On the very day the patent infringement trial was to begin, Monsanto Company announced they had reached a licensing agreement with the University of California resolving a dispute over bovine somatotropin or BST.
If you raise your own corn, either for grain or silage, you’re probably giving a lot of thought to how much more money you are going to be spending this year on nitrogen.
The 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: David Zartman Interview (8:54 mp3 file)
Select 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.
Quality assurance is the key to getting a jump on consumer concerns related to dairy and livestock production such as nutrient management and animal care.
Bravo! 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.
There’s some end of the year news from Select Sires.