When A Name Causes Problems

Chuck Zimmerman

Kuwait Danish DairyBoy, talk about a name problem. An AP story today points out the problems a dairy company in Kuwait is having over the whole Danish cartoon protests and boycotts. It’s the Kuwait Danish Dairy Co. They’re an Arabian gulf company that employs about 1,500 people.

But when Arabs began boycotting all things Danish over the prophet cartoons, it was the company’s name that caused it big problems.

“In other places outside Kuwait, where the company is known, but not as well as it is known locally _ such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates _ that has caused a drop of more than 95 percent in our sales,” KDD chairman Mohammed Jaafar lamented during an interview with The Associated Press.

Industry News, International

Low Quality Silage May Turn Your Cow's Stomachs

Chuck Zimmerman

Ohio State University ExtensionFrom Mr. Buckeye Ag Radio Network himself, Andy Vance.

Animal health experts want you to get poor quality silage out of your cows’ diet. Not only because of the lower nutritive value, but because it could kill them. Literally. Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center microbiologist Dr. Jeffrey LeJeune said this week that listeriosis can be caused by such poor silage. What veterinarians often refer to as circling disease because of a common reaction in affected cows, listeriosis is technically caused by Listeria monocytogenes, a bacterium found on plants, in the soil, and in natural waterways. Studies have found the bacterium isolated in manure from dozens of species, and the bacterium is often present without symptom.

Dr. LeJeune says for the most part, exposure to the bacterium is harmless, but “using feed that has been inadequately ensiled and does not reach an acidic pH of less than 5 can pose a problem.” He says that under such conditions, “Listeria naturally present on the feedstuffs can slowly multiply in storage, resulting in a large number of organisms accumulating in feed by late winter and early spring.”

Listeria often presents itself with the symptomatic circling pattern many affected cows walk, but also can lead to late-term abortions, mastitis, and other conditions. Dr. LeJeune suggests that if you experience death loss and suspect listeria, save samples from the deadstock for veterinary analysis and confirmation. To prevent the disease, he suggests taking “precautions when silage is chopped and packed to make sure it reaches the appropriate pH conditions.”

Education, Nutrition, University

Kuka Robot At Dean Foods

Chuck Zimmerman

Kuka RoboticsWhen I think of robots I usually think of something like what Will Smith ran into on i,ROBOT. Not what helps a company like Dean Foods with its dairy packing business.

Kuka Robotics Stainless Steel RobotKUKA Robotics Corporation, a leading global manufacturer of industrial robots, today announced its system partner, Forte Automation Systems, has installed a KUKA KR 15 SL stainless steel robot into Dean Foods’ dairy product manufacturing facility. The robot is the first stainless steel robot to be installed in North America. Dean Foods, a division of PET Dairies LLC, is using the KUKA KR 15 SL robot in its dairy case packing process.


Select Sires Has Fourteen New Holstein Graduates

Chuck Zimmerman

Select SiresThe latest news from Select Sires.

Select Sires introduced an updated lineup of 91 Holstein bulls featuring 14 new graduates – more than any other stud – to dairy producers after reviewing the USDA quarterly release of genetic evaluations Feb. 13. The spectacular lineup features sons of the popular sire fathers 7HO5375 Mara-Thon BW MARSHALL-ET and 7HO5157 Regancrest Elton DURHAM-ET*CV.

“Our new DURHAM*CV sons follow in their sire’s footsteps to produce stylish, hard-working and long-lasting daughters, and Select has the largest group of BW MARSHALL sons available. All of Select’s new graduates offer an outstanding and broad variety of genetic options for our customers,” said Blaine Crosser, vice president of dairy sire product line and sales management for Select Sires.


You Say You Want An Alfalfa Revolution

Chuck Zimmerman

NK BrandIt looks like you can quite literally liberate your alfalfa from weeds. Some new NK Brand varieties have been announced.

Forage producers now have the opportunity to free their fields from weeds with Liberator and Revolution alfalfa, the first NK Brand alfalfa varieties with Roundup Ready technology. This new alfalfa technology is currently available from NK Brand dealers. In addition to liberating alfalfa fields from weed competition, Liberator combines outstanding genetic potential with very fast recovery and strong persistence to maximize performance in three-, four- and five-cut systems. It is well-suited for all major alfalfa forage production areas where fall dormancy-rated ‘2’ to ‘5’ varieties are planted, which is most of the United States.

In non-dormant growing areas, where the technology is already revolutionizing alfalfa production, Revolution is the first NK Brand alfalfa variety with RR technology. It is well adapted for forage production areas where fall dormancy-rated ‘7’ to ‘9’ varieties are planted, specifically central and southern California, and southern coastal areas. Revolution combines excellent early growth and rapid recovery characteristics with tremendous yield potential for more tons of weed-free alfalfa produced per acre.

Developed especially for alfalfa producers who use top management programs, Liberator and Revolution fit well into the NK Brand Dairy Ration Fit system. Ration Fit helps assess the herd’s nutritional needs and customize forage selection for optimal milk production, milk fat and protein content.


More Bids Accepted By CWT

Chuck Zimmerman

Cooperatives Working TogetherIt seems like Cooperatives Working Together is really working together. Their latest announcement came out with DFA participating.

Cooperatives Working Together announced Tuesday
(last week) that it has accepted two bids from Dairy Farmers of America of Kansas City, MO: one to export 19.3 metric tons (42,500 pounds) of Mozzarella cheese to Taiwan, and a second bid of .248 metric tons (545 pounds) of consumer-wrapped Mozzarella cheese to Panama. CWT will pay the export bonus to the bidder, once completion of the cheese shipments is verified.

Both shipments are to countries that previously have not received product sold through CWT. These accepted bids increase CWT’s total cheese exports since it began operations two years ago to 4,916 tons (or 10.8 million pounds), and CWT’s total butter exports to 590 tons (1.3 million pounds). Previous shipments facilitated by CWT’s export assistance program have gone to Algeria, Barbados, Croatia, Egypt, Honduras, India, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Morocco, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Trinidad.

Cheese, Dairy Group, Export, Industry News

76th Annual Hoard’s Dairyman Cow Judging Contest

Chuck Zimmerman

Hoard's DairymanFrom Andy Vance at Buckeye Ag Radio Network:

I just got my official Entry Blank! If you subscribe to Hoard’s you already have the different classes – five in all – that will be evaluated to determine this year’s contest winners. If you’re like me and missed a couple of issues, you can email hoards@hoards.com to request reprints of each class. You will evaluate four head each of fine Brown Swiss, Holstein, Guernsey, Ayrshire, and Jersey cattle. Each class provides you with profile, rear udder, and rear tailhead perspectives from which to place the class. The deadline for entries in the 76th annual contest is March 23rd, and the contest is open in both individuals and teams of four, with each contestant placed in either the Senior; Junior; 4-H Club, FFA Chapter, or College Team; Family; and Ag Ed Instructor divisions. Winners will be selected in each division, with prizes of up to $100 for the winner in each division. In all, over 26 cash awards will be presented. I’ve just finished placing my classes, and I’ll probably study them for at least another week before finally settling on my final card and mailing the entry. Good luck, and be sure to let me know what you think of each class by posting your comments here!

Competition, Media

Have You Wanted An iPod

Chuck Zimmerman

New Holland If you’ve wanted to own an Apple video iPod then here’s your chance. It’s the New Holland “Down on the Farm” Classic iPod Keepsake Contest. One lucky winner will be drawn to win a new 30GB video iPod. The contest starts now and will run through March 15 with the winner being announced here and on all ZimmComm blogs on March 20, National Agriculture Day.

In case you’re not familiar with the Commodity Classic, it’s the combined annual meeting and trade show of the National Corn Growers Association and American Soybean Association. Both organizations with an impact on the dairy industry. I’m sure there will be some news of interest for you.

I’ll be blogging the 2006 Commodity Classic and all the pictures I take and video and audio I record will be pre-loaded onto the iPod. One of those things will be country music star Michael Peterson’s performance that’s being sponsored by New Holland. Once we know who the winner is Michael will record a personal message which we’ll also load onto the iPod. And, there’s more. We’ll also load Michael’s newest CD, “Down on the Farm,” which you can currently only purchase from your local New Holland dealer. It won’t be out in stores until later this spring.

So, here’s how you enter. We’ve got an online form that you’ll need to fill out and just click on the submit button when done. There’s only a few questions. It’s fast and then you’re entered. You’ll get a confirmation email so that you know you’ve been entered. Or, if you’re at Classic, you can stop by the New Holland booth and enter there.

Agribusiness, Promotion, Video