Archive for April, 2011

ABS Icon DIE-HARD put to rest

ABS Global sire 29H8538 RBK DIE-HARD-ET was put to rest, March 30.

ABS Global sire 29H8538 RBK DIE-HARD-ET was put to rest, March 30.

A  Roebuck son, DIE-HARD is from the Snow-N-Denises Dellia EX-95 family.  Since graduating to the ABS active lineup in August 1999, DIE-HARD reached several milestones, including one million units of semen in 2006 and 1.5 million units in 2008. His official lifetime production through March 2011 is 1,753,611 acceptable frozen units, which includes ABS Sexation® sorted semen. This acclaims him as the all-time leader of frozen semen production.

An ABS DURAbull and Calving Ease sire, DIE-HARD creates daughters that are known for their outstanding consistency and functional udders.  He is a health and fitness trait leader at +2.5 Daughter Pregnancy Rate and +3.5 Productive Life.


ABS Canada/St. Jacobs ABC to distribute Geno Global Norwegian Red genetics

ABS Canada/St. Jacobs ABC

ABS Global (Canada), Inc./St. Jacobs ABC  is now the exclusive distributor of Geno Global Norwegian Red genetics in all provinces of Canada.

The addition gives producers the opportunity to take advantage of rotational crossbreeding with Holstein, Jersey and Norwegian Red sires. St. Jacobs ABC will be distributing Norwegian Red semen under the new Crossbreeding Management System™ (CMS) program.

Contact your local ABS Canada Representative or call 1-888-STJ-STUD for more information about the ABS CMS program.


Bovance names scholarship winner

Bovance has chosen Brent Sexton from Rockwell City, Iowa, as the winner of the first Bovance Scholarship Contest.  Sexton, along with 15 other applicants, chose one of five topics about cloning and genetic preservation to write an essay.

Sexton is currently a freshman at Iowa State University majoring in Animal Science with a Pre-Veterinary Option.  He is extremely involved on campus as a member of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, Block & Bridle Club, Pre-Vet Club and was on the Dean’s List the Fall of 2010.

Sexton has been working at Collison Veterinary Services & Embryo Transfer since 2008 assisting with veterinary and embryo transfer procedures.  Sexton attended Rockwell City – Lytton High School where he was involved in FFA, FCCLA, football, wrestling and baseball.

The Bovance Student Scholarship Contest was open to high school seniors and students pursuing their first or second year of higher education.  Students picked a topic to write about, ranging from which animal they would clone to how they would explain to a consumer that meat and milk from cloned animals is safe.  Sexton answered the questions “How do you think cloning and genetic preservation benefit the livestock industry?”  His winning essay can be viewed at or on the Bovance Facebook page


Scholarships awarded to college aggie online winners

The Animal Agriculture Alliance announced the results of its second College Aggies Online (CAO) scholarship competition. The nationwide program was developed in partnership with the American National CattleWomen, Inc. to help college students utilize social media tools to share agriculture’s story.

Participants earned points by posting blogs, photos and videos related to agriculture and by participating in “Aggie Homework” agriculture advocacy challenges via Twitter, Facebook, and e-mail.
The individual high score went to Jessie McClellan, of the Casper College Ag Club in Wyoming. She will receive a $250 scholarship.  Jacob Nyguis of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Georgia, came in second, with and will be awarded $100.

Members of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College’s Cattlemen’s Club formed the top-scoring club, and will receive a $750 scholarship and a trip to Washington, D.C. to attend the Alliance’s Stakeholders Summit in April. Casper College’s Ag Club came in second and will receive $300.

Other high-scoring schools included Pennsylvania State University, Western Kentucky University, and the University of Missouri.

KUHN protect +® 5-Year Cutterbar Warranty Program

KUHN protect +, the 5-year Cutterbar Warranty Program

Kuhn North America, Inc. introduced KUHN protect +, the 5-year Cutterbar Warranty Program for all GMD and FC disc cutterbars equipped with Kuhn’s patented Protectadrive® protection system. KUHN protect + covers internal cutterbar defects for everyone from the weekend farmer to the full-time contractor. Program highlights include:

• In addition to the standard 1-year limited warranty period, KUHN protect + will add an additional 4 years of cutterbar protection

• Coverage in years 2 and 3 will include parts and labor in the event of internal cutterbar failure due to defects in material and workmanship.

• Coverage in years 4 and 5 will include 50% off of component MSRP only.

• Warranty program is transferable to another owner at any time.

Contact your local dealer for complete program details. Use the dealer finder on our Website,, to locate a Kuhn dealer near you.


Harris joins ANIMART launch in Michigan

Mallorie Harris

ANIMART, Inc. named Mallorie Harris to the position of Michigan territory manager. Harris will interact with and engage producers during on-farm visits, roundtables and through participation in industry and community events to help ANIMART launch animal health product and consultative services in Michigan in early April.

A 2008 graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in Agriculture and Natural Resource Communications, Harris spent the last three years working with farmers, most recently as a sales consultant for Crop Production Services.

More information about the company and its products can be accessed at


Kuhn trailed disc mower

The new GMD 3150 TL

Kuhn’s new GMD 3150 TL trailed disc mower cuts more acres per hour and offers simple adjustments, low maintenance, and dependable grass and forage harvesting. It has a working width of 10′ 2″ and can cut at speeds as high as 10 miles per hour for maximum efficiency. This model is an addition to the series that was introduced last year with the GMD 3550 TL and GMD 4050 TL, that have working widths of 11′ 6″ and 13′ respectively.

The GMD 3150 TL provides easy hook-and-go attachment that gets producers in the field faster. It also has superior flotation, unlike caddy models, and is more maneuverable than the competition at every turn. The new, rugged Optidisc® cutterbar, with differential disc spacing, ensures a clean cut, even in challenging conditions. This cutterbar is also “lubed for life”, decreasing overall maintenance requirements. The Protectadrive® cutterbar provides unsurpassed reliability and improved suspension with greater adjustability. The GMD 3150 TL trailed design lowers the tractor ballast requirement, allowing use with smaller tractors, while maintaining excellent stability both at work and in transport.

Kuhn North America, Inc., of Brodhead, Wis., manufactures agricultural and industrial equipment, specializing in spreaders, mixers, hay tools, and tillage tools. Kuhn- and Kuhn Knight-brand products are sold by farm equipment dealers throughout the United States, Canada, and many other countries. For more information, visit


Bobcat adds to line

Bobcat Company has updated its line with the introduction of the A770, S750 and T750 models.

The new Bobcat® A770  offers both all-wheel steer and skid-steer drive options by simply pressing a switch. It  replaces the A300 model, and was designed to meet the needs of users who require the low ground disturbance, reduced tire wear and faster travel speed of a small wheel loader, but also the maneuverability and versatility of a skid-steer. That makes the A770 the ideal machine for landscapers, retaining wall installers, paving crews and general contractors, as well as industrial users who face multiple operating conditions on a daily basis.

Bobcat A770

Bobcat A770 all-wheel steer loader

  • Rated operating capacity: 3325 lb.
  • Operating weight: 9460 lb.
  • Vertical lift path
  • Engine: Tier 3, 92 hp
  • Height: 81.3 in.
  • Width with bucket: 74 in.
  • Length with bucket: 141.6 in.
  • Height to hinge pin: 132 in.
  • Maximum travel speed: 7.1 mph – single speed; 12.3 mph – two speed
  • Tipping load: 6650 lb.
  • Hydraulic flow: standard flow – 23.0 gallons per minute; optional high flow  – 36.5 gallons per minute
  • Standard joystick controls


The S750 and T750 skid-steer loaders joins the Bobcat M-Series loader line, which includes the S630, S650, S770 and S850 skid-steer loaders, and the T630, T650, T750, T770 and T870 compact track loaders.

Bobcat S750

Bobcat S750 skid-steer loader

  • Rated operating capacity: 3200 lb.
  • Operating weight: 8730 lb.
  • Vertical lift path
  • Engine: Tier 3, 85 horsepower
  • Height: 81.3 in.
  • Width with bucket: 74 in.
  • Length with bucket: 141.6 in.
  • Height to hinge pin: 132 in.
  • Maximum travel speed: 7.1 miles per hour – single speed; 12.3 miles per hour – two speed option
  • Tipping load: 6400 lb.
  • Hydraulic flow: standard flow – 23.0 gpm; optional high flow – 36.5 gpm
  • Roller Suspension™ system
  • Selectable Joystick Controls and high-flow hydraulics optional

Bobcat T750

Bobcat T750 compact track loader

  • Rated operating capacity: 3325 lb.
  • Operating weight: 10327 lb.
  • Vertical lift path
  • Engine: Tier 3, 85 horsepower
  • Height: 81.3 inches
  • Width with bucket: 80 inches
  • Length with bucket: 141.6 inches
  • Height to hinge pin: 132 inches
  • Maximum travel speed: 6.6 miles per hour – single speed; 10.7 miles per hour – two speed option
  • Tipping load: 9500 lb.
  • Hydraulic flow: standard flow – 23.0 gallons per minute; high flow option – 36.5 gallons per minute
  • Roller Suspension™ system option
  • Options include: Selectable Joystick Controls and high-flow hydraulics

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This week in DairyProfit Weekly

This week in Dairy Profit Weekly:

1) WASDE milk: USDA’s World Ag Supply & Demand Estimates report, issued April 8, slightly lowered 2011 projected milk marketings. Forecasts on the price side was mixed, with expected butter and cheese prices lowered, but NDM and whey price forecasts raised. As a result, the Class III price forecast was lowered; the Class IV and all milk price forecasts were raised.

2) WASDE feed: On the feed side of the ledger, the WASDE report left projected U.S. corn ending stocks, and there were no changes in the U.S. soybean meal supply and demand projections.

3) LGM-Dairy out of money: Funding provided for the fiscal year 2011 Livestock Gross Margin-Dairy (LGM-Dairy) program is used up. The March 25-26 sales period closed within hours after total underwriting capacity was reached. Supplemental funding will require congressional authority, and producer and processor groups have urged action.

4) DPW Trends: With escalating futures prices for feedstuffs and declining futures prices for milk, some forecasters are beginning to project Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) payments beginning in July 2011. Regional reporters noted corn prices in the parts of the Southeast (FOB) and West (delivered) surpassed $8.50/bushel as of April 6-7, with Pacific Northwest (delivered) prices above $9.00/bushel.

5) DPW Washington: The Senate joined the House in calling for repeal of a tax reporting provision contained in last fall’s health care reform law. That provision required businesses, including dairy farms, to file an IRS 1099 form on any company they did more than $600 worth of business in a year.

Dave Natzke, Editor

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Dairy helps San Joaquin Valley air quality improve

Dairy Cares Report:  April 21 deadline to apply for revised dairy permits

There’s no question that air quality regulators have a tough job to do in the San Joaquin Valley. Surrounded by mountains on three sides, the valley is almost perfectly designed to block out prevailing winds and trap pollution. Long, hot summers make the problem worse, “cooking” the basic ingredients of smog until they can form ozone, which irritates lung tissue and threatens our health.

So even though far less pollution is created in the valley per square mile than in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay areas, the valley has to work as hard or even harder to meet federal air quality goals.

In this tough situation, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District has a remarkable record of success. According to the District’s 2010 “Report to the Community” (, the summer and fall season of 2009 was “one of the cleanest of recent years” for meeting federal standards for ozone, and “the summer of 2010 was the cleanest on record in the Valley, continuing the 20-year trend.”

The air district is quick to share the credit for improved air with those who are making it happen: “As a result of the extraordinary investments by businesses and municipalities in the San Joaquin Valley, and the efficient and effective public policy established by the Valley Air District Governing Board, air quality continues to improve in the Valley,” the report states.

How dairy families are working for cleaner air

Much like other valley businesses, California dairy families are doing their part to clean the air. Most air emissions from dairies are entirely natural and consist of small amounts of alcohols and similar compounds that evaporate from animal feed (silage), which can be corn, wheat, oats or other similar materials. While these compounds are essentially harmless at ground level and emitted in relatively small amounts on the dairies, the cumulative effect of 1,400 dairies in the valley is thought to contribute slightly to ozone formation in the atmosphere, especially on very hot summer days.

Because of this, the air district has taken the extraordinary step of requiring dairies to obtain operating permits that include requirements to adopt management measures to reduce emissions.

Importantly, California dairies are the only dairies in the world to be regulated to reduce these types of smog-forming emissions. The regulations, first adopted in 2006 and known collectively as “Rule 4570,” have since resulted in more than a 25 percent reduction of emissions from valley dairies, helping to support the valley’s trend toward cleaner air.

New regulations mean smaller dairies must seek permits by April 21

Although its regulations were already the toughest in the nation, the air district last year adopted additional measures to change Rule 4570. The biggest changes were:

• Requiring permits for dairies with more than 500 cows (previously only dairies with 1,000 or more cows were required to seek Rule 4570 permits), and

• Applying additional regulations related to storing and handling feed, because of new information identifying these as the most important source of dairy emissions.

Last-chance workshops April 12 and 13

Working in cooperation with the air district, the California Dairy Quality Assurance Program has been holding workshops around the valley over the last several weeks to assist dairy producers in applying for the new or revised permits. All dairies with more than 500 cows are required to apply for permits by April 21 (because of the revisions to the rule, even those who currently hold air permits under Rule 4570 must submit new applications). Producers who missed the March workshops have a “last chance” to attend these free workshops April just before the deadline:

• Tulare County Ag Center Auditorium, Tuesday, April 12, 2 to 4 p.m.

• Stanislaus County Ag Center, Harvest Hall, April 13, 10 a.m. to noon

Further reductions expected

The new air quality regulations are expected to further reduce emissions from California dairies. The cost to implement the improved management practices has been estimated at more than $60 million annually, representing yet another significant investment in cleaner air. While air quality is likely to be a challenge in the valley for decades to come, dairy families are doing their part, today to continue the trend toward cleaner air, while producing a safe, sustainable, nutritious and affordable food supply for millions of Americans.

Dairy Cares is a statewide coalition supporting economic and environmental sustainability and responsible animal care. Members include the Alliance of Western Milk Producers, Bank of the West, Bar 20 Dairy Farms, California Dairies Inc., California Dairy Campaign, California Farm Bureau Federation, Conestoga-Rovers and Associates, Dairy Farmers of America-Western Area Council, Dairy Institute of California, Hilmar Cheese Co., HP Hood, Joseph Gallo Farms, Land O’Lakes, Milk Producers Council, Ruan Transport Corp., Western United Dairymen, and others. For information, visit or call 916-441-3318.