Server Move Issues

Chuck Zimmerman

We had to move web servers last week and our hosting company kind of did it without giving us warning of the timing. Sorry about that.

It means we lost a couple of days worth of posts here on World Dairy Diary. That’s all been worked out now and we’re back in action. Expect to see a lot from us this week as we get caught up.

The move was necessary since ZimmComm New Media, the publisher of World Dairy Diary has gone through a growth spurt and needed to added capacity and services for it’s clients. This is a good thing!

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Meatrix II Animated Film Blasts Corporate Dairies

Chuck Zimmerman

Meatrix IIHopefully you’ve got a sense of humor. I just had a notice about this emailed to me. It’s a Matrix film spoof to blast corporate farming called The Meatrix. I never heard of it before but this is Meatrix II. The group doing this claims the first one’s been downloaded over 10 million times and they’ve won awards for it. They are short animated movies.

I only watched the second one and thought it was hilariously funny. I’m afraid it’s done by some very ignorant people who could sure put their creative talents to use on a much more worthwile issue. However, feel free to watch and laugh although if you haven’t seen The Matrix you may not appreciate the humor.

They even have a blog about it which you can find here. The whole thing is a project of the Global Resource Action Center for the Environment (GRACE).

Of course you can find out the truth about corporate dairy farming by visiting this website.

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Wrapup From The Dairy Calf & Heifer Conference

Chuck Zimmerman

Randall GrimmiusHere’s the last day’s summary from the National Dairy Calf & Heifer Conference that ended last Friday. Thanks again to Elizabeth LeBrun for sending these in with pictures. The one on top here is of Randall Grimmius receiving a thank you certificate for hosting a tour.

The 10th National Dairy Calf & Heifer Conference wrapped up in Visalia, Calif. with a looping tour of San Joaquin Valley farms. The first stop was Three Sisters Farmstead Cheese and Hilarides Dairy, where the family-owned operation creates homemade cheese.Read More

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The Young Producers List

Chuck Zimmerman

YPLC Group InteractionThe Young Producers Leadership Conference, sponsored by Accelerated Genetics, gave attendees plenty of educational opportunities and time to work together.

The producers that attended this year’s conference included:
Troy & Leigh Allen, Reedsburg, WI
Diane Bovee, Oakfield, WI
Tim Bowers, Marion, WI
Tod & Sondra Brancel, Endeavor, WI
Gary Depies & Julie Bores, Adell, WI
Todd & Jessica Ertl, Unity, WI
Mike Kelley, Fennimore, WI
Steve & Amanda Killian, Blair, WI
Brian Koch, Waunakee, WI
Ken & Theresa Kohlmeyer, Reedsburg, WI
Steve & Patty Kvigne, Ferryville, WI
Ed & Katie Lawver, Hillpoint, WI
Erika Lepeska, Monfort, WI
Tim Maier, Jim Falls, WI
Thomas & Emily Martin, Shullsburg, WI
Chad & Lisa Pethke, Suring, WI
Benjamin Raasch, Goodhue, MN
Katie Reichling, Darlington, WI
Matt Scott & Juliann Balistreri, Blanchardville, WI
Steve & Kristi Thomas, Greenwood, WI
Jerry & Jennifer Volenec, Highland, WI
Phillip Waldera, Whitehall, WI
Donald R. Jr. & Renee Wendlandt, Randolph, WI
Matt & Janine Wipperfurth, Dane, WI

Accelerated Genetics’ Young Producer Program is open to any producer, individuals or couples, who are interested in expanding their horizons, meeting other producers, and having fun doing it. Anyone interested in becoming involved is encouraged to attend any or all of the Young Producer activities throughout the year! Upcoming Young Producer events include a Summer Meltdown to be held June 24th in Fond du Lac, WI and a Fall Conference slated for November in Stevens Point, WI. For more information on any of these programs contact Kari Stanek – 1.800.451.9275 or kstanek@accelgen.com.

Accelerated Genetics, Agribusiness, Education

YPLC Attendees Piece It All Together

Chuck Zimmerman

Piecing It Together‘Piecing It Together—Excellence In Leadership’ was the theme for the 2006 Young Producer Leadership Conference sponsored by Accelerated Genetics. The picture shows that they worked on the piecing it together part.

Roger Ripley, Accelerated Genetics President & CEO, comments about the program, “Accelerated Genetics’ Young Producer Program is the foundation of our cooperative’s future. Our priority is to develop future leadership by listening to the needs of the next generation, enlisting input and encouraging involvement. Our hope is that life-long friendships will be created that will help participants be more successful in their own farm operations as well as in their contributions to the agricultural sector.”

In addition to Ripley, Dan Weisenbeck, Chair of Accelerated Genetics Board of Directors; Janet Keller, Vice President of Advertising, Communication and Public Relations and Kari Stanek, Communications & Public Relations Coordinator were on hand for the producers throughout the entire weekend.

Accelerated Genetics, Agribusiness, Education

Tom Jadin Closed Accelerated Genetics YPLC

Chuck Zimmerman

Tom Jadin was another speaker at the Accelerated Genetics Young Producer Leadership Conference. It sounds like he got to go last.

Tom Jadin SpeakingJadin ended the conference by motivating the group, sharing some more life-lesson stories and of course using humor. He answered the question “Why do some people and some farm operations look enthused, dedicated, and vigorous as they take on new changes, challenges, and choices while others look frazzled and worn out?”

Accelerated Genetics, Agribusiness, Education

Young Producers Hear From Don Wick

Chuck Zimmerman

Another speaker at the Accelerated Genetics Young Producer Leadership Conference was farm broadcaster, Don Wick.

Don Wick SpeakingWick challenged the producers to tell agriculture’s amazing story. As a journalist himself, he offered practical hands-on advice in communicating agriculture’s message. Producers learned tips about how to communicate with their neighbors, community and the media.

Accelerated Genetics, Agribusiness, Education

Accelerated Genetics Young Producer Conference Roundup

Chuck Zimmerman

Our sponsor, Accelerated Genetics, just held their Young Producer Leadership Conference and we’ve got pictures and information for you. I’m going to put it into several posts. The Conference was held March 25-26 at the Voyageur Inn Conference Center in Reedsburg, WI.

Jolene Brown SpeakingThe Leadership Conference’s program was specifically tailored for persons who wanted to improve their leadership skills, participate in educational activities, network with other producers and have fun doing it. Speakers Jolene Brown, Don Wick and Tom Jadin were featured at the Leadership Conference, along with other educational and fun sessions designed to help producers manage and lead their family, farm and cooperative in the future.

Brown (pictured) shared with the group the benefits of a positive sense of humor and how they extend to better health, understanding rural issues, and positive farm family relationships. In addition, she offered information and tools to improve communication, foster farm-family and inter-generational relationships, and increase the farm business’ bottom line.

Accelerated Genetics, Agribusiness, Education

Thursday Update From Dairy Calf & Heifer Conference

Chuck Zimmerman

I’m sorry to say but my email program didn’t receive the updates from Elizabeth LeBrun from the National Dairy Calf and Heifer Conference. But I finally did and without further ado here they are. This one is her wrapup of Thursday:

The third full day of the National Dairy Calf and Heifer Conference in Visalia, Calif. began with regional caucuses, followed by a variety of industry-related seminars for Professional Diary Heifer Growers Association members, non-members, students and associates alike. Seminars on this day touched upon a variety of subject matter from feeding to reproduction, and offered attendees the following topics and breakout sessions:

• Intensive Feeding, Calf Growth and Mammary Development (Dr. Mike Amburgh, Cornell University)
• Nutrition and Management of the Transition Calf (Dr. Jon Robison, California State University – Fresno)
• Nutrition and Management Systems for Reducing Variance in Heifer Performance (Pat Hoffman, University of Wisconsin- Marshfield)
• Heifer Reproductive Management (Dr. Jose Santos, University of California-Davis)
• Animal Health Protocols (Dr. Jim Reynolds, University of California-Davis)
• Mycoplasma Control (Dr. Ricardo Rosenbusch, Iowa State University)
• Observations on Large Calf Operations (Dr. Jon Robison)
• Colostrum Management and Pasteurization (Dr. Sandra Godden, University of Minnesota)
• Colostrum Substitutes and Gut Modifiers (Dr. Jim Quigley, Diamond V-Mills)
• On-Farm Pasteurizer Management for Waste Milk Quality Control (Dr. Bob James, Virginia Tech)Read More

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