Land O’Lakes Bovine IgG Colostrum Replacement Reformulated

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Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 2.00.41 PMLand O’Lakes Animal Milk Products announces improvements to its LAND O LAKES® Bovine IgG Colostrum Replacement; now featuring instant mix formulation.

“With this formulation update, now LAND O LAKES® Bovine IgG Colostrum Replacement can be mixed in approximately 15 seconds and is ready to feed to newborn calves,” says Dr. Tom Earleywine, director of nutritional services, Land O’Lakes Animal Milk Products. “The calf’s ability to absorb immunoglobulins (IgG’s) begins to diminish almost immediately, and as a result the time span between when a calf is born and receives colostrum is critical.”

Designed to replace maternal colostrum in the first day of life, LAND O LAKES® Bovine IgG Colostrum Replacement contains all the protein and fat of natural bovine sourced colostrum. In addition to instant mixing, other benefits include:
· Delivers greater than 100 grams of IgG in a single dose.
· Most researched product on the market.
· USDA-licensed and tested.
· Greater rates of passive transfer compared to serum-based products.
· Contains 95 percent IgG1. IgG1 is the only form of IgG known to get re-secreted from calves’ blood back onto mucosal surfaces (gut and lungs), where it helps address enteric and respiratory diseases.
· Guaranteed free of disease causing pathogens.
· Independent research suggests a better rate of passive transfer because of greater apparent efficiency of absorption (AEA) of IgG is delivered with our colostrum-derived LAND O LAKES® Bovine IgG Colostrum Replacement.[1]

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Udder Tech, Inc. Celebrates 20th Year at World Dairy Expo

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Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 1.44.36 PMUdder Tech, Inc. first went to World Dairy Expo in 1994 to debut their first product, the Towel Tote. It conveniently keeps both paper towels and teat dip cups within reach when milking cows. Cheryl Mohn, President of Udder Tech and previous dairy farmer, saw a need for a more efficient way to get things done in the barn, and so the idea was born. Twenty years later, Udder Tech is still finding ways to be innovative and help farmers be more efficient. Udder Tech will be celebrating their 20th Anniversary this year at World Dairy Expo.

“Since that first World Dairy Expo, we’ve traveled to tradeshows across the country to showcase our products,” said Cheryl. “We thought if we liked using the items we were making, other producers would like them too, and they have.”

Cheryl states that tradeshows are not only a place to promote their products, but also a place to learn about dairy producer needs. “All I have to do is listen, and our next idea is born,” said Cheryl. “We now have a 36-page catalog featuring all of our items, and hope to continue providing dairy producers with innovative products well into the future.”

To celebrate their 20th year, complimentary milk and cookies will be available at World Dairy Expo each morning at the Udder Tech booth (AR 500-503). Be sure to stop by and visit with Cheryl and her staff while enjoying cookies and milk and browsing the wide range of products that Udder Tech offers. You’ll find some new products in addition to some of Udder Tech’s regular best sellers from aprons and waterproof garments, to towel pouches and calf blankets, and beyond.

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New Zealand Dairy Industry Continued Growth

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New Zealand’s global dairy dominance will continue through greater economic engagement with Asia-Pacific states, rather than with competing markets in Europe and America, according to a new paper issued by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).

In CIGI Paper No. 37, The Role of International Trade in the Rise of the New Zealand Dairy Industry from its Beginnings to the Fonterra Era, Bruce Muirhead traces the rise of New Zealand’s innovative dairy industry, including the highly successful mega-cooperative Fonterra, and examines how it will overcome future challenges and competition

He says that New Zealand’s most important export sector would not be greatly affected should the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiation collapse. The country’s dairy products trade has been diversified to include several Asian countries, including heavyweights China and India, and the country will participate in negotiations designed to lead the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, which includes China. Such economic engagement means that New Zealand is not depending on trade with European and American markets.

He explains that if other countries “have a viable industry of their own…they are unwilling to consider competition with Fonterra because they cannot do so effectively without the use of government programs involving subsidies or tariff rate quotas, which block much of a national market through the use of very high tariffs once a certain threshold of imports has been reached.”

“All countries with pretensions to a dairy industry, including the European Union and the United States, have balked at undertaking serious trade liberalization negotiations in the sector with New Zealand,” says Muirhead. “The latter is perceived to be too efficient.”

Free PDF download of The Role of International Trade in the Rise of the New Zealand Dairy Industry from its Beginnings to the Fonterra Era.

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Veterinarians, Producers Gain New Tool to Assess Residue Risk

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Residue Risk AssessmentSwine veterinarians can help pork producers measure the farm risk level for violative residues in pork with the new Swine Residue Risk Assessment app. The free app is available in the Apple® App Store® for iPad® devices.

“This app is a simple way to review practices and evaluate risk levels before your product enters the pork supply,” said Michael Senn, DVM, senior manager, Pork Technical Services, Zoetis. “The results from this tool can provide meaningful guidance for a discussion between veterinarians and producers to reinforce your commitment to the responsible use of antibiotics.”

The assessment app asks questions about on-farm animal care and management practices. A weighted scoring system assigns points based on the likelihood of the risk of a violative antibiotic residue in pork. The assessment rates a farm’s risk level as low, moderate or high, and it suggests next steps to maintain low risk or address higher-risk issues. Users can send the results to any email address, allowing veterinarians, producers or caregivers to easily view them.

“Veterinarians and producers are always on the go,” Dr. Senn said. “The mobility of a risk assessment app allows for easy evaluation of proper antibiotic usage. It also can be shown to caregivers, reinforcing the importance of using antibiotics responsibly.”

Zoetis offers the Swine Residue Risk Assessment app to veterinarians and producers as part of a complete products and services portfolio. This new tool reinforces the commitment of Zoetis to encourage responsible antibiotic use and provide producers with solutions that make a difference.

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NMPF Adds to Regulatory Affairs Department

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image004Clay A. Detlefsen, an attorney and long-time industry specialist in dairy regulation and policy issues, will join the National Milk Producers Federation as senior vice president for regulatory and environmental affairs, the organization announced today. Detlefsen, who worked for the International Dairy Foods Association for a quarter-century, will also focus on legal issues as NMPF’s staff counsel after he starts on Aug. 18.

NMPF President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Mulhern praised Detlefsen for his knowledge of issues including FDA inspections, food safety and defense, workplace safety and, in particular, sustainability and the environment.

“Clay is already recognized as a trusted voice on many issues facing our industry,” Mulhern said. “He will enhance our existing resources on many fronts, and, most important, his addition will enable us to increase our focus on the environmental challenges and opportunities that dairy farmers and their cooperatives are facing.”

Detlefsen will be working with NMPF’s existing regulatory staff, including Vice President of Sustainability and Scientific Affairs, Jamie Jonker; Vice President of Dairy Foods & Nutrition, Beth Briczinski; and Vice President of Animal Care, Betsy Flores.

Detlefsen joined IDFA, which represents dairy processing companies, in 1990. He was named vice president for regulatory affairs in 2002. In addition to leading the organization’s work on sustainability and environmental issues for the last several years, Detlefsen has been deeply involved in the dairy industry’s work on the landmark Food Safety Modernization Act, the most sweeping reform of food safety laws in more than 70 years — much of that in conjunction with NMPF. Since 2001, Detlefsen also has been a leading food industry adviser on protecting the safety and security of food processing plants and distribution systems from intentional adulteration and terrorism.

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Pork Economic Situation and Outlook

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bivi-nc-meyerThe record yields and production predicted for the U.S. corn crop this year have good potential to get even bigger, according to livestock economist Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics.

“It just looks very good … we’re looking at a great crop,” said Meyer at the Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica North Carolina Swine Health Seminar last week. “Based on history, the two years we’re comparing to right now are 1994 and 2004, and in those cases, the final yield got 10-12 bushels larger than the August estimate. So my guess is this crop’s going to get bigger before we put it in the bin.”

USDA is estimating 167.4 bushels per acre for corn right now, but Meyer thinks 180 is within reach, and that’s good news for livestock producers looking at near record feed availability and lower prices. “We’re not going back to $2 corn and $180 bean meal but we’re at the lowest levels on costs in five years,” he said. “We’re in a lot better place from a cost standpoint, we’re in a lot better place from a demand standpoint.”

Meyer says demand right now is being driven by consumer interest in high protein diets. “Demand has been excellent for both beef and pork,” he said. “Less concern about fat and cholesterol, a lot more concern about carbohydrates. Some fundamental changes in consumer tastes and preferences that we think has got legs and is going to be here for a while.”

Interview with Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics

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Vaccine Options for PEDv

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bivi-nc-15-krakowkaPorcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) was the primary topic of presentations at the Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica (BIVI) North Carolina Swine Health Seminar last week and veterinary pathologist Dr. Steven Krakowka discussed what they have learned so far from the genomic study of the disease.

Looking down the road toward vaccination options, Krakowka said the best approach is to study disease survivors and mimic what it was that helped them survive. “Let the pig make the choices for us, rather than out think Mother Nature,” he said.

Krakowka says that neither injectable or oral vaccinations alone are likely to be viable in this situation. “The best thing to do is to use a combination oral and parenteral vaccination,” he explains. “Ideally, a modified live product is the best one to use, because modified live will do the thinking for you. It will replicate the disease to a slower rate in the pig and allow the pig then to make the proper response.”

One concern that Krakowka has is the potential for problems in feeding swine by-products. “Why would you feed a susceptible animal species reject materials from that same animal species that could be filled with God-knows-what?” he asks, noting that the industry needs to learn from the experience of BSE transmission through animal by-product feed.

Interview with Steve Krakowka, professor emeritus, The Ohio State University

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PEDv Transmission Research

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bivi-nc-14-morrisonAs Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) spread rapidly throughout the swine producing areas after it was introduced to the United States last year, a key to controlling the disease has focused on how it is spread.

At the Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Swine Health Seminar in North Carolina last week, Bob Morrison with the University of Minnesota said they recently concluded a project on lateral spread of PEDv where they found three major factors. “First, no surprise, the higher the density, the greater the risk you have of becoming infected,” he said. “Secondly, the frequency of traffic, in particular transportation to the farm, and particularly rendering seemed to increase the risk dramatically.”

The third major factor was presence of rodents, birds or feral animals. “Probably a reflection of the biosecurity of the farm,” said Morrison. They are working on other projects that are tracking national incidence and the impact on production.

Morrison says cooperation within the industry and willingness on the part of producers and veterinarians to share information is going a long way in working toward control of PEDv. “When a third of the industry is willingly sharing their experience, that’s phenomenal, and in my view that’s competitive advantage for our industry over other countries,” he said.

Interview with Bob Morrison, University of Minnesota

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Pork Board Examines International Marketing Opportunities

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PorkCheckoffThe National Pork Board announced a study that will explore alternatives for promoting pork’s quality and sustainability benefits with international consumers. The study, to be conducted by SIAM Professionals, LLC, will evaluate existing marketing strategies and partners to identify methods for improving pork’s position as the global meat of choice.

Funded through America’s Pork Checkoff, this project will evaluate the effectiveness of current global marketing efforts and identify potential partnerships and marketing tools for promoting U.S. pork.

“Throughout the world, pork is the single most consumed meat. The popularity of U.S. pork is driven by its taste, versatility as a recipe and menu item, and affordable cost,” said Chris Novak, chief executive officer of the National Pork Board. “For many years, pork has been marketed globally with all other meats, and it’s our intention to determine the ideal way to market U.S. pork on an international basis.”

According to Euromonitor International’s latest estimates, global pork sales are expected to grow by 12 percent in the 2013-2018 forecast period, adding 10.6 million metric tons in sales volume by 2018. Most of this increase will be seen in emerging markets, such as Eastern Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America where populations and incomes continue to grow. In the first six months of 2014, exports increased 9 percent from the same time period a year ago, according to current data from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service. Most of the gains are due to growth in Mexico and continued demand in Asia.

The National Pork Board is committed to addressing the international trade barriers facing the pork industry. Currently, the United States exports approximately 28 percent of the pork raised here, delivering around $70 per animal raised back to America’s pig farmers.

“In 2013, the U.S. sold pork in more than 100 countries. International markets represent a significant sales channel and, grown properly, will be critical to the success of pig farmers across the country,” Novak said. “As an industry, we must remain keenly focused on developing global markets and effectively promoting pork worldwide.”

The Pork Checkoff’s International Trade activities are overseen by the Checkoff’s Board of Directors and a 23-member International Trade Committee from throughout the United States. The committee’s mission is focused on:
Research: Conducting technical and economic research and market analysis to prove or dispute non-scientific barriers to international trade.
Market Access: Seeking and pursuing all legitimate avenues to market U.S. pork worldwide.
Market Development: Defining key target markets and creating promotion and education outreach opportunities with importers and consumers.

The National Pork Board has funded international market development activities through the U.S. Meat Export Federation for more than 25 years and is interested in further expanding how U.S. pork is marketed on a worldwide basis. SIAM will investigate the potential for a revised or complementary approach, developing systems with a focus on identifying new and emerging markets, incorporating new messages, and more effectively measuring results.

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MU Meetings to Explain Dairy Margin Protection Program

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Dairy producers must make a decision on a new risk management program offered under the 2014 Farm Bill. Registration for the USDA Margin Protection Program (MPP) will probably start in September, says Joe Horner, a dairy economist at the University of Missouri.

In the past when milk prices dropped below a set level, Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) support kicked in. Now, the USDA Farm Service Agency’s MPP gives producers margin protection. Farmers sign up the portion of their milk production they want covered, then decide a level of margin above feed cost they want to purchase. The lowest coverage option is free.

“Protecting that margin above feed costs can help a dairy farm stay in business in hard financial times. Choosing the best option is important,” Horner says. Risk mitigation depends on strength of the dairy business and level of risk that can be absorbed.

Horner and Scott Brown, an MU livestock economist, developed calculator software to help producers find optimal margin and participation levels. “The process sounds complicated,” Horner says. “But the calculator makes decisions easier.”

Horner and Brown will stage in-person demonstrations at two workshops Sept. 26 in southwest Missouri. At 10 a.m., they will be at the MU Southwest Research Center in Mount Vernon. At 1:30 p.m., they will meet at the Missouri State University Experiment Station in Mountain View. For producers who cannot attend, a webinar will be held Sept. 19 from noon to 1 p.m. Details are available at local MU Extension offices.

The MPP pays the dairy farm when the national margin drops below a set threshold for two consecutive months. Margins are based on a formula using income from milk and costs of corn, soybean meal and alfalfa hay.

Farmers’ decisions depend on how tight a margin their farm can tolerate and how much they want to pay for insurance. Producers need not sign up the full volume of milk they will produce. That will depend on the operator’s risk acceptance. Dairy operators must sign up for the MPP through their local USDA Farm Service Agency office.

“It will help if the producer does some calculations before their appointment to sign up,” Horner says. “The software will help.”

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