Dr. Bill Mahanna, coordinator of global nutritional sciences for Pioneer Hi-Bred, weighs in on the recent interest in the dairy industry about how alfalfa can and should be chopped. The catalyst is the popularity of disk mowers, which allow chopping much lower to the ground. This can increase yields, but at what cost in stand longevity and forage quality?
After this highway trip I’m on I’ll be back to posing more regularly. However I thought you might be interested in this interview since it mentions the dairy business.
USDA’s Ag Research Service is working to combat major diseases in the dairy industry. One of the most challenging has been Bovine Viral Diarrhea (BVD). The disease has typically been battled by vaccinations, but as we learn from Julia Ridpath, a microbioligist with ARS, this strategy isn’t as effective as it could be due to persistently infected animals. Past-President of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting Joe Cornely has the details here: Julia Ridpath on BVD (2:59 mp3)
A recent story for the USDA’s Radio News Service says that dairy operators are about to pull back on production increases as prices fall. The report is done by Gary Crawford who interviewed USDA Outlook Chairman, Gerry Bange.
Being a farmer today has its challenges. Being a farmer and a funny car driver simply magnifies those challenges. Mark Thomas is up to the challenge though. He is also one of the biggest proponents of ethanol you’re going to find anywhere.
With higher energy prices this summer, you might be tempted to stretch that silage a little farther than you probably should.
Everyone wants a spring break body. Now you can have a slimmer summer with 3-A-Day of Dairy’s 3-Week Healthy Lifestyle Start-Up Plan. They’re supporting the campaign with new radio spots. Here’s a couple of them for you:
How about some more news out of USDA today. This one’s from their World Outlook Board. USDA reporter, Brenda Curtis, has a story about milk prices being forecast lower due to higher production and higher stocks.
Maybe not quite, but USDA is working on a solution. The Ag Research Service is working to determine if we can genetically engineer our cows to resist the infection altogether.
Hello from BIO 2006, the annual convention of the Biotechnology Industry Organization. It’s taking place in Chicago, IL.