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Experts Talk Video Series Features Groundbreaking Research

ExpertsTalk_StackedZinpro Corporation announces the debut episode of Experts Talk, an all-new online lameness prevention video series. The inaugural episode features Dr. Dörte Döpfer, associate professor at the University of Wisconsin – School of Veterinary Medicine, one of the world’s most recognized experts on digital dermatitis. This common infectious claw disease in cattle, also known as hairy heel warts, can produce painful (acute) skin lesions and lead to lameness.

In this episode, Dr. Döpfer discusses her team’s recent research on nutritional strategies for the prevention and control of digital dermatitis in pre-calving heifers. Dr. Döpfer’s interest in alternative methods to footbaths to help prevent and control digital dermatitis led her research group to evaluate the potential effectiveness of a nutritional strategy that provides protection against this highly prevalent and costly disease.

According to Dr. Döpfer, results of the first study (experimental infection trial) indicated a trend for decreased size of digital dermatitis lesions, as well as a trend toward fewer painful/acute lesions, which are classified as “M2” lesions. Results from the second study (large commercial Midwest dairy trial) showed a significant decrease in the prevalence of digital dermatitis lesions in dairy replacement heifers before first calving.

Dr. Döpfer said this new research may influence management philosophies in the future, and she highlighted the importance of getting dairy replacement heifers off to a healthy start. “I think we are drawing increasing attention to these pre-calving heifers that are currently really not watched over well when it comes to improving claw health. So if we could focus on their well-being and health as an investment for their first lactation, and make them come into the first lactation even healthier in terms of claw diseases, that would be beneficial for their productive lives.”

She prescribed an integrated prevention and control strategy for infectious claw diseases that comes as early as calf age and continues during all lifetime phases of a cow.

The new Experts Talk online video series, sponsored by Zinpro Corporation, features one-on-one discussions with leading authorities on foot health and lameness prevention in multiple species. Topics to be discussed will range from lameness detection, to treating claw lesions that cause lameness, to best management practices for lameness prevention. A different expert will be featured in each episode as the series unfolds. To learn more, visit the Experts Talk video library.

Groundbreaking for New Holland Pavilions

nh-pavilions-68-editedGround was broke to mark the start of construction on the New Holland Pavilions at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI. The 290,000 square foot expansion will create a state-of-the-art multi-use space, replacing again barn facilities.

“We are proud to partner with Dane County to build and provide what will be the premium livestock facility in the country, a tremendous upgrade that will benefit world class dairy, livestock, horses and other livestock throughout the year,” says Ade Hughes, Vice President New Holland North America. “This opportunity is a perfect fit for New Holland, considering the smart haymaking technologies we have brought to the marketplace that benefit so many animals across North America.”

The Alliant Energy Center is home to the World Dairy Expo and Midwest Horse Fair, as well as many livestock and equine shows. The new pavilions will have capacity to house more than 2,000 head of cattle and be versatile enough to include show rings for cattle and horse shows. They can be cleared to create open space accommodating for trade shows, a factor that will allow New Holland to conduct training activities. New Holland equipment will also be featured in the front reception area of the building.

Mark Clarke, Alliant Energy Center general manager, said, “The new space will enhance our ability to conduct world class activities here at the Alliant Energy Center. We’re excited to have New Holland Agriculture as a significant partner in our success moving forward.”

Construction on the project begins today and their goal is to have a ribbon cutting in just 30 weeks. Just in time for World Dairy Expo in early October.

Listen to or download the press conference here: New Holland Pavilions Groundbreaking Press Conference

Checkout photos from the event here: New Holland Pavilion Groundbreaking Ceremony

PortaScience Team Educates Rwandan Dairy Farmers

Screen Shot 2014-04-09 at 7.13.53 PMPortaScience, Inc. president, Michael Gavin just returned from Rwanda. There he participated in the educational segment of a program funded by a grant from Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation to commercialize a milk quality test for East African small farms. He was joined by David Lee, professor from New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and Nathaniel F. Makoni, Ph.D. with African Breeders Services, Total Cattle Management Ltd. Each provided educational resources to Rwandan dairy farmers.

Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation is a program funded by U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by Fintrac, Inc. The program is focused on finding and commercializing agricultural technology that can help farmers in developing countries. It serves as a bridge that brings new technologies to market, changing the way small farmers do business by improving productivity and income as well as improving milk quality. The Rwandan government is very supportive of these efforts to bring high quality milk to more citizens as well as improving the economics of the small farmers.

PortaScience, Inc., was selected from more than 120 companies worldwide because of their novel technology that enables farmers to test milk quality and screen for udder infection or mastitis in dairy cows. Educating African farmers and providing for the low cost manufacture of the UdderCheckTM LDH test to screen for this costly disease are key aspects of the grant program. PortaCheck, Inc., currently markets UdderCheck in the U.S., and worldwide, in over 65 countries.

“The trip to Rwanda was an unforgettable experience,” Michael Gavin said. “It is a beautiful country, and the people are friendly. Farmers really wanted to learn from us and were very appreciative of our efforts to bring new technologies to their area.”

CWT Assists in 6.9 Million lbs of Cheese & Butter Exports

CWTCooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 17 requests for export assistance from Dairy Farmers of America, Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Association, Michigan Milk Producers Association, Northwest Dairy Association (Darigold), and Tillamook County Creamery Association to sell 4.556 million pounds of Cheddar, Gouda and Monterey Jack cheeses and 2.480 million pounds of 82% butter to customers in Asia, Central America, and the Middle East. The product will be delivered April through August 2014.

Year-to-date, CWT has assisted member cooperatives in selling 40.792 million pounds of cheese, 31.903 million pounds of butter and 3.366 million pounds of whole milk powder to 27 countries on five continents. These sales are the equivalent of 1.098 billion pounds of milk on a milkfat basis.

Assisting CWT members through the Export Assistance program, in the long-term, helps member cooperatives gain and maintain market share, thus expanding the demand for U.S. dairy products and the U.S. farm milk that produces them in the rapidly growing world dairy markets. This, in turn, positively impacts U.S. dairy farmers by strengthening and maintaining the value of dairy products that directly impact their milk price.

CWT will pay export assistance to the bidders only when delivery of the product is verified by the submission of the required documentation.

The Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) Export Assistance program is funded by voluntary contributions from dairy cooperatives and individual dairy farmers. The money raised by their investment is being used to strengthen and stabilize the dairy farmers’ milk prices and margins. For more information about CWT, visit

Bull Stubs Form Marketing Agreement

AccelGen_4C_BlkWisconsin-based Accelerated Genetics announces a joint marketing agreement with United Kingdom-based Cogent Breeding Ltd.

Under this new agreement Accelerated Genetics is the exclusive distributor in the United States and Canada for Cogent’s elite range of dairy and beef sires. The agreement also extends to sexed semen from selected sires. Cogent is the pioneering business behind sexed semen technology and supply, and is the UK market leader in this field.

Accelerated Genetics President and Chief Executive Officer Joel Groskreutz states, “The formation of this marketing agreement with Cogent reinforces Accelerated Genetics’ long term commitment to assist today’s producers in achieving their ultimate herd goals by providing superior quality sires.”

Through this marketing agreement Accelerated Genetics can offer producers in the US and Canada exclusive access to Cogent’s elite range of dairy genetics, which includes 224HO02881 Cogent Supershot.

Cogent International Sales Manager, John Cochrane comments on this agreement, “Accelerated Genetics has built an excellent reputation for innovation and customer service in North America. Cogent is delighted that producers in the US and Canada will have access to our elite product line up.”

For more information about the sires available from Cogent in the US and Canada, please contact your local Accelerated Genetics sales representative, call 800.451.9275, email info@accelgen.comor go to

From Cow to Candy

A unique exhibition will be featured at PMCA’s 68th Annual Production Conference. Transforming raw milk to finished candy is a complex and amazing process! Visitors to PMCA’s dairy exhibit will have the opportunity to learn about the wide range of dairy ingredients available for use in confectionery products. From farm production through ingredient processing, the exhibit will provide a unique insight into the dairy product industry.

Demonstrations in a simulated milking parlor will be a highlight of the display. Tasting samples will provide visitors with the opportunity to experience the taste and texture profiles that different milk products bring to confectionery.

Ice cream samples will be available to visitors, compliments of Blue Bell Creameries, and to top it off Barry Callebaut, Concord Foods and The Hershey Company will provide an array of toppings.

PMCA’s 68th Annual Production Conference will be held in Lancaster, PA at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square and Lancaster County Convention Center from Monday April 14th through Wednesday April 16th, 2014. The dairy exhibition will be featured on Monday in Freedom Hall from 12:30-5:00pm. The exhibition will be developed and hosted by PMCA’s Program Committee in cooperation with the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania (PDMP).

PMCA is a non-profit international trade association in the confectionery industry whose goals are to provide open forums for the free exchange of technical information through its Annual Production Conference, to promote and direct basic and applied scientific research in the science of chocolate and confectionery through its Research Program at leading universities and to educate and train technical and manufacturing personnel worldwide through its Short Course Program. The organization was originally founded in 1907 as the Pennsylvania Manufacturing Confectioners’ Association.

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Prince Agri Products Opens New Plant

princePrince Agri Products, Inc., has opened a new manufacturing facility to expand production of its unique, patented anionic nutritional specialty product, Animate®, that is designed to reduce the incidence of low blood calcium in transition cows.

Dean Warras, Prince Agri Products president, says the new 12,000 square-foot facility, located at the company’s headquarters in Quincy, Ill., will support a five-fold increase in Animate production to meet current and anticipated future demand by dairy operators in North America.

“The opening of our new Animate production facility not only reflects the improved performance that dairy producers have experienced by feeding Animate, but also Prince’s continuing commitment to the dairy industry,” says Warras. “Fresh cow health is one of the most important factors contributing to overall dairy success and profitability.”

During the transition period, dairy cows can experience a significant drop in blood calcium concentrations, resulting in milk fever, or slightly below normal blood calcium concentrations, which is classified as subclinical hypocalcemia. Either of these conditions can have a negative impact on herd health and milk production.

Animate has been proven to help maintain normal blood calcium concentrations in pre- and postpartum dairy cows. Because it is highly palatable, compared to other anionic salt products, it can help attain a negative dietary cation-anion difference (DCAD) diet while also maintaining high dry matter intake.

Ken Zanzalari, Ph.D., Dipl. ACAN, Animate product manager and dairy technology manager with Prince, said the company works closely with other industry members to promote improved transition cow health.

“Dairy producers, veterinarians and nutritionists rely on Prince as a valued partner in their business because of the success demonstrated by Animate and Prince’s ongoing commitment to research in order to evaluate and maximize its benefits to the industry,” he said.

Aging US Population Seek Dairy Products to Boost Health

Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 4.16.50 PMAs the US population continues to age, dairy products that meet the nutritional needs of older consumers will become increasingly influential. US dairy marketers should communicate the health benefits of their dairy products by promoting their advantages for maintaining an active lifestyle.

Figures reveal that the number of people in the US aged 65 and older is set to more than double from current levels to 85 million by 2050. A Canadean report tracking the influence health needs have on consumer dairy choices has found the highest influence among consumers aged 55 and over. But rather than these consumers looking for more therapeutic products that help with maintaining certain issues such as bone decay, consumers in their fifties and sixties in particular are looking for dairy products to act as preventatives, to keep them active and in good health.

Canadean has tracked the influence of 20 consumption motivators in the US dairy market and found that 34.6% of yoghurt and 32.0% of milk consumption volume, was tied to the consumers’ age requirements. According to Joanne Hardman, Analyst at Canadean, “markets should look at this as a good opportunity to focus on the older consumer market by producing functional products that offer a health boost and cater specifically to the needs of an ageing US population.”

Older consumers are increasingly looking to dairy products for their functional, nutritional benefits in satisfying age-based needs such as tooth-retention, avoiding osteoporosis and maintaining heart and brain health. Specific minerals such as Calcium are desired by consumers to help maximise healthy bone strength, as is riboflavin to maintain good nerve function and limit the risk of cancer, dementia, and heart disease.

According to Hardman there is opportunity for US dairy marketers to take advantage of these findings as dairy consumption is increasing among the US population aged 55 and over. This age band has the highest amount of dairy food occasions per year totalling 33.5 million. However, this is due to the sheer size of the demographic, and they have the smallest number of occasions per person at 416.1 per year. With this being the case, more dairy products with age-specific benefits need to be on the market to encourage older consumers to eat dairy products more frequently.

Opposition Allowing Interstate Sales of Raw Milk

The nation’s dairy farmers and dairy companies today expressed their opposition to new legislation in Congress that would allow the interstate sales of raw milk, saying that any additional availability of the product will increase the number of sicknesses and deaths of people who consume it.

The International Dairy Foods Association and the National Milk Producers Federation said that “the risks inherent in raw dairy products are not worth any imagined benefits to either consumers or producers of unpasteurized milk products. Raw milk skips the pasteurization safety process, and this is playing Russian roulette with the health of too many Americans – including many of our children.”

The two associations urged lawmakers to reject the “Interstate Milk Freedom Act of 2014,” a bill introduced by Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), which would repeal a long-standing ban on the sales across state lines of unpasteurized milk. Federal law currently gives states the discretion to regulate raw milk within their borders, but the dairy organizations expressed concern that repealing the interstate ban would greatly increase the production and consumption of a known health hazard.

“If this measure passes, those most vulnerable to dangerous pathogens – children – are the ones who will suffer the most. The benefits of consuming raw milk are illusory, but the painful costs of illness and death are very real,” said Jim Mulhern, President and CEO of the National Milk Productions Federation.

“Consumption of raw milk is a demonstrated public health risk. The link between raw milk and foodborne illness has been well‐documented in the scientific literature, with evidence spanning nearly 100 years. Raw milk is a key vehicle in the transmission of human pathogens, including E. coli O157:H7, Campylobacter, Listeria monocytogenes, and Salmonella,” he stated.

Several states in recent years have considered and approved legislation expanding the sales of raw milk, even as the product has been repeatedly linked to serious illnesses from coast to coast.

“Our dairy industry benefits from a very high degree of consumer confidence – confidence built in large part due to the excellent food safety record of milk and dairy products,” said Connie Tipton, President and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association. “While choice is an important value, it should not pre‐empt consumers’ well‐being. To further ease the regulations surrounding the national sale of raw milk is an unnecessary risk to consumer safety.”

The two dairy groups said that the Centers for Disease Control has reported that nearly 75 percent of raw milk‐associated outbreaks have occurred in states where sale of raw milk was legal. Only one to two percent of reported foodborne outbreaks are attributed to dairy products. However, of those, over 70 percent have been attributed to raw milk and inappropriately‐aged raw milk cheeses.

“Seldom has the science behind public health policy been so clearly one-sided. Pathogenic bacteria can be found on any dairy farm, regardless of its cleanliness or the good intentions of its owner. This legislation is a threat to public health and should not be approved,” the organizations said.

GEA Adds Eating Time Analysis to CowScout™

GEA_CowScoutS_Neck Tag_Eating Time_PR_032414Electronically monitoring cows for activity helps to automate the heat detection process, and supply more accurate breeding information for increased pregnancy rates. Activity monitors can also alert producers to health challenges ahead of clinical signs being visually observed, allowing for earlier treatment and avoiding a potential drop in milk production. To increase monitoring capabilities, GEA Farm Technologies has added eating time to the CowScout™ activity monitoring system.

“CowScout™ provides instant activity updates on a herd and with the addition of eating time it uniquely monitors the amount of time a cow’s head is in the eating position,” said Chris Genal, U.S. national sales manager for milking equipment products at GEA Farm Technologies. “The CowScout™ neck tag continuously monitors movement patterns related to forage intake and records the total time each day an individual animal takes in feed. The system compares the daily total eating time with totals from the previous 10 days, alerting a producer to changes in a baseline.”

The CowScout™ activity monitoring system brings convenience and efficiency to herd management. When a cow or heifer has reduced average eating time, the CowScout™ herd database sends a message to a computer, a mobile device, or both – depending on pre-set preferences – alerting herd managers precisely when a cow has changed eating patterns. CowScout™ data is transmitted continuously from the tag, to the receiver, to the database, so dairy producers always have the latest information to monitor herd health.

“CowScout™ eating time monitoring is especially beneficial before and after calving, when monitoring intake is vital to a healthy transition period,” said Genal. “CowScout™ not only provides dairy producers a simple, accurate and flexible heat detection program, but the added eating time analysis also provides dairy producers the ability to monitor eating behaviors and intervene when health challenges arise, avoiding a potential drop in milk production.”

“The addition of eating time to CowScout™ increases an already robust system that fits any management style – and works with any brand of milking equipment or parlor configuration. It is also an excellent choice for heifer raising operations. Installation components are minimal and there is no complex software,” adds Genal. “No other system on the market compares.”

The CowScout™ activity monitoring system with eating time is fully-supported and installed by GEA Farm Technologies dealers, carrying the WestfaliaSurge product line; a professional network with unsurpassed dairy equipment experience – available to local dairy operations 24/7.

Revised – Biery Cheese Plans $19.7 Million Expansion

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) today announced it is providing a $1 million loan to the Biery Cheese Co. for a facility upgrade that will solidify the company’s commitment to Wisconsin.

The Ohio-based Biery Cheese, which has operations in the Town of Sherry in Wood County, plans to invest $19.7 million in Wisconsin, including equipment and upgrades to its recently purchased facility in nearby Plover. Once complete, the project is expected to create 31 full-time jobs and retain 111 positions at the new location.

Biery, a cheese packaging, processing and distribution company, has been operating in Wisconsin since November 2013, when it purchased the Kickapoo Valley Cheese Corp. in Sherry.

“There is no question that the cheese industry plays a significant role in Wisconsin’s economy, and Biery’s decision to expand its operations in the state will only strengthen the industry,” said Reed Hall, secretary and CEO of WEDC, the state’s lead economic development organization. “WEDC is pleased to assist this family-owned company as it readies its operations for the future.”

“First and foremost, we would like to thank the WEDC for its assistance and commitment to our company. Our dedicated teammates, strategic suppliers and valued customers have all played a role in our decision to participate in the heart of the dairyland,” said Ben Biery, CEO of Biery Cheese, which has been in the family for four generations. “It is a tremendous honor to be able to contribute to the area and invest in our people so that we can prepare for future strategic growth opportunities.”

The Biery Cheese Co. was founded in 1929 by Norman F. Biery, who started making Swiss cheese in Louisville, Ohio. The company has evolved from a manufacturing company to one that now provides chunks, shreds, slices, diced, cubes, and snacking cheeses to its customers around the world.

WEDC has agreed to provide the company with a $1 million forgivable loan. If the company retains the 111 existing jobs, creates at least 31 new ones, and spends at least $19.7 million in capital investment by the end of 2018, the loan will be forgiven.

BouMatic Sponsors NAMA Chapter

Boumatic_LogoBouMatic, the largest U.S. based, globally operating dairy equipment company, announces their sponsorship of University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Pioneer National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) Chapter to the national NAMA product marketing competition.

“We appreciate BouMatic’s contribution to Pioneer NAMA, UW-Platteville,” states Abigail Fink, Pioneer NAMA President. “BouMatic’s support made it possible for us to attend the competition this year.”

BouMatic’s President, Todd DeMonte states, “BouMatic is proud to sponsor such an outstanding group of students at this important event. Our company recognizes the significant role these competitions play in preparing young people for their future careers in agriculture. We are confident the Pioneer NAMA Chapter will skillfully represent BouMatic and its products.”

The Pioneer NAMA Chapter will present, and be evaluated on, a comprehensive marketing strategy for BouMatic’s AMI 5450 Detacher, an innovative new milk yield indicator released in early 2014. The Pioneer NAMA Chapter was recognized as a national finalist for their work at the 2013 national competition. The 2014 contest will take place in Jacksonville, FL on April 8-10.

In 2014, BouMatic celebrates 75 years of helping dairy farmers harvest milk gently, quickly and completely. The company serves dairy operators in more than 45 countries and employs 400 people worldwide. To learn more about BouMatic, please visit:

New Holland Livestock Pavilion Coming Soon

2013_NHAgNHC_logosIn support of their strong support of dairy and livestock producers, New Holland Agriculture & Construction is proud to announce an agreement with the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI. to secure naming rights for new livestock pavilions that will be built on the grounds beginning next year.

“New Holland’s legacy is strong in hay tools, tractors and skid steer loaders that dairy and livestock producers use every day,” says Abe Hughes, New Holland Agriculture & Construction Vice President, North America. “New Holland is thrilled to have its name on the buildings that will house some of the world’s most elite dairy and livestock animals these producers work so hard to raise in one of the most important states for dairy and livestock in the country.”

Construction of the New Holland Livestock Pavilion will begin in April 2014 with completion expected in September. When completed, the buildings will span more than 300,000 square feet and be home to a variety of dairy and livestock animals housed during shows and expositions held on the Alliant Energy Center grounds. This includes the cows housed during World Dairy Expo, where more than 2,000 animals come together each year for the world’s premier dairy event.

“The Alliant Energy Center is the place to be for premiere agriculture events—from the World Dairy Expo and the Midwest Horse Fair to the Dane County Fair,” said Joe Parisi, Dane County Executive. “We’re honored to build on that reputation with New Holland Agriculture & Construction. Partnerships like this one have been key to developing the exciting expansion planned for the Alliant Energy Center grounds.”

In addition to naming rights to the livestock pavilion, New Holland will also have an opportunity to showcase New Holland equipment throughout the year as well as have access to the facilities for training and a variety of dealer and customer events.

“We understand the value that the Alliant Energy Center brings to those who participate in and attend World Dairy Expo, but also to the hundreds of thousands of other exhibitors and visitors throughout the year who attend other livestock events, horse shows, county fairs and other activities,” says Hughes.

Alta Seed Offers Forage Growers Additional Savings

FullLogo-AltaPlanting forage sorghum can save growers money in a number of ways, but a new promotion from Alta Seeds is increasing the savings. Growers can now benefit from lower input costs and improved water efficiency while taking advantage of an offer for a free bag of seed. For a limited time, growers may receive one free bag of forage seed with the brachytic dwarf.

“We’re so confident in the performance of our brachytic forages that we are willing to offer one free bag to all of our customers so they can discover how well it performs,” says Barry Lubbers, Alta Seeds director of sales. “Compared to corn, our brachytic BMR-6 forages offer significant cost savings, high nutritional value, drought tolerance and versatile options for planting and harvest.”

Forages with the brachytic dwarf trait yield well with high leaf-to-stalk ratios, multiple tillering stalks and superior standability. Brachytic forages average 6 feet in height and produce a denser plant than traditional sorghums because the leaf spacing is more compact. The brachytic dwarf plant structure alleviates lodging issues without sacrificing yield.

“The high water-use efficiencies of sorghum make it an ideal choice for irrigated or dryland planting,” says Lubbers. “Growing forage sorghum requires up to 40 percent less water and considerably less fertilizer than corn while sorghum seed is much more affordable.”

Growers can receive the offer for the free bag of brachytic forage seed through their local Alta Seeds retailer or by contacting Alta Seeds directly at 877-806-7333. The offer is valid until May 1, 2014.

Alta Seeds provides U.S. growers with the latest technology and advanced genetics in grain and forage sorghum. The Alta Seeds product line-up is selected from the vast germplasm resources of Advanta, an international leader in the research, development, production and sales of sorghum. For more information visit:

12th Annual Leading Dairy Producer Conference Hosts 212 Farms

PurinaCOW_LDPC 2014_065Purina Animal Nutrition and Land O’ Lakes welcomed more than 475 dairy producers, family members and industry representatives to the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, WI., earlier this year for the Leading Dairy Producer Conference. Now in its twelfth year, it is one of the largest dairy producer conferences held annually in the Upper Midwest.

This year’s attendees represented 212 dairy farms and more than 145,000 cows. Guests had the chance to learn about a range of topics from heat stress abatement in dry cows, managing dairies environmental footprint to automated calf feeders.

“Each year our goal is to deliver the most innovative dairy nutrition and management insights to the most progressive dairy producers, as well as provide a discussion forum,” says Elena Lindemann, lactating livestock marketing director with Purina Animal Nutrition. “Dr. David LaCount, one of our dairy nutritionists based in Wisconsin, leads the selection of topics that are of key relevance for dairy producers.”

Dr. Bruno Amaral, dairy nutritionist with Purina Animal Nutrition, discussed the importance of heat stress abatement in dry cows. Amaral shared results from three University of Florida research studies showing cows cooled during the dry period produced an average of 14 pounds more milk in the first 30 weeks post-calving than heat stressed cows.

Insights on how to improve feed efficiency and lower crude protein levels in rations was shared by Dr. Andy Mueller, manager of dairy nutrition and technical support with Purina Animal Nutrition. Mueller shared strategies towards achieving high levels of production with low crude protein diets, noting that selection of ingredients is critical to achieving this goal.

Attendees also had the opportunity to hear first-hand from a producer panel engaged by Purina Animal Nutrition for their unique and hands-on experience with automated calf feeders. Pete Graff, Rambling Acres in Stetsonville, Wis., Linda Diederichs, 3D Dairy in Malone, Wis., and Chad Gullicksrud, Hamlin Valley Farms in Eleva, Wis., discussed management advantages they have found feeding with automated calf feeders, points of consideration while building and installing the feeders and noticeable effects on their calves’ development.

In addition to the educational seminars, attendees also had a chance to see first-hand the growth differences between two Holstein calves raised on separate feeding programs. Calf one was raised on a conventional feeding program while calf two was raised on a full potential feeding program. The calf raised on a full potential program weighed 59 pounds more and was 2.5 inches taller at 4 months of age. The calf raised on a full potential feeding program had an average daily gain of 1.57 pounds versus 0.71 pounds for the conventional. Calves were provided by Hanke Farms in Sheboygan Falls, Wis.

Purina Animal Nutrition partners with several industry leading companies to host the Leading Dairy Producer Conference each year and bring the most innovative research and information to attendees.

BouMatic Appoints New Public Relations Manager

Boumatic_LogoBouMatic, the largest U.S. based, globally operating dairy equipment company, announces the appointment of Denise Behnke to Public Relations Manager.

“I am excited to be taking on this new role as Public Relations Manager for BouMatic,” states Behnke. “My background in sales and product management, as well as my daily involvement on a dairy farm, uniquely qualify me to promote BouMatic products and the BouMatic brand to the public. I am really looking forward to the challenge!”

BouMatic’s Marketing Communications Manager, Teri Weiss states, “We are excited to have Denise join our marketing team. Denise brings a great sense of relationship building to BouMatic. Coupled with her dairy background and product knowledge, Denise will be a wonderful ambassador for the BouMatic brand.”

Behnke has been a member of the BouMatic team since October 2011. She first served as the North American SmartDairy Sales Specialist, and for the last two years, as Product Manager for SmartDairy and Automation. Outside of her work at BouMatic, Denise farms with her husband on a 60-cow dairy located south of Madison, WI, and furthers her passion for working with both cows and people by occasionally serving as an official judge at Midwestern dairy cattle shows.

In 2014, BouMatic celebrates 75 years of helping dairy farmers harvest milk gently, quickly and completely. The company serves dairy operators in more than 45 countries and employs 400 people worldwide. Its global headquarters are in Madison, WI, USA. Its European headquarters are located in Remicourt, Belgium. To learn more about BouMatic, please visit:

New Holland New at NFMS

New Holland Roll Belt 560Robert Hendrix is the rock star of New Holland hay and forage tools. I had fun letting him show off a couple of new products at the National Farm Machinery Show, the Discbine 313 mower-conditioner and Roll Belt 560 round baler. In the interview below he talks us through all the new features.

Discbine 313:

New Holland has taken the Discbine® mower-conditioner to a new level with two new center-pivot models. Combining both speed and performance, the new Discbine® 313 and Discbine® 316 feature increased durability, more efficient crop flow and smoother, more effective conditioning. The combination of larger cutting discs and a wider conditioning system leads to cleaner cutting, better crop flow and more consistent drying. Co-rotating disc modules have been removed on the Discbine 313 and reduced to one pair on the Discbine 316. This greatly reduces the crop convergence between the cutterbar and the conditioner.

Roll Belt 560:

The New Holland’s Roll-Belt™ 560 5′x 6′ round baler delivers two elements cattle producers ask for the most: higher baling capacity and better feeding ability in a wide range of crops and baling conditions. New Holland’s proven combination of rolls and belts gets hay rolling quickly for fast, reliable core starts and helps pack more hay into every bale for less outside storage losses.

You can listen to the interview with Robert here and learn more: Interview with Robert Hendrix

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Diamond V Announces Promotions

Diamond V® announces promotions within the company’s North America Dairy Team to support enhanced customer service and further business growth.

North American Dairy Business Directors Curtis Harms, DVM and Darin Henry, DVM, MBA announced Diamond V’s four new district sales managers.

Miller_John_DVmrJohn Miller, MS, PAS will lead the sales effort of the California Dairy Team. Mr. Miller joined Diamond V in 2008 as a regional sales manager with more than 20 years of experience in the dairy and poultry industries including work with Monsanto, Cargill, Cal-Maine Foods. He earned his BS in Animal Science from the University of California-Davis and his MS in Animal Science from Oklahoma State University. Shortly after joining Diamond V, Mr. Miller became the president of the California Chapter of the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists.

Deimund_Mitch_DVmrMitch Deimund will lead sales for the Midwestern Dairy Team. Mr. Deimund joined Diamond V in 2001 as a regional sales manager following a 15-year career in sales and management with Furst McNess Company. Mr. Deimund earned his BS in Agriculture with a minor in Business Administration from Southeast Missouri State University.

Sanderson_Ken_DVmrKen Sanderson, DVM will lead sales for the Eastern Dairy Team. Dr. Sanderson joined Diamond V in 2012 as a dairy field technical specialist for the Northeast Region and Canada. Previously, Dr. Sanderson directed global technical services for Balchem Animal Nutrition and provided veterinary technical services for Monsanto. He was a private dairy veterinary practitioner for 15 years and principal partner in three clinics in Ottawa. He received his DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph and an advanced Certificate in Dairy Health Management from the University of Guelph.

Davis_Chad_DVmrChad Davis will lead sales for the Pacific Northwest and Southwest Dairy Teams. Mr. Davis joined Diamond V in 2011 as a regional sales manager in California. His background includes more than 15 years in animal health sales and marketing working with AgriLabs and Allflex USA. He received his BS in Marketing from California Polytechnic University-San Luis Obispo, having grown up on his family’s cow-calf operation near Paso Robles.

Alltech Feed Survey Reports Slight Increase

logo-alltechResults from the 2014 Global Feed Tonnage Survey released by Alltech revealed a one percent increase in feed production, with global feed tonnage reporting in at 963 million metric tons, up from 954 million metric tons last year. Alltech assessed the compound feed production of 130 countries in Dec. 2013 through information obtained in partnership with local feed associations and Alltech’s sales team, who visit more than 28,000 feed mills annually.

Among the 130 countries assessed in Alltech’s survey, China was once again the number one country producing feed at 189 million metric tons and an estimated 9,500 feed mills. The United States and Brazil ranked second and third respectively, with the U.S. producing 169 million metric tons from 5,236 feed mills and Brazil generating 67 million metric tons from 1,237 feed mills. There was an observed decline in the number of feed mills in China, likely driven by government policy, which favors a smaller number of larger feedmills to facilitate traceability and improvements in quality, and the continued demand by urban consumers for further processed proteins from larger farms.

In terms of percent growth in comparison to the Dec. 2012 figures, Africa was reaffirmed as the fastest growing region. Countries such as South Africa, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal, Mauritius and Namibia all experienced production increases, boosting Africa’s combined tonnage seven percent to just short of 31 million metric tons in 2013. Asia, of the six regions surveyed, is once again the leading overall region in terms of production of animal feed, with 348 million metric tons or more than one-third of global feed, but did not grow in 2013. The Middle East is estimated to have the largest feed mills by average tons per year. Globally, feedmills produced an average of 34,000 metric tons.

When analyzed by species:

  • Poultry: 46 percent share of global production at 444 million tons.
  • Pig feed: increased by 11 percent, moving to 243 million metric tons globally.
  • The ruminant feed market: decreased in tonnage demand between late 2012 and December 2013.
  • Equine feed: tonnage increased 14 percent to 12.4 million metric tons.
  • Aquaculture: 17 percent increase in 2013 to 34.4 million metric tons.
  • Pet food: tonnage increased just slightly from 20.5 to 20.7 million tons.

The Survey found that the total value of the feed industry exceeds $500 billion, higher than the previous estimate of $350 billion. This has been fueled by high feed prices but also the more accurate information collected by this survey. With an expected fall in feed prices in 2014, this value of the feed industry will likely not be as high in 2014.Alltech Feed Survey Reports Slight Increase

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