National DHIA Announces Award Winners

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Congratulations to Donald Shaw and Edward Fiez, both recognized by the National Dairy Herd Information Association’s (NDHIA) for the work they’ve done. Donald Shaw, Southeast DHIA meter and training coordinator, received the Martin A. Wilson Memorial Award, which honors a person who has been dedicated to improving DHIA and employed in a DHIA management position for at least five years. …


GEA Group acquires DB Wilaard Holding BV‏

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GEA Group AG continues its expansion strategy towards becoming a total solutions provider in livestock farming through the acquisition of DB Wilaard Holding BV. With its main brands “Royal De Boer” and “Brouwers”, the firm is a leading manufacturer of barn equipment in Europe. The company is headquartered in Leeuwarden, Netherlands, and in 2008 generated revenues of approximately EUR 40 …


Impact of Growing Conditions on Nutritional Value of Silage

Cindy Zimmerman

Growing conditions can vary from year to year and this variance can impact the nutritional value of the silage. In this edition of the Pioneer Forage Forum podcast, Pioneer livestock information manager Jim Smith explains the effects of solar radiation, moisture and heat at different stages of plant growth. [audio:] Jim Smith on the Impact of Growing Conditions on Nutritional …

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AVMA Launches 'Chew on This' Podcast Series on Food Safety

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The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is pleased to announce a new podcast series called “Chew on This,” dedicated to examining issues related to food safety and protecting our nation’s food supply. I haven’t “America’s veterinarians play key roles in food safety, and these podcasts offer us an opportunity to speak directly to consumers, many of whom may not be …


Dairy Foods are Best Source of Calcium

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A Purdue University study shows dairy foods have an advantage over calcium carbonate in promoting bone growth and strength. Connie Weaver, distinguished professor and head of the food and nutrition department, found that the bones of rats fed nonfat dry milk were longer, wider, more dense and stronger than those of rats fed a diet with calcium carbonate. Calcium carbonate …

Dairy Checkoff, Health, Industry News, Milk, Nutrition, Research

Farm Aid Urging You to Take Action to Save Dairy Farmers

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Willie Nelson and his Farm Aid foundation is urging everyone to take action now to help dairy farmers by sending a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. According to the Farm Aid website: “America’s dairy farmers are rapidly disappearing, and we need your help to make sure they don’t lose everything they’ve ever worked for. Sign our letter to …

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Advocates for Agriculture Teaching Others

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Have you heard of Troy and Stacy Hadrick yet? This couple, who are fifth-generation ranchers from Vale, S.D., have become respected and well-known advocates in the agriculture industry. In fact, the Hadricks formed “Advocates for Agriculture” in 2006 to help teach farm and ranch groups about the importance of telling agriculture’s positive stories ever since. Not only does this power …

Education, Industry News, Media

Core is the Newest Stout Experience Honoree

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Congratulations to Brady Core, Salvisa, Ky., for being selected as the 2009 recipient of the Fred Stout Experience Award, given by the American Jersey Cattle Association. The award was created in 2000 in memory of Fred J. Stout Jr., Mt. Carmel, Ill., a lifelong Jersey breeder and member of the Jersey Marketing Service staff from 1978 to 1997. Stout was …

Company Announcement, Competition, Education, Industry News, Jersey Association

Borden Gives the Dairy Case a Fresh Look

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Elsie-the-cow is getting a bit of a makeover as Borden, Louisiana’s leading dairy, this week unveiled new packaging design and an exciting new ad campaign featuring one of Disney’s hottest stars, Selena Gomez. Keeping the Borden brand current with families, the new label designs will be on all Borden milk containers in the dairy case later this month. New television …

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