Alltech Opens IFM Laboratory in China

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AlltechTeam_at_DFI_OpeningGlobal animal health leader Alltech is partnering with Nestlé in the creation of a world class training center, the Dairy Farming Institute in Shuangcheng, Heilongjiang province, China. Along with its participation in numerous educational initiatives and assistance in establishing best practices in Chinese agribusiness, Alltech is bringing its highly successful feed evaluation laboratory to the world’s fastest growing dairy market. The In Vitro Fermentation Model (IFM), a diagnostic tool that simulates rumen fermentation and evaluates the nutritive value of total mixed rations (TMR), will be featured in the Institute and will be one of the ways that Alltech helps to support the continued growth and transformation of the Chinese dairy industry.

The Institute, which officially opened today, will be offering a number of services to further develop future farm managers and professionals within the dairy industry. Through the IFM diagnostics, Chinese dairy nutritionists and farmers will not only be able to get evaluations and recommendations for dairy rations to maximize feed efficiency and combat ever-rising feed costs, but also obtain estimates of the amount of energy lost as methane and methane emissions per animal. In the rapidly developing Chinese dairy industry, such new technology helps dairy productivity to continue to improve while providing insight into new and more precise ways to evaluate feedstuffs and reduce environmental impact.

“We are proud to be part of Nestlé’s magnificent project in one of the most important regions of the Chinese dairy industry,” said Dr. Mark Lyons, global vice president, Alltech and director of Alltech China business operations. “I am confident that Alltech’s contribution, backed by 34 years of experience, will be significant in helping Chinese farmers sustainably increase their production efficiency and become more profitable.”

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Molly’s Milk Truck Launches 1st Cold Brewed Almond Milk Coffee

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mollys-milk-truck-blackMolly’s Milk Truck Beverages LLC is thrilled to announce the debut of its café-style almondmilk beverages in select retail location in the New York City metropolitan area.

Molly’s Milk Truck combines creamy, California almondmilk with cold-brewed 100% Columbian coffee and exotic blends of imported chai to create four delicious flavors. Sweetened with organic agave nectar, each 12oz serving is naturally dairy-free, gluten-free, and 90 calories or less.

Years of heavy stress as the Director of Marketing at a security firm had taken its toll on the health of Molly’s CEO and Founder, Hoda Mahmoodzadegan. After gaining over 50lbs and becoming physically ill from stress, Hoda decided to quit her job and take a couple of months to get her health back in check by choosing better food options and exercising. While she was experimenting with healthy recipes, she accidentally invented her Signature Almondmilk Coffee after an early morning workout.

“I began playing with cold-brew coffee and almond milk in my kitchen because I was sick of the sugary garbage I was getting at the quick-serve coffee chains,” said Hoda. “When I came up with the recipe for our Signature Iced Coffee, I knew it was something special.”

In 2012, Hoda decided to open Molly’s Milk Truck, a healthy gourmet food truck, that featured the signature coffee and number of other healthy food and beverage items. The iced coffee, then sold in 16 oz. plastic cups, quickly became the truck’s bestseller. Molly’s Milk Truck has since teamed up with beverage brand managers and consultants Cascadia Managing Brands of Ramsey, NJ, the team responsible for assisting brands like Zico Coconut Water, HINT Water, Snapple, Nantucket Nectars, and Evian.

Molly’s Milk Truck beverages are distributed through Dora’s Naturals and will be available at Whole Foods locations throughout New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

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Farm to School & Cooperative Efforts

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iyffIn celebration of the United Nations’ 2014 International Year of Family Farming, this month National Farmers Union (NFU) is highlighting the importance of family farmers and local communities, as well as some of the tools available to help family farmers increase their economic footprint and clout. A great deal of emphasis is placed this month on cooperatives and farm to school efforts, as October is also both Farm to School Month and Cooperative Month.

“Family farmers are the engines that drive rural America, pumping millions of dollars into local communities as they purchase the inputs they need for their farms,” said NFU President Roger Johnson.

Johnson noted that as a result, farm output continues to rise, with market values of crops, livestock and agriculture products reaching record highs in 2012. According to the recent Census of Agriculture, 87 percent of U.S. farms are owned by families or individuals, and in 2012, there were 2.1 million farms in the U.S, with an average farm size of 418 acres. But according to that same census, those numbers of farms are falling, down more than four percent from 2007, while the average farm size has continued to grow.

“Clearly, NFU has a role to play in ensuring that family farmers remain competitive and productive in the ever-changing and increasingly competitive environment they operate in.” Johnson explained that one of the best tools available to family farmers to pool their resources and multiply both their buying and selling powers is through their involvement in farm cooperatives.

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45 Cattlemens’ Associations Tell USDA: Don’t Hijack Checkoff

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Beef checkoffFourt-five state cattlemens’ associations representing more than 170,000 cattle breeders, producers and feeders sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, urging him not to issue an Order for a supplemental beef checkoff under the 1996 General Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act. Bob McCan, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president and Victoria, Texas, cattleman says the strong turnout of signatories to this letter demonstrate the concern across the country with the Secretary’s stated intention.

“Our state affiliates sent a clear message to the Secretary that they do not want a supplemental checkoff under the 1996 Act,” said McCan. “NCBA stands firmly behind our grassroots producer organizations and we will do everything we can to support their efforts. The checkoff belongs to cattlemen, not to the USDA or any administration.”

Grassroots producers have been the cornerstone of the Beef Checkoff Program since it was first enacted in 1985. There is no required element of the 1996 Act that increases grassroots influence in national checkoff efforts. Furthermore, the 1996 Act assures no protection to state beef councils, and gives much greater power to the federal government.

“The Beef Checkoff is a non-political, non-partisan structure designed by cattle producers to increase and support beef demand,” said McCan. “The Beef Checkoff serves all beef producers, nationwide, and the recent efforts by Secretary Vilsack do not serve the interests of producers, they only serve to politicize and polarize the industry. We are focused on how the Beef Checkoff can do more to support cattlemen and women; the Administration has focused on how they can use the Beef Checkoff for political spoils and to increase the control of the federal government.”

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Why Not Add Beets to Your Cow Ration

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wde-14-176-edtedFor the first time, Feed Beets took advantage of the World Dairy Expo and shared with producers the opportunities with adding beets into their cattle rations. Lisa Butzer, marketing manager for Feed Beets, explained the nutritional elements to feeding beets and it’s benefits to beef and dairy operations.

“What we are finding through nutritional surveys and testing is that as dairy producers add it to their rations they can decrease or eliminate their need for molasses or other sugar sources. They may also be able to decrease their corn intake. It’s a nice alternative to adding some starch in and slow release sugars.”

Lisa explained since the source of starch is a sugar it floats in the rumen and release in a slow 18-hour period. There is no sugar spike that you may see from other sources. The high dry-matter beet hybrid can be planted with a corn planter and has a five to six month grow time. Other perks to beets is it is a non-maturing crop and can be grown in all 50 states. Lisa said some areas of the country will leave the crop in the ground for 12-14 months or until needed for consumption.

Listen to my complete interview with Lisa here: Interview with Lisa Butzer, Feed Beets

Find all photos from the event here: 2014 World Dairy Expo Photo Album.

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Aidan Connolly Apointed CIO of Alltech

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Alltech has appointed Vice President Aidan Connolly as chief innovation office (CIO) as part of the company’s global research department. Connolly will work closely with Dr. Karl Dawson, vp and chief scientific officer in developing their innovation pipeline and take products from test scale to commercial scale.

Aidan Connolly has been named Alltech’s Chief Innovation Officer, responsible for the commercialization of Alltech’s research. He will be based at Alltech’s corporate headquarters near Lexington, Kentucky, USA.

Aidan Connolly has been named Alltech’s Chief Innovation Officer, responsible for the commercialization of Alltech’s research. He will be based at Alltech’s corporate headquarters near Lexington, Kentucky, USA.

In his new role, Connolly will put together a team within the company’s research department that will primarily focus on developing innovative, nutrition-based technologies. Their new product development will capitalize on the insights gained through the company’s considerable investment in nutrigenomics, the science of how diet affects gene expression.

“Giving a rapid and effective response, backed up by cutting-edge scientific research, to the market’s changing needs, has always been one of Alltech’s biggest strengths. It is all about how these technologies are implemented to the market,” said Connolly.

Connolly brings a strong commercial background to Alltech’s research team. He graduated from University College Dublin with a master’s degree in international marketing. He has been with Alltech for nearly 25 years, initially in Ireland, and then in France, Brazil and the U.S. He is also an adjunct professor of marketing at University College Dublin and professor of agribusiness at the China Agricultural University in Bejing.

Dawson said of the appointment, “As Alltech is moving forward to become a $4 billion company in the next 4-5 years, it is crucial that the company’s research and technical teams work hand-in-hand with sales and marketing. With Aidan joining our group, we will be even more strongly placed to support the industry with science-based nutritional solutions.”

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CWT Assists with 432 Thousand lbs. of Cheese

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CWT-logo6Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 2 requests for export assistance from Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), and Northwest Dairy Association (Darigold) to sell 422,106 pounds (196 metric tons) of Cheddar cheese, to customers in Asia. The product will be delivered December 2014 through January 2015.

Year-to-date, CWT has assisted member cooperatives in selling 86.622 million pounds of cheese, 48.240 million pounds of butter and 37.847 million pounds of whole milk powder to 43 countries on six continents. These sales are the equivalent of 2.161 billion pounds of milk on a milkfat basis.

Assisting CWT members through the Export Assistance program, in the long-term, helps member cooperatives gain and maintain market share, thus expanding the demand for U.S. dairy products and the U.S. farm milk that produces them in the rapidly growing world dairy markets. This, in turn, positively impacts U.S. dairy farmers by strengthening and maintaining the value of dairy products that directly impact their milk price.

CWT will pay export assistance to the bidders only when delivery of the product is verified by the submission of the required documentation.

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Dairy Operations Finding Success with CAFOweb

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Jay LazarusDairy farmers in New Mexico are using a great new tool called CAFOweb. The online data management tool allows dairy farmers to better manage nitrogen. As Tara Vander Dussen and Jay Lazarus explained, nitrogen from manure solids and/or effluent can leach into the ground water is not applied at agronomic rates. In other words, said Lazarus, most dairies were not meeting ground water specs. Because of this dairymen requested a web-based predictive tool to manage their nutrients in real time and thus was born CAFOweb.

I learned about this tool and saw it in action during Verdesian Life Science’s Los Alamos Media Tour. While the tool was in development it was beta-tested at eight dairies across New Mexico and Nevada. When the diary farms were combined, the test represented 25,000 cows and 2,600 acres of land application fields. Today CAFOweb is a proven nitrogen tracking tool and the only commercially available web-based nitrogen tracking tool.

Tara Vander DussenVander Dussen explained that the tool was developed with record-keeping requirements in mind and the software is designed to implement CNMPs and the plan and track nitrogen and nutrient applications rates and timing. She said there are various reports available such as a greenwater application report, greenwater forecasting report and soils report. To generate information, a consult or dairy inputs sampling data and monitoring data. The two combined allow a dairyman to track data trend via the reports as well as predict when applications should take place.

While the tool is only available in four states: New Mexico, Nevada, California and Washington, Vander Dussen said that they plan on rolling it out nationwide. In the meantime, they are working with Los Alamos National Lab on the technical specs to expand capabilities and add modules.

View the 2014 Verdesian Los Alamos Media Tour photo album.

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Hereford World Hires New Editor

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Hereford LogoJulie White is the new Hereford World editor. She replaces Angie Stump Denton who will continue to be the American Hereford Association (AHA) Director of Communications and Public Relations. Julie brings a combination of cattle knowledge and journalism experience to the role.

Growing up in Missouri, Julie was active in the Shorthorn junior program, serving as the National Shorthorn Lassie Queen. She attended Kansas State University, graduating in 2009 with dual majors in agricultural communications & journalism and animal sciences & industry. While minoring in international agriculture. She then continued her education Oklahoma State University, where she earned a master’s in international agriculture.

Since December 2011, she has been the director of communications and managing editor for the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association/Ohio Beef Council. In that position, she managed the Ohio Cattlemen magazine, wrote press releases, maintained websites, handled social media and assisted in promotion, among other tasks.

“I’ve always held Hereford World in high regard and have the utmost respect for the legacy of the breed it represents,” Julie says. “It’s an honor to take on this role and continue the tradition of producing a high-quality publication with informative and relevant content for Hereford breeders and AHA members.”

Julie started at the AHA headquarters in Kansas City, Mo., Oct. 1. “We’re excited to have Julie join our Hereford Publications Inc. team,” says Joe Rickabaugh, AHA director of seedstock marketing and field staff. “She brings a wealth of real-world editorial and seedstock experience to the team. She will no doubt help continue the award-winning publication.”

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More Than A Competition

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wde-14-181-editedI am no stranger to livestock shows, but it was my first World Dairy Expo and I have to admit, some things are done very different. Fitting is one of those on the list. We are always in the mode of growing hair in beef cattle. In fact, I don’t think you can have too much. So, how do you fit a dairy cow who has such little hair?

That question and more were answered when I strolled through the dairy barns and got the chance to talk with Steven Nelson who won the youth fitting contest at World Dairy Expo. Steven lives in Grovespring, MO and that just happens to be my home too. There in the small southern Missouri town, Steven milks 45 head of cows with his dad. He is in charge of all the milking year-round, tackles hay in the summer months and works for his neighbor who milks 100 head. Steven plans to take over the family operation when he finishes college.

Steven further explains the competition saying he had one hour to get one dairy cow ready for the ring. “You have to blow up the hair on their top line because you want their back to be perfectly straight. You also blow up their belly hair and blend it in with their body to make her look deeper and fuller, but also making her look sharper and more angular.” A professional fitter serves as the judge and watches each contestant throughout the entire competition.

Steven didn’t bring any of his own head to show during the Expo, but was working for another Missouri string. He said it didn’t really matter how well they all did and that it was more about the opportunity because all the cattle at the World Dairy Expo were good.

Listen to my complete interview with Steven here: Interview with Steven Nelson, Champion Youth Fitter

Find all photos from the event here: 2014 World Dairy Expo Photo Album.

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