Animal Ag Bites 10/15

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  • Leading dairy organizations have united to host the inaugural California Dairy Sustainability Summit on November 27-28, 2018 at the Sacramento Convention Center. For more information, visit or
  • Garrett Slavik was recently named a Vita Plus dairy specialist and will serve dairy producers in central Michigan.
  • Merck Animal Health has selected Sullivan Higdon & Sink as agency of record to help lead marketing efforts that include strategic communications and creative for their swine and cattle divisions.
  • The American Feed Industry Association’s free Feed Education Program returns for the twelfth time to the International Production & Processing Expo on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019.
  • USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announce the completion of a funded research project at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga., in which researchers revealed a method to improve E. coli vaccines. The research was made possible in part by an endowing Foundation gift from Koch Foods and is part of the Association’s comprehensive research program encompassing all phases of poultry and egg production and processing.
  • Allflex Livestock Intelligence, an Antelliq company, announces another major collaboration with Nestlé, the world’s largest food and beverage company. As part of Nestlé’s commitment on animal welfare, it is piloting Allflex’s SenseHub solution to monitor the overall well being of cows on dairy farms in several geographic regions.
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New Deere Forage Harvesters are More Efficient

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Whether you are a beef or dairy producer, or a custom harvester, there is a new John Deere 9000 Series Self-Propelled Forage Harvester (SPFH) for you.

Chris Borgman, Deere Product Marketing Manager for Commercial Hay and Forage Products, introduced the new models at the World Dairy Expo earlier this month in Madison, Wisconsin. “What it all boils down to is quality of feed, capacity and efficiency, that is what the 9000 series is,” said Borgman.

The four models, all with final Tier 4-compliant engines include:

9600 616 hp (460 kw) (625 ps) John Deere 6 cyl. 13.5L PowerTech Engine

9700 759 hp (566 kw) (770 ps) Liebherr V12 24L Engine

9800 858 hp (640 kw) (870 ps) Liebherr V12 24L Engine

9900 957 hp (713 kw) (970 ps) Liebherr V12 24L Engine

“That’s a lot of horsepower that we are pushing through this,” Borgman said. “We are emissions compliant but we’re now much more efficient as well.” The improved performance and capabilities of the 9000 Series enable producers and custom harvesters to obtain the highest possible return on investment under narrow harvesting windows where high-capacity and high-quality feed are the goal.

Learn more from Borgman by listening to his presentation and interview here –
Presentation by Chris Borgman, John Deere

Interview with Chris Borgman, John Deere

John Deere at 2018 World Dairy Expo Photo Album

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Calf Health Vital to Farm Success

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Research trials at Hubbard’s Calf Research Facility provide important data to dairy producers on the farm. Dairy Research Nutritionist Ellan Dufour said more than 13,000 heifer calves have come through the facility, which is a partnership between Hubbard Feeds and the University of Minnesota.

“A strong calf program is one of the most important things you can do on a dairy, especially with your newborn, growing animals. Those newborns are the future success of your dairy farm,” said Dufour, who was at the 2018 World Dairy Expo.

Dufour said she’s proud to provide data to dairy farmers regarding calf health as keeping those calves healthy and growing is key. She said the team at the Calf Research Facility is technical and well managed, and the partnership with University of Minnesota faculty ensures integrity, soundness and validity of the research. The data can help farmers to implement very specific technologies into a calf diet, especially as more of the nation and the world move towards a system that would use fewer or no antibiotics.

Listen to Jamie’s interview with Ellan here: Interview with Ellan Dufour, Hubbard

2018 World Dairy Expo Photo Album

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Alltech Helps Dairy Producers Retain Employees

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Reliable and trained employees are critical for dairy producers and Alltech is prepared to help them maintain a productive labor force.

“Everything done on a dairy is done by hand,” said Alltech employee training specialist Jorge Delgado during an interview at World Dairy Expo. “We need to attract more people and try to retain people who come to work at a dairy.”

Delgado says Alltech works with dairies to help them develop a more stable and formal work environment for employees. “The modules that we built are centered around people and are very interactive,” he said. The Alltech On-farm Support program can provide customized, bilingual workshops for a dairy producer’s team.

Learn more in this interview. Interview with Alltech employee training specialist Jorge Delgado

2018 World Dairy Expo Photo Album

Content Creation from World Dairy Expo is sponsored by Content Creation from the Farm Progress Show is sponsored by Alltech  Coverage of the Farm Progress Show is sponsored by Hubbard Feeds
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New Deere Forage Harvesters Help Maintain Quality

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The all-new 9000 Series Self-Propelled Forage Harvesters can provide producers with both high-capacity harvesting and high quality forage, according to Tim Meister, division manager for marketing at John Deere, who spoke to producers at World Dairy Expo last week.

“Ultimately, high-quality feed helps livestock producers improve their feeding efficiency, animal health and productivity, while reducing their feeding costs,” said Meister. “The 9000 Series Self-Propelled Forage Harvesters produce superior silage quality that lay the foundation for a healthy and productive herd, which produces high milk or beef yields at low input costs.”

Compared to its predecessor, the 9000 Series is 10 percent more productive per horsepower and offers a 10 percent improvement in kernel processing. Up front, a new 772 12-Row, Big Drum Corn Header consumes up to 7 tons of forage per minute. When paired with the new XStream™ kernel processor, customers achieve optimal corn silage processing, regardless of length of cut. Fuel consumption has also been improved by 10 percent per ton when compared to the 8000 Series, and wear parts on the new machines are built to last three times longer.

Learn more about how Deere’s new forage harvesters help maintain silage quality in Meister’s presentation at WDE18 –
Presentation by Tim Meister, Division Marketing Manager John Deere

John Deere at 2018 World Dairy Expo Photo Album

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Hubbard’s TRTM Program Having Positive Impact

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Hubbard shared information about its Total Replacement Trace Minerals (TRTM) program with dairy producers at the 2018 World Dairy Expo.

The program will enable animals to increase their genetic potential, resulting in improvements in production, health, reproduction and growth, according to dairy nutritionist Angie Manthey.

“It takes into consideration not only the form, but also the amount of the trace minerals that we’re feeding,” said Manthey. “We’re feeding trace minerals that are organic and a little bit more available to the animal. So we’re decreasing any interactions that might happen while they’re passing through the digestive tract, and in turn, we’re able to feed less of those trace minerals.”

Manthey said the TRTM program can have an impact along all stages of life in dairy cattle.

Listen to Jamie’s interview with Angie here: Interview with Angie Manthey, Hubbard Feeds

2018 World Dairy Expo Photo Album

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GROWMARK Youth Programs Support 4-H and FFA

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It’s National Cooperative Month, it’s also National 4-H Week, and it is the month that National FFA holds its huge annual meeting. In celebration of all that, we talked with Karen Jones, GROWMARK Youth and Young Producer Specialist, about how this agricultural cooperative supports the young people involved in 4H and FFA.

“GROWMARK has been a longtime financial supporter of both the FFA and 4H organizations,” said Jones. “We believe that the members of those groups may be our future employees or future co-op members, and definitely future leaders in both arenas.”

One program that GROWMARK has had in place for 26 years now is the annual essay contest for FFA members in states served by the cooperative. “We’re excited because we added Missouri two years ago and we added Ohio this year, so now we are up to five states,” said Jones. The theme for the 2019 contest just announced is “What does the future of agriculture look like to you, and what skills will you need to play a part in it?”

Among the ways GROWMARK supports 4-H is the Pollinator Garden Program. “We provide pollinator seed and some education about the importance of pollinators and the students do a community service project through their club to plant and maintain these plots,” said Jones.

Learn more about GROWMARK’s youth commitment in this interview. Interview with Karen Jones, GROWMARK

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Toasting Legacy of Pearse Lyons at #WDE18

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The legacy of Dr. Pearse Lyons, founder of Alltech who passed away earlier this year, was remembered at World Dairy Expo last week in Madison.

“He had a passion for agriculture, he had a passion for the dairy industry,” said Alltech US Dairy Sales Manager Dan Weiland. “It’s up to us, the people of Alltech, to maintain that type of passion but continue to drive it with solutions, new technologies, and new programs as we move forward.”

During an Alltech reception at World Dairy Expo, Weiland talked about the impact Dr. Lyons has had on the dairy industry and toasted his memory, along with Pearse’s son Dr. Mark Lyons, who is now president of Alltech.

In this interview, Weiland also commented on trends Alltech is seeing in the dairy industry and what Alltech provides to help producers focus on efficiency during a down market. Interview with Dan Weiland, Alltech

2018 World Dairy Expo Photo Album

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Animal Ag Bites 10/8

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  • ESTROTECT™ announced the release of the new ESTROTECT™ Breeding Indicator. It’s the first product of its kind to serve a variety of uses, including heat detection, confirming pregnancies, identifying potential embryonic loss and pinpointing timing for various modern AI and breeding protocols.
  • The Animal Agriculture Alliance announced that its 2019 Stakeholders Summit, themed “A Seat At The Table,” is set for May 8-9 in Kansas City, Missouri. Registration for the Summit will open later this year.
  • Allflex Livestock Intelligence announced the launch of the Allflex Young Stock dedicated health monitoring application for newborn calves up to six months old. It also announced the introduction of SenseHub, the new version of its SenseTime modular cow monitoring solution.
  • Huvepharma® announces the release of a conditional licensed vaccine for the prevention of pinkeye caused by Moraxella bovoculi in cattle. Pairing this bacterin with AgriLabs’ well-known vaccine, I-Site XP®, for the prevention of pinkeye caused by M. bovis, veterinarians will expand cattle raisers prevention protocol for optimal coverage of this disease. Both vaccines will be supported through AgriLabs®, a Huvepharma Company.
  • Registration and housing for the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade show is now open. The annual convention will be held in New Orleans, La., Jan. 30 – Feb. 1, 2019. To register and secure housing for the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show, visit
  • Northeast influencers got an inside look at Pennsylvania’s Veal Industry through the “Raising Today’s Veal” tour hosted September 18-19, in Souderton, PA. This tour was made possible by the Pennsylvania Beef Council and the checkoff’s Northeast Beef Promotion Initiative, with funding support from the Kentucky Beef Council.
  • The National Cattlemen’s Foundation is now accepting applications for 2019-2020 beef industry scholarships sponsored by CME Group. Ten scholarships of $1,500 each will be awarded to outstanding students pursuing careers in the beef industry.
  • This week, the National Horse and Burro Rangeland Management Coalition submitted public testimony to the Bureau of Land Management on the current state of our nation’s rangelands.
  • Land O’Lakes, Inc. board chairman Pete Kappelman was named Dairyman of the Year by the World Dairy Expo this week in Madison, Wis. Kappelman, of Two Rivers, Wisconsin, owns and operates Meadow Brook Dairy and will celebrate 23 years of service on the Land O’Lakes board in early 2019.
  • Julie Veldhuis has joined Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative as a member services representative.
  • The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is hosting its fifth annual National Anthem contest. The winner will receive a free trip to the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show Jan. 30 – Feb. 1, 2019. Entries are being accepted through Oct. 19, 2018. Top four finalists will be chosen by Oct. 26, 2018, and videos will be posted to the convention website at
  • The National Milk Producers Federation announced several staff changes. Chris Galen, NMPF’s long-time head of communications, is assuming a new role as Senior Vice President of Member Services and Strategic Initiatives. Alan Bjerga joins NMPF as its new Senior Vice President of Communications. Jaime Castaneda will become Senior Vice President of Policy Strategy and International Trade. Nicole Ayache has joined National Milk as Director of Sustainability Initiatives.
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Deere Showcases New Forage Harvesters at #WDE18

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John Deere showcased its new 9000 Series Self-Propelled Forage Harvesters (SPFH) at the 2018 World Dairy Expo last week in Madison, Wisconsin.

The high-capacity forage harvesters announced in August provide up to 400 tons of throughput per hour, along with optimum corn silage processing that’s independent of the length of cut.

“We get ten percent more productivity per horsepower while consuming ten percent less fuel per ton of crop, as well as increasing kernel processing scores by ten percent,” said Deanna Kovar, John Deere Director of Production & Precision Ag Marketing. “Lots of new and exciting things to help make better feed for the cows.”

Learn more about the new harvesters in this interview with Deanna –
Interview with Deanna Kovar, John Deere

John Deere at 2018 World Dairy Expo Photo Album

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