Value of Starch in Corn Silage

Cindy Zimmerman

Along with higher corn prices, the value of corn silage has tracked notably higher. The industry used to reference corn silage values at “a penny a pound” or $20 per ton. However, the higher corn market and costs related to silage harvest have boost corn silage values in upwards of $50 per ton, says Dr. Bill Mahanna, coordinator of global …

Animal Health, Audio, Feed, Forage Forum, Pioneer Hi-Bred, Podcast

NAIS Exemption Under Fire

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The Farm Bill debate continues in the Senate, and now government watchdog groups are questioning exempting National Animal Identification from the Freedom of Information Act (FIOA). The Society of Professional Journalists, the American Civil Liberties Union and others say an attempt to ban the disclosure of information from a national animal tracking system could exempt some Agriculture Department documents from …

Animal Health, Government, Industry News

Role of Yeast in Unstable Silages

Cindy Zimmerman

While yeast is a common ingredient in feed rations, including yeast in silage can cause stability issues, particularly when there is significant variability in the corn crop, says Dr. Bill Mahanna, coordinator of global nutritional services for Pioneer Hi-Bred. An increasing amount of yeast can impact digestibility and palatability of the silage, but more importantly yeast can “heat up” the …

Animal Health, Audio, Feed, Forage Forum, Pioneer Hi-Bred, Podcast

Fresh Cow Advice From Pfizer

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Pfizer Animal Health has some advice to help producers develop prevention management practices. Using systematic and comprehensive monitoring programs for facility layout, animal flow and employee training can dairy producers increase profits. “A good fresh cow management program is critical to the success and profitability of a dairy,” says Mark Kirkpatrick, DVM, Manager, Dairy Veterinary Operations, Pfizer Animal Health. “When …

Agribusiness, Animal Health, Industry News

Corn Silage for Heifers

Cindy Zimmerman

Does corn silage really need to be that much different for heifers versus cows? According to Dr. Bill Mahanna, coordinator of global nutritional science for Pioneer Hi-Bred, the answer is yes since high fat deposits in growing heifers can cause havoc and production issues down the line. Hear how producers can potentially manage this problem and their crops to reduce …

Animal Health, Audio, Feed, Forage Forum, Nutrition, Pioneer Hi-Bred, Podcast

National FAIR Recognized by USDA

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And the news from the Holstein Association USA is also outstanding – the Association is one of the first to be recognized by USDA as an official Animal Tracking Database. A cooperative agreement has been signed between USDA and Holstein Association USA giving National FAIR (Farm Animal Identification and Records) official approval as a compliant Animal Tracking Database under the …

Animal Health, Animal ID, Government, Holstein Association, Industry News

Dairy Animal Well-Being Initiative Announced

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Last week at World Dairy Expo a producer-led coalition called the National Dairy Animal Well-Being Initiative was announced. The coalition represents every facet of the dairy industry and wants to protect consumer trust and confidence in the dairy industry’s commitment to animal well-being. The coalition introduced the first draft of proposed principles and guidelines intended to provide a uniform umbrella …

Animal Health, Education, Industry News

Big Ass Fans Are In Your Face

Chuck Zimmerman

I couldn’t pass up this picture. If I’m a cow needing a little breeze to cool me down then give me a Big Ass Fan. That’s what I’m talking about. One of these would be very nice over by deck too I’ll bet. Here’s what they say about them on their website: “We don’t know about California, but we’re darn …

Animal Health, BASF Plant Science, Charleston-Orwig, Hoard's Dairyman, World Dairy Expo

Arm & Hammer for Dairy Nutrition

Chuck Zimmerman

One of the exhibitors here is Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition Group. They’ve got a new website up so dairy producers have an online destination to learn more about them and their products. I spoke with Scott Morey (pictured on the right) who is their Senior Business Manager. He says they’re focused on dairy nutrition from a product standpoint and …

Animal Health, Audio, BASF Plant Science, Charleston-Orwig, Hoard's Dairyman, The Milking Parlor

National Dairy Animal Well-Being Initiative Announced

Chuck Zimmerman

This morning at World Dairy Expo a producer-led coalition of dairy groups and companies announced the National Dairy Animal Well-Being Initiative. They’re proposing dairy animal well-being guidelines and principles. One of the groups participating in the effort is the National Milk Producers Federation. I spoke with their Senior Vice President of Communications, Chris Galen (not pictured) about what his organization …

Animal Health, Audio, BASF Plant Science, Charleston-Orwig, Education, Hoard's Dairyman, Training, World Dairy Expo