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

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