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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

Why do pre-weaned calves get sick?

Dr. Michael Ballou, Texas Tech University, opens by addressing why pre-weaned calves get sick and then digs into how nutrition influences immunity of calves. Dr. Ballou shares that data indicates that post-weaned health is improved among calves that were previously fed a higher plane of milk replacer.

Dietary strategies to improve calf health - Dr. Michael Ballou, Texas Tech University, from the 2015 Florida Ruminant Nutrition Symposium, February 2 - 4, 2015, Gainesville, FL, USA.

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.

July 10, 2014

How should farmers and consumers view their relationship to animals that produce food or become the food after they die?

Dr. Jen Walker - Relationships of Animals, Farmers, Consumers, and ActivistsStewards Of The Farm? Dr. Jen Walker with Dean Foods, shares her thoughts on dairy stewardship. From the 2014 Agriculture Public Relations Council annual meeting, June 24 - 27, 2014, Madison, WI, USA.

December 13, 2012

What can help kids get exercise at school?

Jenni Purcell, Communications Director for the Milk Promotions Services of Indiana, shares an update about the Fuel Up to Play 60 dairy campaign. From the 2012 MidCountry Media Writers' Conference, Indianapolis, IN, USA, October 20, 2012.

September 26, 2012

What happens when the price of an ingredient for pizza is 50% cheaper just a few miles away? What happens when that few miles requires crossing international borders and covert action to get those ingredients to the pizza making shop?

Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. smuggled spirits across the Canadian–American border into the USA and pharmaceuticals from Canada looked to be a real business for awhile. Now the track is reversed with US made mozzarella being smuggled into Canada.

June 26, 2012

What is in the Senate Farm Bill legislation - and what is not?

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May 29, 2012

What are the practical applications of genomic technology on dairy and beef farms?

Practical Application of Genomic Technology with Q&A - Adam Griffin, Herd Advancement Services, from the 2012 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, March 26 - 29, Denver, CO, USA.

May 29, 2012

What are the requirements for detecting and preventing drug residue in the milk supply? The dairy industry provides to all dairy producers the tools to help understand and implement drug residues in the milk supply. Dr. Karen Jordan, Dairy Farmers of America, provides insight on the procedures and documents available to dairy producers.

Milk and Dairy Beef Drug Residue Prevention - Dr. Karen Jordan, Dairy Farmers of America, from the 2012 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, March 26 - 29, Denver, CO, USA.

May 24, 2012

Without a plan, your forage options for when things go wrong are very limited. What is your plan?

HayTalk on Planning for Forage Supplies Have You A Forage Plan? When you need forage is not the time to start planning for it. Now is the time to take into account outcomes from prior years, look at forecasts, update your livestock plans, and review your finances. Then tackle some of the farm production activities to see how forage options can be extended or modified to buy time if needed. Key is having some backup plans for when the weather does not cooperate!

May 11, 2012

Modern animal ag has become a math problem: reduced land use, more people, more food consumption, less water, and transit costs changing. Add in the need to be global and the need to understand animal welfare and the idea of raising livestock become more complex.


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April 13, 2012

Dairy product niche help grow business and what exactly is "Neutral Detergent Fiber Digestibility"?

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.

April 2, 2012

Can we brag with our customers the story of agriculture and sustainability?

Sustainability: Today and Beyond — What This Means on My Family's Farm - Marie Audet, Blue Spruce Farm, Inc., Bridport, VT, from the 2012 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, March 26 - 29, Denver, CO, USA.

Update: This presentation has been removed at the presenter's request.

March 16, 2012

What are some of the feed and forage issues coming up? And how should dairy operations plan and manage to keep viable options available?

Managing for Optimum Forage Quality - David Fischer, University of Illinois Extension Dairy Director (retired), from the 2012 Midwest Dairy Conference, held March 6, 2012, Lansing, Michigan, USA and March 7, 2012, Sauder Village-Archbold, Ohio, USA.

March 12, 2012

Dairy farms' reliance on fixed feed cost inputs and milk price outputs are long over. Dairy farming technology in genetics, nutrition, and milk production have come along way. Yet dairy revenues for many farms are flat on a per hour basis. What are some other revenue generating opportunities?

The dairy industry is different. The reality is that set milk and feed prices are a thing of the past and many dairy operations need to approach revenue with a new look. Fulper dairy farms, in upstate New Jersey, is tackling what were perceived negatives and turning them into positives with revenue generation potential.

One of their negatives turned positive? Land. The land prices in their region is expensive because it is so close to New York City (about 90 miles). But that negative turns out to be a revenue generating positive. New Yorkers want farm fresh food and being close means dairy products like cheese have more value in the city.

March 5, 2012


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  1. Article: Glimpse Into 2012 Commodity Classic - The 2012 Commodity Classic just ended, social media shares what happened [article].

February 17, 2012

How are you handling antibiotic residues on cull cows?

We have a special two-part series just posted from the recent Cattle Industry Convention Dairy Producers Communications Forum. Kansas State's Dr Mike Appley looks at antibiotic residues in cull cows and bob veal calves [Part 1] [Part 2]. Why do we miss the withdrawal periods on these?

January 19, 2012

The relationship between cost of production and profit is much stronger than many dairies realize.

Profiting from efficient milk production

According to the DairyCo (UK) Milkbench+ report, the relationship between cost of production and profit is much stronger than many dairies realize. The report states that cost of production is the most significant factor in determining profit.

Milkbench+ analyst Karolina Klaskova says: “Through robust data and statistical analysis we see that the relationship between cost of production and margin is strong.” Ms Klaskova acknowledges that the findings are challenging. “The report raises many issues, including just how difficult it can be to make a profit from milk production,” she says.

January 19, 2012

The relationship between cost of production and profit is much stronger than many dairies realize.

Profiting from efficient milk production

According to the DairyCo (UK) Milkbench+ report, the relationship between cost of production and profit is much stronger than many dairies realize. The report states that cost of production is the most significant factor in determining profit.

Milkbench+ analyst Karolina Klaskova says: “Through robust data and statistical analysis we see that the relationship between cost of production and margin is strong.” Ms Klaskova acknowledges that the findings are challenging. “The report raises many issues, including just how difficult it can be to make a profit from milk production,” she says.

January 19, 2012

The relationship between cost of production and profit is much stronger than many dairies realize.

Profiting from efficient milk production

According to the DairyCo (UK) Milkbench+ report, the relationship between cost of production and profit is much stronger than many dairies realize. The report states that cost of production is the most significant factor in determining profit.

Milkbench+ analyst Karolina Klaskova says: “Through robust data and statistical analysis we see that the relationship between cost of production and margin is strong.” Ms Klaskova acknowledges that the findings are challenging. “The report raises many issues, including just how difficult it can be to make a profit from milk production,” she says.

January 19, 2012

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  1. Audio: Food Safety Isn't Interesting... Until It Is - Tony Flood,International Food Information Council, asks "How much time do you spend learning about something you don't think you'll need?" and provides insight on how this applies to food safety. He suggests creativity is key to implementing food safety.
January 16, 2012

How big a market is China for food and agricultural products?

There are 1.34 billion people in China and they need to eat every day. The resources needed to sustain them are enormous and dwarf many other world markets. China needs the resources of other countries and companies to help their growth. Business opportunities are available to the sharp company keeping an eye out.

January 16, 2012

How big a market is China for food and agricultural products?

There are 1.34 billion people in China and they need to eat every day. The resources needed to sustain them are enormous and dwarf many other world markets. China needs the resources of other countries and companies to help their growth. Business opportunities are available to the sharp company keeping an eye out.