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A partnership between dairy producers, through the checkoff-funded National Dairy Council and Newsweek, has led to the distribution of more than 1 million copies of the “How to Build a Healthy Kid” back-to-school guidebook.

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Land O'Lakes Purina Feed and J.D. Heiskell & Company have announced the formation of a joint venture feed and grain company in California's San Joaquin Valley. The new company will be called "Golden State Feed and Grain" and will have its principal offices in Tulare, California. The entity will operate Land O'Lakes Purina Feed's feed mill in Hanford, California and J.D. Heiskell & Company's feed mill in Pixley, California, and sell rolled grains, mixed feeds, mineral blends, commodity blends and other value-added products to central California livestock feeders.

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Bovine Veterinary Student Recognition Awards

Eight bovine veterinary students from across the U.S. each received $1,500 awards and all-expenses-paid trips to the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) annual conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Aug. 18-21. Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health sponsored the Bovine Veterinary Student Recognition Awards Program and recognized the students Aug. 19.

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Has anyone ever asked you why sows are in gestation stalls; why egg layers are in cages; or other questions about the way we raise livestock today? The 2010 Farm Tour, a two-day trip starting in Wabash, Indiana, will allow you to experience modern farrow-to-finish, dairy, egg-laying and aquaculture operations first hand. You will get an in-depth look at what techniques are being used on modern livestock farms. The goal of the farm tours is that you come away with a better understanding of the livestock industry and be able to share what you learn with others. Space is limited, register soon!

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Van Dyk Dairy Farm biogas plant

The 400 kWh CHP system will be installed in Lynden, Washington, about 95 miles north of Seattle. It is scheduled to be installed in late 2010. Lynden-based DARITECH Inc. will build the anaerobic digester, and the Van Dyk Dairy Farm owns and operates the biogas plant.

The plant is expected to produce 4706 MW of thermal energy and 3320 MW of electricity per year, with any excess power sold to the grid. The combined heat and power plant uses the 2G agenitor, a thermodynamically optimized MAN cogeneration gas engine coupled with the patented 2G-Drive technology, especially developed for biogas operations. Benefits over conventional MAN, or any other gas engine, include much higher efficiencies, extended life and less maintenance cost.

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AntelBio’s expertise in developing milk sample diagnostic tests was key in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recent decision to award a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I grant. The funding will be used to investigate novel Bovine Tuberculosis (bTB) detection methods in bulk milk samples. With new clinical bTB cases emerging in cattle in a number of states; and control and eradication programs running in the millions of dollars, identifying new cost effective screening methods would be a tremendous benefit.

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