Cattle Producers Input Needed for Antibiotics Use; Universities Working to Increase Rootstock
The Beef Checkoff wants cattle producers to submit their input on antibiotics use. In conjunction with the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, the checkoff is helping to distribute a producer survey about the use of antibiotics on cattle operations. The survey was created in response to comments from the checkoff’s Safety Subcommittee at the 2015 Cattle Industry Summer Conference. During their meeting in July, members of the committee discussed the need for more producer information on the topic, possibly gathered through a survey about their use of antibiotics.
Near 30 land-grant Universities across the country are working together to increase the productivity of temperate-zone fruit trees by developing better rootstocks. Rootstocks that are currently available have many weaknesses that make them susceptible to pests and diseases and unsuitable for certain soils and climates. Researchers from Multistate Research Project NC-140 – Improving Sustainability in Fruit Tree Production through Changes in Rootstock Use – are researching and sharing information about sustainable, higher-yielding and easier to manage rootstocks.