Photo Album From Expo Now Online

Chuck Zimmerman

Entrance To World Dairy ExpoI promised I’d provide you with an online photo album from World Dairy Expo and I finally got it done. I took 262 photos during Expo and uploaded 201 of them. So there’s a lot to look at. Many of them were posted to World Dairy Diary but these are larger and unedited.

This link – World Dairy Diary Photo Album – will take you to the Flickr photo album. You can look at them individually or as a slideshow. You can download them too. If you use them, just give us credit please.

I hope you enjoy them. It was fun taking them.

World Dairy Expo

Internships Available At Select Sires

Chuck Zimmerman

Select SiresAre you a college student looking for a summer internship? Here’s an opportunity. If you’re not a college student, maybe you know one you could pass this opportunity on to!

Select Sires Inc. has announced plans to offer two summer internships at its headquarters facility in Plain City, Ohio, during the summer of 2006. Positions are available within the dairy-sire and communications departments, with applications due by Monday, Nov. 21, 2005. “Both practical work experience within the industry and networking are extremely important in helping college students prepare for full-time employment upon graduation,” says Dave Thorbahn, Select Sires general manager. “That’s why Select Sires and several of its 10 member cooperatives offer hands-on internship opportunities each year. These internships help introduce top students to the industry side of agriculture, while they contribute to the day-to-day operation of the Select Sires federation.”

College students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in dairy science, animal science, agricultural economics, agricultural communications or related agricultural fields may apply for these internships. Applicants must be familiar with cattle pedigree information. Previous judging-team experience is an advantage. While important for all internships, strong writing and computer skills are a requirement for students working in corporate communications. Sire-department interns must have experience working with cattle, and the ability to clip and prepare animals for still or video photography.

For more information about these internships or to submit a resume for consideration, visit or send an e-mail message to


Virtus & Lallemand Teaming Up On New Dairy Products

Chuck Zimmerman

Strata GThis is a two blog post. That means that it will appear on AgWired and on World Dairy Diary. Why? Because these folks did a great media relations event at World Dairy Expo and they have new product news.

They are Virtus Nutrition & Lallemand. Now I don’t know about you but it’s not easy to understand and write about what these folks make. However, they did what it took to get the media there and “explain” it. We were invited to a wine tasting/product discussion. I missed the introduction so I never did fully understand the relationship between Virtus and Lallemand, except that Lallemand manufacturers and Virtus distributes.

However, Lallemand makes yeast and yeast is used in wine making. In fact, we learned that most of the wine made in the world uses Lallemand manufactured yeast! Yeast is also used in animal nutrition and there are different kinds of yeast that produce different kinds of results.

So, what they did was have us taste 3 different kinds of wine that were made with all the same ingredients except that the yeast for each was different. They all tasted different and this demonstrated the whole point of the presentation that followed on animal nutrition! Very creative and very well done. Besides, they brought in a wine expert, Lallemand’s own Bob Charley, who is a forage products manager. He was excellent. In fact, the wine was excellent.

The best part was leaving though and receiving a 2-bottle wine holder with corkscrew and a bottle of red and white inside! I only have the white left. They stocked the holders with New Glarus Primrose Winery products, which was also a good idea since we were in Wisconsin and the winery is located in New Glarus, WI. Let’s do it again Lallemand & Virtus.

Virtus Nutrition, headquartered in Fairlawn, Ohio, today introduced Strata G™ with Omega-3 Fatty Acids, the first in a line of new products to appear under the new Strata G brand name. “Strata G products feature specific fatty acids, such as omega-3’s, that are meant to be strategically fed at a specific time for a specific result,” said Scott Sorrell, Director of Marketing for Virtus Nutrition.

EFACTVirtus Nutrition, headquartered in Fairlawn, Ohio, today announced a new, patented manufacturing process — Engineered Fatty Acid Conversion Technology (EFACT™) — that enables the company to produce calcium salts from virtually any fat source. “Science is just beginning to discover and understand the power of certain specific fatty acids,” said Dr. Steve Koenig, President and CEO of NutriScience Technologies, holding company of Virtus Nutrition. “EFACT gives us the ability to build new products with virtually any fatty acid profile from a wide variety of fat sources”.”

Exhibitor, Industry News

Holstein Foundation Online Art Sale

Chuck Zimmerman

Holstein FoundationNow’s the time to get your dairy holiday shopping done online and help out a good cause. It’s the first ever Holstein Foundation online Art Sale!

The high-quality paintings, ceramics, and sculptures, all relating to dairy cattle make the perfect holiday gifts! All proceeds from the Holstein Foundation Art Sale benefit Foundation programs. The Foundation will accept bids on these special art pieces until December 1, 2005. Make sure your bid is the last one!

Holstein Association

iDAIRY Up And Running

Chuck Zimmerman

iDairyNational animal ID is heating up as various systems and government certification programs are starting to be implemented. In the dairy business there’s a new coalition of groups working together to create a system. One of those is iDAIRY of which Holstein Association USA is a founder.

Holstein Association USA, Inc. is a founding member of IDairy, the new coalition of six leading dairy industry organizations working to facilitate a national animal ID system.

“The Holstein Association believes there is an urgent need for a mandatory national animal ID system in the United States to allow the government to respond quickly and effectively to an animal health emergency,” said John M. Meyer, Chief Executive Officer of the Holstein Association USA, Inc.

Announced Thursday, October 6, 2005 at the World Dairy Expo, IDairy unveiled a three phase approach to secure the dairy industry’s role in the national animal ID system. The first phase is for all dairy and livestock producers to register their premises; the next step is for each animal to be identified and the final phase is the transfer of data from individual systems to a national database. The IDairy group hopes to have all dairy cows identified prior to the 2009 goal set by USDA.

Dairy and livestock producers can visit the newly launched IDairy website: to complete the first phase of the coalition’s plan: registering all agricultural premises. The IDairy website is the industry’s source for the most up-to-date information about national animal ID and the founding organizations: Holstein Association USA, Inc., American Jersey Cattle Association, National Association for Animal Breeders, National Dairy Herd Improvement Association, National Milk Producers Federation and Professional Dairy Heifer Growers Association.

Holstein Association, Industry News

Nonfat Dry Milk Donation By USDA

Chuck Zimmerman

USDAUSDA is using nonfat dry milk to help those in need. This announcement was just made at the end of last week.

Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns announced that USDA will donate an additional 25 million pounds of nonfat dry milk (NDM) to help care for the needy throughout the U.S., including those affected by the 2005 hurricanes.

“This initiative builds on the president’s Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and promotes USDA’s efforts to meet nutritional requirements of individuals in need,” said Johanns. “Distribution of nonfat dry milk and its products to faith-based and community organizations is just one of many avenues through which USDA supports those in need.”

Nonfat dry milk can be used in manufacturing dairy products such as ready-to-eat pudding, ready-to-eat milk-based soups, nutritional bars and ultra-high temperature shelf-stable milk. The faith-based and community organizations exchange USDA’s nonfat dry milk for such manufactured products for distribution within the 48 contiguous states.

Johanns made the donation possible by extending the current deadlines under the National Nonprofit Humanitarian Initiative (NNHI) through December 31, 2005.

The following nonprofit organizations have participated in the FY 2005 NNHI.

America’s Second Harvest
Believer’s Sanctuary
California Emergency Foodlink
Calvary Baptist Church
Cascade Blue Mountain Food Share
Central Wisconsin Community Action Council, Inc.
City Team Ministries
Convoy of Hope
Cooperative Care Center
Farm Share, Inc.
Feed the Children, Inc.
Feed the Hungry
Goodness Outreach Depot
Harvesting International Ministry Center, Inc.
Heartland Family Services
His Hands Extended
Hope In Action
Hosanna Daycor & H.P.W. Church
Hunger Task Force, Milwaukee, WI
Jeffco Action Center, Inc.
Jerico Faith Center
Las Cruces Gospel Rescue Mission
Love, Inc.
Midwest Mission Distribution
Newcap, Inc.
Operation Blessing Relief & Development Corp.
Operation Compassion
Racine/Kenosha Community Action Agency
Shilo Ministries
Springs Rescue Mission
St. Paul’s Community Development Corporation The Mission, Inc.
The Salvation Army, Long Beach, CA
The Salvation Army, Lancaster, CA
The Salvation Army, Phoenix, AZ
United Christian Ministries, Inc.
Westside Food Bank
With Love From Jesus Ministries, Inc.
Word of Faith

Government, Industry News, Milk

Interview With Publisher Of Dairy Directory

Chuck Zimmerman

Southwest Plains Dairy DirectoryI’ve written before about the Southwest Plains Dairy Directory here on World Dairy Diary. I just got to interview the CEO of McCormick Company, the advertising agency that created the directory which was on display and available at World Diary Expo. I thought it was very interesting that an advertising agency did a project like this. The printed directory is also available in an online, searchable database.

The interview I did with Kathy Cornett was used for a regular weekly program I do on our sister website, AgWired. It’s called the ZimmCast. You can listen to this week’s ZimmCast here: Download MP3 File (5MB MP3 File)

Exhibitor, Industry News

Linux Powered Robotic Milker From DeLaval

Chuck Zimmerman

DeLavalIt has been interesting to see some consumer-oriented websites do a story about the computerized robotic milking machine from DeLaval (their Voluntary Milking System).

One story was on Engadget today called “Cow Milking Robots,” and it linked to the page on the DeLaval website where you can see video of the machine in action.

Another story about it appeared on since the computer software to run the machine uses, Linux.

Industry News, Milk

New Got Milk Ads Rile Major League Baseball

Chuck Zimmerman

New Got Milk AdsMajor League Baseball may not be very happy about the new Got Milk tv ads but I say, “Get a life.” They’re funny and created by the California Milk Processor Board.

It’s a series of ads that look like a breaking news story about players “pouring” a performance enhancing product. I think it’s very well done. It’s all in fun says the agency. “Goodby, Silverstein & Partners Co-Founder Jeff Goodby whose agency created the campaign says Brosnan needs to get a sense of humor, “It’s just milk. Believe me, we know parody is based on a serious topic. So we wanted to make sure that it was goofy enough so that people didn’t get upset.”

They apparently did as this statement by MLB’s Brosnan shows. “There is nothing humorous about steroid abuse. I would think that the California Milk Processor Board and their advertising agency would know better regarding an issue that threatens America’s youth.”

Industry News, Milk