Energy Effiecient Proposals Sought

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Dairy companies and suppliers of technology and equipment are being invited to form consortia to research and demonstrate new energy efficient technologies in both CIP and homogenization. The Carbon Trust will provide up to £500,000 per project to fund a maximum of 60% of project costs, depending on State Aid rules for the project type and size of company, as …

Biotech, energy, International

StollerUSA's Alfalfa Program Features Bio-Forge

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Spring is in the air, and it’s time for dairy farmers to think and plan for the 2010 crop. Read below for information on StollerUSA’s Alfalfa Program. Stoller’s Director of Bioscience, Dr. Ron Salzman, explained the Stoller technology while reviewing university research results and showing images from field trials. StollerUSA field representative, Don Stork also shared what Stoller’s Alfalfa Program …

Alfalfa, Biotech

Biodiesel Plant Receives Grant

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HERO BX, formerly Lake Erie Biofuels, LLC, is the country’s largest producer of biodiesel. Last week, the company announced it has been awarded a $1,640,250 million grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority to complete the company’s expansion project – increasing their yearly output of low-cost, high quality biodiesel, from 45 million gallons to 55 million gallons. HERO BX is matching …

Biotech, General, Industry News

Deferred Payment Loan Now Available for Silage Inoculants

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Customers of Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, now can buy silage inoculants using the Pioneer Deferred Payment Loan program. This program will provide payment options specifically designed for dairy and livestock producers as they face economic challenges. Talk to your Pioneer sales professional for details. If you don’t have an existing line of credit for Pioneer® brand seed purchases, your …

Agribusiness, Biotech, Industry News

New Zealand Study May Find Production Increase

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A new scientific study being conducted in New Zealand could yield a natural, non-hormonal supplement that will significantly increase milk production. The study is being co-funded by the country’s governmental lab AgResearch Ltd.. and Ancare Scientific. The study with Ancare Scientific Ltd. will take a year and cost more than NZ$500,000 ($377,000), Andy West, chief executive officer of state-owned AgResearch …

Agribusiness, Animal Health, Biotech, International, Milk, Research

Ohio Department of Agriculture Issues Emergency Rule on Dairy Labeling

Andy Vance

The Ohio Department of Agriculture has issued an Emergency Rule with the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) that regulates on dairy labeling regarding recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST), a supplement used for milk production. The issue of rBST labeling has become one of the hottest issues in Ohio agriculture, and Director of Agriculture Bob Boggs has taken the point …

Biotech, Competition, Government, Milk, Production

Anti rBST Ads to Cease in Keystone State

Andy Vance

As the rancorous debate over acceptance of rBST treatments has spread across the country, more and more dairy marketers have jumped on the rBST-free bandwagon. The concern of dairyman has always been the clear lack of understanding from the average consumer as to what exactly rBST is, what it does, and what it means for them as consumers of dairy products. One state has now decided that the debate is over for them: Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Dennis Wolf announced this week that starting January 1st, marketers are prohibited from selling milk under the “rBST Free” label.

Biotech, Dairy Business, Markets, Milk

Igenity Adds to Profile

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Merial has announced two new analyses to the comprehensive IGENITY® profile. Added to the DNA profile are a multiple-marker fertility analysis and an optional diagnostic test for persistent infection (PI) of the bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) virus. DNA markers also have been added to the longevity and milk production analyses in the IGENITY profile — making them more powerful and …

Biotech, Genetics, Industry News

MSN Tackles bST

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A recent article on gives an even rebuttal to the bST debate that has been in the news the last few months. The article aims to calm the fears of consumers and to lay out the facts on bST. What do you think of the points made? Growth hormones exist naturally in a dairy cow and in the milk …

Biotech, Media