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 …

Ag Group, Dairy, Holstein Association

Select Sires Canada & GenerVations Become One

Jamie Johansen

Select Sires Canada Inc. and GenerVations Inc. have joined forces to form Select Sires GenerVations Inc. following Select Sires Inc.’s purchase of GenerVations. Select Sires GenerVations will market semen across all of Canada including western Canada, which was formerly served by All West/Select Sires, creating a truly Canadian company. Talented and passionate employees of these organizations have combined to form …

Agribusiness, Cattle, Dairy, Reproduction, Select Sires

Rabo Gives Outlook for Global Dairy Industry

Jamie Johansen

Rabobank has published a new report on the global dairy industry. As anticipated, global dairy prices softened considerably through Q2. According to Rabobank’s Dairy Quarterly Q2: Beyond the tipping point, prices fell as a result of improved milk production in export regions and the easing of forward purchasing by China. These mechanisms freed more product for other buyers and lowered …

Agribusiness, Cattle, Dairy, Finance, International

Food Safety Modernization Act Regulation

Jamie Johansen

Efforts to impose added regulations on dairy farms under the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) are not warranted because milk leaving farms for further processing is not a significant public health risk from intentional adulteration, the National Milk Producers Federation wrote in comments to the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA is reviewing comments about the FSMA law, which …

Ag Group, Dairy, Government, National Milk

$5,000 Donation to DBA's Crisis Fund

Jamie Johansen

The Dairy Business Association (DBA) held their 12th Annual Golf on June 19th, 2014. Nearly 300 dairy producers, industry partners and professionals attended the event. After a gorgeous day of golf, networking, prizes and fun, ANIMART, Inc. presented DBA with a $5,000 donation to go toward DBA’s Crisis Fund. The fund assists DBA dairy producer members when a major occurrence …

Ag Group, Dairy

Land O’Lakes® Electrolyte System Reformulated

Jamie Johansen

Land O’Lakes Animal Milk Products introduces a reformulated Land O’Lakes® Electrolyte System. “It is essential that oral electrolyte solutions contain an alkalinizing agent to address acidosis caused by the acid-base imbalance that occurs during scours. Products containing bicarbonate have been used effectively for this purpose for many years. Research demonstrates that electrolyte products containing acetate as the alkalinizing agent have …

Agribusiness, Calves, Cattle, Dairy, Nutrition

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