Alphabet Forages

Cindy Zimmerman

Have trouble sorting out PENDF, NDF and PEF? Pioneer Hi-Bred nutritional sciences veterinarian, Bill Seglar, explains these acronyms and their value to producers. “This information offers producers the ability to add up physically effective fiber coming from all different types of forages that are being brought into the ration to see if it meets the requirements of the total ration,” …

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

Moldy Silages

Cindy Zimmerman

Moldy silages can create a variety of concerns for producers. Pioneer nutritional sciences veterinarian, Bill Seglar, discusses the effects of moldy silages. Additionally, Seglar explains how to identify moldy silages as well as how to reduce and remove the problem. Seglar says moldy silages are the result of an energy-consuming, spore-forming microbe, known as molds, that deplete the silage of …

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

Educating Children About Agriculture

Chuck Zimmerman

Inspirational speaker and writer, Rebecca Long Chaney, is working on a series of agricultural education books for pre-schoolers and elementary school children. Here she’s seen with her exhibit at the Cattle Industry Summer Conference. The book she’s promoting will be available through her website soon. This first book, which she had for sale, is written from the perspective of her …

Audio, Education

Beef Budget and Checkoff Recommendations

Chuck Zimmerman

CBB’s Chief Executive Officer is Tom Ramey. This morning he made a presentation at the second general session of the Cattle Industry Summer Conference. You can listen to his presentation below. I also interviewed Tom and found out that there are two main issues of special importance to the Beef Checkoff here at this conference. The first one, according to …

Audio, Beef Checkoff

Focus on Consumer Perceptions

Chuck Zimmerman

One of the main dairy groups represented at today’s Joint Beef & Dairy Information Symposium here at the Cattle Industry Summer Conference was Dairy Management Inc. David Pelzer is Senior VP, Industry Image & Relations. DMI is a non-profit organization that manages the Dairy Checkoff. I spoke to him today about dairy and beef producers getting together and discussing common …

Animal Welfare, Audio, Beef Checkoff, Dairy Checkoff, Dairy Group, General

Dairy Industry Animal Welfare Program

Chuck Zimmerman

Earlier this week the National Dairy Board met and like last year, that meeting ended just in time for attendees to meet with beef producers at the Cattle Industry Summer Conference, Joint Beef & Dairy Information Symposium. One of those people is Rob Byrne, Sr. VP Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, National Milk Producers Federation. I spoke with Rob during today’s …

Animal Welfare, Audio, Beef Checkoff, Dairy Group

Dairy and Beef Producers Meeting Jointly

Chuck Zimmerman

It’s Cattle Industry Summer Conference time once again. I’m helping out the Cattlemen’s Beef Board with their Beef Board Meeting.com as I have for several years now. The current Vice Chairman of the CBB is Lucinda Williams. Lucinda is married to a 12th-generation dairy producer and farmer in Hatfield, Mass., on her 220-acre family owned farm, which dates back to …

Animal Health, Audio, Beef Checkoff

Using Infrared Technology for Bunker Management

Cindy Zimmerman

With increased feed costs, producers are looking to refine management techniques for optimum feeding. Pioneer recently invested in an infrared camera that shows heat in the silage face. This technology shows several qualities about the silage in the bunker. With this camera, Pioneer professionals can show producers if silage was packed properly, if the method for feeding silage from the …

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

Heat Stress and Nutrition

Cindy Zimmerman

As we head into the summer months and temperatures begin to rise, producers need to monitor feed rations. Inevitably, dairy cows will go through an intake depression. Bill Mahanna, coordinator of global nutritional sciences for Pioneer, says we need to pay close attention to our starch digestibility – how much effective fiber is in the ration. Producers need to have …

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