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AG Briefs: Cattlemen to hear talk on managing risk; State removes dogs from substandard breeding facility

The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association will host its 45th annual Missouri Cattlemen’s Convention and Trade Show in Columbia Dec. 11-13. The convention will feature Cattlemen’s College, sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health, and will begin the second day of the convention.
Given extreme drought conditions that Missouri farmers and ranchers have faced, MCA’s Cattlemen’s College will feature Kevin Good, senior market analyst for CattleFax. Good will discuss market trends and signals that will allow cattlemen to make risk management a focus in 2013. Attendees will also hear from National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Executive Director of Communications Daren Williams, who will offer insight on the challenges the industry is facing from groups such as the Humane Society of the United States.
“We have to get farmers and ranchers engaged and talking about beef production issues,” said Williams. “Consumers have questions and they need to get answers from us, not HSUS.”
To register, go online or contact MCA Director of Membership Katie Steen for more information, at kati...@mocattle.com or call 573-499-9162.

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Animal Care Program inspectors from the Missouri Department of Agriculture worked in conjunction with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department and the Humane Society of Missouri to remove animals from substandard conditions at an unlicensed facility near Garden City.  More than 40 small dogs, including some Chihuahuas and Shih Tzus, were removed from the residence of Aaron Bishop in Johnson County this week.
Under the warrant obtained by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department, the animals were rescued and transported to St. Louis, where they will be placed with licensed shelters and rescues throughout Missouri, including the Humane Society of Missouri.
The operation came in response to a tip submitted to the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Operation Bark Alert. The tip indicated that animals were housed in substandard conditions inside the residence.  An investigation by the Department’s Animal Care Program and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department following that tip led to the warrant, which was obtained early this morning.

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