Real Science Initiative Grant Winners

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Balchem Corporation has announced the recipient of its Real Science Initiative research grant. The successful proposal was submitted by Dr. Heather White (Department of Dairy Science) and Dr. Dale Schoeller (Department of Nutritional Sciences) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Their research project will investigate methyl metabolism in the bovine liver and will seek to discover pioneering knowledge of the effects …

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New Clover Has Multiple Disease Resistance

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Texas A&M AgriLife Research recently released Blackhawk, a new arrowleaf clover promising high forage production with improved disease resistance. Dr. Gerald Smith, Texas A&M AgriLife Research forage breeder, said he developed Blackhawk from lines with natural resistance to the fungal soil pathogen Pythium ultimum and for tolerance to bean yellow mosaic virus. Developed at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and …

Agribusiness, Disease, Forage, Research

More Dairy – More Muscle Mass

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A recent study found that older women who consumed more dairy had more muscle mass and greater physical performance than women who consumed less dairy. This study was led by Kun Zhu, PhD, in the Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes in Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital in Nedlands, Western Australia. The research team examined whether dairy intake was associated with body …

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Studying Affects of Weather and Climate on Cattle

Melissa Sandfort

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded $19.5 million to support research, education and Extension activities associated with climate solutions in agriculture aimed at the impacts of climate variability and change on dairy and beef cattle. USDA remains focused on carrying out its mission, despite a time of significant budget uncertainty. The announcement is one part of the Department’s efforts …

Beef, Research, usda

New Resources Available for Dairy Producers

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The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy announced new science-based resources available for dairy producers, processors, industry partners and stakeholders. The resources help the industry act on the unprecedented scientific research commissioned as part of the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Commitment — a collective effort of the dairy value chain to measure and improve the sustainability of U.S. dairy from farm to …

Agribusiness, Dairy Business, Research

Drink Milk, Win Nobel?

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A new study published in Practical Neurology suggests that countries whose people consume the most milk and dairy products, per capita, also win the most Nobel Prizes, per capita. Drinking milk makes you smart! Take Sweden, the country most associated with the Nobel prizes. For every 10 million Swedes, there are 31.855 Nobel prizes. The Swedes also consume about 772 …

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Cheese Keeps the Kids Full

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A new study published Pediatrics found that children who snacked on cheese and vegetables had a lower intake of calories. Researchers asked a group of 201 children in the third through sixth grade to eat one of four snack types: potato chips, cheese, vegetables or a combination of cheese and vegetables. They were then instructed to eat as much as …

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The Hidden Killer Mycotoxin

Jamie Johansen

What do we do when two-thirds of all grains are contaminated with mycotoxins? This question was answered at Alltech’s recent Global 500. Dairy and beef producers from across the world came together to hear from experts and share advice with each other. Andrew Linscott, ruminant specialist for Alltech United Kingdom, talked with dairy producers about the hidden killer hitting dairies …

Agribusiness, Alltech, Alltech Global Dairy/Beef, Audio, Events, Research

Cheese was Ancient Superfood

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Ancient cheese-making started at least 7,000 years ago according to a new paper published in the journal, Nature. Turning milk into cheese was a way for our ancestors to guarantee they had a source of nutrition if their crops failed. Melanie Salque is the paper’s lead author and a chemist at Bristol University in England. She says some of the …

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Opposition to Government Limits on Milk Production

Melissa Sandfort

A new nationwide survey released found that 81 percent of Americans agree that individual farmers should have the freedom to decide how much milk they produce and not have a limit set by government policy. The survey, which was conducted online last month among 2,094 adults by Harris Interactive on behalf of the International Dairy Foods Association, also found that …

Agribusiness, idfa, Milk, Production, Research