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DairyCast update for April 12, 2012, Is Neutral Detergent Fiber Digestibility Nutritious and Affordable?

Updates from the Midwest Dairy Conference have information that might change the way you look at your operations. Dairy Manager Stephen Fenderhoff discussed take-aways that can increase his efficiency and profitability. Also this week, Jon van Koy of Nature's Farm overviews the unique nutrition program his company employs and why it appeals to consumers.


Information To Help Your Operations

  1. Audio: Dairy Product Niche - Nature's Farm is developing a specialized retail channel promoting liquid milk products naturally higher in Omega 3 and CLA's. Vice-president of Sales and Marketing, Jon Van Koy discusses the dietary formulation which contributes to the Nature's Farm product [audio].
  2. Audio: Nutritious and Affordable? - One dairy production manager found several good bits of information to improve the Bebow Dairy operation. Stephen Fenderhoff believes additional value can be created by moving to the NDFD, or Neutral Detergent Fiber Digestibility, index suggested by speaker David Fischer [audio].
  3. Blog: Young Farmers and Startup Businesses - How does one get started in agriculture as a business? What are some of the issues and where does one turn for advice? This #AgChat conversation looks toward those with some experience in running farm and ranch operation for some advice and input. [blog].
  4. Video: We’re Talking But What Are They Hearing? - Jim Fraley, Illinois Farm Bureau, shares the experiment of opening the barn door to consumers: What are some of the ways to get out and share stories from agriculture? From the 2012 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, March 26 - 29, Denver, CO, USA [video].

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