Getting Away With Accelerated Genetics

Chuck Zimmerman

Accelerated Genetics Winter Get-AwayOur sponsor, Accelerated Genetics just held their 2006 Young Producer Winter Get-Away at the Chula Vista Theme Resort in Wisconsin Dells, WI. It looks like a great party in addition to being a learning experience. Over 120 young producers and their family members attended. Producers participated in a farm safety and first aid session. This photo shows how a person would make a peanut butter sandwich with one arm after a farm accident.

This year’s theme was the 1970’s and families from all over the membership area (Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois) celebrated in style. An examle would be the Thompson Family from Knapp, WI dressed in their best 1970’s clothes (pictured)! Accelerated Genetics Winter Get-AwayThe weekend also included some great educational sessions including a presentation and round table session about Animal Health and Vaccines. On Sunday morning everyone participated in a Family Farm Safety Session that included a mock farm accident with a 911 call, an activity with adults and children making peanut butter sandwiches with limbs bound as if they lost or injured them in a farm accident, and an activity showing various farm liquids that look like juice, water, or kool aid to children. In addition, producers had the opportunity to network and learn from each other and have some fun away from the farm!

Their next event is, “the Leadership Conference on March 25-26, 2006 in Reedsburg, WI.” Then on “June 24, 2006 Accelerated Genetics will host the Young Producer Summer Meltdown in Fond du Lac, WI.”

Accelerated Genetics, Agribusiness

Ecolab Helps You Wash Your Bottles and Pails

Chuck Zimmerman

Ecolab WasherI remember having to wash bottles. Of course that was for my kids. Then along came dishwashers and they made things easier. Well, Ecolab has one you can lease to handle the duties for bottles and pails.

Ecolab Inc. announces the availability of the Ecolab Calf Bottle and Pail Washer Lease Program, offered exclusively through Ecolab dealers. This new program features a commercial dishwasher unit, refurbished to accommodate specially designed trays to wash and sanitize calf bottles and pails between feedings and calf movement. The washer unit is proven to provide excellent cleaning and sanitizing results in restaurants and cafeterias. Using this same technology makes it easier to maintain clean and sanitary feeding tools for calf feeding programs.


This Post Doesn't Stink – And Neither Does Your Dairy

Andy Vance

Iowa DNR Logo

A new three-year study, completed at the behest of the Iowa legislature, has found that large livestock operations don’t smell as bad as advertised. In the early 2000’s, researchers at Iowa State and the University of Iowa recommended to the legislature certain regulations on large livestock operations. Before they would act, the legislature compelled the Department of Natural Resources to specifically study odor. After three year’s of objective sampling, DNR released this week that only 7% of facilities studied were above the study’s benchmark for odor. Focusing on how management affects odors, the researchers noted that the size of an operation did not directly relate to the odor produced, but that manure storage did. When stored outside the barns in lagoons or tanks, a higher odor level was noted than when manure was stored under the barns in deep pits. When manure was applied to fields, injection clearly reduced odor over manure broadcast across the field.

I’ve always said most folks smell with their eyes when it comes to livestock operations, and now we have proof that management practices play a much larger role in odor than size of livestock operation. Which is another reminder of why we must be the best managers we can be in the agriculture industry.

Industry News, Production

Many Moo Bloggers

Chuck Zimmerman

Mootown MoosletterAre you a fan of the Cow Parade? Here’s a cool way to keep up with the artists who are busy working on new cows. Some of them have their own blogs. Well, they’re mostly sort of blogs. My favorite is Rosemaling, the bottom one. The latest Moo-Town Moosletter lists the following:

“Animal Magnetism”
Artist: Jenny M. Steinman Heyden
Sponsor: Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board

“Driftless in WisCOWsin”
Artist: Sue Medaris, Mt. Horeb, Wis.
Sponsor: Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board

“Milky Whey”
Artist: Katherine Steichen Rosing, Madison, Wis.
Sponsor: Wisconsin FFA Foundation in cooperation
with the Wisconsin Department of Ag, Trade
and Consumer Protection (DATCP)

“The Road Home”
Artist: Kirill Negoda, Dodgeville, Wis.
Sponsor: Capital Newspapers

“Rosemooled Cow”
Artist: Jan Norsetter, Verona, Wis.
Sponsor: Wisconsin Department of Ag,
Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)

Dairy Group, Promotion

Wisconsin Dairy Business Going Strong

Chuck Zimmerman

I like this report put together by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. They get their data from the Wisconsin Ag Statistics Service. It puts it in an easier to read format.

Wisconsin’s dairy business is off to a strong start in the new year, with milk production up 5 percent, totaling 2 billion pounds in January. In addition to increasing milk production per cow, which now is 70 pounds higher than a year ago, state dairy producers also boosted cow numbers in Wisconsin to 1.24 million head, an increase of 1,000 head from the previous month which puts the state’s total dairy cow count at 5,000 head higher than January 2005.

Cheese production also posted a positive 3.2 percent gain in January, with a total of 201.9 million pounds produced versus the same month a year ago. This positive upswing in both milk and cheese production comes on the heals of a solid year of milk production growth of 3.5 percent during all of 2005, ending the year with more cows than a year earlier for the first time in 16 years.

Nationally, cheese production for January totaled 764.3 million pounds, up just 1.3 percent from last year. Wisconsin’s January cheese production increase accounted for over 65 percent of the 9.6 million pound total increase across the nation for the first month of 2006. Wisconsin also increased its butter production to 43.9 million pounds in January, a 13 percent increase over a year ago, mirroring the national butter growth percentage of 13 percent compared to the same month in 2005.

Only two cheese producing states reported lower cheese production in January, compared to a year ago. California posted a negative growth of 0.3 percent and Illinois came in at negative 3.4 percent. This is the second month in a row that California has reported a decline in cheese production. The last time California’s cheese production declined compared to the same month a year earlier was September, 1998.

Dairy Group, Government, Industry News

ILDEX 2006 In Vietnam & India

Chuck Zimmerman

ILDEX 2006If you’re travelling in the area of Vietnam next week you might want to check out ILDEX 2006. If you miss that they’ll have one in India in April. It stands for “The International Livestock & Dairy Expo,” which in this case will be “For Emerging Markets In Asia.”

ILDEX 2006The rising demand for truly international livestock and dairy expositions in Vietnam and India parallels the demand for modern technology to upgrade the quality and standard of their livestock and dairy production. Both countries hope to grab a large share of the lucrative export market.

In Vietnam, NEO is teaming up with Vietnam National Trade Fair and Advertising Company (VINEXAD) for ILDEX Vietnam 2006, scheduling on 16-18 March 2006 at HIECC, Ho Chin Minh City, Vietnam. While for ILDEX India 2006 in India NEO’s partner is PIXIE, or Publication India Pvt. Ltd. – – India’s leading publisher of trade directories and publications which serve the Indian poultry and livestock industries. ILDEX India 2006 is scheduled on 27 – 29 August 2006, New Delhi, India.

Farm Show, International

Does Your School Have Healthy Student Bodies?

Chuck Zimmerman

Got MilkThe MilkPEP people want children to be healthier and milk can be part of the plan to make it happen. So, they’re looking for some healthy student bodies (schools that is).

From now until June 15, MilkPEP’s “America’s Healthiest Student Bodies” contest will identify schools that have the most active and healthiest students. “Recognizing schools that are encouraging good nutrition and physical activity ties in well with our message to teens that milk is an important part of a healthy lifestyle,” says IDFA Senior Manager of Marketing Victor Zaborsky. “It also keeps milk top-of-mind with schools, students and parents.”

Students can nominate their schools by filling out an application on MilkPEP’s website, The application asks for a 75-word essay on why a school should be selected and includes a questionnaire for background on the school’s nutrition, athletics and other health and wellness programs.

The 50 winning schools will be announced at an event in Washington, D.C., in late August. Each school will receive a $1,000 grant to support fitness and nutrition programs and a special “got milk?” recognition assembly. The student who nominates a winning school will receive a subscription to Teen People and Sports Illustrated as well as a prize package from Adidas and Baby Phat/Phat Farm clothing lines. All student nominators will have the chance to receive a phone call from one of the next milk mustache celebrities.

Dairy Group, Education

A New Way to Trade

Andy Vance

CME Logo

If you use the Chicago Mercantile Exchange for any risk management of your Class III Milk, you can start trading 24 hours a day!

This week, the CME began trading contract on the Globex platform, and will trade simultaneously with the open outcry market during the day. The idea of the electronic contracts is typically to add more investors, although past history has shown that the electronic contracts trade mere fractions of the volume their open-outcry brethren exchange.

Ultimately, the decision to use these contracts is really up to you and your risk management professional. The variance between the price and bid between the electronic and outcry contracts will vary, but should be negligible for most producers.

Agribusiness, Dairy Business, Industry News, Milk

Father and Son Drown in Lagoon

Andy Vance

KFSN-TV in Fresno, CA report a real tradgedy in the community, leaving too many questions about how a father and son died at a local dairy. Deputies found the 27-year-old Luiz Gutierrez and his eight-year-old son at the bottom of the manure lagoon.

The sheriff says the father had taken his son to help him feed the calves.

It happened at Contente Dairy, east of Lemoore.

The sheriff says he does not know what would have caused the father and son to get into the pool, but he says it would be hard for anyone to escape it, once they were in.


UPDATE – This story is even more tragic when you realize the irony that this is Agricultural Safety Awareness Week. Another reason why we need to be reminded of the human capital at risk in our industry. Spring is the time when the vast majority of farm injuries occur – so BE SAFE!

Industry News, Production