Utilize Second Crop to Meet Your Nutrient Needs

Jamie Johansen

John Klein, Corn Replacement Feed & Forage Products Business Manager for ADM had a chance to visit with Chuck the other day about one of the products they offer called ADM Second Crop. The title was given to a process they created for treating crop residue. “It got the title Second Crop because after harvesting your grain you come in …

Deadline for World Forage Analysis Superbowl Approaches

Jamie Johansen

The entry deadlines this year’s World Forage Analysis Superbowl is quickly approaching. The entry deadline for the standard and brown midrib corn silage is Thursday, August 14. The deadline for all other forage samples including dairy hay, haylage, bagelage, commercial hay and grass hay is Thursday, September 4. The official entry form and contest rules can be found at foragesuperbowl.org …

Zoetis Brings On-Farm Diagnostic Tests to Dairies in China

Jamie Johansen

Zoetis Inc. announced the introduction of on-farm cattle health screening tests for the dairy industry in China. These tests will enable China’s dairy farmers and veterinarians to rapidly screen cattle on the farm for sub-clinical mastitis and ketosis, two of the leading causes of lost production and poor milk quality in China. Test results will be available within five minutes, …

PDMP's Second Annual Summer Summit

Talia Goes

The Professional Dairy Managers of PA (PDMP) is hosting it’s second ‘Summer Summit’ on August 7, 2014; this time at Yippee Farms in Mt Joy in Lancaster County. Yippee Farms, operated by Arlin Benner and his family, is an ideal dairy to demonstrate how innovation and creativity can make up for facility constraints. “It never ceases to amaze me what …

Farmer, Mother & Blogger Talks Biotech at House Hearing

Jamie Johansen

Farmers need to do a better job at connecting with the public when talking about the benefits that biotechnology brings to producers, consumers and the environment, said Joanna Lidback, a dairy farmer from northeast Vermont. Lidback, who also keeps a blog documenting her family’s life on the farm, testified during a hearing of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, …

Guidance Hindering Water Conservation on Farms

Jamie Johansen

The National Milk Producers Federation asked the EPA to withdraw recent guidance concerning when farmers must seek Clean Water Act permits for a long list of normal farming activities near wetlands. NMPF, said the EPA’s proposal could have the perverse effect of discouraging water conservation, by changing the long-standing relationship between farmers and the Agriculture Department’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. …

Dairy Cattle Entries Now Open for World Dairy Expo

Jamie Johansen

World Dairy Expo’s 2014 dairy cattle entries are now open. Exhibitors can choose to enter through the Expo online entry system or by mail. Initial entry deadline is Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. Premium Books were mailed to recent year’s exhibitors July 1. The Premium Book is also available online or new exhibitors can request a copy from World Dairy Expo …

Milk Products Introduces New National Sales Specialist

Jamie Johansen

Milk Products is proud to welcome a new team member, Randal Morris, to fill the role as a National Sales Specialist. In his new position, Morris will be responsible for creating customer value, providing product solutions and training for key accounts across the Midwest and Northeast. Morris comes to Milk Products with a vast array of agricultural sales experience. Most …

MooMonitor – Best Automated Heat Detection System

Jamie Johansen

A research study undertaken at Kansas State University and published this week in the Journal of Dairy Science specifically stated that scanning by ultrasonography confirmed that 88.6% of cows identified by activity (by the MooMonitor) were in estrus. This compared favorably with other systems tested which were 70% to 80% accurate. What the research showed was that the majority of …

Holstein Association USA Board Convenes

Jamie Johansen

The Holstein Association USA board of directors met June 24-25, 2014 in Dubuque, Iowa. President Glen Brown chaired the board meeting held during the 129th National Holstein Convention and Annual Meeting at the Grand River Center in downtown Dubuque. The board honored retiring Directors Jim Burdette of Pennsylvania and Boyd Schaufelberger of Illinois. Both were formally acknowledged for their contributions …