Spectramast DC From Pfizer Animal Health

Chuck Zimmerman

Pfizer Animal HealthPfizer Animal Health just announced an FDA-approved mastitis treatment. This treatment “provides dairy producers with a wider range of management options than any other dry cow mastitis treatment on the market.”

It’s SPECTRAMAST DC and it fights major environmental pathogens and Staphylococcus aureus, has a zero-day milk discard period following a 30-day dry period, and offers the shortest meat withdrawal available. Most of the current mastitis treatments were developed more than 20 years ago, and Pfizer recognized the importance for continued research and development of a broader spectrum product. “Traditionally, mastitis treatments for dry cows were not labeled for environmental pathogens,” said Bruce Beachnau, DVM, dairy veterinary operations, Pfizer Animal Health. “SPECTRAMAST DC was proven effective for Staphylococcus aureus, and environmental pathogens such as Streptococcus dysgalactiae, and Streptococcus uberis.”

I am seriously glad I don’t have to record a radio commercial about this. It’s a whole lot easier to type some of those words than to say them!


American Made Cheese Outlook Good

Chuck Zimmerman

Wisconsin Milk Marketing BoardThe Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board says “there’s gold in American-made cheese.” They see the growth in American made specialty cheeses continuing.

The movement to artisan, farmstead, ethnic and organic type cheeses continues to gain strength, according to the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (WMMB), a dairy farmer-funded organization that promotes Wisconsin Cheese nationally. The board closely monitors and analyzes culinary and cheese trends. In Wisconsin, for example, specialty cheese production rose by 9 percent in 2004 to 331 million pounds. The National Association for the Specialty Food Trade found sales of specialty cheese were up 29.1 percent in 2004 from 2002, to $905 million, excluding sales of Wal-Mart.

The reason for their optimism is that not only do these cheeses taste good but they fit into many of the trends in food today like the desire for convenience. Along with their rosy outlook come some predictions for the future that include:

–Chefs will be offering cheese ice creams –and not just for dessert. Chef Seth Daugherty at Cosmos, Graves 601 Hotel in Minneapolis, enhances foie gras with Wisconsin Mascarpone and Maple Gelato. Chef Guillermo Pernot at ¡Pasion! in Philadelphia has developed a house-cured fresh tuna with Brick cheese spread ice cream.

–Supermarkets will feature ready-to-go cheese courses and wines for home entertaining, complete with cheese descriptions and “stories.”

–More cheeses will take on fanciful, one-of-a-kind names, a practice becoming common with American artisanal cheeses, such as Homestead and Pleasant Ridge Reserve, two recent Wisconsin award recipients from the American Cheese Society.

–Latin food will travel beyond Mexico. Fresh, milky cheeses, popular in Central and South American cuisines, will flourish. Restaurants will start the movement.

–Upscale restaurants will offer kids’ menus, and the cheese won’t be processed.

Cheese, Dairy Group

Flowery Methane From Cows

Chuck Zimmerman

According to a story on the Daily Record, the “FUTURE IS ROSY FOR RESEARCH ON COWS.” This is a sweet smelling story . . .

SCIENTISTS in Scotland believe that a natural plant additive to cow feed could help save the planet. The results of secret trials may make cows – whose methane has been blamed for increasing the greenhouse effect – less flatulent. And they hope the reduced emissions – which may smell floral after cattle digest the additives – will have a threefold effect.

It could be good for the environment, improve livestock farming and cut out the use of vets’ antibiotics – following the spread of antibiotic resistance in human infections.

I did not know that “Cattle are capable of producing 500 litres of the potent greenhouse gas every day.” This story comes from MyCattle.com via Western United Dairymen.

Industry News

How About Those Dairy Exports

Chuck Zimmerman

IDFA Trade FiguresAccording to the IDFA, dairy exports were up significantly in 2005. You can visit their website to see more information and a better image than the one I’ve posted here.

Using data for January through October for each year (October 2005 is the latest data available), the total quantity of U.S. exports grew by 35% in 2004, and are up another 15% in 2005. Importantly, since early 2004, these exports have been prompted without U.S. government subsidies through the Dairy Export Incentive Program.

The value of U.S. dairy exports is also growing faster than the value of imports. Through October 2005, U.S. dairy product exports totaled nearly $1.4 billion, up 20% over the same period in 2004. U.S. imported dairy product value in the same 2005 time period increased only 11%, to $2.1 billion.

Dairy Group, International

Bringing Internet Access To Rural America

Chuck Zimmerman

Tim GanshchowI know posting has been a little light in the last day or so but we’ll be making up for that. In part the reason has had to do with me travelling and conducting several presentations on blogging and podcasting for agribusiness. Like today in St. Louis at the lunch meeting of the Gateway chapter of the National Agri-marketing Association and St. Louis Agribusiness Club. The lunch speaker was Tim Ganschow, (pictured), Agristar Global Networks. I thought you might be interested in what Tim has to say about the efforts to bring broadband (high speed) internet access to rural America.

You can listent to Tim here: Tim Ganschow Presentation (19MB MP3 – 41 min.)

I know it’s long but I think you’ll find the information very interesting. Tim mentions at the end of the talk the desire to pull together a “Broadband Alliance For Agriculture.” I think he can count on ZimmComm and World Dairy Diary to be a part of that alliance.

Audio, General

The High Priced Property Effect

Chuck Zimmerman

The Inland Empire area in California is losing dairies rapidly. With the look of land prices there it’s no wonder. It’s hard to imagine land at up to a half million dollars an acre when you live in the midwest! This story is in latimes.com.

Once home to one of the nation’s largest concentrations of dairy farms, the Inland Empire’s $500-million dairy industry is rapidly evaporating as dozens of farmers sell out to real estate developers.

In the last two years, more than 160 dairies — nearly 80% of those operating just a year ago — have either been sold or are in escrow, according to the Milk Producers Council, a trade association based in Chino.

It’s that urban sprawl thing going on and as the article quoted one dairyman, “”People and cows don’t mix,” said longtime dairyman Bill Van Leeuwen.”

Industry News

New Regional Rep For Holstein Association

Chuck Zimmerman

Holstein Association USAThere’s a new face at Holstein Association USA. Sandra McCauley, Carlisle, Pa., joins their Regional Representative team in southern Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware and northern West Virginia.

McCauley, a native to Maine, became involved with Registered Holsteins at a young age through 4-H. She went on to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Maine. While there, she was instrumental in helping revive the university’s Dairy Judging team. The university’s first team in over 15 years, they placed in the top ten at the World Dairy Expo contest in Madison, Wis.

Holstein Association

Make That A Double Latte

Chuck Zimmerman

CMPB Photo“Lattes are a good way to add extra calcium to your diet,” says Susan Bowerman, MS, RD, Assistant Director, UCLA Center for Human Nutrition. “They’re better than drinking coffee alone. The calcium and other nutrients in milk, protect bones to guard against osteoporosis, and with nonfat milk, you get the nutrition with few calories.”

Doesn’t that sound great? And coming from a college nutritionist even. Of course it only makes sense. Milk is good for you. Now they’re saying coffee is good for you (has antioxidents). So why wouldn’t a latte be even better?

The California Milk Processor Board also has this interesting information. “According to the National Coffee Association, coffee drinkers consume, on average, three cups of coffee per day. Seventy five percent of those cups are served with milk, which weighs in at about a quarter cup per coffee drink. That adds up to an average of 3/4 cup of milk per day, per coffee-drinking Californian, or 225 mg of calcium — which is nearly 25% of the calcium RDA for adults.”

It’s interesting to note that according to a survey done by the CMPB only 6 percent of coffee drinkers think they get calcium when drinking coffee with milk. We know better though.

Dairy Group, Milk

The Callicrate Bander Is Our Newest Sponsor

Chuck Zimmerman

The Callicrate BanderI’d like to welcome The Callicrate Bander as the newest regular sponsor of World Dairy Diary. Thank you Rachel. The Callicrate Bander from No-Bull Enterprises was our first charter sponsor last fall when we started the website.

In this new year World Dairy Diary is taking on a new look and attitude. You’ll see more stories and features as we continue to develop this dairy industry news blog. It’s a whole new media world and we’re determined to make sure we bring the news to you when and where you want it. Just subscribe to World Dairy Diary using our RSS Feed. If you’re using a news reader or some of the new search engine personalized home pages like Google and Yahoo just type in our RSS Feed URL: feed:http://animal.agwired.com/?feed=rss2

We’re always looking for feedback and ideas for stories to post so don’t be shy. Let us know what you think.

Callicrate Bander

A Milk Message For Young Skiers

Chuck Zimmerman

Wisconsin Milk Marketing BoardI ran cross country in high school and it’s the only sport I lettered in. I lived in Florida. If I had grown up in Wisconsin I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have been on the cross country ski team. Hopefully these kids will do well and learn to drink their milk and ski harder.

The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board has signed on as a major sponsor of the 2006 Wisconsin High School State Cross Country Ski Championships. The event, held in Trego on February 10-11, will play host to more than 300 athletes from around Wisconsin. “These games are a great opportunity for us to reach a young demographic with important dairy nutrition messages,” says Dave Bavlnka, WMMB local promotions. WMMB also sponsors the Badger State Games, and WIAA basketball tournaments. Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, a nonprofit organization of Wisconsin dairy producers, promotes the consumption of milk, cheese and other dairy products made in America’s Dairyland.

Dairy Group, Milk, Promotion