DFA Annual Meeting Focuses on Pride in Dairy

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More than 1,500 members and guests gathered in Kansas City for Dairy Farmers of America’s (DFA) 19th annual meeting, which emphasized what sets them apart and those ideals, values that matter most to members, leaders and employees. “We’re proud of who we are and what we do, and we want to show the world why,” said Randy Mooney, chairman of …

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USDA Announces $1.4 Million Organic Dairy Grant

Lizzy Schultz

In an effort to support research needed to evaluate methodologies that help maintain and improve cow health while conforming to organic regulations, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded a $1.4 million grant to a team co-led by \Dr. Pablo Pinedo, a D.V.M. who is an assistant professor in the Department of Animal Sciences …

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California Dairy Farm Families in 2017 Rose Parade®

Jamie Johansen

Real California Milk announced the 11 farmers who will ride alongside a life-size animated Holstein cow and floral depictions of products representing the state’s more than 1,300 dairy families on its “Legacy of Generations” float in the 128th Rose Parade® presented by Honda on Monday, January 2, 2017. “The success of California dairy is a legacy of generations of farm …

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New Foundation Empowers Dairy Farmers

Lizzy Schultz

Husband and wife dairy farming duo Donald and Cheri De Jong have launched The De Jong Foundation as an effort to empower dairy farmers by investing in research, education, and programs that inspire innovative dairy farming practices. The De Jongs serve as the executive leadership and founders for their family farming operations, including Natural Prairie Dairy Farms, Northside Farms and …

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Real California Milk Unveils 2017 Rose Parade Float

Lizzy Schultz

The design for the The California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) “Legacy of Generations” float for the 128th Rose Parade on Monday, January 2, 2017, has been released. The two-unit float was created by Fiesta Parade Floats and will stretch 65 feet in length. The float will feature multi-generational California dairy farm families alongside a life-size animated cow, giant pouring milk …

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Dannon Hosts Forum on Alternative Production

Lizzy Schultz

The Dannon Company, along with their farmer partners, concluded their annual two-day forum this week in Lexington, KY as the company works to further develop alternative models of dairy supply to make the company’s yogurt. This year’s forum follows Dannon’s recent implementation of the Dannon Pledge, which commits to the pursuit of a non-GMO ingredient profile for the products made …

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Merck’s Latest Updates to Dairy Care365

Lizzy Schultz

Merck Animal Health was on hand during the 2016 World Dairy Expo to talk with producers about the latest updates to Dairy Care365, an online training series that was developed to train, equip and support dairy producers, employees and veterinarians so they’re able to provide the best possible care for dairy animals 365 days a year. Dr. Mike Bolton, DVM, …

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California Dairy Farm Goes Solar

Lizzy Schultz

Joseph Gallo Farms has unveiled a new 2 megawatt (MW) solar array to supply renewable energy on-site for the family’s dairy farm. The system is the largest privately owned solar system ever installed on a California dairy. “Sustainable farming has been a core value in our family starting with my grandfather, Joseph Gallo,” said third-generation dairy farmer and cheesemaker Peter …

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Dairy Girl Network Introduces New Sponsors

Lizzy Schultz

Dairy Girl Network recently announced the addition of CRV USA and DeLaval in two new partnerships at the Sustaining sponsorship level. Each of these companies have shown a longstanding dedication to women in dairy farming and have helped enable women to serve in leadership roles. Dairy Girl Network is responsible for the development of programs and events that support female …

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New Holland SP Forage Harvester Performs for Producers

Joanna Schroeder

New Holland has continued the launch of its Self Propelled Forage Harvester line that started last year – a great piece of equipment for dairy producers and other producers. According to Doug Otto, with New Holland, the five model line-up ranges from 480 horsepower all the way up to 825 horsepower. Otto and I spoke during this year’s Farm Progress …

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