Dairy Industry Testimony on Feed Costs

Chuck Zimmerman

The House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry held a hearing this week to review the impact of higher feed costs on the livestock industry, specifically as a result of increased demand for ethanol from corn. One of the witnesses was Rob Wonderlich, a producer from Ollie, Iowa who testified on behalf of Dairy Farmers of America. Wonderlich testified …

Audio, Dairy Group, Feed, General, Government

Evaluate Alfalfa Winterkill for Go/No-Go Decision

Chuck Zimmerman

Early to mid-April, when alfalfa begins to green up, is the time to assess the degree of damage from winterkill. Dan Wiersma, account manager for Pioneer Hi-Bred, offers tips on what to look for, both above and below ground, to evaluate alfalfa stands just ahead of the upcoming growing season. Dan also discusses options to consider if those stands are …

Audio, Forage Forum, Pioneer Hi-Bred

WeatherMaster Technology From ADM Alliance Nutrition

Chuck Zimmerman

While I was attending the recent Cattle Industry Convention I met Brad Dalke, business manager, ADM Alliance Nutrition. He was there to discuss their new WeatherMaster technology. This technology, which ensures minerals will not leach out or break down in rainy or harsh weather conditions, is produced with naturally sourced ingredients and does not contain petroleum-based ingredients. “The NCBA show …

Agribusiness, Audio

Detachment From WestphaliaSurge at NFMS

Chuck Zimmerman

I’m attending the National Farm Machinery Show and doing most of my posting onto AgWired. I was surprised to learn how many dairy farmers visit here in Louisville, KY. This afternoon I visited the WestphaliaSurge booth and talked with Jerry Quellhorst. They’ve got a large exhibit here and he says he spoke with dairymen from states all over the country …

Agribusiness, Audio, Farm Show

Super Dairy Bowl

Chuck Zimmerman

It’s Super Bowl time and the dairy industry is ready for it. Regardless of whether the Colts or the Bears win Super Bowl 41 in Miami, dairy producers have already scored big thanks to another successful year teaming up with the National Football League to increase milk, cheese and yogurt sales. Brian Baxter has more in this report. Download and …

Audio, Dairy Checkoff, Promotion

Secretary Johanns at Cattle Convention

Chuck Zimmerman

U. S. Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Johanns was on hand here in Nashville today at the Cattle Industry Convention. He’s been on the road since announcing the administration farm bill proposal. I was able to obtain a copy of his speech this morning if you would like to listen. I was in the media room posting onto Beef Board Meeting.com …

Audio, Government

Getting a Florida Dairyman's Perspective

Chuck Zimmerman

Woody Larson is a Florida dairyman who is attending the Cattle Industry Convention and he serves on the Beef Board. I’ve known Woody for quite some time and was very happy to see him here in Nashville. I interviewed Woody in between the Dairy Producer Forum lunch yesterday and the Beef Checkoff update session. Woody explains how he feels about …

Audio, Beef Checkoff

What's the Definition of "Raised Naturally"

Chuck Zimmerman

The Beef Checkoff Dairy Producer Forum is underway here at the Cattle Industry Convention. This is an annual opportunity for beef and dairy producers to get together and learn about how the Beef Checkoff is providing value to the dairy industry. Attendees heard comments from both Mike John, NCBA President, and Jay O’Brien, CBB Chairman. The featured speaker this year …

Audio, Beef Checkoff