World Dairy Diary

Milking Parlor: Small Influencers and Big Consumers

The dairy industry is trying to win over small groups of influencers… and large groups of consumers as well.

In this edition of the Milking Parlor, we talk with Stacy Dohle from the Midwest Dairy Association and Dairy Management Incorporated to hear how they are trying to win over those influencers, such as nutritionists, to the value dairy products have in people’s diets. And of course, as any business knows, you have to also win over that large group of consumers. National Dairy Board Chair Steve Maddox explains how they have reached out to some of the country’s biggest food retailers to make sure those products are tasty to eat.

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Forage Forum on Choosing a Silage Inoculant

Pioneer Hi-Bred Forage Forum PodcastThis edition of the Pioneer Forage Forum podcast features Pioneer Western Livestock Information Manager Bill Ramsey our topic today is how to choose an effective silage inoculant for appropriate silage feed.

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Forage Forum on Choosing a Silage Inoculant

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Forage Forum on Kernel Processing in Northeast

Pioneer Hi-Bred Forage Forum PodcastHere is another in our series of Pioneer Hi-Bred Forage Forum podcasts about the importance of proper kernel processing in different areas of the country.

This interview focuses on the New York and New England with Pioneer dairy specialist Kevin Putnam. Kevin talks about the major benefits to dairy producers of proper kernel processing, the recommended parameters for settings, testing for quality.

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Forage Forum on Kernel Processing - Northeast

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Milking Parlor: Farm Bill Has Much for Dairy to Like

The U.S. Senate has passed the The Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012, better known as the Farm Bill, getting through that chamber by a bipartisan vote of 64 to 35. That bipartisan support pleased Senate Agriculture Chair Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and the ranking member of the committee, Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS). The vote also pleased the Dairy Farmers of America who said passage “sent an important message to the nation’s agriculture industry” and the Farm Bill contains dairy provisions that will provide producers with tools to better manage volatility and their margins, while keeping them competitive in the global marketplace.

Amendments are a big part of any legislative process, and the Farm Bill was no exception… 73 started the process, and 45 passed, including Maine Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe’s measure that requires milk marketing order reform, eliminating the use of end-product price formulas for setting prices for Class III milk and requiring handlers to report, maintain, and make available all information and records for the administration of any milk marketing order. Meanwhile, the amendment from Sen. Jim Demint (R-SC), that would have made mandatory dairy checkoff programs voluntary, failed.

The bill is expected to be taken up by the House after the 4th of July break. Ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee, Minnesota Democrat Representative Collin Peterson said he was pleased his dairy program had survived the amendment process.

You can hear more about the Farm Bill in this edition of the Milking Parlor: Milking Parlor Podcast Farm Bill in the Senate

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Forage Forum on Kernel Processing in Midwest

Pioneer Hi-Bred Forage Forum PodcastPioneer Hi-Bred‘s Forage Forum has done a series of interviews about the importance of proper kernel processing in different areas of the country.

Our first podcast focuses on the Midwest with Tim Hageman, Pioneer livestock specialist in northeast Iowa. Tim talks about the major benefits to dairy producers of proper kernel processing, the recommended parameters for settings, testing for quality.

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Forage Forum on Kernel Processing - Midwest

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Forage Forum on Spring Alfalfa Challenges

Pioneer Hi-Bred Forage Forum PodcastPlanting delays seem to be consuming the thoughts and energy of most growers this spring. But with the alfalfa crop maturing, don’t be tempted to delay that important first crop cutting. Hear what Alan Patterson, dairy specialist with Pioneer Hi-Bred, says about spring alfalfa challenges in this edition of Pioneer’s Forage Forum.

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Forage Forum on Spring Alfalfa

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Milking Parlor: Dairy Price Support Without Tax Dollars

A report out of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at the University of Missouri shows that a federal Dairy Market Support Program (DMSP) could help keep up prices without using any tax dollars to do so.

FAPRI Associate Director and dairy & livestock analyst Scott Brown says they looked at how the National Milk Producers Federation used DMSP during the recession of 2009 to add $2 cwt to milk margins, significant when you consider most margins are around $8 cwt. The way it worked was to cut supplies, and that pushed up prices, without the government having to step in and pump any funds into it.

Brown says while it’s not part of federal dairy policy now, it certainly could be. He says that even in these budget-cutting times, DMSP would be appealing to both sides of the political aisle since it would not require any outlay of tax dollars. Brown adds the best part might be that DMSP wouldn’t be used very often.

You can hear more of my conversation with Brown in this edition of the Milking Parlor: Milking Parlor Podcast FAPRI Report on DMSP

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Pioneer Forage Forum Discusses Roundup Ready Alfalfa

Pioneer Hi-Bred Forage Forum PodcastRoundup Ready® alfalfa is back on the market again. Robin Newell, Pioneer senior forage business manager, discusses this recent decision and Pioneer® brand alfalfa offerings in this edition of Pioneer’s Forage Forum.

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Forage Forum on Roundup Ready Alfalfa

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Milking Parlor: Profits Tighter But Dairy Herd Expanding

Prospects for dairy farmers are mixed for this year, with milk prices going up but profits being a bit lower… that’s the word out of the recent USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum.

In this edition of the Milking Parlor, we hear from Ag Department dairy analyst Roger Hoskins, who told the group gathered for the forum that feed prices have gone up for producers, but fortunately, so has the price they’re getting for their products. In fact, the latest numbers from the USDA’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates show that strong international demand and improving domestic demand will help keep prices up with the all milk price forecast to average $18.10 to $18.70 per hundred weight this year … up about two dollars from last year’s prices. Hoskins believes that even with smaller profits, dairy producers will expand their herds in 2011, an assertion that is backed up by USDA Outlook Board Chairman Gerry Bange.

It’s an interesting conversation, and you can hear more of what they have to say or download the podcast here:
Milking Parlor Podcast USDA Ag Outlook Forum

Special thanks to our friend Gary Crawford at the USDA’s Newsroom for providing us with the audio for this report.

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Milking Parlor: Dairy Man Becomes VP of NCBA

Beef operations are a big part of any dairy farm, so it’s only fitting that a dairy man has risen to one of the top leadership positions at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). During the recent Cattle Industry Convention in Denver, Scott George, a family dairy farmer from Cody, Wyoming, was elected as the new vice president for NCBA, switching over from leadership with the Federation of State Beef Councils where he just finished a year as chairman.

In this edition of the Milking Parlor, we talk with George and get his thoughts on the new structure for the Federation, as well as the NCBA’s new Beef Industry Long Range Plan that includes the vision statement of “An industry united around a common goal of being the world’s most trusted and preferred source of beef and beef products.” In addition, George gives us his thoughts on how the beef industry needs to work with all of the other agriculture industries out there to make sure consumers have confidence in their food supply.

It’s an interesting conversation, and you can hear more of what he has to say or download the podcast here:
Milking Parlor Podcast Scott George, new VP of NCBA

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Milking Parlor: Novus Builds on Sustainability

Dairy farmers are moving to more sustainable operations, and Novus International, sponsor of this program, has opened a research farm that tests its products and ways to be sustainable.

In this edition of the Milking Parlor, we take a look at Green Acres, Novus’ research farm that uses several sustainable features, including collecting the wastewater and composting and a soon-to-be-operational solar array that will help provide power while Novus tests its products in a real-world environment. During the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the 15-acre Green Acres, we talked with Novus CEO and President Thad Simons; manager of Product Services for Novus, Skip Hampton; and Missouri Director of Agriculture Jon Hagler about the facility, as well as catching up with Novus’ Director of Product Management Wendell Knehans, who explains Novus’ “triple bottom line” concept.

See photos from the event in our Flickr photo album.

It’s an interesting conversation, and you can hear more of what they have to say or download the podcast here:
Milking Parlor Podcast on Novus International's Green Acres farm

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Novus

Milking Parlor: Communicating the Good News of Dairy

Dairy farmers are looking for more ways to get their story out to the public … and some of that is starting with school kids.

The dairy industry has a good story to tell … one of hard-working farmers and their families, who are producing quality, nutritious products that build strong bodies and strong minds. In this episode of the Milking Parlor, we talk to Brad Scott, a fourth generation family dairy farmer from Southern California and a member of the National Dairy Board, and get his thoughts on the training the dairy checkoff has made available to dairy producers like him to better communicate that good news to the public, using many methods, including social media. In addition, Bridget Sheehan, a registered dietitian and program manager in the Kansas City area with the Midwest Dairy Council, talks about how the dairy industry has teamed up with the National Football League to offer the “Fuel Up to Play 60″ program … a program where kids are encouraged to get an hour of play every day, fueled by nutritious meals, such as ones with milk and dairy products.

It’s an interesting conversation, and you can hear more of what they have to say or download the podcast here:
Milking Parlor Podcast on Communicating Better Using the Dairy Checkoff

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Novus

Milking Parlor: Dairy Expo Focuses on Improving Profits

It was a much more upbeat mood than in the past few years in Madison, Wisconsin earlier this month for World Dairy Expo, the dairy industry’s premier event.

More than 65,000 people attended this year’s event, including 2,468 from 87 countries outside of the U.S. The good turnout and the increased optimism was music to the ears of the 770 companies from 26 countries represented at this year’s show, including the 135 first-time exhibitors.

In this edition of the Milking Parlor, we talk to several people at this year’s expo, including World Dairy Expo Sales Manager John Rozem; Dr. Lance Fox, Alpharma’s Director of Technical Services; Senior Manager of Technology for Arm and Hammer Animal Nutrition, Dr. Elliot Block; Dr. Larry Chase with Cornell University; Novartis Animal Health Director of Veterinary Services Dr. Doug Scholz; Dave Hartford, dairy operations manager of the award-winning Oakridge-Bahler Farm in Connecticut; and Dr. Andy Skidmore with Schering-Plough Animal Health, who serves as the Secretary of the Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council, a group formed a few years ago to help improve fertility in the industry.

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Milking Parlor Podcast on Improving Profits at World Dairy Expo

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Novus

Benefits of Crop Specific Inoculants

Pioneer Hi-Bred Forage Forum PodcastOn this edition of Forage Forum, Kyle Whitaker, Pioneer Hi-Bred marketing manager for forage additives, highlights the Pioneer fiber technology platform. Whitaker discusses the benefits of using a crop-specific inoculant during an interview with Chuck Zimmerman at the recent Farm Progress Show.

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Forage Forum on Crop Specific Inoculants

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Milking Parlor: World Dairy Expo Preview

World Dairy Expo is just around the corner, taking place at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin, Sept 28th – Oct. 2nd.

Lisa Behnke is the marketing Manager for the expo, celebrating its 44th anniversary this year. She promises the event will be bigger and better than ever.

“We have a tremendous dairy trade show, the world’s largest. We expect to have more than 775 exhibitors from 26 different countries, demonstrating the latest and greatest wares you can possibly implement on your own dairy.”

With the theme “Crowning Achievements – Golden Opportunities,” Behnke says some of the new technology on display at World Dairy Expo will include new ideas designed to help the environment, as well as those hard-working dairy farmers.

While it’s a must-attend event for those in the dairy industry, Behnke understands there will be plenty of busy dairy farmers who just won’t be able to get time away from their herds to make it. That’s no problem. She points out that there will be more than 200 journalists from around the country and around the globe, covering the event. Among those is our own Cindy Zimmerman, who will be providing up-to-the-minute updates on this website, as well as AgWired.com, the WDD Twitter feed (http://twitter.com/WorldDairyDiary) and her own Twitter account (@FarmPodcaster). Thanks to our sponsors of the coverage: Novus International, Charleston-Orwig, Arm & Hammer, Novartis and Alpharma.

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Milking Parlor Podcast with Lisa Behnke, World Dairy Expo

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Feeding New Silage

Pioneer Hi-Bred Forage Forum PodcastOn this edition of Forage Forum, Pioneer Hi-Bred dairy specialist Kevin Putnam discusses feeding the newly harvested silage crop. Letting the new crop ferment three to four months allows starch availability to increase. This year, Putnam says the crop should have a nice grain-to-stock ratio, which makes for high-energy, highly digestible feedstuffs.

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Forage Forum on New Silage Crop

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Milking Parlor: New Dairy Research Institute Unveiled

As we told you in the previous post, the dairy industry gets a new tool to help it better research and market its products. Dairy Management Incorporated and the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy have announced the formation of the Dairy Research Institute, a non-profit group designed to strengthen the dairy industry’s access to and investment in the technical research needed to drive demand for dairy products and ingredients around the world.

In this episode of the Milking Parlor, we talk to Greg Miller, president of this new Dairy Research Institute and executive vice president for research, regulatory and scientific affairs for DMI. He says the institute will bring industry, academics, government and commercial partners together with a focus on nutrition, product and sustainability areas of innovation.

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Milking Parlor Podcast with Greg Miller

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Novus

Growing Conditions and Corn Silage

Pioneer Hi-Bred Forage Forum PodcastJim Smith, Pioneer livestock information manager in Minnesota, discusses the impact of growing conditions on corn for silage. Moisture and heat, depending on stage of growth, have a multitude of effects on nutritional value and readiness of the corn for harvest. Smith also talks about conditions in the northern Corn Belt.

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Impact of Growing Conditions on Corn Silage

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Silage Chopping Time

Pioneer Hi-Bred Forage Forum PodcastAs the choppers start to roll across the country, Pioneer Hi-Bred dairy specialist Kevin Putnam discusses some management considerations for chopping corn silage. Corn heat units in many areas are ahead of schedule, triggering harvest. Putman discusses proper chopper set up, inoculant options and other factors for achieving optimum quality.

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Forage Forum on Silage Chopping Time

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Podcast on Dairy Science Meeting and Novus

2010 JAM, the joint meeting of the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA), Poultry Science Association (PSA), Asociación Mexicana de Producción Animal (AMPA), Canadian Society of Animal Science (CSAS), American Society of Animal Science (ASAS), and ASAS Western Section (WSASAS) was held earlier this month in Denver, Colorado.

This month’s “Milking Parlor” podcast features Gary Winter with Novus International talking about some of the research presented at the meeting and what it means for dairy producers. Gary also provides some information about Novus – the research and field trials that they do, recent acquisitions and their commitment to the dairy industry. Dairy professionals will be interested to know that while Novus is a fairly new name in the animal health field, they actually have a five decade history behind them.

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Milking Parlor Podcast with Gary Winter

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