Agriculture and Holstein News

Dairy Business Association wins victory in settlement of lawsuit with state regulators

Dairy Business Association wins victory in settlement of lawsuit with state regulators GREEN BAY, Wis. (Oct. 19, 2017) — The Dairy Business Association has secured a settlement in its lawsuit against the state Department of Natural Resources for legal overreach on regulations. The settlement, reached Wednesday between the association and DNR, will bring immediate relief for dairy farmers facing uncertainty and costly changes, and will provide assurance that the DNR will create future rules only according to the law. The dairy group prevailed on the central claims of the suit

National Dairy Shrine Names Cornerstone Award Winner

National Dairy Shrine Names Cornerstone Award Winner Denmark, Wis. – The National Dairy Shrine developed the Cornerstone Award to recognize organizations or corporations who have provided long-term support and exceptional contributions to National Dairy Shrine. The Cornerstone Award will not be presented annually, but will be bestowed at the discretion of the board of directors to deserving organizations. The name for the award was chosen to reflect the fact that the support of these companies provides a significant contribution to the foundation of National Dairy Shrine. Another outstanding partner of

Select Sires adds Brown as Facilities Operations Manager

Select Sires adds Brown as Facilities Operations Manager   PLAIN CITY, Ohio, October 17, 2017 —Select Sires Inc., is excited to announce the addition of Dr. David Brown as facilities operations manager for the Roger L. Ripley Production Center in Westby, Wis. Brown will oversee all day-to-day operations at the facility. Brown is a graduate of Iowa State University with degrees in Zoology (B.S.) and Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.). After an 18-year career as a self-employed veterinarian, Brown joined the Accelerated Genetics team as staff veterinarian in January of 2008. During

Odom Joins SCR Dairy as Northwest Region Manager

Odom Joins SCR Dairy as Northwest Region Manager MADISON, Wis. (October 18, 2017)—SCR is pleased to announce today that Jesse Odom has joined its team as Northwest region manager. In this role, he’ll be assisting customers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Northern California. Odom will be based in the Boise, Idaho, area. “Jesse comes to us with a strong background in animal health distribution and practical skills based around livestock production. We’re confident that he will utilize this knowledge and apply it to our animal health monitoring business,” says Dennis

National Dairy Shrine Elects New President and Directors

National Dairy Shrine Elects New President and Directors   At the 68th annual meeting of the National Dairy Shrine, Dan Bernick of Long Grove, Iowa was elected President of the organization. Meanwhile, Larry Schirm, Laurelville, Ohio was chosen as President-Elect. Elected to the Executive Committee along with Bernick and Schirm were: Jim Dickrell, Monticello, Minnesota, Nate Janssen, Wheaton, Illinois, Dr. Dennis Funk, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin and immediate past president Alicia Lamb of Oakfield, New York. The new 2017-2018 National Dairy Shrine board of directors includes returning directors: Tim Abbott, Enosburg,

NMPF Statement on Round 4 of NAFTA Negotiations

NMPF Statement on Round 4 of NAFTA Negotiations   ARLINGTON, VA – “We are pleased that U.S. trade negotiators have told Canada that its problematic dairy policies must be addressed in the negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). “The proposal advanced by the U.S. Trade Representative is the right approach to move dairy trade between our two countries closer to the free trade relationship that exists for most other agricultural products under NAFTA. For too long, Canada’s exorbitant tariffs on dairy imports – in the range of

LESMEISTER NAMED VITA PLUS DAIRY SPECIALIST

LESMEISTER NAMED VITA PLUS DAIRY SPECIALIST   (Madison, Wis.) – Dr. Keith Lesmeister recently joined the Vita Plus staff as a dairy specialist.  Based in western Iowa, Lesmeister will work closely with the western region dairy team and dairy producers in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Kansas to provide high-quality custom diet formulations and forage analyses. Lesmeister grew up on a dairy and row crop farm in Missouri and went on to pursue a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business at College of the Ozarks.  During his undergraduate studies, Lesmeister worked for

Wisconsin Registered Holstein® Cow Sets New National Single-Lactation Milk Production Record

Wisconsin Registered Holstein® Cow Sets New National Single-Lactation Milk Production Record   BRATTLEBORO, Vt., October 18, 2017- Selz-Pralle Aftershock 3918 is the new national milk production record holder for the Holstein breed. This Holstein cow has set a new 365-day milk production record of 78,170 pounds of milk, with 3,094 pounds of fat and 2,393 pounds of protein. This record breaks the previous 365-day record of 77,480 pounds of milk, set by Ever-Green-View My Gold-ET, owned by the Kestell family of Waldo, Wis. For comparison, the actual production average for

Wisconsin Holstein to host Halloween Harvest Sale in Fond du Lac

Wisconsin Holstein to host Halloween Harvest Sale in Fond du Lac Baraboo, Wis. – October 17, 2017 – The Wisconsin Holstein Association will hold the Halloween Harvest Sale on Tuesday, October 31 at 11:00 a.m. at the Great Northern Sales Arena in Fond du Lac, Wis. Over 75 outstanding lots will sell from Registered Holstein breeders across the state of Wisconsin. This sale will feature something for everyone – from fancy calves, to springing heifers and some outstanding young cows. Bidding will be available online through cowbuyer.com, and interested parties should

 INTL FCStone Unveils Structured Products Online Calculator (SPOC) – Online Pricing Tool for OTC Hedging Strategies 

 INTL FCStone Unveils Structured Products Online Calculator (SPOC) – Online Pricing Tool for OTC Hedging Strategies  Open risk management platform facilitates hedges across asset classes with  unparalleled transparency and educational support  NEW YORK – October 17, 2017 – INTL FCStone Inc. (NASDAQ: INTL) today announced that its swap dealer and wholly owned subsidiary, INTL FCStone Markets, LLC (“IFM” or “the Company”), has introduced its structured products online calculator (SPOC), a new online pricing tool that provides users with open access to the firm’s structured products pricing portfolio. SPOC showcases thousands

PRO DAIRY e-Leader: Oct 2017

PRO DAIRY e-Leader: Oct 2017 e-Leader OCTOBER 2017 In this issue: Anaerobic Digester Gas to Electricity Proposal Teams Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) as it Relates to Dairy Production Considerations for “GMO Free” Forage Programs Anaerobic Digesters | Renewable Bio-Gas Symposium Save the Date Anaerobic Digester Gas to Electricity Proposal Teams Cornell and PRO-DAIRY will be supporting dairy farms interested in participating with proposal teams for a new $8 million competitive program for anaerobic digester gas (ADG)-to-electricity projects being administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). NYSERDA

Three Dairy Producers Recognized for Judicious Use of Antibiotics

Three Dairy Producers Recognized for Judicious Use of Antibiotics Boehringer Ingelheim salutes those who use products judiciously to help prevent resistance and continue to provide a safe and wholesome food supply. DULUTH, Georgia (October 13, 2017) — Boehringer Ingelheim recognized three dairy producers who demonstrated their commitment to the well-being of animals, consumers and the industry with the judicious use of antibiotics in their Producers for Progress recognition program. Megan Hickey of Prairieland Dairy in Firth, Nebraska, was chosen as the grand prize winner out of nearly 200 applicants. “I’m honored

NAFTA Holds Mexico’s Door Open to U.S. Wheat; Could Open Cross-Border Trade with Canada

NAFTA Holds Mexico’s Door Open to U.S. Wheat; Could Open Cross-Border Trade with Canada by Steve Mercer, U.S. Wheat Association, Inc. and Veronica Nigh Wheat is the source of 20 percent of the world’s caloric intake and a dietary staple around the world. It is an excellent source of energy-providing complex carbohydrates, fiber, B vitamins and iron. The U.S. wheat store is always open because hard-working farm families produce enough wheat every year to fill American tables, while still supplying a leading share of world trade with six distinct wheat classes.

Farmers Edge and Planet Partner to Change Global Agriculture Using Daily Satellite Imagery and Real-Time Big Data Insights

Farmers Edge and Planet Partner to Change Global Agriculture Using Daily Satellite Imagery and Real-Time Big Data Insights   Landmark deal delivers Planet’s global daily imagery directly to Farmers Edge users, enabling growers to improve crop yields, quickly react to crop stress and boost profitability     WINNIPEG, Manitoba and SAN FRANCISCO, California – October 11, 2017 – Farmers Edge™, a global leader in decision agriculture, announced today a strategic partnership to bring Planet’s best-in-class global monitoring data and platform capabilities to the Farmers Edge precision agriculture product suite. Planet

#Fridaysonthefarm: Fourth-Generation Dairy Family Powers the Future

#Fridaysonthefarm: Fourth-Generation Dairy Family Powers the Future #Fridaysonthefarm: Fourth-Generation Dairy Family Powers the Future This Friday, visit the Scott Brothers Dairy in San Jacinto, California, where a fourth-generation farm family makes history with a state-of-the-art manure gasification system. Follow USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service’s #Fridaysonthefarm interactive stories each Friday! Visit local farms, ranches, forests and resource areas where NRCS and partners help people help the land. View all #Fridaysonthefarm stories: http://arcg.is/2nZBRNo USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.   #Fridaysonthefarm: Fourth-Generation Dairy Family Powers the Future SaveSave

Filament seeks 2018 summer intern

Filament seeks 2018 summer intern   Madison, Wis. – Filament, located in the heart of Madison, Wis., is seeking its 2018 summer intern. “If you’re passionate about marketing and communications, love agriculture and have hands-on experience working with animals then an internship at Filament might just be for you,” says Kristi Olson, marketing executive with Filament. “Our internship provides students real-world marketing and communications experiences.” Qualified applicants should be college juniors or seniors studying agricultural journalism, agricultural marketing/business, animal science, communications or a related field. Filament summer

Dairy Challenge Event: Hire and Retain the Best

Dairy Challenge Event: Hire and Retain the Best A UNIQUE HIRING EVENT FOR DAIRY PRODUCERS OCTOBER 27, 2017 Sunnyside Dairy  |  2174 Saxton Road   |  Scipio Center, NY4:30 PM     Refreshments 5:00 PM  Presentation by Dan SimmonsProfessional recruiter Dan Simmons will coach you in ways to attract talent to your farm. Dan will meet with producers and sponsors beginning at 5:00 PM and you will have an opportunity to put his suggestions to work when joined by ~120 students who are participating in the Northeast Dairy Challenge and are seeking careers

Industrywide Food Safety Initiative Focuses on Artisan & Farmstead Cheesemakers

Industrywide Food Safety Initiative Focuses on Artisan & Farmstead Cheesemakers Free training course, interactive website part of new resources   ROSEMONT, Ill. – Food safety is a longstanding priority for the dairy industry and farmers. Industry leaders understand the importance of keeping consumers safe and know that one negative incident could affect consumer confidence, which could impact sales. For this reason, food safety is a key priority for the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, founded in 2008 by dairy farmers through their checkoff. The organization allows the dairy community to

Alliance celebrates a successful year of bridging the communication gap between farm and fork

Alliance celebrates a successful year of bridging the communication gap between farm and fork Annual report for May 2016 – April 2017 released October 11, 2017– The Animal Agriculture Alliance recently released its annual report for fiscal year 2017 (May 2016 – April 2017), which includes highlights in the organization’s work to connect food industry stakeholders, engage key influencers and protect the future of animal agriculture. As the Alliance is celebrating its 30th anniversary, the report also includes a timeline of significant achievements from the past three decades. “Our annual

AGCO First Agricultural Manufacturer to Receive the AME Excellence Award

AGCO First Agricultural Manufacturer to Receive the AME Excellence Award AGCO Jackson, Minn., manufacturing’s use of innovative, Glass assisted-reality technology generates significant business, quality and process improvements DULUTH, Ga. (Oct. 11, 2017) — AGCO Jackson Operations, the Minnesota-based manufacturing center for AGCO Corporation (NYSE:AGCO), a worldwide distributor and manufacturer of agricultural equipment, is the first agricultural manufacturer to receive the AME Excellence Award presented by the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME). The Jackson facility manufactures complex, custom-configured Challenger® and Massey Ferguson® agricultural machines, including tractors and application equipment. The 2017

 AdVenture Capital Farm-to-Table Challenge Presented by Dairy Farmers of America 

 AdVenture Capital Farm-to-Table Challenge Presented by Dairy Farmers of America  Brings Together Students to Pitch Ideas for a Chance to Win Grants  “Shark Tank-style” event funds innovative solutions to bring dairy farm-to-table story to life in schools and communities  Kansas City, Kan., Oct. 11, 2017 — Students from the Kansas City area were given the unique opportunity to participate in the AdVenture Capital Farm-to-Table Challenge presented by Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), and supported by GENYOUth and Midwest Dairy Council. The event fostered student-led, dairy farm-to-table themed ideas to drive

August Trade Data Shows Strong Exports Continue

August Trade Data Shows Strong Exports Continue by Katelyn McCullock August trade data showed exports continued at a double-digit pace, increasing 15 percent over August 2016.  This marks the third straight month of double-digit export increases and extends the year-to-date lead to 15 percent over last year. Leading the way in the month of August were increases to Vietnam (113 percent), Japan ( 9 percent), followed by Hong Kong (28 percent), and Canada (18 percent).  Mexico and other countries showed single-digit increases, while China and South Korea posted year-over-year declines. Read More

New Event at NE Dairy Challenge to Attract Producers

New Event at NE Dairy Challenge to Attract Producers The Northeast Regional Dairy Challenge is scheduled to take place from October 26 through the 28 in Auburn, N.Y. The annual contest attracts 120 students from 13 colleges and universities through the northeast, as well as 100 industry professionals in leadership, planning and mentoring roles. This year, a new event on Friday night will bring dairy producers and students together for a unique educational and hiring opportunity. Sunnyside Dairy in Scipio Center, N.Y., will host local dairy producers, students and industry

Global ‘Cheeseheads’ Drive Growing Demand for U.S. Exports

Global ‘Cheeseheads’ Drive Growing Demand for U.S. Exports Global ‘Cheeseheads’ Drive Growing Demand for U.S. Exports by Merle McNeil, October 11, 2017 U.S. cheese shipments to China, South Korea, Mexico and Japan have soared and the broader outlook looks promising as the world’s growing love affair with cheese continues. Read The U.S. Dairy Export Council Managed by Dairy Management Inc.  2107 Wilson Blvd. Suite 600 Arlington,  VA  22201-3061 |  USA Global ‘Cheeseheads’ Drive Growing Demand for U.S. Exports SaveSave

What Dairy Producers Need to Know About BRD

What Dairy Producers Need to Know About BRD Nearly all dairy operations managers have heard of Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD), also referred to as pneumonia, and take necessary precautions to avoid it spreading in their herds. BRD causes approximately 30 percent of cattle deaths worldwide and is the number one cause of mortality in weaned calves1,2. Because of the challenges in managing and controlling BRD, it is important for dairy producers to utilize all available tools and information in the fight. Treating calves at the right time can help stop

Posts from Florida Dairy Farmers Milk Blog for 10/12/2017

Posts from Florida Dairy Farmers Milk Blog for 10/12/2017 DAILY DAIRY OCT. 12, 2017 Celebrating our Dairy Farmers on National Farmers Day October 12th is one of our favorite days of the year. It’s a day we celebrate the boots on the ground who help feed the world, a day we celebrate and thank our farmers…it’s National Farmers Day! Read More Looking for More News? Join Florida Dairy Farmers at the 2017 Southern Women’s Show! Dairy Farmers in Florida Prepare for Hurricane Irma Let Florida Dairy Farmers Upgrade Your Seats

CowManager Celebrates Five Years in the Ear in the U.S. and Canada

CowManager Celebrates Five Years in the Ear in the U.S. and Canada   PLAIN CITY, Ohio and HARMELEN, Netherlands, October 12, 2017— CowManager® has been on the market since 2012 and has been at the forefront of cutting-edge cow-monitoring ear technology during that time. CowManager CEO, Teo Griffioen, and his passionate team are always searching for innovation. Most team members have a background in dairy farming and therefore a desire to improve the livelihood and profitability of dairy producers. CowManager provides accurate, real-time information on fertility, health and nutrition. These

Be our guest, meet our guests! / National Conference for Agribusiness

Be our guest, meet our guests! / National Conference for Agribusiness We have invited key business and industry guests for discussion at the 2017 National Conference for Agribusiness. Check it out! Meet Brad Selby, division manager withConsolidated Electrical Distributor Inc.(CED). With over 600 locations in 48 states, CED provides energy management systems and lighting solutions. Brad will join us at the 2017 National Conference for Food and Agribusiness to discuss CED’s approach to meeting its customers’ requirements and winning bids without sacrificing margin. When Brad takes the stage, he will

Applications for 2017 PDPW Mentor Program, Due November 10

Applications for 2017 PDPW Mentor Program, Due November 10 College Students Matched with Dairy Producers to Provide Real-World Experiences in Dairy Industry DAIRY NEWS – College students considering a career in the dairy industry or dairy production are encouraged to apply for the 2017 PDPW Mentor Program, brought to you by Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW). The program provides a unique opportunity for students to gain on-the-ground experience on leading dairy farms and network with farmers and industry professionals.   Applications are due by Nov. 10, 2017.  Once received, students’ applications

Novus International U.S. Offices Join Forces to Raise Over $20,000 for Hurricane Relief

Novus International U.S. Offices Join Forces to Raise Over $20,000 for Hurricane Relief ST. LOUIS, Oct. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — In Missouri, hurricanes are not often a threat, but for Novus International, Inc. the proximity to the devastation did not matter. Part of their team was impacted, so the whole region came to help. The company raised over $20,000 to help those affected by the storms in Texas. Novus is a global animal nutrition and health solutions provider with more than 700 employees in 35 countries worldwide. Part of this workforce

NMPF Pokes FDA for Taking Action Against Granola Made with “Love,” But Not “Milks” Made from Plants

NMPF Pokes FDA for Taking Action Against Granola Made with “Love,” But Not “Milks” Made from Plants   ARLINGTON, VA – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recent enforcement action against a Massachusetts granola maker for listing “love” as an ingredient in its product is a clear indication that the agency has time and resources to enforce regulations against the use of the term “milk” on the labels of plant-derived dairy imitators, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) said today. In a letter to FDA, NMPF pointed out that

NIFA Honors Land-Grant University Partners, Announces Hall of Fame Inductees

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. NIFA Honors Land-Grant University Partners, Announces Hall of Fame Inductees WASHINGTON, D.C. Oct. 12 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today honored several land-grant university partners during its annual Day of Appreciation ceremony. Those honored were recognized for supporting NIFA’s mission to advance agricultural research, education, and extension to solve significant societal challenges. “NIFA is committed to supporting the research, education, and extension efforts of its land-grant university partners,” said NIFA

10 FINALISTS NAMED FOR 2017 HARBOR FREIGHT TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS PRIZE FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE IN SKILLED TRADES High School Teachers, Schools to Share $500,000

10 FINALISTS NAMED FOR 2017 HARBOR FREIGHT TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS PRIZE FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE IN SKILLED TRADES High School Teachers, Schools to Share $500,000 CALABASAS, Calif.- Harbor Freight Tools for Schools announced today the 10 finalists for the inaugural Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence, which will award more than $500,000 to skilled trades teachers and programs in American public high schools. Drawn from across the country and representing skilled trades like construction, automotive, architecture, woodworking, manufacturing and marine systems technology, the 10 finalists are in the

UANY HARBOR SCHOOL MARINE SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY TEACHER NAMED FINALIST FOR 2017 HARBOR FREIGHT TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS PRIZE FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE Teacher, School Guaranteed $30,000; Could Win Top Award of $100,000

UANY HARBOR SCHOOL MARINE SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY TEACHER NAMED FINALIST FOR 2017 HARBOR FREIGHT TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS PRIZE FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE Teacher, School Guaranteed $30,000; Could Win Top Award of $100,000 BROOKLYN, N.Y.- An Urban Assembly New York Harbor School marine systems technology teacher was named today one of 10 finalists for the 2017 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence, which will award more than $500,000 to outstanding skilled trades teachers and programs in American public high schools. As a finalist, the school and teacher will receive at

Dairy Strong 2018 registration is open!

Dairy Strong 2018 registration is open! Registration now open! January 17-18, 2018 Monona Terrace, Madison, Wis. An inclusive event moving us forward… Be inspired and re-energize with a diverse program of events. Learn about current research and new technologies, get updates on dairy policy, network with farmers and fellow industry representatives on the trade show floor, and enjoy a keynote by Bud Selig, former commissioner of Major League Baseball. . See the full conference schedule here. Farmers at Dairy Strong are leaders, decision makers, owners and managers. They are progressive in their business practices and buying decisions. They

Don’t Feed the Fever

Don’t Feed the Fever   Keeping cattle healthy — and encouraging quicker recovery from illness — helps animals direct their energy towards growth and production. Any disease challenge requires cattle to mount an immune response. In the zero-sum game of livestock production, this means resources are pulled away from building muscle mass or producing milk. “It’s extremely important for us to provide the animal with the optimal environment and tools to maintain a healthy immune system,” says Ty Schmidt, Ph.D., PAS, Assistant Professor of Muscle Biology/Physiology at the University of