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February 24, 2015

How does intensified pre-weaning calf feeding programs impact growth and behavior of cows?

Dr. Emily Miller-Cushon, University of Florida, looks at intensified pre-weaning calf feeding programs and the impacts on growth and behavior. Dr. Miller-Cushon take home message: Intensified feeding for calves improves growth and welfare early in life, offers potential for longer-term production benefits, and should be considered when implementing weaning, feeding, and housing.

February 24, 2015

How does glucose impact postpartum cows?

Dr. Matt Lucy, University of Missouri, shares research on glucose and its relevancy to postpartum cows. Dr. Lucy looked at insulin sensitivity and aimed to better understand immune functions in early postpartum periods.

Mechanisms linking postpartum metabolism with reproduction in dairy cows - Dr. Matt Lucy, University of Missouri, from the 2015 Florida Ruminant Nutrition Symposium, February 2 - 4, 2015, Gainesville, FL, USA.

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February 24, 2015

At what ages can a period of intensified feeding of heifers hasten puberty relative to females developed as per normal industry recommendations?

Dr. Mike Day, The Ohio State University, asks ""At what ages can a period of intensified feeding of heifers hasten puberty relative to females developed as per normal industry recommendations?"" Dr. Day's take aways: 1) A period of intensified feeding will advance puberty in heifers of varying breeds and environments; 2) More work needed to determine most efficient way to incorporate this knowledge into a given system; and 3) Nutritional status for the entire time from birth to first breeding can impact reproductive success.

February 24, 2015

How important is dietary amino acids and body condition for reproduction in dairy cows?

Dr. Milo Wiltbank, University of Wisconsin, looks at the importance of dietary amino acids and body condition for reproduction in dairy cows. Dr. Wiltbank shares research being conducted to look at the effect of rumen-protected methionine on amniotic vesicle and embryo size.

Importance of dietary amino acids and body condition for reproduction in dairy cows - Dr. Milo Wiltbank, University of Wisconsin, from the 2015 Florida Ruminant Nutrition Symposium, February 2 - 4, 2015, Gainesville, FL, USA.

February 5, 2015

What apps are available for smart phones and mobile devices?

Agriculture Mobile AppsAg Apps Abound The smart phone ecosystem started in 2007 with nothing and an iPhone. Today there are over two million apps for every imaginable (and unimaginable) task, idea, or industry. Along with the iPhone are other smartphone ecosystems coming in and out of the business (in: Android; out: Blackberry). While it took a bit, the number of agriculture apps are increasing. Below are several links to ag related apps. Note that the apps mentioned in the links have not been reviewed by Truffle Media; the links are mainly an FYI of what's out there.

How do you find the best app? What is a way to divine the best app? Since today's "best" app may fade away tomorrow, the best approach is to share how to sift through apps and discover what works for you. The Best Apps For Agriculture presentation outlines what an apps is, what information in the apps stores can help, offers thoughts on connecting with people you know and trust, and suggests some general categories of apps that everyone should have loaded [slides][video].

January 9, 2015

Sustainability is a new buzz word and everyone would have their own definition. This presentation shares the story of the development of a working definition to that covers the many points of views and goals.

Cameron Bruett, JBS Chief Sustainability Officer, aims to challenge the views of sustainability and understand the risks and opportunities. Sustainability is a new buzz word and everyone would have their own definition. Mr. Bruett offers a series of stories on working with many groups to help develop definition of "sustainability" that covers the many points of views and goals.

Sustainability - But What Does it Mean? - Cameron Bruett, JBS Chief Sustainability Officer, from the 2014 Iowa Cattle Industry Convention, December 8 - 10, 2014, Des Moines IA, USA

January 9, 2015

How importance are the international beef markets? Are there any growth opportunities? Dr. Schultz highlights various metrics and how they can be the information to help drive international beef growth.

Dr. Lee Schultz, Iowa State University, talks about the importance of the international beef markets and the growth opportunities that can happen. There are elements of trust that needs to be nurtured over time to help grow the beef markets. Dr. Schultz highlights various metrics of Iowa beef and how they can be the information to help drive international beef growth.

Beef Demand: Clarifying Concepts, Summarizing Status, and Discussing Future Opportunities - Dr. Lee Schultz, Iowa State University, from the 2014 Iowa Cattle Industry Convention, December 8 - 10, 2014, Des Moines IA, USA

January 9, 2015

Environmental Defense Fund is one group that listens and works in a practical aspect to achieve beef sustainability.

Maggie Monast, Environmental Defense Fund, introduces the EDF as one group that listens and works in a practical aspect to achieve beef sustainability. Ms. Monast shares some of the EDF initiatives that focuses on sustainable sourcing and the supply chain structure to meet the needs of people, prosperity, and the planet.

How is the EDF working with the beef industry? By working directly with the whole supply chain and supporting the activity with data & information.

January 9, 2015

How is McDonald's creating a path to sustainable beef?

Susan Forsell, V.P. Sustainability at McDonald's Corporation, talks about McDonald's journey to sustainable beef. Ms. Forsell outlines their sustainability framework and the collaboration efforts from everyone in the value chain. Ms. Forsell shares how their sustainability pilot program in Canada is working and what their next steps will be in the rest of the world.

McDonald's and Beef Sustainability - Susan Forsell, V.P. Sustainability at McDonald's Corporation, from the 2014 Iowa Cattle Industry Convention, December 8 - 10, 2014, Des Moines IA, USA

January 8, 2015

What is in the manure that is of value to capture and what must be done to manage it appropriately?

Dr. Alfredo DiCostanzo, University of Minnesota, talks about the ecosystem of sustainability with respect to manure. What is in the manure that is of value to capture and what must be done to manage appropriately? Dr. DiCostanzo outlines the main drivers of sustainability in cattle feeding-farming operations and what data items should be monitored to understand the economic values.

Fertilizer Price, Manure Value and Farm Sustainability - Pt. 2 - Dr. Alfredo DiCostanzo, University of Minnesota, from the 2014 Iowa Cattle Industry Convention, December 8 - 10, 2014, Des Moines IA, USA

January 8, 2015

What do beef producers need to do with marking programs to take advantage of record cattle prices?

Dr. Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University, looks to help producers with marking programs to take advantage of record cattle prices. Dr. Peel talks about the risk and market factors beef producers need to understand and look for opportunities.

Dr. Peel advises that 2015 will continue to have strong prices and herds rebuilding will continue. He also suggests that there will be margin squeeze for feedlots and packers.

January 8, 2015

What is talk fescue toxicosis and what do beef producers need to do?

Joe Sellers, Iowa State University Extension and Dr. Scott Flynn, Dow AgroSciences, talk about beef cattle and the approaches to preventing fescue toxicosis. Mr Sellers details the cow physiology, how cattle nutrition is impacted, and what symptoms are important to notice.

Dr. Flynn focuses on the plant science and what testing needs to be done to identify infected plants. Dr. Flynn also details steps to mitigate fescue toxicosis.

January 8, 2015

Iowa Cattlemen’s Association aims to create a series to help producers be successful in an ever changing world.

Matt Deppe, Iowa Cattlemen’s Association CEO, welcomes everyone to the event, also known as the Cattlemen's College. Matt shares how the sessions were developed by utilizing the questions asked by producers; Iowa Cattlemen’s Association aims to create a series to help producers be successful in an ever changing world.

Welcome Address - 2014 Iowa Cattle Industry Convention - Matt Deppe, Iowa Cattlemen’s Association CEO, from the 2014 Iowa Cattle Industry Convention, December 8 - 10, 2014, Des Moines IA, USA

January 8, 2015

What is the value of manure and what steps should farmers take?

Nicole Kenney, Extension Feedlot Nutrition and Management Team, University of Minnesota, talks about the value of manure. Ms. Kenney provides an historical perspective on where the cattle industry has been and how the reductions in herds changed the landscape. Additionally, Ms. Kenney provides an overview of a research study on the migration of cattle east / north and how cattle on feed is impacting new areas of the country. This change represents an opportunity to have more manure play a part in crop growth and rotation.

January 8, 2015

Panelists offer their perspectives on approaching designing buildings for cattle and handling the issues of space, manure, financing, and regulations.

In a panel discussion format, the topic of cattle building is the focus. Moderated by Brian Waddingham, Executive Director, Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers, panelists include: Peter Westra, Hull Coop; Jim Knuth, Farm Credit Services of America; Alan Friederichsen, Iowa Producers. Each of the panelists offer their perspectives on approaching designing buildings for cattle and handling the issues of space, manure, financing, and regulations.

January 8, 2015

What does farming look like? This view shares several farmer's views on what they are doing and how they think of agriculture.

Corinne Rowe, Justin Rowe, Sara Ross, Kevin Ross, and Kristin Porter share their views on agriculture and food. Each of them offer a view on what they are doing and how they think of agriculture.

Sara and Kristin both approach telling their stories through digital media. The whole group aims to share their family and cultural experiences with others outside of agriculture, encouraging others in farming to approach sharing their farms in a similar fashion.

January 8, 2015

What do you do with the "gifts" that Mother Nature frequently gives and what do you do to work through them?

Wade Dooley, Albion IA, shares his family's practical experience of working a 1,200+ acre crop and cattle operation in the vicinity of the Iowa river. Mr. Dooley talks about their grazing and crop rotation tactics, highlighting the "gifts" that Mother Nature frequently gives and what they do to work through them.

One of his key stories is turning a flooded corn field into an oat and turnip field and being able to feed 80 cattle for three weeks on 65 acres on that field. Wade says with cover crops, timing is everything.

January 8, 2015

What does it take for a feedlot to be successful?

Warren Weibert, Feedyard Consultant with Decatur County Feed Yard, shares his family's story of building and developing a feedlot. Mr. Weibert focuses on the philosophy he took in 1980 to consciously work directly with ranchers on retained ownership of calves.

Warren's key take aways: You cannot manage what you do not measure, and people in the beef trade will have to focus on thoughtful, consistent delivery of predictable eating experience to our eventual consumer.

December 2, 2014

What do consumers look for when they buy pork? Agritourism is a great opportunity to share a positive farming message with the public. Brian Martin, Jon Hoek, and Jarrod Sutton outline the Fair Oaks Pig Adventure and Dairy operations and its connection to the consumer public.

Agritourism - A Great Opportunity to Share a Positive Farming Message with the Public - Brian Martin, Jon Hoek, Jarrod Sutton, Indiana Pork Board, Besltra Milling, National Pork Board, from the 2014 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 15-16, 2014, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

What do consumers look for when they buy pork? Agritourism is a great opportunity to share a positive farming message with the public. Brian Martin, Jon Hoek, and Jarrod Sutton outline the Fair Oaks Pig Adventure and Dairy operations and its connection to the consumer public.

October 17, 2014

Today people running farms must be out their sharing what happens and stay connected with consumers. Dr. Lusk suggests getting in the game to tell how farms run, explain the trade offs of being an agriculture business, and give consumers control.

Politics of Food Dr. Jayson Lusk, Professor of Agriculture Economics at Oklahoma State University, provided an economist's view on food. He shared his thoughts on the future of food and the path it is taking. It used to be true that what happened on the farm stayed on the farm.

October 6, 2014

The Allen D. Leman Swine Conference presentations provide an opportunity to stay tuned with the issues of key importance to pork producers.

The Allen D. Leman Swine Conference is always one with quality information as well as a mixed attendance featuring animal health, practitioners, nutrition and producer representatives. This event allows for the sharing of key information on issues impacting and affecting people, farms, and pigs.

More presentations at http://www.swinecast.com/2014-leman-swine-conference-material

August 14, 2014

What are uses of social and digital media in agriculture? What are some trends? Are there issues? These information points can help.

Yes, farmers are using social media. How and why will vary. Look at national surveys for some direction: via Pew Research Center, 2014 info: 12 trends shaping digital news.

July 9, 2014

What does it means to help consumers understand pork, raising pigs, and maintaining business viability over time?

Sustainability in Pork Production - Pigs, Planet, People - Jamie Burr, Tyson Fresh Meats, from the 2014 World Pork Expo, June 4 - 6, 2014, Des Moines, IA, USA.

Jamie Burr, Tyson Fresh Meats, shares ideas on what it means to help consumers understand pork, raising pigs, and maintaining business viability over time. Mr. Burr offers information on what sustainability means for pork producers and how to help people learn more.

More presentations at http://www.swinecast.com/2014-world-pork-expo

June 9, 2014

What has happened in porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) lab diagnostics?

PEDV - Lessons Learned - Dr. Harry Snelson, AASV, from the 2014 World Pork Expo, June 4 - 6, 2014, Des Moines, IA, USA.

Dr. Harry Snelson, American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV), shares details on the many activities that have occurred with porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv). Dr. Snelson shows the details on the laboratory and field work used to discover the virus, understand what happened, and how diagnostic labs have adjusted to better identify PEDv.