Cattle Industry Convention Trade Show Underway

Chuck Zimmerman

Cattle Industry Convention Trade ShowI know that the Cattle Industry Convention is a beef event but dairy producers pay the Checkoff too. The trade show got kicked off today.

I’m experimenting with my camera that also takes some fairly decent video. So I’ve got a short video clip for you in case you’ve never been to this event.

Here’s a little less than 2 minutes of video from this evening’s trade show: Watch WMV File Trade Show Video (.wmv file)

Farm Show, Video

Dairy Producers On Cattlemen's Beef Board

Chuck Zimmerman

Lucinda Williams & Jenny SennAt the Cattle Industry Convention I got to meet and interview 2 dairy producers who are on the Cattlemen’s Beef Board.

They are Lucinda Williams (l) and Jenny Senn (r). Lucinda is from Massachusettes and Jenny is from South Carolina. They shared with me why they are attending the convention and talk about the challenges they face in the business. I also asked them what they thought was the best thing about being in the diary business today.

You can listen to my interview with Lucinda and Jenny here: Listen To MP3 File Lucinda/Jenny Interview (11:46 Min. MP3 File)

Audio, Dairy Business

Checking Out The Lay of the Land

Chuck Zimmerman

Cattle Industry Convention 1Here’s my home for the week. Not a lot of activity here today. Lots of interviewing for new committee members. I did a little wandering around just to get my bearings. I probably won’t have much to offer until tomorrow afternoon though. I’m hoping to conduct some interviews midday and have some new content for you to listen to then.

General

PA Dairy Summit This Week

Chuck Zimmerman

Pennsylvania Dairy SummitIt sounds like a great program is being prepared for attendees at the upcoming Pennsylvania Dairy Summit.

The Pennsylvania Dairy Stakeholders is co-hosting the 2006 Pennsylvania Dairy Summit with the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania. Supporting partners for the Summit are the Penn State Dairy Alliance, the Center for Dairy Excellence and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. The 2006 Dairy Summit will take place Wednesday and Thursday, February 1 & 2, 2006, at the Lancaster Host Resort in Lancaster, PA.

Dairy Group, Farm Show

American Dairy On Pittsburg TV

Chuck Zimmerman

American DairyAmerican Dairy, Inc., announced recently that it will be on tv in the Pittsburg, PA market on cable. Basically their release says that “PCNC Cable News Channel in Pittsburg, PA will spotlight the Company in a continuation of the previously announced “Investment Opportunities in China” series, produced by Platinum Television. American Dairy was one of a few Chinese companies invited to be featured on the show by Platinum Television Group’s advisory board, made up of MIT and Harvard business school graduates, as well as magazine editors of Fortune, Forbes and INC. Households in Pittsburgh will be able to watch the news segment on American Dairy, which is approximately seven minutes long and presents facts about the Chinese government’s promotion of milk products in China, as well as insight into the Company’s processing plants and premier powdered milk and soy products. Viewers will be able to watch clips of the Company’s processing plants, headquarters, core products and research & development team throughout the Company’s operations in China.”

There’s a link to their website to watch the video but all I saw were commercials in Chinese like this one.

Dairy Business, International, Video

Blogging From The Cattle Industry Convention

Chuck Zimmerman

2006 Cattle Industry ConventionIt’s time once again for the Cattle Industry Convention. I’ll be travelling to the convention tomorrow and posting news related to the dairy business as I find it. Any questions you want me to ask while I’m there?

I’ll also be posting to sister blog, AgWired. And, I’ll also be posting to the newly created Cattlemen’s Beef Board blog too. Lots of ways for you to get your agricultural blog fix this week.

More to come from Denver.

General

Checking The Dairy Air

Chuck Zimmerman

I’m sure it will be a wise expense of funds. The National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (NDB) has approved the authorization of $6 million on a one-time basis for the purpose of funding a three-year study on air emissions from U.S. dairy farms.

I’ve always been of the opinion that agricultural operations have a particular fragrance and it’s only to be expected. This past week I visited an agricultural advertising agency and as I got out of the car to go inside there was a very pungent smell from what had to be a livestock operation somewhere nearby. I complimented the staff since it seemed so appropriate for the type of business they cater to.

I’m curious about what the impact of having air emission standards for a dairy would be. What would they even be and how would you control or measure them? I guess that’s what they want to find out.

“Upon careful consideration and discussion, dairy producer directors of the NDB voted to fund this study, understanding that this research will be instrumental in developing the air emissions standards that could affect all dairy farms,” said Woody Bryant, an Arkansas dairy producer who is NDB chairman. Last fall Congress authorized the NDB to consider this measure, noting that the funds would need to be spent in 2006.

National Milk Producers Federation will work with the Agricultural Air Research Council (AARC), a non-profit organization formed to oversee research in air emissions from livestock operations, to ensure that the research achieves its stated goals related to dairy farm emissions. NDB will receive regular reports on the progress of the air emissions study.

“The allocation of these funds will not have a direct impact on 2006 dairy promotion programs,” Bryant said.

Dairy Checkoff, Government

Milk Gone Wild PETA Attack

Chuck Zimmerman

Milk Gone WildProving once again that they are completely without brains or any moral compass, the folks at PETA have created a website to attack milk. I highly recommend you refrain from visiting but you ought to know what the wackos are up to. It would almost be funny if they weren’t so ignorant and just plain disgusting.

This Milk Gone Wild website is a crude takeoff on the even more filthy and perverted Girls Gone Wild trash videos. They have women exposing themselves but endowed with bovine mammary appendages. There’s just too much trash to even discuss. In fact, I saw an alert to it on Ad Jab and only visited long enough to get a sense of this crap that this group has once again put out.

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