Milk Income Loss Contract Expired

Chuck Zimmerman

I guess the Milk Income Loss Contract expired yesterday. The last story I’ve been able to find on it was late yesterday. According to this story in the Idaho Statesmen.com, not all dairy groups are upset about it. I’m sure we’ll know more about it Monday. I mention it here because I saw a lot of stories on it the last couple days. And because I’m getting ready to head to World Dairy Expo tomorrow and won’t be posting until after I get there, unless I find something of interest early tomorrow.

Industry News

It's Mooove In Days At Expo

Chuck Zimmerman

I just spoke with Lisa Behnke, Marketing Manager for World Dairy Expo and the activity level in Madison is cranking. Just imagine 2,000 people checking into a hotel in about 3 days. Then imagine if those were cattle! That’s about how many animals are being brought to Expo this year and they’re driving in as we speak. They’ve all got to be checked in and put in their places. And of course, there is all the people who are bringing them in.

Besides that you’ve got about 1,500 exhibitors all moving in their booths and equipment at the same time. And of course the whole Expo staff has to move into the facilities from their regular office building.

I’m glad I’m traveling there on Sunday!

General

Learn About Qualisoy

Chuck Zimmerman

QualisoyIn case you’re wondering what Qualisoy is, besides a sponsor of World Dairy Diary, now you can find out. I interviewed Qualisoy board member, Kent Gronlie, a soybean grower from North Dakota. Qualisoy is an “industry-wide” initiative that “creates added value and increased global competitiveness for the U.S. soybean industry through the development, commercialization and promotion of enhanced quality traits.”

Kent may not be able to attend Expo due to the harvest that’s going on right now on his farm but he says there will be information available to visitors to World Dairy Expo.

You can listen to my interview with Kent here: Download MP3 File (1.9MB MP3 File)

Exhibitor, Qualisoy

ADSA & Pioneer Forage Award Winner

Chuck Zimmerman

American Dairy Science AssociationPioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., and the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) are proud to announce Karen A. Beauchemin, Ph.D., senior scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Lethbridge Research Center, as the 2005 recipient of the Pioneer Forage Award. Along with the honor, Beauchemin also will receive a monetary award.

The Pioneer Forage Award recognizes outstanding research and/or educational contributions in forage production, processing, storage or utilization.

General

Callicrate Bander Inventer Interview

Chuck Zimmerman

Callicrate BanderYou know that the Callicrate Bander is a sponsor of World Dairy Diary and now’s your chance to learn more about the company and the product. I interviewed Mike Callicrate, the inventer. He describes all the uses for his product and provides some history on its development and how the product has had tremendous growth and success, including on an international level.

You can listen to my interview with Mike here: Download MP3 File (3.8MB MP3 File)

For more information on the Callicrate Bander you can contact them at: P.O. Box 748, St. Francis, KS 67756, Call 1-800-858-5974, or email.

Callicrate Bander, Exhibitor

Time Out To Golf

Chuck Zimmerman

Just in time for all you golfing dairy folks who are in or heading to Wisconsin for the World Dairy Expo, is a story on CNN.com today about how great the golf is! The beginning of the story says,“Someone says, “Wisconsin.” What thoughts immediately come to mind? The Green Bay Packers? Dairy products? A TV show? (“Happy Days” for the middle-age crowd; “That ’70s Show” for the younger generation).

I got to play earlier this year near Milwaukee while attending a conference on ag media. Now this story’s got me wondering what my schedule will be like next week!

General

MyPyramid For Kids Includes Dairy

Chuck Zimmerman

USDA MyPyramid for KidsI don’t know if you’re even familiar with USDA’s MyPyramid, the new food guidelines strategy. Today they released news about a whole section of the guidelines targeting kids and including a video game they can play.

The information certainly does include information about “dairy” and it’ll be interesting to see how organizations start to fit this into their marketing strategies with consumers.

Here’s an example of one way they’ve included dairy. It’s on a page that has “Tips For Families.”

4. Get your calcium-rich foods. To build strong bones serve lowfat and fat-free milk and other milk products several times a day.

Government

Dairy News Sites

Chuck Zimmerman

How many places do you go online for dairy news? I’d be interested to know some of your favorites. I’m starting to learn about more of them and I’ll plan to post links to them from time to time. Just so you know I’m not playing favorites (yet), I’ll start with a few now and post more when time allows.

Agri-View
Brownfield Network (audio report)
DairyLine

More will be posted!!

General

Seeking Dairy Leader In China

Chuck Zimmerman

It sounds like dairies in China are getting more organized. In a story I found today on China Daily, the Mengniu Dairy is looking for a president by doing an international search. Interested? If so the story says you’ll need to have “at least two of the following requirements: a master’s degree, 15-years work experience in the dairy industry, or a good understanding of the international market.” The deadline to apply is October 31. Apparently it’s very unusual for a China company like this to actively seek out a foreign person as it’s leader.

The story says the company has the goal of becoming one of the top 20 dairy companies in the world by the year 2010.

International