American Gelbvieh Convention to be Held in Kansas City

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gelbviehThe American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) will hold its 45th annual national convention and meeting this year in Kansas City, Missouri, December 10-12, 2015.

This convention marks one of the first in recent history that will be a solitary event for members of the American Gelbvieh Association. Previously the AGA Annual Convention was held in January in Denver, Colorado during the National Western Stock Show events. The 45th Annual Convention will serve as a place for AGA members to meet and conduct committee meetings, elect leaders of the AGA to serve on the board of directors as well as network and connect with fellow Gelbvieh breeders and industry producers.

The AGA will be hosting a variety of new convention programs that are geared to both AGA members and commercial stakeholders. New events during convention such as AGA 101 and the all-new Cattlemen’s Profit Roundup will make this convention unique from those in the past.

The all-new Cattlemen’s Profit Roundup symposium will be the culminating activity at the AGA Convention and is tailored to fit the interest and needs of commercial bull customers, feeders and beef industry partners. The symposium will feature industry-leading speakers and panelists that will address both sides of the cattle production profit equation. This is a free to attend event and the AGA would like to invite all cattlemen and cattlewomen to attend this educating event.

More information is available at

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Entries for World Dairy Expo Cattle Exhibits Now Open

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wdeexhibitsThose wanting to exhibit dairy cattle at the upcoming 2015 World Dairy Expo can now rehister. Entry forms are available online through the Dairy Cattle Entry system or for print on the expo website. All entries are due Aug. 31, 2015.

Late entries will be accepted until the day of the show at an increased rate (online late entries close Sept. 13, 2015). Entry information, schedule of events, rules and changes/additions can be found in the Premium book, available on the Expo website. To request a print copy, contact Laurie Breuch, Dairy Cattle Show Coordinator, at or Ann Marie Magnochi, Dairy Cattle Show Manager,

World Dairy Expo will be held Sept. 29 – Oct. 3, 2015 at the Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wis. with this year’s theme of “Dairy in our DNA.” WDE, recognized as the meeting place for the global dairy industry, attracts more than 70,000 attendees from more than 90 countries each year.

More information is available at

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Holstein Association Elects Leaders, Amends Bylaws

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holsteinassocThe recent National Holstein Convention saw the election of new officers and some changes to the group’s bylaws.

Gordie Cook of Massachusetts was elected president of the Holstein Association USA board of directors at the organization’s annual meeting, held June 25- 26 in St. Charles, Illinois, during the 130th National Holstein Convention. He replaced retiring President Glen E. Brown of Utah.

Boyd Schaufelberger of Illinois was elected vice president. R. Paul Buhr of Wisconsin and Patrick Maddox of California were re-elected as directors for Regions 5 and 9, respectively. John Andersen of Idaho was elected director for Region 8, while John Marshman of New York was elected at-large director. The president and vice president serve for two years, while the directors serve three-year terms. Jonathan Lamb of New York and Bill Wright of Utah retired from the board.

Some of the changes to the group’s bylaws include removing the requirement the annual meeting will be held in June or July, rules for delegate participation, and a resolution to pursue discussions with Holstein Canada on electronic data sharing of pedigree information.

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World Dairy Expo to Offer Many Educational Opportunities

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worlddairyexpo2015aThe latest in in dairy research and management practices from top industry experts will be offered at the upcoming World Dairy Expo. Several free daily seminars will be held in the Exhibition Hall Mendota 2 meeting room during the Sept. 29-Oct. 3 event in Madison, Wisconsin.

Tuesday, September 29 at 1 p.m.
“The Time is Right for a Succession Plan”
Dan Rupar, Attorney, Ruder/Ware
Sponsored by: Badgerland Financial
Continuing Education Credits: ARPAS (1), RACE (1)

Wednesday, September 30 at 11 a.m.
“Feed Refusals: Waste or Cost of Doing Business?”
Dr. J.W. Schroeder, Associate Professor and Extension Dairy Specialist, North Dakota State University
Sponsored by: DeKalb
Continuing Education Credits: ARPAS (1), RACE (1)

Wednesday, September 30 at 1 p.m.
“Adding Value to Calves by Breeding to Beef”
Jerry Wulf, owner, Wulf Cattle
Sponsored by: Hubbard Feeds, Inc.
Continuing Education Credits: ARPAS (1), RACE (1)Read More

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To Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

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july-4th-2015When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Wishing you a safe and blessed Independence Day!


Digi-Star Introduces Rate Control Manure Spreaders

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DS_NT8000i_011215Digi-Star introduces the NT 8000i rate control system for manure spreaders. The NT 8000i is a weight-based system that improves application efficiency by varying the unloading rate in proportion to ground speed.

The NT 8000i is a closed-loop rate control system designed to provide precision guidance and prescription-based control of the spreading rate in hydraulically driven apron floor systems on manure spreaders using data collected and evaluated in real time.

“The unique feature of the NT 8000i is the weight-based self-calibration and calibration-check system that continuously monitors and readjusts the calibration factor based on the actual weight of the material spread,” says Jack Danner, Digi-Star sales manager. “The NT 8000i system provides enhanced spreading rate accuracy when working with challenging materials of varying densities such as manure, litter or compost.”

With complete as-applied data records saved to an SD card, NT 8000i applicators are equipped with automated traceability allowing them to meet the recordkeeping needs of land owners and government agencies. The system also reduces operator mistakes and fatigue with its fully automated spreader controls.

The NT8000i earned an AE50 award from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) earlier this year. AE50 awards recognize the most innovative designs in engineering products or systems for the food and agriculture industries.
For more information on the NT8000i, call (920) 563-1400 or email:

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Regional Swine Health Symposium

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muThe Missouri Pork Association and University of Missouri Extension will host a Swine Health Symposium on July 20 at the University of Missouri Bradford Research Center.

The symposium, which took the place of the MPA Swine Veterinarian Seminar, provides information for veterinarians and pork producers on issues facing the swine industry. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. and continues until 3:45 p.m.

The lineup of speakers this year includes university faculty, the state veterinarian, swine operation owners and Missouri producers who are leading a regional effort to eradicate Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome. There will also be representatives from the National Pork Producers Council and the National Pork Board addressing other issues in several sessions.

“We have a range of topics, from practical ‘in-the-barn’ issues to cutting-edge technology and a little look into the future,” said MU Extension state swine specialist Tim Safranski.

The symposium is open to pork producers, veterinarians and members of the industry. There is no cost to attend the event, but you must register online or call (573) 445-8375 before July 14.

The Missouri Veterinary Medical Board has approved the event for 6.5 continuing education credits for veterinarians.

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6th National Conference on Grazing Lands

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Screen Shot 2015-07-01 at 2.26.00 PMThe Sixth National Conference on Grazing Lands (6NCGL) will take place on December 13-16 at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas, TX. The event is being hosted by the National Grazing Lands Coalition (NatGLC) with the goal “To Heighten Awareness of the Economic and Environmental Benefits of Grazing Lands.”

The 6NCGL will provide those attending an opportunity to gain the latest information in scientific and applied research, and practical workable applications for building partnerships with a concentration on management methods that are successful in bridging agricultural needs with environmental and social benefits.

The 6NCGL will have a variety of presentations ranging from the Western to the Eastern United States. In addition, the Texas Grazing Lands Coalition has offered up a host of presentations dealing mainly with Central grazing lands. Key presentations will come from two National Environmental Stewardship award winners: Gary Price of the 77 Ranch, from Blooming Grove, Texas, and Frank Price of the Frank and Sims Price Ranch in Sterling City, Texas.

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Groups File Lawsuit To Vacate ‘WOTUS’ Rule

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us-capitol-fiscal-cliff-voteMore than a dozen farm groups have joined together to file a lawsuit to vacate a new Clean Water Act (CWA) regulation, better known as the “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule.

The National Pork Producers Council says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have overstepped their bounds with the rule with an unconstitutional rule.

“The final rule is vague and fails to let regulated parties know when their conduct violates the law,” said NPPC President Dr. Ron Prestage, a veterinarian and pork producer from Camden, S.C. “We’re asking the court to find the rule arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion and not in accordance with law; and to find that it’s unlawful because it’s contrary to constitutional rights and powers, inconsistent with the agencies’ statutory authority under the CWA and was promulgated without following procedures required by law. The bottom line is we want the court to set aside the rule.

“We all want clean water,” Prestage said, “but this rule isn’t about clean water, it’s about EPA and the Corps taking over private property, growing the size of government and micromanaging hundreds of farming and business activities.”

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Public Lands Council, also a part of the lawsuit, expressed similar concerns.

“The WOTUS rule remains a top priority for our producers and for all landowners nationwide,” said Philip Ellis, NCBA president and Chugwater, Wyo., cattleman. “While cattlemen have long asked for greater clarity around the Clean Water Act, this rule does the opposite, rendering jurisdictional determinations so vague and subjective that our members cannot possibly make a determination as to what basic ranching activities will subject them to criminal and civil penalties under the Clean Water Act. We remain committed to working with the administration, Congress and through the courts to stop this rule.”

The American Farm Bureau Federation, American Petroleum Institute, American Road and Transportation Builders, Leading Builders of America, National Alliance of Forest Owners, National Association of Home Builders, National Association of Manufacturers, National Corn Growers Association, and National Mining Association have also joined in the lawsuit.

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What’s On Your Grill This Holiday Weekend

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New Holland ZimmPollOur latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Will EPA change RFS volume proposal?”

The EPA recently released a new proposal for biofuels volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard – one that has made no one happy but particularly corn farmers and ethanol producers who note that the agency is not implementing the law as intended. EPA held a public hearing to get comments on the proposal but will it lead to a change? Half of those who took our recent poll believe that the EPA won’t change RFS volumes. Time will tell.

Here are the poll results:

  • No – 50%
  • Yes – 29%
  • Maybe – 21%

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, What’s on your grill this 4th of July?

Beyond fireworks, grilling seems to be a top priority when families and friends gather to celebrate Independence Day. July is also known as National Hot Dog Month. So, will you be joining the tradition by eating hot dogs on the 4th or will you be grilling up something else?

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