacterial inflammation of the mammary gland (IMI). Widespread use of antibiotics to treat this disease, and other diseases agriculture animals often face, has been blamed for generating antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a concern for the health and well-being […]

Genomic testing options for replacement heifers

With the arrival of lower-cost genomic testing options, an increasing number of registered purebred and commercial producers are using these tools for routine sorting and selection applications.

While genomic testing costs have come down, they can still be substantial, and dairymen are searching for the most cost-effective applications of the technology. To address these issues, […]

Busy bull: Bull sires an estimated 500,000 calves

Referred to as a “titan of artificial insemination” and an “industry legend,” Toystory, a 2,700-pound bull who sired an estimated 500,000 offspring in more than 50 countries, was recently laid to rest.

Toystory’s handlers were able to confirm that more than 2.4 million units of his sperm were sold and shipped to farmers around the […]

Wading through genomic data

Today, many dairy producers are integrating genomic testing into their daily breeding and selection decisions or contemplating doing so. It is remarkable to think that a tissue sample collected from the ear, a hair pulled from the tail switch or a drop of blood spotted onto a card from a day-old calf can get you […]

FDA proposes changes to nutrition labels

Twenty years after it was first introduced, the Nutrition Facts label may be receiving a makeover. The changes, proposed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), aim to update serving size and labeling requirements, implement a new design and stimulate the ultimate goal of better understanding of nutrition science.

There are several key changes to […]

Neogen announces return of COW program

Neogen’s COW program has returned for a third year.

This special program for distributors provides an easy plan with promotional pricing on some of Neogen’s most popular calving, obstetrics and working (COW) products.

The promotion includes some of Neogen’s most sought-after products, such as Dr. Frank’s calf puller, PolyPetite OB sleeves and the Pro-Shot II […]