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

Milk 2006: New Values Mean a More Useful Equation

Chuck Zimmerman

The new Milk 2006 equation for silage corn from the University of Wisconsin reflects important modifications to the Milk 2000 version, according to Dr. Bill Mahanna, coordinator of global nutritional sciences for Pioneer Hi-Bred. Neutral digestive fiber (NDF) values can now be entered from any time point. Milk 2000 accommodated only a 48-hour value. Also, starch digestibility values can now …

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

Why’s and What-For’s of VFA Profiles

Chuck Zimmerman

Why has interest increased in testing for volatile fatty acid (VFA) profiles in silages? Because nutritionists are looking for ways to better fine-tune rations, and because laboratories have responded with advanced technologies in testing for VFA’s. Dr. Bill Mahanna, coordinator of global nutritional sciences for Pioneer Hi-Bred, provides a brief refresher on VFA’s. Citing Pioneer research, he offers observations on …

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

Shifting the Blame for Milk Butterfat Depression

Chuck Zimmerman

Conventional wisdom has linked milk butterfat depression mostly to low fiber content. Theories on what creates this problem are now shifting, says Dr. Bill Mahanna, coordinator of global nutritional sciences for Pioneer Hi-Bred. Studies indicate that as a result of higher-energy silage corn rations, trans-fatty acids from oils in forages and grains may account for much of this depression. The …

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