World Dairy Diary

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 www.calfandheifer.org 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.

World Dairy Expo 2014 Honorees Announced

WDE_interface_2014_fWorld Dairy Expo (WDE) along with the dairy industry will honor four exemplary dairy leaders this fall at the annual Dinner with the Stars Recognition Banquet held in conjunction with the global event in Madison, Wis.

“Nominated by their industry peers, these leaders were selected for their outstanding contributions to the industry”, shared Scott Bentley, WDE General Manager. “Expo is truly excited to recognize them and share their life stories and impact with the dairy community.”

The 2014 World Dairy Expo Recognition Award honorees are:
– Dairy Woman of the Year – Pam Bolin, Beaver Creek Farm, Clarksville, Iowa
– Dairyman of the Year – James S. Huffard III, Huffard Dairy Farms; Duchess Dairy, Crockett, Va.
– Industry Person of the Year – Dr. Curtis P. Van Tassell, USDA, Agricultural Research Service, Bovine Functional Genomics Laboratory, Beltsville, Md.
– International Person of the Year – Lowell D. Lindsay, Retired, Semex Alliance, Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

These four award recipients will be honored at a formal celebration, including a reception and banquet on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 in the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. Tickets for this industry gala will be available at a later date.

World Dairy Expo is recognized as a catalyst for the dairy industry. More than 70,000 dairy producers and industry experts from 92 countries attended last year to experience the latest innovations and exchange ideas. The world-class event includes 2,500 head of North American dairy cattle competing on the famed “colored shavings,” more than 850 exhibiting companies participating in the renowned trade show, Expo Seminars, Virtual Farm Tours and exciting youth competitions. The 2014 World Dairy Expo theme is “Designer Dairy” and will be held September 30 through October 4 in Madison. Visit worlddairyexpo.com or follow us on Facebook.

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.

Attend 2014 DBA Access Symposium

dba logo w-type jpgThe Dairy Business Association (DBA) would like to formally invite you to attend the 2014 Access Symposium February 18-19, 2014 at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI. DBA takes a proactive approach to promoting the modernization of the dairy industry through lobbying and grassroots and community efforts.

On the first day of this year’s conference, State Secretaries including Sec. Cathy Stepp, Sec. Mark Gottlieb, and Sec. Ben Brancel will present to all attendees regarding current regulations facing producers. After each discussion, producers will have the opportunity to interact with staff and Agency Secretaries. During these small group interactions, producers will have the opportunity to ask clarifying questions on policy implementation, share some of the challenges they face and work with the staff members to come up with collaborative implementation solutions.

The second day focuses on down cow crisis management. Several experts, including Al Setka of public relations firm Wixted & Co. and Attorney David Crass from Michael Best & Friedrich, will discuss best management practices on how to humanely take care of down and sick cattle on dairy operations. In addition, there will be a crisis workshop where producers will learn firsthand how to handle crisis situations at their dairy operations.

For more information on registration contact Michelle Philibeck at 920-213-7588 or mphilibeck@widba.com before Feb. 14th.

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 www.padairysummit.org. 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 naidcmjk@aol.com. For a schedule and more information about this year’s Midwest Dairy Challenge checkout their website.

Nominate 2014 World Dairy Expo Person of the Year

2014 World Dairy Expo LogoExpo exhibitors, dairy producers, academic staff and dairy organizations are encouraged to nominate people who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and excellence with their farming operation or the industry for the 2014 World Dairy Expo Person of the Year award. You have until February 15 to make your nominations.

Individuals will be honored at the Dinner with the Stars during World Dairy Expo on Wednesday, October 1, at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI. Tickets for this gala celebration, honoring the accomplishments of these four international dairy leaders, will be available for purchase at a later date.

Award areas include:
The Dairy Woman and Dairyman of the Year – Presented to individuals who are active dairy producers and whose primary source of income is derived from their dairy operation. Her/his farming operation needs to demonstrate and excel in the breeding of quality animals and efficient production. Progressive management practices, along with involvement in community, government activities, breed organizations and other aspects of the dairy industry will also be considered.

The Industry Person of the Year – Recognizes an individual for excellence in research, development, education, marketing or other fields that are part of the dairy industry.

The International Person of the Year – Is honored for significantly contributing to international relations, business development, trade or cooperation in the dairy industry.

Official applications and lists of previous winners are available on the Expo website. Applications may also be requested from World Dairy Expo office by calling 608-224-6455 or via email at wde@wdexpo.com.

2014 World Dairy Expo Judges & Associates Selected

WDE_interface_2014_fThe World Dairy Expo is ready to announce the official slate of 16 dairy cattle judges for the 2014 event. These experts will evaluate over 2,500 head of North America’s dairy cattle during the five-day show.

Exhibitors work year-round to prepare their livestock for the opportunity to compete at this level. Awards are given out to the best in eight breeds and the coveted ultimate Supreme Champion. The event takes place September 30 – October 4th at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI.

The 2014 World Dairy Expo judges are as follows:
International Ayrshire Show
Lead Judge: David Wallace, Beloit, Wis.
Associate Judge: Gary Bowers, Coaticook, Quebec

International Brown Swiss Show
Lead Judge: Eric Topp, Wapakoneta, Ohio
Associate Judge: Sherry Smith, Glenford, Ohio

International Guernsey Show
Lead Judge: Dale Chupp, Inola, Okla.
Associate Judge: Robert Yeoman, Dover, Okla.

International Holstein Show
Lead Judge: Paul Trapp, Taylor, Wis.
Associate Judge: Pat Conroy, Angola, Ind.

International Junior Holstein Show
Lead Judge: Molly Sloan, Columbus, Wis.
Associate Judge: Roger Turner, Sun Prairie, Wis.

International Jersey Show
Lead Judge: Nathan Thomas, North Lewisburg, Ohio
Associate Judge: Jeff Brown, Jackson Center, Ohio

International Milking Shorthorn Show
Lead Judge: Michael Heath, Westminster, Md.
Associate Judge: Jack Lomeo, Jr., Lowville, N.Y.

International Red & White Show
Lead Judge: Callum McKinven, Canton de Hatley, Quebec
Associate Judge: David Crack, Jr., Richmond, Quebec

As many know the World Dairy Expo is recognized as the largest dairy-focused event in the world. This year’s theme is “Designer Dairy.” The newest dairy industry innovations and research concepts will be unveiled in the trade show where over 850 companies will be on display. There will also be Expo Seminars, Virtual Farm Tours and youth competitions. Visit WorldDairyExpo.com for more info.

2014 Pennsylvania Dairy Summit

Summit_Blue540LogoGiant Foods and Sciopio Springs Dairy will be showcased during the opening session of the Pennsylvania Dairy Summit. The event kicks off February 12th at the Penn Stater Conference Center in State College, PA. These Northeast-based businesses are two of four business showcases that will be part of this year’s event, hosted by the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania and the Center for Dairy Excellence.

Celebrating its 90th anniversary, the Giant/Martins business is headquartered in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and operates nearly 200 grocery stores in the Mid-Atlantic region. Rick Herring is the president and CEO of Giant Foods and will provide a showcase of the retail business. Herring was born and raised in Pennsylvania, where his family was involved with farming and retail. He has been involved with Giant’s growth from 48 stores to 200 stores, evolving with changes in food retail and technology while keeping a focus on supporting local suppliers, customers and the communities served. In 2013, Giant Foods made headlines when it became the first major retail chain to market its own brand of PA Preferred Milk.

Jon Gilbert and Bill Morgan are business partners at Sciopio Springs Dairy, a green field dairy that began in 2002 as a purchase feed operation. In 2009, the dairy started a land holding venture with crop growers and in 2010 the business established a satellite dairy about 100 miles away. Scipio Springs is one of the 29 farms which are a part of the Cayuga Marketing Group. Cayuga Marketing began 20 years ago when farms wanted to work together to better purchase inputs and market milk. The group’s 33,000 cows produce 900 million pounds of milk a year. It is currently building a $100 million milk ingredients plant which will take in 2 million pounds of milk a day, when it is operational in August 2014. Gilbert and Morgan will share an overview of both business ventures.

This year’s summit will feature four tracks to offer insight and info in young entrepreneurship, forage management, high milk production and technology. New this year is the Forage Analysis Competition, with a nutrient analysis of the top three finalists in each category on display, and a special demonstration room that will include hands-on tools to fine tune performance on the dairy farm.

For registration information checkout www.padairysummit.org. Thanks to grants provided by several organizations allow producers to register for only $125. All other registration is $225.

Alfalfa Conference Focused on Forage Technology

mid-america alfalfa expoThe Mid-America Alfalfa Expo & Conference has announced it’s program for the 2014 event will be focused on forage technology. The event is sponsored by the Nebraska Alfalfa Marketing Association (N.A.M.A.) and will be lead at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds in Kearney, NE February 4-5, 2014.

The educational event is designed for alfalfa producers , livestock/dairy producers and others who are involved in alfalfa production, purchasing, hay feeding or processing. A large alfalfa industry trade show and fundraising auction are also included during the two-day event.

“The use of technology in forage production is the primary theme this year,” said Barb Kinnan, executive director of N.A.M.A. “We have two jam-packed days of information, education, and innovation—all designed to help hay and livestock producers leverage technology to improve production, performance and profitability.”

2014 Presenters:
– Wayne Ohnseorg – University of Nebraska extension educator, will discuss agricultural apps for tablets and smart phones—and how they can be used to improve efficiency in forage operations.
- Jeffrey Jackson – Winfield of Brookings, South Dakota, will present on forage seed technology.
- Michael Rethwisch – University of Nebraska extension educator, will present an update on recent forage research in Nebraska including information on rust control in alfalfa.

A panel discussion on irrigation technology for forage producers will feature representatives from the four major pivot irrigation manufacturers in Nebraska and other irrigation technologies.

Registration includes admission to all presentations and programs, a Tuesday afternoon reception, dinner Tuesday evening, admission to the large alfalfa industry trade show and the opportunity to bid in the fundraising auction that takes place Tuesday afternoon. The auction features a wide range of items including seed, harvesting equipment, supplies and other valuable products and services.

Registration is $10 per person in advance (tickets must be purchased by noon, February 1, 2014) and $20 at the door. Participants under the age of 18 are admitted at no charge. Registration is available online at www.AlfalfaExpo.com. For more information, call 1.800.743.1649.

DBA Plans Green Bay Packer Tailgate Party

dbaPacker fans will soon brush off their green and gold for the Dairy Business Association’s 13th Annual Green Bay Packer Tailgate Party. The Packers will take on the Seattle Seahawks in an exciting pre-season game on Friday, August 23rd at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.

This favorite event is expected to draw hundreds of Packer fans for a pre-game cookout and networking followed by the football game. The cookout will begin at 3:30 p.m. at the Lazy Bones Tailgate Area, and the kick-off for the game is at 7 p.m. All are invited to attend.

The cost to attend the game and tailgate party is $119, and the fee to attend only the tailgate is $40 per person. To register for the DBA Green Bay Packer Tailgate Party, contact Jenny Marquardt at (920) 866-9991, or ; or visit www.widba.com/events to register online.

Precision Dairy Show

This week, the first ever U.S. Precision Dairy Conference and Expo was held in Rochester, Minnesota featuring experts in the field of precision dairy management, as well as producer panels on the topics of robotic milking, automated calf feeders and sensor technology; and various latest precision dairy research abstracts from the US and around the world.

robo-dairyAmong the show’s sponsors was BouMatic® Robotics, featuring the OptiFlo™ CF variable speed milk transfer control system for the ultimate in cooling system efficiency. Also on display was the integrated dairy management system SmartDairy, which collects, delivers and manages performance data “while providing operational control and monitoring of the dairy enterprise at the touch of a finger.”

Dairymaster
was another company sponsoring the event. “Our milking parlors have been tested and those tests showed that they produce 5% more milk, milk each cow an average a minute faster,” said Dr Edmond Harty, CEO & Technical Director, Dairymaster. “Because of advanced technologies our rotaries are operating with fewer labor units. This is science applied to make producers’ lives easier and more profitable”

Dairymaster also has a Select Detect Mobile app which helps dairy producers manage fertility and increase pregnancy rate.

ZimmComm Expands AgNewsWire.com Content

zimmcomZimmComm New Media, LLC has expanded its AgNewsWire.com website to serve as a new agricultural media content service for reporters, companies, organizations and individuals seeking high quality photos and audio from industry events and concerning current issues.

“We generate so much content on our agricultural and renewable energy websites that we decided to create one place for all of it to make it easier for people in the industry to locate and utilize,” said ZimmComm New Media president Chuck Zimmerman. “Last year we covered nearly 70 different industry events, posted more than 1200 audio files and placed nearly 20,000 high resolution photos in Flickr albums. All of that content is available for anyone to download and use free of charge.”

AgNewsWire.com will now have links to all the audio, photos and video that ZimmComm compiles at events, for podcasts, news conferences and more. In addition, AgNewsWire will also continue to be an agricultural news release distribution service as it has been since it was introduced in 2006.

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The Hidden Killer Mycotoxin

global500-79-editedWhat do we do when two-thirds of all grains are contaminated with mycotoxins? This question was answered at Alltech’s recent Global 500. Dairy and beef producers from across the world came together to hear from experts and share advice with each other.

Andrew Linscott, ruminant specialist for Alltech United Kingdom, talked with dairy producers about the hidden killer hitting dairies across the globe. Andrew works with both beef and dairy farmers helping them achieve better performance and animal health, as well as look at ways to improve margins on their farms.

Mycotoxins may be the elephant in the room, but it can’t stay there. We know about the problem, but what are we going to do about it?

Alltech has recently launched it’s 37+ Program. The technique can identify 38 different mycotoxins specifically. This allows for a broader approach compared to other methods that can only get a glimpse of the contamination. For more information on the program contact your local Alltech office.

Listen to Andrew’s complete presentation here: Andrew Linscott - Global 500

You can find photos from this year’s Global 500 here: 2012 Global 500 Photo Album

Mid-America Alfalfa Expo & Conference

The Mid-America Alfalfa Expo & Conference has announced its program for the 2013 event, which features a special presentation of the Alfalfa Intensive Training Seminar, an industry trade show and tremendous fundraising auction.

Sponsored by the Nebraska Alfalfa Marketing Association (N.A.M.A.), the Mid-America Alfalfa Expo & Conference will be held at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds in Kearney, Neb., Feb. 5-6, 2013. The event is designed especially for alfalfa producers, livestock/dairy producers and others who are involved in alfalfa production, purchasing, hay feeding or processing.

The featured presenter for the 2013 event will be Dr. Dan Undersander, professor of agronomy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Over the course of the two days, Dr. Undersander will present a variety of sessions, which are part of the Alfalfa Intensive Training Seminar developed for the National Alfalfa and Forage Alliance. Key topics addressed will include managing drought effects, trace mineral impact, pest management, alfalfa in rotations, and contract harvesting.

Additional presentations will include information from soil water/irrigation and animal nutrition experts and a panel discussion featuring a mix of alfalfa producers and purchasers from across the nation.

A large alfalfa industry trade show and fundraising auction are also included during the two-day event. A new event this year, the “Forage Olympics”, will pit teams of alfalfa producers and other conference participants competing in timed events such as hay strapping, stacking square bales and rolling large round bales.

Registration is $10 per person in advance (tickets must be purchased by noon, Feb. 1, 2013) and $20 at the door.

AFBF Goes to ‘Music City, USA’

The American Farm Bureau Federation has announced the country music artists who will be performing at its 94th Annual Meeting, Jan. 13-16 in Nashville, Tenn., also known as “Music City, USA.”

The three-part country music group Edens Edge will perform at the opening general session on Sunday Jan. 13, which begins at 9 a.m. The Arkansas trio is composed of Hannah Blaylock, Dean Berner and Cherrill Green

On Monday Jan. 14 at 8 p.m., the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture will host a Night Out at the Grand Ole Opry House for Farm Bureau members and guests, featuring award-winning singer/songwriter Phil Vassar. Vassar has co-written songs with country greats such as Tim McGraw and Alan Jackson. His first self-titled album came out in 2000 and went gold; his latest album, Noel, celebrates the holidays.

Night Out at the Grand Ole Opry House will be hosted by former Miss Mississippi and Great American Country personality, Nan Kelley. Other performers include: The Driven Bow; Line Dancers: Barry and Dari Anne Amato; The Fiddleheads; and Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman performing together. General admission tickets for this fundraiser, which is sponsored by Chevrolet, are $55 each plus tax.

ZimmComm will once again provide coverage of the event.

Dairy & Beef Issues Addressed At Upcoming Global 500

In just two and a half weeks Lexington, Kentucky will once again open it’s doors to dairy farmers and beef producers from across the world. These agriculturalists are coming together for Alltech’s Global 500. The Alltech community offers an opportunity to find answers to your questions.

What are the modern challenges of animal production?
Where to invest?
How to target performance and profitability?
What is the future of farming?
Can sustainability be achieved?

I am excited to attend this years event and during the National Association of Farm Broadcasting’s Trade Talk I had a chance to talk with David Butler, Web Marketing Manager for Alltech. He offered insite to the upcoming event and shared what hot topics will be discussed.

“Global 500 is unique because we have progressive dairy farmers and beef producers from all over the world that come to Lexington, KY to spend three days. They get to hear some great speakers, some real industry experts, but more than that we have discussion dinners where they can share ideas and share some challenges. An opportunity for US dairy farmers to find out how their colleagues in Europe are dealing with some of the environmental regulations there that we may see here eventually.”

“Cow comfort, of course is always a big thing. Mycotoxins are a big issue this year because of the drought in the US. We will be talking about ways to manage that. And things like mineral execration and other sorts of challenges that make it really tough for farmers, especially with large herds.”

Alltech is also holding a Farms In Focus photo contest to be judged during Global 500. Snap a photo of what dairy farming means to you and submit at Alltech.com/farmsinfocus. Share via Facebook and Twitter, get all your friends to vote during the event for a chance to win $300.

Listen to my interview with David here: David Butler - Alltech

2012 NAFB Convention Photo Album

World Dairy Expo Optimism

The flags are flying over the 2012 World Dairy Expo. Show General Manger, Mark Clarke, is very happy about this show. There’s been great weather for setting up and new exhibitors have been able to participate thanks to the New Holland Trade Center.

Mark says there are two main components to Expo, the cattle shows and commercial exhibits, and they each can’t exist without the other. When it comes to the weather problems of the summer Mark doesn’t expect any impact on the show based on pre-registrations and number of cattle signed up to show.

You can listen to my interview with Mark here: Interview with Mark Clarke

2012 World Dairy Expo Photo Album

World Dairy Diary coverage of the World Dairy Expo is sponsored by New Holland

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