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  • Sale of Champions produces records
    Two records were set at this year’s Illinois State Fair Governor’s Sale of Champions. A 1,320-pound Hereford steer named Scotty broke last year’s record of $60,000 when he was purchased by Gov. Bruce Rauner and Illinois first lady Diana Rauner on Aug. 18 for $61,000. 
  • Iowa State cancels farm classes to avoid bird flu
    To protect a flock of rare chickens from the possibility of getting the bird flu, Iowa State University said it has canceled classes for about 500 students at its poultry teaching and research farm. 
  • Avian flu still concerns farmers
    Although the last case of avian influenza was detected in Iowa about two months ago, those in the poultry industry still are worried. By the middle of June, more than 200 cases of the disease were identified in 15 different states. 
  • Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy poses challenge, opportunity for farmers
    Jennifer Tirey, the new executive director of the Illinois Pork Producers Association, chose well for one of her first presentations in that capacity. She spoke at the Carlyle headquarters of The Maschhoffs. She wore a dress and heels on the slightly humid, sunny day. 
  • Just ‘The Udder Truth’
    The docu-series, The Udder Truth, recently premiered on Facebook and at dairygood.org to tackle the issues people are most concerned about: antibiotics, animal care and Big Ag. 
  • 4-H livestock exhibitor honored at state fair
    The slap said it all when the crossbred gilt shown by Taylor Schuerman was named overall grand champion at Indiana State Fair. Countless hours of hard work paid off for Schuerman when she earned that recognition during the Grand Champion 4-H Drive in the fairgrounds coliseum. 
  • Poultry exhibitor makes most of fair despite bird ban
    A bird ban at the Indiana State Fair interrupted what would have been Kory Miller’s 10th year of showing chickens. The statewide ban has kept chickens, ducks and other birds out of 4-H events and exhibitions where live birds are commingled in hopes of preventing the spread of avian influenza. 
  • Benefits seen from robotic milkers
    Significant changes have been made to the Arentsen Dairy Farm, which has been operated by the family for several generations. “I’m the third-generation Arentsen farming here and Phillip is the fourth,” said Jerry Arentsen, who farms together with his son, Phillip. 
  • Animal, human health top priority for officials
    Even as exhibitors put the finishing touches on their Illinois State Fair entries, state animal health officials are gearing up to make sure that the furred and feathered fairgoers stay healthy. 
  • Management tool aids dairymen
    Many Holstein dairymen are using an online tool to manage their herd genetics. “This past year has been a real important one in regard to our relationship with Zoetis,” said Glen Brown, president of Holstein Association USA Inc. 



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