I’m sorry I haven’t posted since last week. I really thought I’d find some dairy news at Commodity Classic but in all the busy-ness that didn’t happen. However, since we’re running a video iPod contest for New Holland I thought I’d share this with you.
The typical dairy cycle is for a producing cow to enter a dry period from between 45 and 60 days prior to calving. That cycle, however, may not be the most profitable production practice available. Dr. David Zartman, Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University’s Department of Animal Sciences recently released an article examining the concept of perennial lactation – a lactation lasting over two full years, and in several cases, three and four years without a dry period. I spoke with Dr. Zartman on the subject, and you can listen to his comments here: David Zartman Interview (8:54 mp3 file)
One of the sponsors of World Dairy Diary is Accelerated Genetics. I spoke with Janet Keller, VP, Public Relations, Communications and Advertising.
Here is another interview with Mike Callicrate, owner of No-Bull Enterprises, this time talking about the Callicrate Bander which he developed
This will be my last post from the Cattle Industry Convention. To sort of bring it full circle I interviewed the new Chairman of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, Jay O’Brien, from Amarillo, TX. The gavel was passed to him this morning. Jay speaks about the new long range plan for the beef industry which was passed here this morning. I’m sure that it will have an impact on dairy producers as it is interpreted and implemented.
Dairy producers attending yesterday’s Dairy Producer Communications Forum at the Cattle Industry Convention heard some surprising news.
Our U. S. Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Johanns, was on the program early today here at the Cattle Industry Convention. He spoke for about 25 minutes before taking some questions from the floor.
Dairy producers don’t always think of themselves as beef producers but since they’re paying the Beef Checkoff they might be interested to hear what it’s doing for them.