California Dairies Tout Sustainability Success

Cindy Zimmerman

California dairy families are proud of the sustainability accomplishments they achieved in 2011. According to the California dairy farming sustainability coalition Dairy Cares, the state’s dairy industry continued its commitment last year to protect and improve the environment. Central Valley dairy farmers launched the nation’s largest dairy groundwater monitoring program, a non-profit, collaborative scientific effort to assure that dairy farming …

Dairy Group, environment, sustainability

Judges Panel For U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards

Chuck Zimmerman

At World Dairy Expo we got an update on the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards program from Dairy Management, Inc. The U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards program continues to gain support, as the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy® today announced that the newly launched awards program will be judged by a panel of experts from academic institutions, USDA, EPA, World Wildlife Fund, …

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Lakeland Dairy Adds Solar Energy to Operations

Joanna Schroeder

Adding a solar power system can give dairy operations a double-benefit. Solar can reduce you utility bills while at the same time helping your business become more sustainable. One dairy farm in Hanford, California has added a 891 kilowatt solar energy system designed and constructed by SPG Solar. It is comprised of 3,240 Suntech solar modules and two Solaron inverters. …

Agribusiness, energy, environment, sustainability

Novus Introduces C.O.W.S. Program

Cindy Zimmerman

Today in Reno, Novus International introduced an innovative program to help dairy producers enhance the comfort and well-being of their herds so they can better maximize productivity and enrich dairy industry sustainability. The Novus C.O.W.S. program launched with a new website – C.O.W.S. stands for Comfort, Oxidative Balance, Well-Being and Sustainability. Each of these four key pillars of the …

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Milking Parlor: Novus Builds on Sustainability

John Davis

Dairy farmers are moving to more sustainable operations, and Novus International, sponsor of this program, has opened a research farm that tests its products and ways to be sustainable. In this edition of the Milking Parlor, we take a look at Green Acres, Novus’ research farm that uses several sustainable features, including collecting the wastewater and composting and a soon-to-be-operational …

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Dairy Farm Sustainability

Chuck Zimmerman

I’m borrowing from the Alltech blog, Innovations, here. They produced a short video to answer a question very important to dairy farmers. How would you answer the question? What is the most important thing for a dairy farmer to consider with regard to economic sustainability? Sustainability means many things to many people. Geoff Frank is CEO of Improcrop, an Alltech …

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Looking At The Future For Dairy

Chuck Zimmerman

A forward looking panel of experts spoke to the Alltech Global 500 today. Their topic, “Forecast 2025: A vision for the future.” Now that’s not an easy task! I spoke with one of the panelists, Mandi McLeod, Dunvegan Farms, Ltd, New Zealand. Mandi says the future is about doing what you do well and focusing on the resources you have, …

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Study Finds Dairy Only 2% of Total Emissions

News Editor

The U.S. dairy industry announced today that it has completed a carbon footprint study that measured the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with a gallon of milk in the United States. The carbon footprint study, together with data from additional studies measuring GHG emissions, helps validate that total U.S. dairy GHG emissions are approximately 2 percent of total U.S. emissions. …

Dairy Checkoff, energy, sustainability

Students See Sustainable Side of Novus

Cindy Zimmerman

One of the important lessons the students learned during the 2nd annual “Science: A Foundation for Dynamic Careers” days at Novus International’s suburban St. Louis headquarters and rural Missouri research farm was that Novus is more than just an animal agriculture company. It’s a sustainability company. Experts say the world’s population will be 9 billion by 2050 … but maybe …

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