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World Forage Analysis Superbowl announces sponsors for 2014 contest PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 21 April 2014 10:04

The World Forage Analysis Superbowl (WFAS) will be presenting more than $22,000 in cash prizes to winning entries across seven forage categories, thanks to its generous sponsors. Held in conjunction with World Dairy Expo, the contest compares forage samples from across North America on lab and visual analysis, and herd production information, when applicable.

Canarm/BSM Agri Products changes name PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 17 April 2014 15:30

Canarm/BSM Agri Products, one of North America’s leading agricultural equipment suppliers for livestock producers, is shortening its name to Canarm AgSystems (CAS). The Canarm BSM name and logo will be phased out over the next year.

Zinpro Corp. sponsors new online multi-species lameness prevention initiative PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 17 April 2014 11:55

Zinpro Corp. announces the debut episode of Experts Talk, an all-new online lameness prevention video series. The inaugural episode features Dr. Dörte Döpfer, associate professor at the University of Wisconsin – School of Veterinary Medicine, one of the world’s most recognized experts on digital dermatitis.

April 19, 2014 issue: Checkoff Watch PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 17 April 2014 10:10

Click here to download a pdf of the latest Dairy Checkoff in Action provided by Dairy Management Inc.™ (DMI)  PD
The other side of the world: Dairying in New Zealand PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Laura Ginsburg   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 09:09

map of new zealandThe day I left Montana for New Zealand, it was cloudy and cold. We had just gone through a week of sub-zero temperatures, freezing fog and snow, and more of the same was headed our way.

Farmers across the valley where I live were talking about the snow, the cold and how this winter was quite unusual.

A historical look at dairy cow replacement prices PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Calvin Covington   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 09:46

Due to my interest and background in purebred dairy cattle, I have followed the price of dairy replacements for many years. While working with a Florida-based dairy cooperative, my interest in watching dairy replacement prices grew for another reason.

Many of the cooperative members purchased all or a large percentage of their replacements. Some members purchased hundreds of replacements each year. Watching the replacement buying patterns of cooperative members provided me another barometer of what was happening on their dairy farms in terms of profitability.

A processing perspective: SCC and spore-forming bacteria PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Michael Gould   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 08:34

A large portion of any dairy farmer’s milk check can come from quality bonuses. These quality bonuses ordinarily pay additional money for shipments of milk that test low in somatic cell count (SCC) as well as bacteria, which is measured by total plate count.

These are on top of the usual payments for butterfat and protein. All of these quality components have a direct effect on the finished dairy product that is created with this milk.

Organic vs. conventional: Fatty acid profiles one real difference PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Charles Benbrook   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 15:49

An 18-month, nationwide study confirms there are large and consistent differences in the fatty acid profile of organic and conventional milk and dairy products in the U.S.

The research was carried out by a team led by scientists at Washington State University and appeared in the prestigious peer-reviewed journal Plos One last December.

Measure of management: Somatic cell counts trend lower PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John Frey   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 14:03

In 2013, the Center for Dairy Excellence released the results of a year-long comprehensive “Pennsylvania Dairy Futures Analysis,” showing trends in dairy production, processing and consumption, as well as opportunities for future growth in Pennsylvania. We conducted this analysis with the help of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn State and Saint Joseph’s University.

When we released the results of the analysis early last year, the Center for Dairy Excellence offered 20 prescriptions intended to inspire the industry to strengthen our foothold in dairy. One of the most simplistic pieces of advice we offered in those prescriptions is that “getting better is essential.”

Nominations due April 15 for DCRC 2014 Reproduction Awards PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 14 April 2014 10:49

The Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRC) has planned the 2014 Reproduction Awards program, which recognizes outstanding dairy operations for reproductive efficiency and well-implemented management procedures. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 program.



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