Missouri Cattlemen Pleased with Right to Farm

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mo-right-to-farmThe recount is complete for Amendment 1, the Missouri Farming Rights Amendment, and the very close Aug. 5 election results have been upheld.

“It changed slightly but the original result does stand,” said Mike Deering, Missouri Cattlemen’s Association executive vice president. “Amendment One has passed in the state of Missouri, forever guaranteeing Missouri farmers and ranchers the right to do just that – farm and ranch.”

The recount picked up a few more no votes on the amendment with passage by less than 2400 votes out of nearly a million cast.

Interview with Mike Deering, Missouri Cattlemen's Association
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Last Addition of New Holland Pavilion Progress Newsletter

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Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 10.07.29 AMThe final addition of the New Holland Pavilion Progress newsletter is here. The World Dairy Expo is right around the corner and the New Holland Pavilions are right on schedule.

During the first wee of September, the World Dairy Expo Building Committee completed their final walk through. There they saw that the water spigots and electrical outlets were ready to go and the stalling had begun.

Wash racks are complete with two different tie pipes for various livestock species and the pre-function area has brick and awning from the old barns. As we continue to present day, last minute finishing touches are being added including landscaping.

Be sure to see these state-of-the-art facilities in just a few weeks at the 2014 Designer Dairy World Dairy Expo.

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National Mastitis Council 54th Annual Meeting Set

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NMC Logo_Tag JPEG_low resThe National Mastitis Council (NMC) will host its 54th Annual Meeting, Feb. 1-3, 2015 at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn.

This three-day international forum will provide milk quality professionals the opportunity to exchange information on udder health, milking management and milk quality. Anyone with a vested interest in milk quality – milk quality specialists, veterinarians, milk plant field staff, dairy suppliers, dairy producers, university researchers, extension specialists and students – is invited to attend and exchange ideas.

This year’s program will feature sessions including:
· Getting to the root cause of mastitis, a systems approach;
· Influence of equipment and environment on milk quality;
· Influence of people, monitoring and records on milk quality;
· Milk quality: What the market needs, wants, demands.

In addition to the main program, the Annual Meeting will include a variety of specialized short courses, committee meetings, open discussion groups, poster sessions plus research and development summaries. Additional program details will be available soon on the NMC website.

“We’re excited to welcome a distinguished group of milk quality professionals from around the world to Memphis,” says Gary Neubauer, senior manager, dairy technical services at Zoetis and 2015 NMC Annual Meeting Program Chairman. “As always, the networking and short courses will be a highlight, in addition to a top-notch schedule of educational programming.”

Save the date for this excellent opportunity to network with dairy professionals from around the world. Mark your calendar for the NMC 54th Annual Meeting, Feb. 1-3, 2015 in Memphis, Tenn.

NMC is a professional organization devoted to reducing mastitis and enhancing milk quality. NMC promotes research and provides information to the global dairy industry on udder health, milking management, milk quality and milk safety. Founded in 1961, NMC has close to 1,500 members in more than 40 countries throughout the world.

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CWT Assists with Cheese & Whole Milk Powder Export Sales

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CWT-logo6Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 12 requests for export assistance from Dairy Farmers of America, Northwest Dairy Association (Darigold), Michigan Milk Producers Association and Tillamook County Creamery Association to sell 692,252 pounds (314 metric tons) of Cheddar and Gouda cheese and 1.422 million pounds (645 metric tons) of whole milk powder to customers in Asia, the Middle East, and South America. The product will be delivered September 2014 through March 2015.

Year-to-date, CWT has assisted member cooperatives in selling 86.203 million pounds of cheese, 48.188 million pounds of butter and 33.171 million pounds of whole milk powder to 43 countries on six continents. These sales are the equivalent of 2.122 billion pounds of milk on a milkfat basis.

Assisting CWT members through the Export Assistance program, in the long-term, helps member cooperatives gain and maintain market share, thus expanding the demand for U.S. dairy products and the U.S. farm milk that produces them in the rapidly growing world dairy markets. This, in turn, positively impacts U.S. dairy farmers by strengthening and maintaining the value of dairy products that directly impact their milk price.

CWT will pay export assistance to the bidders only when delivery of the product is verified by the submission of the required documentation.

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Merck Animal Health Sponsors Food Systems Fellowship Program

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Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 9.13.58 AMAs a partner in the Food Systems Fellowship Program coordinated by Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Merck Animal Health is pleased to announce three $5,000 scholarships have been awarded to students who are participating in the program. During the past nine years, Merck Animal Health has provided various scholarship opportunities for more than 100 students focused on working in the food animal industry.

The following students are participants in the Food Systems Fellowship Program and will receive Merck Animal Health scholarships in 2014.

Christina Fenske, from Grand Rapids, Mich., is a second-year veterinary student in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University. Prior to pursuing her second career – veterinary medicine – Fenske spent 12 years working in a dermatology practice. After graduation, Fenske plans to work in a predominantly large animal practice and would like to be involved in community outreach and education.

Heather Roney, from Clarkston, Mich., is a third-year veterinary student in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University, and earned a bachelor of science in Animal Science from the same university. Roney has served as a legislative fellow with the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. She also recently participated in the USDA APHIS Smith Kilborne Program where he studied transboundary animal diseases. After graduation, Roney is interested in pursuing a career in regulatory medicine and agricultural policy.

Carrie Szybisty, from Redford, Mich., is a third-year veterinary student in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University (MSU). She also earned a bachelor of science in Animal Science with a concentration in Production Animal Scholars from MSU. During her studies, Szybisty has worked at the MSU Dairy Teaching and Research Center, and participated in a USDA International Science and Education funded Food Systems Fellowship Program in India and a bovine externship at a veterinary practice in Michigan. After graduation, Szybisty hopes to work in a mixed animal practice with a focus on dairy cattle medicine and reproduction. Someday, she also would like to pursue the opportunity to provide services to the animal shelters in her community.

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World Dairy Expo Youth Contests Entries Due Soon

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WDE_interface_2014_fYouth are encouraged to enter World Dairy Expo’s Youth Showmanship Contest. This year’s entry deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 5 p.m. Contest rules and entry forms are available online at the Expo website or in the Premium Book. Entries may also be submitted during Expo in the Administration Office located on the top floor of the Coliseum.

The Youth Showmanship Contest will be Thursday, Oct. 2, in the Coliseum beginning at 6 p.m. Youth, ages nine through 21 are allowed to compete. Contestants are responsible for providing their own animal for showmanship that is already on grounds. Required attire for the contest is white pants and either a white shirt, or an official 2014 World Dairy Expo Junior Show shirt.

Expo also encourages youth to enter the World Dairy Expo Youth Fitting Contest. The contest will be held Sunday, Sept. 28, at 10 a.m. in the Estrumate Sale Pavilion. The entry deadline for the contest is Saturday, Sept. 27 at 5 p.m. The Youth Fitting Contest is open to youth ages 16-21. Contestants must provide an animal to fit. Contestants need not own the animal they fit, but it must be entered in a World Dairy Expo show or sale. Contestants will have 60 minutes to fit their animal with their own equipment. Further details and entry forms are available on the Expo website or in the Premium Book. On-site entries may be submitted until the deadline in the Administration Office.

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2014 Allen D. Leman Science in Practice Award Presented

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Luc Dufresne, DVM, has been named the recipient of the 2014 Allen D. Leman Science in Practice Award. The award was presented by Zoetis at the 2014 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, hosted by the University of Minnesota in St. Paul, Minnesota. The award is given to a veterinarian who is committed to research and applying that knowledge to help improve the swine industry.

Dr. Dufresne graduated from the University of Montreal Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in 1988 and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners certified in Swine Health Management, a designation earned by certification in clinical practice for a specific species with demonstration of exceptional knowledge, skill and competency. Dr. Dufresne serves as the senior director of health assurance at Seaboard Foods, an integrated system with nearly 220,000 sows producing 4.5 million market hogs annually on farms located in Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado and Texas.

At Seaboard Foods, Dr. Dufresne oversees the health protocol and prevention program with a team of veterinarians and technicians. Their overall goal is to produce healthy and safe food. Dr. Dufresne also develops and supervises research projects to improve the performance of pork, with a focus on animal health and welfare at Seaboard Foods’ commercial and research farms.

“Thank you to the University of Minnesota and Zoetis for honoring me with this award,” Dr. Dufresne said. “It is gratifying to be a part of this great industry and community of pork professionals. Thank you, also, to my mentors and co-workers who recognize the value in applied practical research. You continue to encourage and inspire my work to improve swine health and production.”

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Hubbard Feeds Dairy to Launch STRIVE Calf Program

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PrintHubbard Feeds, the leading provider of researched-based, animal nutrition products, is pleased to announce the launch of its new STRIVE Calf Program at World Dairy Expo, Sept. 30 – Oct. 4, 2014 in Madison, WI.

STRIVE is Hubbard’s next generation calf feeding program designed to provide superb early growth and a smooth transition to dry feed.

• Utilizes Beginner Plus or Vitalizer Plus 24% protein 20% fat milk replacer and 18% Elite texturized calf starter formulated specifically for this moderate feeding program.
• Increased feeding rate for optimal, outstanding economical growth.
• Flexible use in either Auto feeder or Individual feeding systems.
• Economical – Lowers total lbs. of milk replacer fed versus accelerated growth programs, maximizing gain with exceptional starter intake.

“Hubbard Feeds is pleased to bring this new STRIVE Calf Program to the marketplace,” said Dan Schimek, Manager, Dairy Nutrition & Tech Services, Hubbard Feeds. “STRIVE improves growth over conventional feeding programs, and has the potential to more than double birth weight in 60 days. It does this through combining optimum milk replacer and starter formulations to maximize early growth at a more economical cost to a full accelerated growth program.”

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American Royal Announces 2014 Royal Scholars

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Screen Shot 2014-09-15 at 12.26.08 PMThe American Royal Association was pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 American Royal Scholars at the 12th Annual American Royal Business and Scholarship Luncheon on Wednesday, September 10 in Kemper Arena.

The Royal Scholars program is designed to provide an opportunity for outstanding college students to advocate the food and fiber industry and the American Royal. Selected applicants will travel to Kansas City, Missouri for training and participation in the 115th American Royal. Royal Scholars receive media training, assist with school tours, lead sessions during Youth Leadership Day and many other American Royal activities. Scholars are selected on their academic achievements as well as community leadership, on and off campus. In recognition of the outstanding achievements of these young leaders, the American Royal Association will award a $2,500 scholarship to each student selected as a 2014 Royal Scholar.

This year six scholarships were awarded to: Alyssa Clements, a graduate student at the University of Illinois; Garrett Kays, a junior at Kansas State University; Sadie Kinne, a senior at the University of Missouri; Emma Likens, a senior at the University of Nebraska; Jade Kampsen, a senior at South Dakota State University and Morgan Weinrich, a sophomore at Colorado State University. The selection committee was comprised of Mary Powell and Mary Hunkeler, who are recognized community leaders in education and Erica Venancio, representing the Agriculture Business Council of Kansas City.

“The six individuals selected demonstrate exemplary grades, while maintaining active leadership roles in student clubs and organizations. These students also represent the best leaders in their respective schools and communities, and will undoubtedly continue to be leaders and advocates for agriculture,” said Bob Petersen, President and CEO of the American Royal.

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Dairy Farm Families Donate $20,000 to Children’s Museum

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Screen Shot 2014-09-15 at 12.15.13 PMDairy farmers across western Iowa announced their support of the Children’s Museum of Siouxland with a $20,000 donation for the development of an interactive dairy exhibit in the new museum. The donation was announced as part of the Iowa Dairy Day activities at the Clay County Fair in Spencer.

The Children’s Museum of Siouxland is on track to become northwest Iowa’s premier education and tourism draw, providing an interactive, hands-on learning environment to children, families and schools of the tri-state area. “This generous donation will help us create a way for children ages 6 months to 10 years old understand how milk, ice cream, cheese and important dairy items make their way from the farm to our plates,” says Executive Director, Kari Kellen. As children use their imagination, and role-play, they experience life as a farmer and learn how the farm, farm equipment and dairy animals give us our food. Children will be able to sit on a milking stool and milk a fiberglass cow into a pail. Visitors will also be able to interact with a modern milking machine. Kellen goes on to say, “Western Iowa Dairy Alliance truly understands the importance of giving and early-childhood education, we’re proud to partner with local dairy farmers to provide an engaging opportunity to learn about agriculture through play.”

“We’re excited about the opportunity to share information about dairy farming with thousands of children and their parents each year,” said Nancy Jones, Spencer dairy farmer and president of Western Iowa Dairy Alliance. “Milk and dairy products provide protein and nutrients to fuel healthy children, and the dairy industry is an important economic driver in Siouxland. We’re happy that the museum will be helping children understand the entire food chain in a fun, interactive way.”

Jones added that Western Iowa Dairy Alliance looks forward to working with ongoing programming at the Children’s Museum of Siouxland after the initial construction phase.

WIDA represents dairy farm families and dairy industry partners across the western half of Iowa and focuses on efforts to reach out to consumers with information about modern dairy farming, as well as providing education opportunities and a voice for dairy farmers.

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