Using Data to Create Change

Jamie Johansen

Record markets and expansion in the beef industry and especially in the Hereford breed has provided opportunity for investments. The American Hereford Association jumped at this and put together an educational event for their breeders. The Hereford Genetic Summit took place last week at Missouri State University’s Darr Agricultural Center and breeders flooded in with open ears. “We are really …

Ag Group, Audio, Beef, Cattle, Genetics, Hereford

Cheese & Whole Milk Powder Export Sales Assistance

Jamie Johansen

Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 9 requests for export assistance from Dairy Farmers of America, Michigan Milk Producers Association, Northwest Dairy Association (Darigold) and Tillamook County Creamery Association to sell 2.26 million pounds (1,025 metric tons) of Cheddar, Gouda, Monterey Jack cheese and 617,294 pounds (280 metric tons) of whole milk powder to customers in Asia, the Middle East, …

Ag Group, Cheese, cooperatives, cwt, Dairy, Milk

New Holland Pavilion Progress Update

Jamie Johansen

We have the latest building project photographs from the New Holland Pavilions at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, WI. The countdown for this year’s Expo is getting close and the anticipation for the new state-of-the-art facility grows. At the beginning of August, the milking parlor started to take shape. Two bulk tanks arrived, each holding 2,000 gallons. The masonry …

Ag Group, Dairy, New Holland, World Dairy Expo

IBBA Board Offers Short-Term THR Amnesty Program

Jamie Johansen

The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) Board of Directors approved an amnesty period for its members to bring cattle back on the THR inventory with no penalty. This amnesty period will begin September 1, 2014, and end December 31, 2014. The cattle brought back must meet all the following criteria: – Member re-enrolling the cattle must be a member in …

Ag Group, Beef, Brangus

World Dairy Expo Entries Due Now

Jamie Johansen

Dairy cattle exhibitors are encouraged to submit their entries now for World Dairy Expo. The initial deadline, to avoid late fees, is Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014 by midnight (CDT). Paper entries must be postmarked by that date to avoid late fees. Exhibitors are encouraged to submit entries on the user-friendly Expo online entry system. The Premium Book is available online …

Ag Group, Dairy, World Dairy Expo

UF/IFAS Family Day at the Dairy Farm returns Oct. 25, 2014

Jamie Johansen

University of Florida supporters have something new to look forward to this fall – the return of Family Day at the Dairy Farm, a popular open house held at the UF dairy farm in Hague and presented by UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences with support from Florida Dairy Farmers and UF’s College of Veterinary Medicine. In past years, …

Ag Group, Dairy, Education, Events

NCBA Addresses APHIS Proposed Rule

Jamie Johansen

The United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Inspection Service published a proposed rule in the Federal Register today to allow the importation of beef from a region in Argentina. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Bob McCan, cattleman from Victoria, Texas, issued the following statement: “The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is deeply concerned by today’s announcement by the United …

Ag Group, Beef, Government, International, NCBA

U.S. Dairy Seeks Next Class of Stewardship Stars

Jamie Johansen

The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, established under the leadership of dairy farmers, is now accepting nominations for the 2015 U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards. The awards recognize outstanding dairy farms, businesses and partnerships for socially responsible, economically viable and environmentally sound practices. These practices, large and small, are steps that add up to promote the health and well-being of consumers, …

Ag Group, award, Dairy, sustainability

NMPF Pleased with Margin Protection Program

Jamie Johansen

The new margin protection insurance program for dairy farmers, which was developed by the National Milk Producers Federation and enacted in the 2014 Farm Bill, was formally unveiled by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. NMPF said it is pleased with the overall provisions of the new program, and urged farmers to begin familiarizing themselves with what will be a “valuable tool” …

Ag Group, Dairy, National Milk