Silage Innoculants

Chuck Zimmerman

Silage innoculants are discussed in this segment of the Pioneer Forage Forum, with information provided by Bill Rutherford, research coordinator, Pioneer Forage Additive Research Group. In addition to the much talked about L. buchneri, Rutherford provides information on organisms which also have an important role as components of silage inoculants. He explains why it is important to have multiple strains …

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

RFID Can Reduce Labor Costs

Chuck Zimmerman

Steven Smith with DHI-Provo demonstrated how the Pocket DHI-Plus works with RFID through a video that showed a dairy producer walking alongside his animals and scanning them. As he did that, you could hear what he was hearing in his ear piece, whether to skip the animal, whether it needed to be preg-checked, or was due for injections, or whatever …

Animal Health, Animal ID, Audio, Dairy Business, General, NIAA

Dairy Ingredients Market Growing

Chuck Zimmerman

There’s apparently a growing market for dairy products as ingredients. Nutrition bars would be one example. You may not have noticed, but there’s change underway in the American food industry. Dairy ingredients are showing up in an amazing array of products that you might not traditionally think of when you think of dairy. There’s more on that, as Brian Baxter …

Audio, Dairy Checkoff

Starch in Fermented Grains

Chuck Zimmerman

Starch in Fermented Grains is the topic of this Forage Forum segment, with information provided by Dr. Bill Mahanna, Pioneer Global Nutritional Sciences Manager. Dr. Mahanna reviews the importance of the form of corn when it is fed, especially to cattle feeders. Additionally, he weighs in on the pros and cons of high-moisture corn, focusing on the fermentation process and …

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

Pfizer Animal Health Dairy Research

Chuck Zimmerman

Last week I got to attend a media event at Pfizer Animal Health. They brought in a group of agricultural journalists for a behind the scenes look at their veterinary medicine research and development facility/farm in Michigan. One of the people I met was Bill Loveland. Bill manages their research dairy. Pfizer has a state of the art dairy facility …

Agribusiness, Audio

Kernel Texture

Chuck Zimmerman

Just what exactly is kernel texture? Dr. Bill Mahanna, Pioneer Global Nutritional Sciences Manager, explores this question while comparing hard starch vs. soft starch. He also explains the link to digestibility and touches upon current Ohio State University research on corn grain and corn silage – what are the influences on feedability and what is the role of fermentation? Bill …

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

Total-Tract Starch Digestibility

Chuck Zimmerman

With rising corn prices, a clear understanding of total-tract starch digestibility is as important as ever, says Dr. Bill Mahanna, coordinator of global nutritional sciences for Pioneer Hi-Bred. Additionally, Bill explains the differences when starch is digested in the rumen of the cow versus in the intestine, and how this balance works. New research and tests are giving producers a …

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

Value Added Milk

Chuck Zimmerman

Value added is a term used in a lot of different places but not one you normally hear associated with milk. But that’s changing. There are some new kinds of milk in the dairy case these days. The Dairy Checkoff is working on this area and we’ve got a Brian Baxter report about it. Coming soon to a grocery store …

Audio, Dairy Checkoff

Aging Population in Japan is U. S. Opportunity

Chuck Zimmerman

Brian Baxter was busy at last week in Denver between the Dairy and Beef Checkoff meetings taking place. Here’s one of the reports he put together for the U. S. Dairy Export Council. Japan is one of the strongest economies in the world, but its population is aging. Those market realities are providing opportunity for U.S. dairy producers to grow …

Audio, Dairy Checkoff, Export, International