World Ag Expo Featuring Seminars & Tours

Chuck Zimmerman

World Ag ExpoIt’s soon going to be time for World Ag Expo and maybe you don’t know how committed to the dairy industry this show is. According to the latest news from the Expo:

A wide selection of informative dairy seminars and exhibits will be featured daily at the 2006 World Ag Expo, Feb. 14-16. All World Ag Expo seminars are free with paid admission. Dairy seminars are designed to assist dairymen in the planning and operation of their dairies. The 2006 seminars will be held in the Hilvers Building, located on the east end of the World Ag Expo show grounds at Median and S Streets, and are coordinated by DairyBusiness Communications.

“We look to help dairymen run their businesses at maximum efficiency for maximum profit,” said 2006 World Ag Expo Chairman, Erin Ferguson.
Tulare County, the home of the International Agri-Center, where the World Ag Expo is held, is the most productive dairy region in the world. Exhibits, equipment, products, technologies, and services are housed in the 80,000 square foot Dairy Center and surrounding areas during the World Ag Expo.

In addition to the seminars you can look forward to tours of local dairy operations too:

Each day of the show, visitors can choose either a Dairy/Farm Tour or an Agribusiness Tour. Tours are scheduled to run concurrently, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., leaving from the Heritage Complex, located on the west end of the show grounds. Farm Tours Committee Chairman, David Watte, chose sites that will be in “full swing” operation during February, providing a maximum experience at each site.


MO State Milk Board Members

Chuck Zimmerman

Missouri Department of AgricultureThe Missouri Department of Agriculture houses the the Missouri State Milk Board. They just re-appointed 2 members:

Gale Hackman (D), of Jefferson City, is president and chief executive officer of Central Dairy Company. Hackman holds a bachelor’s degree in business/accounting from the University of Missouri, Columbia.

William B. Siebenborn (D), of Trenton, is the owner of a dairy farm.
Siebenborn is a graduate of Trenton Junior College and Missouri Valley College and completed dairy science and agriculture courses at the University of Missouri.

Government, Industry News

Holstein Foundation ArtSale Deadline

Chuck Zimmerman

Holstein FoundationTime is running out fast on the Holstein Foundation online ArtSale. Here’s a place to get some holiday shopping out of the way in advance.

Bidding in the Holstein Foundation ArtSale will close December 1, 2005 at 5:00p.m. EST. Visit to view the Art Sale Catalog and bid on your favorite piece. The high-quality paintings, ceramics, and sculptures, all relating to dairy cattle, make perfect holiday gifts. All proceeds from the Holstein Foundation Art Sale benefit Foundation programs. Bidding is expected to be very busy on December 1, so make sure your bid is the last one! For any questions relating to the Art Sale, or to phone in bids on December 1, please contact Jess Strout at 800-952-5200, ext. 4128 or

Holstein Association

Microdairies Facing Regulators In Washington

Chuck Zimmerman

WASDO PamphletHere’s an interesting item about the raw milk situation in Washington state. This is from an AP story. Basically, it looks like the Washington state dept. of agriculture wants people producing and selling raw milk to be licensed and regulated or shut down.

To combat this 2 groups have been formed, the Washington Association of Shareholder Dairy Owners and Raw Dairy Choice Campaign.

I can’t remember when I’ve had raw milk. I know it was in my bottle as a baby since my grandfather had a dairy next to where my home was. But then we started getting it delivered in bottles and pasteurized. Nowdays we get it as 1%, 2%, etc. I only like it whole myself. The story mentions microdairies. Kind of sounds like micro breweries. A nice place to go get a cold bottle of freshly bottled home brew, er, milk.

Industry News

Bander Uses Expand

Chuck Zimmerman

The Callicrate BanderSomehow we didn’t get the latest news from the Callicrate Bander posted here but that’s easy to fix. You can link to the full release which has sound bites included that you can listen to on your computer.


A popular castration device is proving adaptable for a wide variety of other animal health procedures, according to livestock producers and veterinarians.

(St. Francis, KS) The Callicrate Bander was developed as a tool for low-stress, bloodless, user-friendly castration that enables cattle on feed to maintain high performance levels. However, the ligation capabilities of the Callicrate Bander, which is designed and handcrafted in the U.S., also lends itself to a variety of other animal health treatments.

Tom King, an independent marketing representative from Oshkosh, Nebraska says he continues to see new uses for the bander, especially among livestock veterinarians who use it when they need a sanitary way to shut off blood supply for operations.

“I’ve had veterinarians tell me they use it on just about anything that’s sticking out that’s not supposed to be there. For blood worts and tumors and damaged teats on dairy cows. Even had two vets now tell me that they’ve used it to amputate broken legs that needed to be taken off.”

Tail docking is just one example of a procedure made simple, safe and stress-free by using the Callicrate Bander. Marketing rep Mick Lovelace of Edmond, Oklahoma says the practice is widely used on dairies where sanitation in milking barns and parlors is an issue, and the Callicrate Bander makes the procedure much simpler for the dairy farmer in either a stall barn or a parlor barn situation. Full Release (Word Document)

Callicrate Bander

Holstein USA Board Meeting

Chuck Zimmerman

Holstein Association USAHolstein Association USA just held its annual fall board meeting in St. Louis and provided some details:

The meeting, led by newly elected Holstein President Randy Gross, was a successful and productive exchange of ideas, discussion and action.

Registrations continue to grow – 248,729 animals have been registered through the end of October 2005, an increase of 3.9% from 239,430 in 2004. Animals transferred through the end of October are: 47,684 compared to 47,709 at the same time last year. Classification activity is up 4.6% from last year, 167,419 animals have been classified through the end of October, in a total of 4,184 herds, compared to 3,916 herds in 2004, an increase of herd activity of 6.8%.

The Board approved the recommendation of the Junior Advisory and Youth Activities Committees to denote Louisville, Kentucky as the site of the Grand National Junior Holstein Show, along with the remaining five designated National Junior Holstein Shows. The Board approved changes to the delegate reimbursement policy, effective with the June 2006 Annual Meeting. All delegates who attend the entire Annual Meeting will be reimbursed $400 for their expenses.

The Board received various committee reports including the Audit, Holstein Breed of the Future, International, Show and Junior Advisory Committees. Chief Financial Officer, Barbara Casna, reported the Association is projected to have another very healthy year in 2005, with net operating results forecasted to be $951,000. Total revenues through October 2005 are $11,800,000 which is an increase of $303,000 from last year or 3%. The Holstein Association Reserve Fund on October 31, 2005 was valued at $21,591,000, a gain of $551,000, or 3%, since January 1st.

Holstein Association staff presented the 2006 Management-by-Objective Business Plan to the Board of Directors. The plan was approved. The Board welcomed representatives of Monsanto Company, Roger A. Cady, PhD and Shay Sunderland, PhD for a discussion on the future of the dairy industry.

Holstein Association

Back In The Saddle

Chuck Zimmerman

Hello World Dairy Diary fans. We’ve taken an extended break from posting to work on some other projects and determine where we go from here.

Where we go is basically this. We’ll begin posting dairy news from around the world on a regular basis immediately and are seeking sponsors! We really appreciate our original 3 sponsors and will keep their logo/links up for the time being.

So, look for much more to come. It’s late but I’ll have more news starting tomorrow.

Thanks for visiting.


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