California/Arizona DairyBusiness

Education: UC, Fresno State to host short course Oct. 14

FRESNO – A Dairy Cattle Reproductive Short Course will be held Thursday, Oct. 14 at California State University, Fresno from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The sessions will be held in the Center for Irrigation Technology conference room, Chestnut and Barstow avenues on the Fresno State campus.

This one day course is designed for dairy employees that are currently active in the reproductive program on dairies, said Gerald Higginbotham, dairy farm advisor, University of California Cooperative Extension, a co-sponsor of the event along with Fresno State.

Program instructors include John Lee, DVM, Pfizer Animal Health; Rob Moeller, DVM, veterinary pathologist, California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System; Neal Spiro, DVM, Department of Animal Science, California State University, Fresno; and Jon Robison, Department of Animal Science, CSUF.

Sessions and instructors will include: review of reproductive hormones, Jon Robison; synchronization programs, Jon Robison; abortion diseases and diagnosis, Rob Moeller; treatment of reproductive problems, Neal Spiro; using records in analyzing reproductive programs, John Lee; reproductive programs for fresh cows, Neal Spiro; review of AI techniques, Jon Robison and Neal Spiro; and AI refresher laboratory.

Cost for the course is $80 per person. Registration includes course materials and refreshments.

Simultaneous translation for Spanish speaking individuals will be provided during the short course. For more information on the course, or to register on-line and pay by credit card, visit:

If you have questions concerning the program, call Gerald Higginbotham at 559-456-7285.

Third annual Cal Poly Fall Dairy Producer
Symposium features first Cal Poly event sale

SAN LUIS OBISPO – The Cal Poly Dairy Science Department and Cal Poly Dairy Farm Advisory Team invites dairy producer families to the Third Annual Cal Poly Fall Dairy Producer Symposium, “Future of Milk Price,” and the first Cal Poly Symposium Sale.

The symposium and sale will be held at California Polytechnic State University and the Embassy Suites Hotel in San Luis Obispo, Oct. 15-16.

“You will be in for an outstanding world-class program of information and opportunities that are essential for all dairy producers,” declared Bruce Golden, head of the dairy science department at Cal Poly.

Symposium speakers will include: Doug Maddox, past president, Holstein USA; Dan Basse, president, Ag Resource Co.; Jerry Kozak, president, National Milk Producers Federation; Rob Vandenheuvel, general manager, Milk Producers Council; Congressman Jim Costa (invited); and Chuck Nicholson, assistant professor, agribusiness, Cal Poly.

This year the program will focus on milk pricing issues including information about:

• H.R 5288, the bill being considered in congress that would, if passed into law, mean a significant change in payments dairymen receive.

• Learn more about the National Milk Producer’s Federation “Foundation for the Future” program.

• Hear from industry and academic experts on how milk price became so volitle and what is being proposed to fix this difficult problem.

• Get the most recent information and have your voice heard in a dynamic panel question and answer session with our speakers and lawmakers.

• Have the opportunity to bid on world class seedstock from Cal Poly’s dairy herd and other producers in our first annual combined Symposium and Sale.

• Network with other industry professionals and leaders at the Friday evening, Oct. 15 BBQ and learn about the academic and research programs in the Cal Poly Dairy Science Department.

Families who are considering Cal Poly College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science can signup to spend the Friday at Fall Preview.

For more information on the symposium and sale, go to the following website:

For reservations at Embassy Suites Hotel San Luis Obispo, call 805-549-0800

Research: Milk processing lab being built at UC Davis

Hilmar Cheese Company, a leader in the California dairy industry, has stepped forward with a $250,000 commitment to support construction of the new August A. Busch III Brewing and Food Science Laboratory at UC Davis.

The new laboratory, part of the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science (RMI), includes milk processing facilities for scientific research, student training, and industry collaboration. Constructed entirely through private donations, the facilities are scheduled for completion this summer and occupancy in fall.

“Innovations in dairy products and processing are critical to meet the needs of customers worldwide and to keep the United States competitive,” said John Jeter, Hilmar Cheese Company chief executive officer and president.  “The research and teaching excellence at UC Davis is crucial to our continued growth and development. We encourage the industry to join us in supporting new dairy research at the August A. Busch III Brewing and Food Science Laboratory.”

“We are very grateful to Hilmar Cheese Company for its demonstration of support for this essential project,” said Neal Van Alfen, dean of the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Research and training at UC Davis helped transform California’s dairy industry into the nation’s leader. This gift not only validates our past accomplishments but reaffirms the desire for continued improvements in quality, nutritional value, and farm-level productivity.”

Features of the milk processing laboratory include dairy-grade floor, walls, and ceilings; eight utility stations with chilled and hot water, culinary steam, and broad electrical capability; an advanced air filtering system; and isolated drainage. Planned or proposed equipment include raw milk cooling tank, milk separator, milk pasteurizer, milk homogenizer, ultraclean milk filler, and a membrane separation system.

Examples of areas of research include separation of milk components into functional ingredients, processing feed-modified milk, and processing of milk from genetically selected cows. The laboratory will also be very useful for providing hands-on student learning.

“Our strength at UC Davis is research and helping keep the dairy industry on the cutting edge technologically,” said James Seiber, chair of the Department of Food Science and Technology.

Newsmakers: Pine Creek Nutrition of Turlock names Rainey

TURLOCK, Calif. – Pine Creek Nutrition Service, Inc (PCNS) has hired Brian Rainey as a consulting animal nutritionist based out of Visalia.

Rainey spent the last 5 years working with dairy producers nationwide. His role with PCNS will include but not be limited to monthly nutrition visits,  production and record analyses, cost analyses, herd health overview, goal setting with specific targets and objectives, developing follow-through, problem solving, feed sampling, TMR feed audits and employee training schools.

PCNS founder, Dennis Daugherty, says Brian brings fresh ideas to our organization and our clients. His reputation fits well with our mission, to provide service promptly, with honesty and integrity to our clients. Brian has a unique blend of science and business education and industry experience from the animal health segment.”

Today, PCNS services dairy and calf ranch clients offering a nutrition and management consulting team that has more than 75 years of dairy consulting and large dairy herd management experience.

“PCNS is a tremendous opportunity for me to join a great team that has been in the dairy nutrition consulting business for 25 years,” Rainey said.

He moved to California in 2005 when he went to work for Allflex, USA, Inc. “I promoted RFID systems thanks to my experiences tracing livestock during graduate school. Allflex provided me the opportunity to work with dairy producers and industry supporters nationwide,” he said.

Most recently, Rainey was territory manager with Novartis Animal Health. He is a graduate of Kansas State University with a major in animal science. His master’s in ruminant nutrition and MBA are from Montana State University and Fresno State University.

Brian resides in Visalia with his wife Katrina and their son, Rhett, who was born July 13, 2010 weighing 8 lbs. 12 oz.