Dairy Revenue Protection Launching This October
Can Natural Disease Resistance Be Bred Into Birds?

The Hidden Cost of Heat Stress in Pigs


Dairy Revenue Protection Launching This October
We all know the milk industry has been a "bit" shaky as of late. So I thought I'd share an article I found on Progressive Dairyman, since the industry could use a bit of good news right about now.

Dairy Revenue Protection insurance coverage is due to launch early this October. This will provide dairy farmers with a way to manage income risk next year. You can sign up for this policy starting October 9, 2018. The first available coverage will begin during the first quarter of 2019. This provides dairy farmers with insurance for milk revenues on a quarterly basis.

This policy was developed by the American Farm Bureau Federation and the American Farm Bureau Insurance Services, along with other collaborators. Please keep in mind that farmers who sign up for this are not prevented from continuing with the Margin Protection Program for dairy.

You can select coverage based on component or class-based milk pricing options. Also, one can chose to select the amount of milk production that will be covered and the revenue coverage level. For more information, read the full article here.

Visit the Continental Search website for jobs in the dairy industry in the United States and Canada, industry news, and updates. Follow #ContinentalSearch on Facebook and LinkedIn for the latest dairy job openings and for other jobs in animal nutrition.
Rick Pascual recruits in dairy nutrition for feed companies and their suppliers across the United States. Rick joined Continental Search in January 2015 and has successfully filled a number of searches for nutritionists, sales, and sales management for leading companies.

After completing coursework and a grueling exam, Rick became a Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) in November 2015, as well as a Professional Recruiting Consultant (PRC) by AIRS in April 2016.Visit his LinkedIn profile for more info and to stay updated with news about recent dairy trends.

Send Rick your resume to rick@consearch.com. Call him at (302) 544-9288.

Can Natural Disease Resistance Be Bred Into Birds?

Imagine breeding birds in such a way that you make them resistant to diseases. With antibiotic-free being such a hot topic these days, that would be a welcome option. Mortality rates would drop significantly and producers would only have to worry about getting the birds to the right size. Well, according to an article in Poultry Health Today, that may become a reality soon.

Researchers at Wageningen University in the Netherlands discovered that selecting animals that have higher levels of antibodies (naturally occurring) allows birds to block and prevent the spread of pathogens. A study was recently published in Vaccine. Researchers tested previous studies that suggested natural antibodies are inherited, which means they can be altered by breeding.

They used hens from two generations. The birds from the second generation were vaccinated with one of three different vaccines. Each vaccine was used to trigger different immune responses: one against bacteria, another against viruses, and the third specific for the scientists' selection on natural antibodies.

Tom Berghof, the lead researcher, compared those with low-level antibodies to those with higher antibody levels against bacterial responses. He said the study provides a "hopeful perspective" to breed based on antibody levels for general disease resistance, especially against bacteria. Berghof also says researchers have to find out more about selection for natural antibodies, and so their team will continue to do so on two more generations. You can read the full article here.

Please visit our company website for more poultry industry news. Follow #ContinentalSearch on LinkedIn and Facebook for poultry industry jobs and other employment opportunities in animal health and nutrition.




Trish Valenzuela specializes in recruiting for poultry feed additive companies. She has filled positions in technical support, sales, and sales management across the USA.


Trish joined Continental Search in July 2015 and through hard study, she passed two certification programs. She is now a Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) and a Professional Recruiting Consultant (PRC).


Visit her LinkedIn profile to connect with her and stay updated with current poultry trends. Trish can be reached at (302) 248-8242, through LinkedIn, or at trish@consearch.com.



The Hidden Cost of Heat Stress in Pigs

With summer in full swing, I thought I'd share this article from Pig Health Today. It talks about how heat stress affects pigs and your profits. Aside from reduced performance, it can compromise pigs' gastrointestinal system and cause them to reduce their feed intake and it also leads to higher mortality rates.

Let's talk about financial losses. Did you know that heat stress can affect your profits, too? Every year, U.S. swine producers lose about $900 million because of this problem. This is about twice the amount lost due to the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus. Steven Pollmann, PhD, who is a livestock consultant and also the former president of western operations for Murphy-Brown LLC, says that producers lose an estimate of $50 to $60 per animal each year because of heat stress.

While scientists are looking for solutions to address this problem, Pollman urges producers to implement strategies to tackle heat stress. "Make sure the cooling systems are right, that there is enough ventilation, and the pens are not overpopulated," Pollman says. You can read the full article here.

Visit our company website for beef industry jobs in your state, industry news, and other animal nutrition updates. Follow #ContinentalSearch on Facebook and LinkedIn for swine jobs in your area and other opportunities in the animal nutrition industry.


ANDY CHATTERJEE | Beef & Swine Recruiting Specialist

Andy Chatterjee is a Talent Scout for Continental Search. He handles placements for the feed industry. He is currently undergoing training for this demanding position.
Andy was handling operations for Continental Search for four years before he was promoted to Talent Scout. His understanding of the business from the ground up will make him an ideal addition to the recruiting team. You can reach him at (302)-353-4065 ext. 571 or andy@consearch.com.
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