Sidebar: Fast Food Restaurants Drive Drop In Antibiotic Use In Chickens

In recent years, major chicken companies, such as Perdue Farms and Tyson, and fast food restaurants, such as Chik-Fil-A and McDonald’s, have gone antibiotic-free, which largely explains why antimicrobial sales in the chicken industry are significantly lower than those of cattle and swine. Dr. Chris Rademacher, a swine extension veterinarian at Iowa State University, said it is easier for the chicken industry to go antibiotic-free because broiler chickens have shorter lifespans. The longer an animal is alive, the more an animal risks becoming ill and needing antibiotics. “In the broiler industry, where chickens are hatched and born … those lifespans are usually within the period of six to seven weeks.

Mysterious Soldier Served With Civil War Iowa Volunteers

The Twelfth Iowa Volunteer Infantry had made a name for themselves in the Civil War. Formed in Dubuque in 1861, the company left Iowa in November to spend two months in St. Louis before taking part in battles all over the South. They saw action in Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee and Alabama. They proudly represented Iowa at Fort Donelson and the Battle of Shiloh.