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Life on the farm doesn’t stop on holidays. Our dairy farmers work hard each and every day to keep your family happy and healthy. Learn more at DairyMax.
Life on the farm doesn’t stop on holidays. Our dairy farmers work hard each and every day to keep your family happy and healthy. Learn more at DairyMax.
Congratulations to Susan Orth and Crystal McNett, both who have new responsibilities with World Dairy Expo.
Susan Orth will be stepping into a newly created role, Sponsorship Manager. Crystal McNett has been named Trade Show Manager.
As the new Sponsorship Manager, Susan Orth’s role reaches across all aspects of Expo, including the Dairy Cattle Show, Trade Show and other sponsored events. She will be the lead contact for WDE sponsors, sponsor customer service and communications. Orth will continue in her role to serve as the Expo staff connection for the World Forage Analysis Superbowl. She has been on World Dairy Expo’s staff since 2009 and most recently served as Trade Show Manager. Orth grew up on her family’s dairy and livestock farm, Orthridge Farms, in southwest Wisconsin. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a double major in Animal Science and Ag Journalism. Orth is currently serving on the Wisconsin State Fair Dairy Promotion Board, co-chair of the Programming Committee for the Association of Women in Agriculture and as off-campus advisor of the Badger Dairy Club.
As the Trade Show Manager, Crystal McNett will manage the World Dairy Expo Trade Show, partnering with more than 850 exhibiting companies from around the globe that participate in the event each year. She will be the lead contact for commercial exhibitors including communications, contracts and show floor layout. Trade Show Executive magazine’s (TSE) prestigious Gold 100 recently announced World Dairy Expo as the #22 trade show in the nation. McNett previously was Trade Show & Project Coordinator for World Dairy Expo and is the former Sales and Marketing Communications Specialist with Select Sires. Crystal is a 2006 graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a double major in Dairy Science and Ag Journalism with business emphasis. She currently owns and operates McNett Grain Farms with her father and brother in Belmont, Wis.
Source: World Dairy Expo
This inaugural campaign was started through a coalition within the dairy industry that has committed itself to raising awareness of men’s health issues amongst dairy farmers.
Traditionally, November has been globally recognized as Men’s Health Awareness Month, bringing light to health challenges facing a high proportion of males – including cancer, and specifically prostate cancer. Statistically, one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.
Awareness for prostate cancer and men’s health will be raised by Movember Dairy through a campaign centered around the mustache. The mustache is the universal symbol for Movember USA; bringing a comical and conversation-worthy element to this worthwhile cause. Combining humor and health, Movember Dairy is driving change by growing mustaches, sharing key statistics and encouraging dairy producers to contact their doctors for health screenings.
Join the Movember initiative by growing a mustache to help generate attention and educational opportunities with others. A new mustache is a talking point that can get the conversation on men’s health started. If you currently have facial hair, consider a clean shave and regrowing a mustache. Spread the word through social media: post photos of your Movember party and mustache growing contests on the Movember Dairy Facebook page.
Tony Azevedo, the owner of the Central California dairy has been hosting weddings for more than 20 years.
In the latest Kelly Clarkson music video, newlyweds share a kiss in front of Azevedo’s cows. The dairy wedding photos of another couple are in a video for country singer Jason Aldean. Antique milk cans and bales of hay are objects of lust on Pinterest, a social media bulletin board particularly favored by brides-to-be.
“This Pinterest thing is my new business partner,” said Azevedo, 61, with a shake of his cowboy hat. “Everybody wants to get married in a damn barn and have their picture taken with a cow.”
California’s dairy industry needs all the help it can get: More than 100 farms went out of business last year alone. Dairy families are hoping that love can save the day by paying some of the bills.
Azevedo said it worked for his family and the land his late father bought nearly 80 years ago.
“Weddings,” he said, “literally saved the farm.”
Source: Los Angeles Times
Have a laugh this Monday night. From our friends at Buzzfeed: “19 Cows Who Don’t Quite Have This Cow Thing Down.”
The cow, a fair tradition since 1911, cleaned up well after the dousing. The group attempted to churn controversy over factory farms by scrawling “Freedom For All” on a glass window in the display.
“It’s sad, because the butter cow is iconic of the Iowa State Fair,” said Lori Chappell, Iowa State Fair marketing director, who added: “No one was hurt; no one was injured. The butter cow is fine.”
Security has increased at the building since the incident, and better locks have been installed, Chappell said.
Source: Des Moines Register
Mariah, the daughter of Carl and Terry Schmitt of Fort Atkinson, Iowa, will spend the year serving as a goodwill ambassador for Iowa’s dairy farmers. Throughout her year-long reign she will make public appearances to connect with consumers and help them understand the dedication of dairy farm families to their cows and the land. Mariah was also named Miss Congeniality in the contest. In the fall, she will attend Iowa State University majoring in dairy science and public service and administration in agriculture.
Celina Young, of Waverly, Iowa, was named Alternate Iowa Dairy Princess. Celina, the daughter of Jill Grabau and Greg Young, will share duties with the princess. She represents Bremer County and will also attend Iowa State University this fall, studying agriculture business and communications.
Eleven princesses from throughout Iowa competed for the title. The top five included: Nicole Engelken, daughter of Tom and Cherrie Engelken of Earlville, representing the Iowa Holstein Association; Catheryn Lang, daughter of James and Theresa Lang of McGregor, representing Clayton County; Brianna Lee, daughter of Darrell and Rhonda Lee of West Union, representing Fayette County; and Celina Young, daughter of Jill Grabau and Greg Young of Waverly, representing Bremer County.
Source: Midwest Dairy Association
The latte drinks are available in four flavors: Vanilla Latte, Caramel Macchiato, Mocha and Mocha Light.
Hershey’s contribution will go directly to support the Dairy Leaders of Tomorrow platform, which funds a dairy business curriculum, dairy tour and other resources for high school students.
The Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation of Pennsylvania was established in 2011 as a charitable 501(c)(3) organization to support educational initiatives that grow and sustain the Pennsylvania dairy industry. The foundation provides the opportunity for individuals and organizations to make tax-deductible contributions to support educational initiatives within Pennsylvania’s dairy industry.
Source: Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation of Pennsylvania
America’s favorite weather guru visited the Hatcher Family Dairy today as part of a “Wake Up with Al” contest in which three families across the country were selected to host the weatherman in their hometown.
So what did Roker learn during his visit?
For one thing, that cows aren’t necessarily the only animals on a dairy farm. Of course, there are plenty of cows around the farm. During his visit, Roker met three Today Show mini-mes: dairy calves named Al, Matt and Savannah. But he also got to sample fresh eggs from farm hens and feed two enthusiastic sheep.
Roker’s take: “This is just like when we bring pizza in for the crew!”
Dairy farming is a family business. The Hatcher farm has been in the family for generations. In fact, five different families all live on the farm and work to keep the business going.
Roker’s take: “It’s fantastic. This is truly a family farm.”
There’s nothing better than a home-cooked dairy breakfast. During his visit, the Hatchers treated Al to a traditional, farm-fresh breakfast that included eggs, bacon, rolls and of course milk.
Roker’s take: “If this is what I got every day, I’d be working on the farm, sure enough.”
Dairy farming takes a lot of hard work. While in Tennessee, Al got just a taste of the exhausting work on a dairy farm, including feeding the animals and working in the creamery.
Roker’s take: “I wouldn’t last long.”
Source: Dairy Good
When the Cornell dairy plant was demolished last year to make way for a new, improved Stocking Hall facility, Akron, N.Y.-based ice cream company Perry’s was the immediate choice to supply the Cornell campus with the frosty treat.
The Perry family connection to Cornell goes back generations, when Marlo Perry ’35 took knowledge acquired in his dairy science classes back to the family dairy to help his father, Morton, expand the ice cream business he had started in 1932.
Marlo was the first Perry to turn to Cornell for its dairy expertise. Since then, Perry’s has relied on Cornell to provide its employees with regular training and certification in dairy foods processing, high-temperature, short-time (HTST) pasteurization, sanitation and food safety. Perry’s also is supporting Cornell’s development of a food processing technology degree program in partnership with Genesee Community College to further develop the New York dairy workforce.
The first phase of the $105 million renovation of Stocking Hall will be complete by late spring, with dairy plant personnel expected to move back into Stocking Hall around May 20; ice cream will begin to be produced in the new dairy plant sometime in June. Cornell Ice Cream won’t be served, though, until the Dairy Bar’s grand opening event, set for the beginning of the fall 2013 semester, Huck says, which will give the new facility the chance to build up its inventory.
The Cornell Dairy Plant therefore will continue to partner with Perry’s Ice Cream throughout the summer to supply premium New York state ice cream to the Dairy Bar scoop shop.
Source: Cornell Chronicle, Sarah Thompson
Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What is the #1 thing you look for on a food label?”
Our poll results: Nineteen percent said other, sixteen percent said Low Sodium, fourteen percent Don’t Read Labels, thirteen percent said Reduced Fat, ten percent said Saturated Fat Content, and we had a tie at nine percent saying Non-GMO and Organic. Three percent said Heart-check Mark, Fat Free, and No Synthetic Hormones and one percent said All Natural. The majority of our viewers chose Other. Based on responses, “other” constituted calories, carbohydrates, and ingredients. Evidently our viewing audience has a different outlook than the audience being interviewed by media about the “big debates” such as antibiotics, hormones, and non-GMO foods.
Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “Does celebrity media attention sway your purchasing/listening/watching decisions? (e.g. Carrie Underwood supporting HSUS)?” Recently in Tennessee, Carrie Underwood has been a big voice for HSUS by publicly pressuring the Governor to veto a bill that would possibly end undercover investigations of animal abuse in the state. Carrie has used Twitter to its fullest, tweeting “@BillHaslam It’s not all about big business. Please look out for the little guys! Show TN that you have a heart…#NoAgGag”. She goes on to explain to questioners and agvocates that she is not against agriculture just against animal abuse. Would you not purchase a ticket to a Carrie Underwood concert based on her recent rant? Let us know.
David C. Thorbahn, President and Chief Executive Officer of Select Sires, Inc., will be the guest speaker at the 145th Annual Meeting of the American Jersey Cattle Association on June 29 in Amarillo, Texas.
Select Sires marketed just over 1 million units of Jersey semen for the first time in its history during 2011, only to break that record by selling 1.1 million units last year. Annual sampling of Jersey bulls has increased by 42% and total sales have more than doubled since Thorbahn took over the top leadership position in January of 2000. The company has become the leading supplier of bovine semen in North America and is one of the largest in the world. In 2008, Select Sires received a Governor’s Excellence in Exporting Award and named Exporter of the Year for the state of Ohio.
Thorbahn has served on the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB) and is a past-president of the National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB). He is a former board member of World Dairy Expo and National Dairy Shrine. He was a founding member of the committee that started the North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge in 2002 and served as its first chairman.
Born and raised on a registered Holstein farm in Vickery, Ohio, Thorbahn earned a B.S. in agriculture, majoring in dairy science, at The Ohio State University. He completed a Masters in Business Administration at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1999. He has been recognized by the OSU College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences with its Young Professional Achievement Award (1997) and Distinguished Alumni Award (2010). Thorbahn was also named the 2010 Union County Business Leader of the Year by the Union County Chamber of Commerce.
Land O’Lakes Animal Milk Products has announced its 2013 ‘We Care for Calves’ DairyLine radio program. Through the monthly radio program, industry experts will share their experiences and recommendations for calf nutrition and management every third Thursday of the month through 2013.
This year-long radio series will serve as a resource for dairy producers and calf raisers by providing timely information and tips from industry experts. Topics will include: cold and warm weather calf management, group housing, fly control, electrolytes, colostrum management, 3x a day feeding, proper nutrition and automated calf feeders.
The radio segments will be aired through DairyLine’s affiliate radio stations, published on the DairyLine website and linked on the ‘We Care for Calves’ Facebook page as part of Land O’Lakes Animal Milk Products’ continued commitment to dairy producers.
Breaking and entering will be the charge for a group of Holsteins in Wisconsin!
According to WSAW NewsChannel 7, a dozen Holsteins walked several miles from their farm in Elderon, Wis., before breaking into and entering the garage of a family home in Marathon County.
In addition to destroying a door, the home owners reported that the animals made themselves at home, turning on lights and opening the overhead garage door.
The cows have since been returned to their country home, and though homeowners are now left to clean up after their bovine guests, they “don’t have a beef with the cows.”
Congratulations to Mary Lou King, a dairy farm mom from Cochranville, Pa. She is the grand prize winner in LIVE@ with Kelly and Michael’s search for the Unstoppable Mom! Watch her story here. And read her daughter’s nomination below.
Nominated by her daughter, Kelly Stoltzfus
Dear Kelly & Michael,
My mom is the most amazing woman in the whole entire world! I’m sure everyone claims this title for their mother, but I guarantee you have never met someone as special as my mom. Being 21, and the oldest of 4 kids, my mom has been the one and only role model of my life. My family all grew up on our 300 cow dairy farm in PA. My mom has been milking the cows at 4:00am and 4:00pm every day with my dad ever since they were married back in 88′. She never has off weekends, holidays, and VERY rarely goes on vacation, but this doesn’t phase her at all. My parents have been married for 24 years and are still head over heels in love. I mean, us kids still catch them making out in the barn! Their constant love and joy for each other has been the best model for me and my new husband of 4 months. I just admire how after 24 years and 4 kids, my parents are still so close. My mom is also a nurse. She went to school and received her degree right after high school, which inspired me to do the same thing, and my 18 year old sister now as well, who is starting nursing school this fall. My mom’s nursing degree also helped her when my youngest sister, Kandy, was born mentally handicapped.
My Mom is the most amazing, selfless, inspiring, and uplifting woman in this entire world. She is defiantly unstoppable and will forever be the best mom ever!
Source: LIVE with Kelly and Michael
Lots of chatter going on the last few days regarding aspartame in milk. Here are a few links to help you find out the truth about this issue.
From Twitter handle @DairyCarrie:
The Aspartame in Milk Controversy: Straight From the Farmer’s Mouth.
From International Dairy Foods Association.
As required by the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) food labeling regulations, all food products that include non-nutritive sweeteners as an ingredient must be clearly labeled and include the name of the sweetener on the package’s ingredient statement.
The FDA petition would not change any existing requirements that aspartame, sucralose or any other non-nutritive sweetener be included in the list of ingredients if it is present.
Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What grade would you give Ag Sec. Vilsack during his first term?”
Our poll results: The majority of you at twenty-nine percent gave Vilsack an A. Twenty-two percent said D; eighteen percent said B; seventeen percent said C; and fourteen percent said F. Since the poll grades were similar across the board we decided to calculate his overall average. On his first term paper Vilsack scored a C+.
Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “Does warranty influence your decision to purchase new equipment?” When shopping for new equipment there are many factors to consider that may make or break a purchase decision. Is warranty one of the top considerations? Let us know.
Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, ”Do you support biofuel production and the use of corn to do this?”
Our poll results: The majority of you at sixty percent say Yes, thirty-three percent said No, four percent were Indifferent and four percent chose Other. Growing crops to use as biomass for producing fuel seems to be the best alternative to depleting our finite stocks of oil and they have the added benefit of being more friendly to our environment.
Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “What did you think of Dodge Super Bowl commercial?” The late conservative radio broadcaster Paul Harvey’s “So God Made a Farmer” speech was the voice of the Ram Trucks Super Bowl 2013 commercial. Paul Harvey was a large voice for HSUS and an animal rights advocate. This may cause agriculturalists to have mixed feelings about Ram’s commercial. How do you feel about the commercial? Can you look past what he represented and smile about the message that he conveyed? Let us know.
Recipients of the 2012 NDQA Platinum Award are Ryan and Charina Dellar of Harrisville, Mich.; Bradley, Robert and Deborah Kartes of West Branch, Mich.; Jeff, Brian and Glenn True of Perry, N.Y.; Don Beattie of Holton, Mich.; Bob Kreft of Lansing, Mich.; and Jim and Karen Davenport of Ancramdale, N.Y.
Award winners were nominated by dairy industry professionals and were selected based on a comprehensive evaluation of their quality measures, systems for monitoring udder health, milking routines, protocols for detection and treatment of clinical and subclinical mastitis cases, and strategies for overall herd health and welfare.
Through the Best in Class Dairies program, Merial provides dairies free access to valuable training tools in English and Spanish, as well as external resources, including a daily dairy report with up-to-date market information for milk, cheese and butter prices and relevant dairy news.
Producers can get more information about the Best in Class Dairies program or Merial’s line of dairy products by contacting their sales representative or visiting online.