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Future Dairy Leaders Take Part in 2014 Dairy Challenge®

Screen Shot 2014-04-09 at 10.30.24 PMOptimism for the dairy industry’s future filled the convention center in Fort Wayne, Ind., where 264 college students congregated to improve skills, network, and learn about careers and industry innovation. The national Dairy Challenge held April 3-5, 2014, attracted these students from 37 colleges in 25 states and three Canadian provinces.

“Dairy Challenge truly showcases cooperation of farmers, agribusinesses and academia, working together to train future leaders and promote agricultural careers,” said Dr. Maurice Eastridge, 2014 event chair and professor at The Ohio State University.

In Fort Wayne, two programs ran concurrently – the 13th annual Dairy Challenge contest and the second annual Dairy Challenge Academy. The events were coordinated by the NAIDC Board of Directors and staff from the host universities, Purdue University, Michigan State University and The Ohio State University.

The 2014 contest included 32 universities, each with four students on their university team competing for awards. The Academy provided interactive training in dairy farm evaluation for 138 students, generally underclassmen at four-year universities or students in two-year dairy programs. Academy participants were divided into smaller groups, mixing students from various colleges, and their work was guided by Academy Advisors – agribusiness volunteers and university professionals.

The three-day event began with a presentation on getting started in farming by Gary Matteson of The Farm Credit Council, the lead sponsor of Dairy Challenge. Next, a panel of young producers shared insights on joining a family farm business.

Next, students, industry specialists and educators worked in small groups at Bridgewater Dairy of Montpelier, Ohio, to learn how to evaluate specifics like milking protocols, calf care, reproduction and other management areas.

The first evening, each group received data from an operating dairy to analyze and provide recommendations for improvement. Day Two included a thorough visit to the assigned dairy and question-answer session with farm owners. All groups – in both contest and Academy – developed recommendations for nutrition, reproduction, milking procedures, animal health, cow comfort and financial management.

On Day Three, students presented their recommendations, visited with sponsor companies at the Career and Innovation Fair, and heard Corporate Technology Presentations from top-level NAIDC sponsors.

In the contest, the college team presentations were evaluated by a panel of five judges, including dairy producers, veterinarians, farm finance specialists and industry personnel. All students, coaches, volunteers and sponsors joined together to celebrate at Saturday evening’s banquet.

In the contest, First Place awards were earned by California Polytechnic State University, Cornell University, The Pennsylvania State University and University of Guelph. Each first-place student received a $200 scholarship.

The team from Cal Poly consisted of Dominic Assali, Hudson Hanlon, Taylor Pires and Justin Roeloffs, and was coached by Dr. Stan Henderson. Representing Cornell was Cassandra Chittenden, Rocco Cunningham, Anna Laggis and Patrick Redmond with coach Dr. Mike van Amburgh. The Penn State team included Kristin Bigelow, Colton Hoffman, Jennifer Royer, Ariel Taxdal and coach Dr. Gabriella Varga. Guelph students were Alan Nanne, Peter Spruit, Hans Van Lith and John Wynands, coached by Dr. John Walton, Dr. Ken Leslie and Mark Carson.

The following teams and students were awarded Second Place, with each student earning a $100 scholarship.
– South Dakota State University: David Berning, Matthew Holdvogt, Chelsey Johnson, Holly Schmitt and coach Dr. Ken Kalscheur
– University of Kentucky: Kara Bekebrede, Meghan Grone, Patrick McCoy and Emily Morabito with coaches Dr. Donna Amaral-Phillips, Lauren Mayo and Derek Nolan
– University of Wisconsin‐Platteville: Sarah Endres, Josh Joseph, Levi Martin, Darcy Steffes and coach Dr. Tera Montgomery
– Washington State University: Helen Floren, Kevin Gavin, Jessica Levy, Hannah Symonds and coach Dr. John Swain

Five dairy farms opened up their farms for analysis and in exchange, received a wealth of ideas from students and judges. Host farms for the 2014 Dairy Challenge were:
– Beer Dairy, Inc., Fred, Jeff and Regg Beer, Milford, Ind.
– Perkins Twin Creek Dairy Farm, Inc., Jim, Rod, Kirk, Todd and Eric Perkins, Wolcottville, Ind.
– Sun Mountain Dairy, Kent and Ted Sonnenberg, New Bavaria, Ohio
– Blue Stream Dairy, managed by Jon Morrison, Convoy, Ohio
– Bloom Dairy, Inc., Doug & Bruce Bloom, Coldwater, Mich.

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.”

Registration Extended for Dairy Calf & Heifer Conference

PrintThe registration deadline has been extended for the Dairy Calf and Heifer Association annual conference, to be held April 1-3, 2014 at the Hyatt on Main in Green Bay, WI.

“Only a few weeks away, dairy producers, calf and heifer raisers won’t want to miss this event,” says Vickie Franken, owner of City View Farms, near Sioux Center, Iowa and 2014 conference chair committee. “The response from dairy producers, calf and heifer raisers and industry for this upcoming conference has been overwhelming.”

Conference highlights will include:
– Unique speakers and a wide variety of industry experts to share research, expertise and advice on calf and heifer management.
– Both presentations and hands-on demonstrations and tours at some of the industry’s best dairy calf and heifer facilities.
– An educational track specific for farm employees and staff.
– Networking with other producers and industry leaders.
– Calf and heifer-specific trade show.
– Keynote speaker, Donald Driver – NFL superstar, Dancing with the Stars Champion and author.
– Reception at Lambeau Field and optional behind-the-scenes tour.

Heifer raisers, dairy producers, veterinarians, nutritionists and anyone with a vested interest in raising calves is invited to attend the upcoming conference.

Register today! The pre-registration deadline has been extended to Monday, March 31.

Register by visiting or calling 855-400-DCHA (3242). Sponsorship opportunities are also available for this can’t miss event.

Family Day at the Dairy Farm Rescheduled Again

Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 11.37.45 AMFamily Day at the Dairy Farm, the annual open house at the University of Florida’s dairy farm, has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 5. The free event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The UF dairy farm is located 20 minutes northwest of Gainesville in Hague. Directions are available at the event website.

Originally, Family Day at the Dairy Farm was set for March 15 but had to be postponed due to wet conditions on the farm, said organizer Albert De Vries, an associate professor with UF’s animal sciences department, part of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

“All the recent rain really soaked the visitor parking area, and we were concerned that cars might get stuck,” De Vries said. “We hope the rescheduling doesn’t inconvenience many people, and we believe it was the right thing to do.”

Family Day at the Dairy Farm includes opportunities to see cows milked, tour barn facilities, examine cattle feed, pet calves, sample dairy products, make butter, take a hayride, climb into a tractor and learn how UF/IFAS dairy research and Extension help the state’s dairy farmers produce better milk at lower cost and keep their herds comfortable and healthy.

New features this year include opportunities to buy refreshments, a seating area, face-painting for children and an information booth, De Vries said. There will also be a “milkable cow,” a mechanical simulator that enables visitors to get hands-on experience with traditional milking.

Opened in 1949, the UF dairy farm sits on 850 acres and is home to about 500 Holstein cows, which are milked twice daily.

Visitors should wear closed-toed shoes, sunscreen and hats. To protect herd health, pets are not allowed at the event, he said. Restroom facilities and complimentary bottled water will be available on-site.

Cameras are welcome, and visitors can post their Family Day at the Dairy Farm photos on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #UFDAIRYDAY.

“April 5 is our definite ‘go’ date, and we hope to see everybody out there,” De Vries said.

Family Day at the Dairy Farm Rescheduled

Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 11.37.45 AMNorth Florida residents can get an inside look at how dairy farms produce milk at the 2014 Family Day at the Dairy Farm, a free open-house event presented by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences with support from Florida Dairy Farmers. The event will be now be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 12. at the UF/IFAS dairy farm in Hague and is open to the public.

“This is our third year and we’ve planned to make this the biggest and best Family Day at the Dairy Farm yet,” said organizer Albert De Vries, a UF/IFAS animal sciences associate professor. “It’s a great way to learn where dairy foods come from, and it’s a lot of fun.”

New features for this year’s event include opportunities to buy refreshments, a seating area, face-painting and info booth. There will also be a “milkable cow” that will allow visitors to get a hands-on experience with traditional milking.

Attendees can also see cows being milked, tour the barn, examine cattle feed, pet calves, sample dairy products, make butter, participate in a hayride and jump behind the drivers seat of a tractor.

Opened in 1949, the UF dairy farm sits on 850 acres and is home to about 500 Holstein cows, which are milked twice daily. Florida is home to about 130 dairy farms and more than 122,000 cows, producing 272 million gallons of milk each year. In terms of the amount of milk produced, the Sunshine State ranks 17th nationally.

Students from UF animal sciences and veterinary programs work at the farm as part of their training. Many of the current dairy students and faculty members are presenters at the event, educating visitors at more than 20 displays around the farm.

“If you’ve never visited a farm before, you’ll come away with a better appreciation of the hard work that goes into producing food,” said Jerry Wasdin, coordinator of the farm’s research programs and services. “This is a 365 days-a-year commitment for our staff, and for all Florida dairy farmers.”

Visitors should wear closed-toed shoes, sunscreen and hats. To protect herd health, pets are not allowed at the event, De Vries said. Restroom facilities and complimentary bottled water will be available on-site.

Cameras are welcome, and visitors can post their Family Day at the Dairy Farm photos on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #UFDAIRYDAY.

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.

Summit Offers One-Day Tracks At Discounted Rates

Summit_Blue540LogoThe Pennsylvania Dairy Summit has just packaged a producer and retail showcase and four breakout sessions into each of the two program days. This will allow producers to get away from the farm and gather valuable industry insight on hands-on information to bring back to their operations.

The Dairy Summit is scheduled for February 12-13th at the Penn Stater Conference Center in State College, PA. Come early for pre-conference activities, including a young entrepreneur’s reception and a special fluid milk symposium on on the 11th.

“Each year, the Summit planning committee works to find the right balance of big-picture industry discussions and meaningful hands-on production-focused topics,” said Jen Heltzel, a dairy producer from Martinsburg and chair of the 2014 Dairy Summit. “This year, we have worked to spread that balance evenly throughout the two days, with four breakouts and two business showcases on each day.”

If choosing between Wednesday or Thursday’s program, here is what you can expect each day:

- Wednesday’s session will kick off with a choice of three early-bird case study sessions focusing on resources available to individual dairy farms. Rick Herring from Giant Foods will open the Summit with a discussion on Giant Foods and its commitment to the local dairy industry. Jon Gilbert and Bill Morgan will share a showcase of their dairy, Scipio Springs near Auburn, NY, and the Cayuga Marketing Group. In the afternoon, Mary Kay Williams will discuss negotiations on and off the farm, followed by four breakouts focusing on calf care, double and triple cropping, dairy apps and technology, and transition cow management. An evening dinner and motivational address from former Penn State Cornerback Adam Taliaferro are also planned for Wednesday.

- Thursday’s session will open with an awards breakfast, at which the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association and Pacesetter Award winners will be honored. Jen Yuengling with the Yuengling Brewery Company will share a showcase of America’s oldest brewery and a family business that has grown and evolved across six generations. Four breakouts are planned for Thursday, addressing low-cost dairy modernization, heifer management, shredlage and nutrition models for high forage diets. A luncheon recognizing the Forage Analysis Competition winners and reviewing the results of the 2013 PDMP Corn Silage Trials will follow the breakouts, with a closing session featuring Tom, Rob and Abe Barley showcasing their farming operation, Star Rock Farms, in Conestoga, Lancaster County.

The advance registration deadline has passed, but walk-ins are welcomed. Registration information for the conference is available online at Producer registration for the two-day event is discounted, thanks to grants provided by the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania, Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation of Pennsylvania, and the Chester County Workforce Investment Board. One-day rates and group discounts are also available.

Dairy Challenge Prepares & Educates Students

PrintThe Midwest Dairy Challenge is right around the corner. Fox Valley Technical College will serve as host for the event held February 5-7, 2014 in Appleton, WI. Dairy students from 18 schools in 10 states will be attending the prominent education event for college students planning a career in the dairy industry.

“On behalf of Fox Valley Technical College and the Service Motors Agriculture Center, I would like to welcome everyone to Appleton,” said Kevin Rauchholz, Ag Instructor at Fox Valley Technical College. “The Dairy Challenge is such a positive experience for the college students involved, in developing analytical, teamwork, communication and dairy management skills.”

The Southern Regional Dairy Challenge took place November 17-19, 2013 at Louisiana State University. 51 students from 11 universities participated in the 8th annual event.

“The Southern Regional Dairy Challenge, in a new weekday format, continued to provide the students an opportunity to practice their dairy management knowledge, as well as leadership and communication skills, in a “real world” setting. All students evaluated the same farm, which was an excellent family owned operation in southeast Louisiana. An added benefit of the new weekday format was the interaction with more industry representatives than ever before, thus providing a tremendous networking opportunity for the students as they look toward a future in the dairy industry,” says contest planning committee chair Cathy Williams of Louisiana State University.

This year’s contest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana attracted students from Alabama A&M, Clemson University, Eastern Kentucky University, University of Florida, University of Georgia, University of Kentucky, Mississippi State University, North Carolina A&T, North Carolina State University, Virginia Tech and Western Kentucky University.

1st Place winners included: Clay Phelps-Virginia Tech, Shawna Blau-Mississippi State University, Meghan Grone-University of Kentucky, Casey Lucas-Clemson University, Roxanne Seltzer-Virginia Tech, Taylor Wright-North Carolina State University, Caitlin Conway-University of Florida and Kimberly Pierce-Western Kentucky University.

The events are part of four regional contests each sponsored by North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge. These are all funded by 130 agribusinesses and dairy producers. For it’s 13-year national history, the Dairy Challenge has prepared over 4,000 students for careers as dairy owners or managers, consultants, researchers, vets or other dairy professionals.

Teams inspect an operating dairy, analyze farm data and interview farm owners. Then each team develops recommendations for nutrition, reproduction, milking procedures, animal health and housing to increase performance and profitability.

Then teams present their recommendations to the farmers – while being evaluated by judges. Not only is this an educational contest, but also a great networking opportunity.

Media, sponsors and dairy enthusiasts are encouraged to follow the events. Please make advance arrangements with Molly Kelly at 217-493-3441 or For a schedule and more information about this year’s Midwest Dairy Challenge checkout their website.

UF/IFAS Extension Helps North Florida Dairies

ifas_extensionNorth Florida dairy farmers are increasing their use of grazing and hay areas thanks to the hybrid, perennial, warm-season Tifton 85 bermuda grass, tested extensively by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ Forage Extension and Research programs.

Yoana Newman, an Extension Forage Specialist with the Agronomy department, described Tifton 85 as a highly nutritious grass that was developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture more than 20 years ago but has become a ‘game changer’ now because of its high quality, greater yields and some environmental advantages.

Newman has been working with farmers and Extension county faculty in North-Central Florida for the last seven years. She said the expansion of Tifton 85 is, in great part, thanks to a UF/IFAS extension program, which advises dairy and beef farmers to make the best environmental and productive use of their lands.

“For IFAS and the University of Florida, this is a true impact,” said Newman. “When you go to the dairies and they tell you, ‘Wow, this grass really makes a difference,’ and you see the planted acreage that was not there seven years ago, it’s clearly the result of the extension program.”

Florida has about 123,000 head of milk cows on two concentrations of dairy farms. Newman said several North Florida dairies supply close to 10 percent of the milk in the Southeastern United States, with Florida milk sales totaling more than $500 million in 2012.

Joey Ricks, the general manager of Alliance Grazing Group based in Trenton, said using Tifton-85 means the difference between his dairy making a profit or just getting by. According to strict environmental guidelines, by using this grass, they can run four and half cows per acre on their 2,000-acre dairy, as opposed to three cows when using regular bahiagrass.

“It allows us to ship 24,000 more pounds of milk per acre, which means 36 million more pounds of milk for the farm, which gives us more than $7.5 million dollars more in revenue a year,” Ricks said.

He added that this grass can grow up to two inches in a day during the summer. It also keeps the cows healthier because it is more nutritious than annual grasses and it reduces mud in the pastures, which keeps the cows cleaner and cuts down significantly on mastitis, a potentially fatal infection of the udder.

DCHA Scholarship Available

Dairy Calf Heifer AssociationThe Dairy Calf and Heifer Association (DCHA) is now accepting applications for its annual scholarship program.

The annual $1,000 DCHA scholarship is awarded to a student currently enrolled in agriculture-related field at an accredited college or university. Applicants must have completed at least one year of post-high school education. A person may receive the scholarship only once, and must meet the following requirements for consideration.

To apply for the scholarship, applicants must:
· Be a member of DCHA, or the son, daughter or legal dependent of a DCHA member
· Have completed at least one year of post-high school education
· Be attending an accredited college or university
· Be enrolled in a field of agriculture (e.g., food science, horticulture, animal/veterinary science, agricultural technical course, ag communications, etc.) or in a course of study with relevance to agriculture

Download a copy of the application here. Applications must be postmarked by Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.

Source: Dairy Calf and Heifer Association

Growing the Dairy Cattle Nutrition Workshop

Rebecca White and Virginia IshlerThe Penn State Extension Dairy Team was hard at working making sure everything ran smoothly for the Dairy Cattle Nutrition Workshop. Two of the team members I spoke with are (l-r) Rebecca White and Virginia Ishler.

Virginia says the workshop was born out of conversations about how to do more educational programs for the feed industry. She says they used to have a “road show” that included multiple stops around the state and after some years these developed quite a following. They grew so big that it was decided to just conduct one program at a central location. This year the attendance was over 600!

Rebecca says the workshop has a variety of types of programs like the pre-conference symposium sponsored by Prince Agri Products. These educational sessions, trade show and networking opportunities make it a great place to be.

Listen to my interview with Rebecca and Virginia here: Interview with Rebecca White & Virginia Ishler

Prince Agri Products Dairy Pre-Conference Symposium Photo Album

Meet DairyUS – The REAL Seal of Approval

image008The animated Dairy REAL Seal Character finally has a name. After a nationwide vote, the cartoon character who is helping to build awareness of the advantages of real dairy foods has been named DairyUS. The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) made the announcement today during their annual meeting.

The character was modeled after the iconic REAL Seal logo and will help educate a new generation of consumers about the difference between genuine U.S. dairy products and imitations. The icon is part of an effort to revitalize the seal, which was created in the 1970s and is already used on more than 10,000 food products.

NMPF asked the public to suggest names for the character last summer, using the REAL® Seal website and new REAL® Seal Facebook page. Three finalists were selected from among more than 100 names submitted. An online vote was held from mid-September through Election Day, November 5.

In all, nearly 800 votes were cast. DairyUS, suggested by Kathryn in Clermont, Iowa, received 379 votes. The runner-up, Milkdrop, received 343 votes, while the third finalist, Roscow, received 74 votes. The results of the vote were announced today at the NMPF annual meeting, being held in Phoenix, Arizona.

“DairyUS will help both kids and adults learn about foods made with real dairy products,” said NMPF Chief Operating Officer Jim Mulhern. “The REAL® Seal not only means a product is a real dairy product, but that it is made with milk from cows on U.S. dairy farms and without imported, imitation or substitute ingredients.”

Penn State Dairy Nutrition Conference Underway

Prince Agri Products SymposiumThe pre-conference symposium of the Penn State Dairy Cow Nutrition Workshop is underway in Grantville, PA. We have four speakers here this morning and I’ll be interviewing them during and after this session. I’ll also be interviewing other workshop representatives and we’re going to learn a lot more about Prince Agri Products which is making my coverage here today possible.

There are nearly 600 people in attendance this year from at least 7 countries. It is a packed house for this opening session.

I’ve got photos to share with you from the symposium today which you can find here: Prince Agri Products Dairy Pre-Conference Symposium Photo Album

Six Awarded Center Scholarships

center-for-dairy-excellence-logoCongratulations to the six recipients of the Student Leader Scholarships, awarded by the Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation of Pennsylvania Board of Directors.

The scholarships provide recognition, encouragement and financial assistance to outstanding students enrolled in academic programs that support the dairy industry. Funds for the scholarships are made possible through contributions to the Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation’s scholarship fund. The recipients of the scholarship include:

Hannah Bachman, a senior studying agribusiness management and agriculture economics, sociology and education at the Pennsylvania State University. Hannah’s parents are Mark and Melanie Bachman, from Ulysses, Potter County, and she is planning to return to work in the family’s artisan cheese business.

Isaac Haagen, a junior studying animal science at the Pennsylvania State University. Isaac is the son of Stephen and Sandra Haagen, who live in Howard, Centre County. Isaac helps on his family’s registered Holstein dairy operation and plans to complete a master’s degree program in animal science before pursuing a career in genetics.

Kayla Romberger, a junior studying livestock science and management at Delaware Valley College. She is the daughter of William and Kathy Romberger, who have a farm supply business in Pitman, Schuylkill County. Kayla’s internship with Nationwide Agribusiness sparked an interest in either agriculture education or agriculture finance.

Roxanne Seltzer, a senior studying dairy science and communications/public relations at Virginia Tech. Roxanne’s parents are Dennis and Nancy Seltzer from Selinsgrove, Snyder County. Roxanne recently completed an internship with Pfizer Animal Health and would like to eventually work in the agricultural communications industry.

Corbin Wood, a senior studying building construction and management with an emphasis in agriculture at the Pennsylvania College of Technology. Corbin’s parents are Steve and Chrissy Wood from Littlestown, Adams County. Corbin’s future plans include returning to his home farm, Penn Gate, to expand the business and take advantage of agritourism opportunities in that area.

Ryan Zimmerman, a freshman studying dairy science at Virginia Tech and the son of Kathy Zimmerman in Littlestown, Adams County. Ryan graduated 12 out of 162 students in his high school and is completing his first year at Virginia Tech. He would like to pursue a career in either cattle genetics or consumer education.

Source: Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation

Jersey Internship Opportunities

jersey logo newPersons who have a strong desire to pursue a career in managing and/or marketing Registered Jersey cattle are encouraged to apply for the 2014 Fred Stout Experience awards.

The awards are presented annually in memory of Fred J. Stout Sr., Mt. Carmel, Ill., a lifelong Jersey breeder and member of the Jersey Marketing Service staff from 1978 to 1997 who believed that the best learning experiences happen in the everyday world.

Two awards will be offered: (1) a minimum 10-week summer marketing internship with Jersey Marketing Service, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, and (2) a minimum 10-week on-farm, customized internship in Jersey herd management. Financial support is provided by a permanent endowment created by friends and colleagues of Fred Stout.

Applicants must have completed their high school education. To apply, submit a one-page résumé listing previous work experience, skills and other qualifications, plus a separate cover letter stating your ambitions, goals and career aspirations, including plans for achieving them. The letter must also explain how and why the Fred Stout Experience will be of benefit in achieving future goals. A summary of involvement with and interest in Registered Jersey cattle is required. Specify which experience (marketing internship, on-farm internship) is preferred, or indicate if you are interested in both opportunities.

Applications and letters of support must be postmarked no later than Monday, December 2, 2013 and addressed to Fred Stout Experience, American Jersey Cattle Association, 6486 E. Main Street, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068-2362. They may be sent by email to

Dairy Leaders of Tomorrow Available This Fall

cde-logo High school students interested in pursuing careers in the dairy industry can benefit from a new dairy focused curriculum called “Dairy Leaders of Tomorrow.”This curriculum offers dairy business and herd management education to high school students interested in pursuing dairy careers. Developed by the Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation of Pennsylvania, the Dairy Leaders of Tomorrow program can be completed in a classroom setting or independently online.

Students and educators are invited to participate in the Dairy Leaders of Tomorrow learning opportunity, designed to prepare students specifically to work in dairy production or agribusiness careers. First developed in 2012, four lessons from the curriculum were successfully piloted in 20 different high schools across Pennsylvania during the 2012/13 academic year.

Courses offered in the fall of 2013 include dairy farm business management, introduction to the dairy industry, ruminant anatomy and nutrition, and dairy herd health. Industry-recognized certifications are available to students upon completion of the coursework. The coursework could also be used to garner articulation agreements for post-secondary institutions.

Penn State Mooofins Win

Mooofins-X-350-tallMooofins are the winner of the Dairy Research Institute New Product Competition, created by the student team from Pennsylvania State University.

The team created a novel dairy-based, quiche-like muffin that targets adult consumers seeking a high-protein, on-the-go breakfast item. Mooofins were designed to come in a variety of flavors, including blueberry sausage, maple bacon Cheddar and bell pepper mushroom, and are an excellent source of protein and calcium. Dairy ingredients, including cottage cheese, yogurt, milk, whey and nonfat dried milk comprised 70 percent of the total ingredients

The competition challenged college students to develop a dairy-based product using the latest advancements in product development. The top three student teams are being honored at the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) meeting in Indianapolis this week.

Other winners are teams from Iowa State University and Ohio State University. The ISU team placed second for DayBreakers, an American version of gulabjamun, a fried Indian food. The French toast stick-shaped food product is made with milk protein concentrate and nonfat dried milk. The OSU team created Whey-Go, a microwaveable, easy-to-eat product containing fat-free milk, low-fat American and Swiss cheese, whey protein and unsalted butter.

Source: Dairy Foods

Pa. Dairy Summit Announces Forage Competition

Hosts of the 2014 The 2014 Pennsylvania Dairy Summit have announced the 2014 event will be held at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 12 – 13.

Hosted annually by the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania and the Center for Dairy Excellence, the annual summit brings in more than 500 dairy producers and other industry enthusiasts for two days of learning and networking.

Among the new program elements is the “Pennsylvania Dairy Summit Forage Analysis Competition,” which will give Pennsylvania dairy producers and other crop growers the opportunity to submit their corn silage, haylage and cool season grass samples to compete for monetary prizes.

Six categories will be judged in the forage analysis competition: conventional corn silage, BMR corn silage, perennial legume silage, mixed perennial silage (alfalfa and/or clover with grass), cool season annual silage (small grains and/or annual ryegrass), and forage sorghum silage. Class sponsors for each category are currently being solicited, with a top prize of $1,000 available in each class. Those who participate in the contest will also receive free forage analyses for their samples from Cumberland Valley Analytic Services.

Sponsorship information for the Forage Analysis Competition is available now. However, sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities for the full Pennsylvania Dairy Summit will not be available until July.

Register for Regional NMC Conference

NMClogoRegister now for the National Mastitis Council (NMC) Regional Meeting, July 23-24, in Portland, Maine. The pre-registration deadline is Tuesday, July 16.

This year’s program provides information and skills necessary to strengthen milk quality programs and increase dairy profitability around the globe. The conference also provides an excellent opportunity to network with individuals who share the common interest of quality milk production.

The two-day conference starts off with specialized short courses on Tuesday, July 23. Short course topics to choose from include: Robotic milking: Planning for new facilities and evaluating current installations, NMC systems evaluation: Dynamic vs. static testing – let’s milk cows!, The role of the microbiology laboratory in mastitis control, and Advanced milking concepts and diagnostics.

The main program will be held on Wednesday, July 24 and includes eight speakers covering topics ranging from a look at Staphylococcus aureus and coagulase-negative staphylococci to a discussion about common issues that impact milkability and cow behavior in the parlor and treatment decisions for milking and dry cows. The program on Wednesday will run from 9:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There is no registration limit for the general session.

Source: National Mastitis Council

New Farmer-Focused Dairy Day June 20

A new field day, a Dairy Day, will be held June 20, 2013, from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the University of Missouri Southwest Research Center. The free event is open to all farmers. Lunch will be served, courtesy of field day sponsors: Schreiber Foods, Main Street Feeds, ADM Alliance Nutrition, Midwest Dairy Association and Legacy Farm & Lawn.

The program offers sound, research-based farm management practices, says Tony Rickard, Cassville, MU Extension dairy specialist.

The information applies to conventional or grazing dairies, large or small, Rickard adds. Topics cover forage, rations, economics and breeding. There will be talks and field tours. Farmers who have trouble making quality hay in a season of frequent rains can pick up tips on baleage from Rob Kallenbach, MU Extension forage specialist.

Joe Horner, dairy economist with the MU Commercial Agriculture Program, will tell four things shared by profitable dairy farms. Scott Poock, DVM with MU Extension, will tell protocols used for success and applying breeding research on synchronized artificial insemination.

Details are available from Rickard at 417-847-3161 or

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