Manage the Challenge of Feeding in a Forage Deficit Area

Jamie Johansen

Forage availability difficulties have both dairy producers and nutritionists looking for options. Unlike in years past, higher grain diets may be the next best option economically these days, however feeding these diets can be challenging. “Feeding a higher grain diet isn’t new by any means,” says Dr. Margaret Winsryg, technical support specialist with Calibrate®Technologies, based in Idaho. “Approximately, 10 years …

Agribusiness, Cattle, Dairy, Nutrition

Artisan Cheese Startups Face Six-digit Costs

Jamie Johansen

Aspiring artisan cheese makers should be prepared to shell out at least $250,000 to set up operations, according to an Oregon State University study. OSU researchers developed a tool for predicting artisan cheese startup and operating costs based on a number of factors, including types of milk (like goat, cow and sheep), cheese types (such as cheddar, blue and mozzarella), …

Agribusiness, Cheese, Dairy

2013 U.S. Diary Sustainability Report Released

Joanna Schroeder

The 2013 U.S. Dairy Sustainability Report has been released by the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. The report outlines the Center’s progress to measure, communicate and improve the social, environmental and economic performance of the diary industry. A key element of this has been the role the Center has played in aiding the diary industry in improving its sustainability programs …

Dairy, Dairy Checkoff, dairy farming, environment, sustainability

GEA Farm Technologies' Contour™ Mattress System

Jamie Johansen

GEA Farm Technologies is very excited to bring dairy producers a better way of thinking about cow bedding. The new, patent pending Contour™ Mattress System is a premium air mattress system for the ultimate in cow comfort and support. This unique bedding choice provides an alternative to deep-bedded sand or solids. Plus, the Contour improves top dress material retention compared …

Agribusiness, Cattle, Dairy, Milking Parlor, Technology

Immune Health Key to Dairy Cattle Reproductive Function

Jamie Johansen

A well-functioning immune system has been shown to support multiple aspects of dairy cattle health and productivity. For example, research suggests that immune health is a major determinant of reproductive function in lactating cows, according to Peter Hansen, Ph.D., of the University of Florida Department of Animal Sciences. Dr. Hansen notes that a dairy cow’s natural immune function is suppressed …

Agribusiness, Dairy, Health, Prince Agri Products, Reproduction

Peeler To Receive National Jersey Award

Jamie Johansen

Davis Peeler, Starr, S.C., will receive one of seven Young Jersey Breeder Awards given by the American Jersey Cattle Association in ceremonies on June 27, 2014, during the association’s Annual Meetings in Alexandria, Virginia. The Young Jersey Breeder Award is presented to individuals or couples who are at least 28 years old and under the age of 40 on January …

Ag Group, award, Dairy, Jersey Association

ANIMART & Michigan Veterinary Supply Join Forces

Jamie Johansen

ANIMART, Inc. announces the completion of the acquisition process of Michigan Veterinary Supply (MVS) of Vermontville, MI, a leading animal health supplier to Michigan Dairies. MVS has served Michigan Dairy Producers for the last 40 years. Over this period of time they have developed long lasting relationships based on excellent service, dependability and a passion for producer’s success. Producers rely …

Agribusiness, Dairy, Veterinary

Young Breeder Panel on the Future of the Dairy Industry

Jamie Johansen

One of the highlights planned for the upcoming National Holstein Convention, June 24-28, 2014 in Dubuque, Iowa is a panel discussion with Holstein breeders, “The Future of the Dairy Industry from Young Holstein Breeders’ Perspectives.” This forum could serve as a catalyst for young people, and perhaps others of all ages, to get involved in the dairy industry. The panelists …

Ag Group, Dairy, Holstein Association

DBA Announces Leadership Expansion

Jamie Johansen

The Dairy Business Association (DBA) is a statewide organization that stands in the center of Wisconsin’s $26-billion-per year milk industry. Comprised of representatives from all aspects of the industry, DBA is focused on understanding, anticipating and influencing the policy landscape that will drive Wisconsin’s dairy-based economy. As one of the largest producers of milk and dairy products in the world, …

Ag Group, Dairy, Dairy Board