Free BQA Certification for Beef and Dairy Producers

Jamie Johansen

For the third time, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) is supporting the checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program by sponsoring all online certifications this fall for producers who enroll from September 1-October 31. Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. will pick up the $25-$50 certification fee for beef or dairy producers who are interested in becoming certified or recertified during this period. …

Agribusiness, Beef, Boehringer Ingelheim, BQA, Dairy, Education

UF/IFAS Family Day at the Dairy Farm returns Oct. 25, 2014

Jamie Johansen

University of Florida supporters have something new to look forward to this fall – the return of Family Day at the Dairy Farm, a popular open house held at the UF dairy farm in Hague and presented by UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences with support from Florida Dairy Farmers and UF’s College of Veterinary Medicine. In past years, …

Ag Group, Dairy, Education, Events

U.S. Dairy Seeks Next Class of Stewardship Stars

Jamie Johansen

The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, established under the leadership of dairy farmers, is now accepting nominations for the 2015 U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards. The awards recognize outstanding dairy farms, businesses and partnerships for socially responsible, economically viable and environmentally sound practices. These practices, large and small, are steps that add up to promote the health and well-being of consumers, …

Ag Group, award, Dairy, sustainability

NMPF Pleased with Margin Protection Program

Jamie Johansen

The new margin protection insurance program for dairy farmers, which was developed by the National Milk Producers Federation and enacted in the 2014 Farm Bill, was formally unveiled by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. NMPF said it is pleased with the overall provisions of the new program, and urged farmers to begin familiarizing themselves with what will be a “valuable tool” …

Ag Group, Dairy, National Milk

USDA Unveils Dairy Farm Risk Management Program

Cindy Zimmerman

USDA has announced farmers can enroll in the new dairy Margin Protection Program starting September 1, 2014 and the agency has launched a new web tool to help producers with the program. Established under the 2014 Farm Bill, the voluntary program provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the difference between the price of milk and feed costs falls below …

Dairy, farm bill, usda

Milk Quality Meeting Draws International Audience to Belgium

Jamie Johansen

Ghent, Belgium served as the host site for over 650 milk quality professionals from 51 countries attending the National Mastitis Council (NMC) Regional Meeting. The meeting, held August 4-6, is the first of its kind held outside of North America and was jointly organized with the M-team at Ghent University. Attendees were able to participate in a variety of specialized …

Ag Group, Animal Health, Cattle, Dairy, Mastitis

1st North American DairyProQ Breaks Ground

Jamie Johansen

GEA Farm Technologies is proud to announce that ground has been broken on the first North American installation of DairyProQ, a revolutionary milking system allowing farms to install individual, fully automatic, robotic milking stall modules on a rotary parlor. The installation of the 72-stall DairyProQ rotary parlor is occurring at Mlsna East Town Dairy, Cashton, Wis., where the groundbreaking was …

Agribusiness, Cattle, Dairy, Milk, Milking Parlor

Organic & Conventional Dairies Show Few Differences

Jamie Johansen

Cows raised on organic and conventional dairy farms in three regions of the United States show no significant differences in health or in the nutritional content of their milk, according to a new study by Oregon State University researchers and their collaborators. Many organic and conventional dairies in the study also did not meet standards set by three commonly used …

Ag Group, Animal Health, Dairy, Organic

Udder Tech, Inc. Launches Green Vet Gear, Milk Testing Aprons

Jamie Johansen

Udder Tech, Inc. announces that their popular veterinarian items are now offered in the color green and new milk testing aprons are now available. “We are excited to offer our vet gear in the new green color,” said Cheryl Mohn, president of Udder Tech, Inc. “We have been expanding our product color choices through the years, most recently offering select …

Agribusiness, Dairy, Technology

CWT Assists with 2 Million lbs of Cheese Export Sales

Jamie Johansen

Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 6 requests for export assistance from Dairy Farmers of America and Northwest Dairy Association (Darigold) to sell 1.964 million pounds (891 metric tons) of Cheddar and Gouda cheese, to customers in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The product will be delivered August 2014 through January 2015. Year-to-date, CWT has assisted member cooperatives in …

Ag Group, Cheese, cooperatives, cwt, Dairy