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Michigan Milk Producers Association (MMPA) applauds the Michigan dairy and livestock producers who have worked aggressively for several years to reverse the TB designation assigned to the state nearly two decades ago. The commitment of Michigan’s farmers to protect livestock from this disease has led to 57 counties designated as Bovine Tuberculosis (TB) Free.

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The excitement is building as hundreds of dairy cattle exhibitors from across North America prepare to bring more than 2,500 head of elite show cattle to the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin the week of Oct. 4-8. A change in the slate of judges has been announced for the International Junior Holstein Show. Unfortunately, Norm Nabholz is unable to serve as official for that show as previously announced. He has experienced a chronic knee issue that will prevent him from judging. Larry Tande has generously agreed to step in to serve as official judge for that show.

Tande is no stranger to judging dairy cattle shows of this caliber. Tande has judged hundreds of dairy cattle shows including the U.S., Mexico, Uruguay, Argentina, Ecuador, Costa Rica and Spain. Tande served as official judge for the Central National Brown Swiss Show at World Dairy Expo in 2006 and Central National Milking Shorthorn Show in 2002. He is scheduled to judge the Peru National Holstein Show later this fall.

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The Badger Dairy Club's new text message ordering system should shorten the time World Dairy Expo visitors wait for a grilled cheese sandwich at lunchtime. For the first time, the club will accept an order of 15 or more sandwiches and schedule a time for the order's pickup via text message. These bulk orders can be collected at the back of the club's tent next to the Arena Building.

"This service is targeted at exhibitors who are at Expo for the long haul and know they are going to need a lot of grilled cheese sandwiches at one time," says Mackenzie Fochs, co-chair of the Badger Dairy Club's stand and a senior at the University of Wisconsin –Madison.

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A new study indicates that a large segment of consumers do not believe U.S. farmers should be responsible for addressing global hunger.

In its latest analysis of consumer trust in the food system, the Center for Food Integrity (CFI) found that 40 percent of those surveyed strongly disagreed that, “the United States has a responsibility to provide food for the rest of the world.”

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Harold Amstutz, D.V.M., and Dan Upson, D.V.M., M.S. Ph.D., will be honored as the inaugural inductees to the Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame at the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) annual conference in St. Louis. They will be recognized on Sept. 24 during the Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame banquet sponsored by Merck Animal Health.

The Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame was established to celebrate the rich traditions of American cattle production veterinary medicine by honoring the exceptional men and women who have made lasting contributions to their profession. Inductees are true pioneers whose achievements span their entire careers.

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