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.
I drove through Kansas City a day late to be able to stop by the DFA annual meeting. However, they now have some great coverage of the event on their website.
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.