Energy Effiecient Proposals Sought

News EditorBiotech, energy, International

Dairy companies and suppliers of technology and equipment are being invited to form consortia to research and demonstrate new energy efficient technologies in both CIP and homogenization. The Carbon Trust will provide up to £500,000 per project to fund a maximum of 60% of project costs, depending on State Aid rules for the project type and size of company, as … Read More

StollerUSA's Alfalfa Program Features Bio-Forge

News EditorAlfalfa, Biotech

Spring is in the air, and it’s time for dairy farmers to think and plan for the 2010 crop. Read below for information on StollerUSA’s Alfalfa Program. Stoller’s Director of Bioscience, Dr. Ron Salzman, explained the Stoller technology while reviewing university research results and showing images from field trials. StollerUSA field representative, Don Stork also shared what Stoller’s Alfalfa Program … Read More

Biodiesel Plant Receives Grant

News EditorBiotech, General, Industry News

HERO BX, formerly Lake Erie Biofuels, LLC, is the country’s largest producer of biodiesel. Last week, the company announced it has been awarded a $1,640,250 million grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority to complete the company’s expansion project – increasing their yearly output of low-cost, high quality biodiesel, from 45 million gallons to 55 million gallons. HERO BX is matching … Read More

Deferred Payment Loan Now Available for Silage Inoculants

News EditorAgribusiness, Biotech, Industry News

Customers of Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, now can buy silage inoculants using the Pioneer Deferred Payment Loan program. This program will provide payment options specifically designed for dairy and livestock producers as they face economic challenges. Talk to your Pioneer sales professional for details. If you don’t have an existing line of credit for Pioneer® brand seed purchases, your … Read More

New Zealand Study May Find Production Increase

News EditorAgribusiness, Animal Health, Biotech, International, Milk, Research

A new scientific study being conducted in New Zealand could yield a natural, non-hormonal supplement that will significantly increase milk production. The study is being co-funded by the country’s governmental lab AgResearch Ltd.. and Ancare Scientific. The study with Ancare Scientific Ltd. will take a year and cost more than NZ$500,000 ($377,000), Andy West, chief executive officer of state-owned AgResearch … Read More

Ohio Department of Agriculture Issues Emergency Rule on Dairy Labeling

Andy VanceBiotech, Competition, Government, Milk, Production

The Ohio Department of Agriculture has issued an Emergency Rule with the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) that regulates on dairy labeling regarding recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST), a supplement used for milk production. The issue of rBST labeling has become one of the hottest issues in Ohio agriculture, and Director of Agriculture Bob Boggs has taken the point … Read More

FDA May Approve Sale of Clones

News EditorBiotech, Genetics, Industry News, Media

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) could announce the release of meat and milk from cloned animals and their offspring from a voluntary marketing moratorium as early as next week. Some consumer activist groups are wary of the pending approval, but the FDA says its decision is based on years of scientific research and study. The decision would be a … Read More

Anti rBST Ads to Cease in Keystone State

Andy VanceBiotech, Dairy Business, Markets, Milk

As the rancorous debate over acceptance of rBST treatments has spread across the country, more and more dairy marketers have jumped on the rBST-free bandwagon. The concern of dairyman has always been the clear lack of understanding from the average consumer as to what exactly rBST is, what it does, and what it means for them as consumers of dairy products. One state has now decided that the debate is over for them: Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Dennis Wolf announced this week that starting January 1st, marketers are prohibited from selling milk under the “rBST Free” label.

Igenity Adds to Profile

News EditorBiotech, Genetics, Industry News

Merial has announced two new analyses to the comprehensive IGENITY® profile. Added to the DNA profile are a multiple-marker fertility analysis and an optional diagnostic test for persistent infection (PI) of the bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) virus. DNA markers also have been added to the longevity and milk production analyses in the IGENITY profile — making them more powerful and … Read More

MSN Tackles bST

News EditorBiotech, Media

A recent article on gives an even rebuttal to the bST debate that has been in the news the last few months. The article aims to calm the fears of consumers and to lay out the facts on bST. What do you think of the points made? Growth hormones exist naturally in a dairy cow and in the milk … Read More