Perennial Lactation – Keeping Cows In Milk Longer

Andy VanceAudio, Dairy Business, Milk, Production, University

Dr. David Zartman, The Ohio State UniversityThe typical dairy cycle is for a producing cow to enter a dry period from between 45 and 60 days prior to calving. That cycle, however, may not be the most profitable production practice available. Dr. David Zartman, Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University’s Department of Animal Sciences recently released an article examining the concept of perennial lactation – a lactation lasting over two full years, and in several cases, three and four years without a dry period. I spoke with Dr. Zartman on the subject, and you can listen to his comments here: Audio David Zartman Interview (8:54 mp3 file)

Select Sires Adds Jersey and Milking Shorthorn Firepower

Andy VanceDairy Business, Production

Select Sires LogoSelect Sires of Plain City, Ohio has strengthened its stud with the addition of three top Jersey and one leading Milking Shorthorn bull to its sire string. The Jersey bulls are all graduates of Select’s Program for Genetic Advancement young sire program. The Milking Shorthorn Sire is the Number One bull in the breed according to Jeff Ziegler, manager of protein/specialty sire programs for Select Sires.

Bravo! Inks Deal With Jasper Products

Chuck ZimmermanAgribusiness, Production

USDABravo! Foods International Corp., a brand development and marketing company that manufactures, promotes and distributes vitamin-fortified, flavored milks, announced today that it has signed a multi-year distribution agreement with Jasper Products, L.L.C. of Joplin, Missouri, one of only three dairy processors in the United States that has approval of the United States Food and Drug Administration to produce aseptic shelf-stable milk in bottles.