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The June HolsteinWorld Exclusive deadline is nearing! Featured in this issue is National Convention and a spring show round up!

Rates have been reduced to provide you the breeder a more economical venue to market your genetics! Reach the growing list of almost 4000 subscribers that have returned or have joined the readership of the HolsteinWorld Exclusive!

Contact Carol today to reserve your space; ad material is due on the 1st and camera ready by the 8th. June will be mailed mid-May – out in plenty of time for your National Sale Consignments and upcoming shows!


Carol’s direct line is 315 329 6578 – or email her –


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PRO-DAIRY Webinars April 2017


Dairy Updates in Spanish

PRO-DAIRY now offers dairy management webinars in Spanish from 12:30 to 1:00 pm the last Wednesday of each month January through April. Registration is not required. Access the webinar link on the Spanish Webinars link on PRO-DAIRY's website to join. 

April 26, 2017| 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Second and subsequent AI service management: effective programs combining pregnancy diagnosis and resynchronization of estrus and ovulation

Estrategias de manejo para segundo y subsiguiente servicio: programas efectivos combinando diagnóstico de preñez y resincronización del estro y la ovulación

Presenter: Robert Wijma, DVM, PhD Student

Wednesday Webinars in Spanish

Registration is not required. Access the Dairy Webinars and the Spanish Dairy Webinarslinks on PRO-DAIRY's website.

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A fly control program started early can help keep heifers growing and cows milking. 


Shoreview, Minn.  [April 20, 2017] – Summer’s heat seems far away. But it will be here soon and so will pesky flies. Don’t wait for flies to emerge to start your fly control program. For maximum effectiveness, now is the time to evaluate and start your fly control strategy. 

Starting a program before flies appear goes a long way in prevention for calves, heifers and cows,” says Gary Geisler, calf and heifer specialist with Purina Animal Nutrition. “A well-planned, holistic fly control program can keep calves healthier, maintain intakes and growth for heifers, and keep cows milking.” 

So, how can you beat the buzz and protect performance?


Consider a feed-through larvicide

A simple and effective way to control fly populations is to use a feed-through larvicide. This form of fly control:

  • Does not require additional labor as compared to other fly control options with multiple steps (i.e. pour-ons, ear tags, walk-throughs, etc.).
  • Is easily combined with an Integrated Pest Management Program (IPM) – a multi-faceted approach to pest management to make the most of your fly control program.  
  • Has an Insect Growth Regulator in the manure where flies lay their eggs. This stops the fly life cycle by preventing fly larvae from molting into pupae and, eventually, adult flies.

To be most effective, feed-through larvicides should be fed from 30 days before flies appear through to 30 days after the first killing frost.

“Implementing a feed-through larvicide before flies hatch will help keep fly populations in check. This type of control can help by reducing the first swarm of adult flies’ ability to reproduce,” says Geisler. “The earlier you break the life cycle, the fewer flies you’ll have buzzing around later.”


Look at the big picture

While a feed-through larvicide can help curb fly populations, it’s only one piece of the bigger IPM puzzle.

In addition to using a feed-through larvicide, these management practices can help keep fly populations to a minimum:

  1. Identify the type of flies present and locate where maggots might be. Identifying these will help eliminate additional fly breeding locations and determine how to make these areas less of an attractant for flies. 
  2. Determine if there are any other forms of fly control that could help reduce populations in the areas identified.   
  3. Clean all pens on a regular basis to help eliminate fly breeding sites and store manure and soiled bedding away from calf and heifer housing.
  4. Keep feed fresh and dry as molasses can be an attractant for flies.
  5. Avoid accumulation of feed, manure and water, which will attract flies.
  6. Use scatter baits for adult flies as needed. 

“Taking a look at the whole fly control picture and getting an early start on your program can help calves stay healthy, heifers growing, and cows producing during fly season,” concludes Geisler. 

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Because of factors outside of Purina Animal Nutrition’s control, individual results to be obtained, including but not limited to: financial performance, animal condition, health or performance cannot be predicted or guaranteed by Purina Animal Nutrition.


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 Breakout sessions to focus on emerging markets, financial insights and innovative technologies

[LEXINGTON, Ky.] — ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference (ONE17) is gathering top business leaders for an inside look at how to create, and maintain, a successful company. ONE17, held May 21–24 in Lexington, Kentucky, will host dedicated sessions on three of the most critical elements of any business: emerging marketsfinance and innovation.


“Businesses have the unique challenge of not only staying aware of market trends, but also staying ahead of them,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, founder and president of Alltech. “ONE17 aims to give businesses the inspiration and tools to not only weather disruption, but to actively create disruption and emerge with an unparalleled competitive edge.”

Business discussion topics at ONE17 will include:

  • Understanding the Indian Nod and Touch for Success: A land of 1.2 billion people is open for business. How do we break through the barriers to challenge the status quo?

  • Vietnam: The animal feed market in Vietnam is expected to see a $10.55 billion explosion by 2020. Learn what opportunities are being created for emerging technologies and innovative practices in this disruptive industry.

  • Russian Disruption: Import and export bans on Russia are having a significant impact on the global market. How do we keep the volatility from impacting profitability?

  • Three Emerging Markets of East Asia: Between Cambodia’s economic potential, Mongolia’s steppes and pastures landscape, and Myanmar’s increasing openness to international trade, what opportunities will arise?

  • Acquisition Lessons: Tap into new sources of finances and bonds, and learn how to cultivate better relationships with banks.

  • Walmart: After disrupting the industry with an employee pay raise following five straight quarters of low sales, Walmart has caught the attention of corporate executives, business leaders and, most importantly, customers. How do you know when it is time to make a change?

  • Little Box Stores with Big Ideas: Discover how one of Alltech’s recent acquisitions, Cowtown, has maintained constant growth over five years and has created a $20 million business. Learn how this small company disrupted the status quo by competing in a big-league industry.

  • Great Britain: Life After Brexit: Now that Great Britain has disrupted the European Union, sending ripples throughout the world, what does Brexit mean for the future of science and business?

  • Global Business Opportunities and Feeding 9 Billion People: How are food businesses preparing for and profiting from population growth? Who ultimately pays for this?

  • The Pearse Lyons Accelerator and the Market for Ag-Tech: Alltech began The Pearse Lyons Accelerator in 2016, selecting 10 startups from 184 applicants to participate in a 12-week “business boot camp.” Discover the advantages of an accelerator program.

  • Pitchfest: The Pearse Lyons Accelerator is highlighting innovation in the agriculture industry by bringing together the best food and agriculture ventures from around the world. What does this disruption mean for the future of agriculture, and how can you be a part of it?

  • Who’s Who in the Zoo? Raising Money for Your Ag-Tech Startup: Where are investors putting their money? Learn about the trends in ag-tech, agri-investments and developing technologies.

  • Kentucky is for Startups! Why Kentucky is the Right Place for Entrepreneurs and Startups: What does the economic landscape of agriculture look like?

For more information on the ONE17 business focus sessions, visit the session pages:


Register before May 1 to save $200 on your passport to innovative ideas at ONE17.        


Join the conversation on Twitter with #ONE17.


From emerging international markets to finding success through disruption, ONE17 will provide practical and innovative solutions to business barriers.


About Alltech:

Founded in 1980 by Irish entrepreneur and scientist Dr. Pearse Lyons, Alltech discovers and delivers solutions for the sustainable nutrition of plants, animals and people. With more than 100 manufacturing sites globally, Alltech is a leading producer and processor of yeast and organic trace minerals, and our flagship algae production facility in Kentucky is one of only two of its kind in the world.

Our guiding ACE principle seeks to develop solutions that are safe for the Animal, Consumer and the Environment. Our more than 5,000 team members worldwide put this purpose to work every day for our customers.

Alltech is a family-owned company, which allows us to adapt quickly to emerging customer needs and to stay focused on advanced innovation. Headquartered just outside of Lexington, Kentucky, USA, Alltech has a strong presence in all regions of the world. For further information, visit Join us in conversation on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.                                       

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Maine Dairy Farmers Think Small

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Traditional Maine dairies continue to be churned by low milk prices, rising costs and shifting global markets. Some have given up on the industry and sold the farm. But others are taking a new approach that has its own new set of risks and rewards.

The cows are the stars of Balfour Farm in Pittsfield. On a warm spring day recently………

Source: To Survive Volatile Market, Some Maine Dairy Farmers Think Small | Maine Public

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Not the usual dairy farm

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JEWELL — Not many dairies can be found in Hamilton County these days, but the start-up Lost Lake LLC farm between Kamrar and Jewell, belonging to Kevin and Ranae Dietzel, is even more unique than its production of milk.The couple’s dairy cows are entirely grass-fed. The Dietzels are among a handful of similar operations in the state and they are the only operation, they know of, to offer a line of artisan cheeses made from their milk.“I love food and I love cheese,” said cheesemaker Kevin Dietzel, “but I’m coming at it from the farming angle. This is a way for me to get into farming without a family farm to start with, and since we are staying small we need an alternative way to make it profitable.”


Source: Not the usual dairy farm | News, Sports, Jobs – Messenger News

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Farms fear lack of workers
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SALEM, Ore. — The head of Bethel Heights Vineyard looked out over the 100 acres of vines her crew of 20 Mexican workers had just finished pruning, worried about what will happen if the Trump administration presses ahead with its crackdown on immigrants.From tending the plants to harvesting the grapes, it takes skill and a strong work ethic to produce the winery’s pinot noir and chardonnay, and native-born Americans just aren’t willing to work that hard, Patricia Dudley said as a cold

Source: Farms fear lack of workers – News – Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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Milk glut is hurting dairy farmers
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According to Kansas dairy farmers, a glut of milk and fewer sales to other countries have them concerned about their future.

An oversupply of milk happens every spring, but dairy farmer Orville Miller said this year is even worse.

“It’s absolutely stressful,” said Miller. “When you get up in the morning and work hard all day and know you’re losing money, that’s tough on the mind after awhile.”

Miller said the price of milk is down about 40% from two to three years ago, and more product needs to be sold………

Source: Milk glut is hurting dairy farmers

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BRATTLEBORO, Vt., April 25, 2017- For decades, and continuing into current day, the Holstein Foundation offers youth dairy project ribbons free of charge to any show that requests them. The ribbons offered include Champion and Reserve Champion rosettes, as well as first through fifth place ribbons. The effort to support youth involved in dairy project work is made possible by donations to the Holstein Foundation. 

To request ribbons for your fair or show, complete the form on the Holstein Foundation’s website, Please request show ribbons at least three weeks in advance. An email confirmation will be sent within two business days of submitting the request. Orders received with less than two weeks’ notice will be charged a $40 rush fee. 

With questions, please contact Kelli Dunklee at 800.952.5200, ext. 4124 or by email,

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Discover the symbiotic relationship of rumen microflora and the animal


MILWAUKEE – April 25, 2017 – Lallemand Animal Nutrition announces the launch of the Ruminant Digestive System website (, a new online educational resource, and the Rumen Health Technical Guide, a printed technical handbook for veterinarians, nutritionists and producers.  These resources provide information dedicated to the role of rumen microorganisms and their impact on the host’s performance and health. Both resources are a part of Lallemand Forward, which are solutions that enhance knowledge, capabilities and production practices.

“Rumen microflora have a very important role in an animal’s health and productivity”, says Laurent Dussert, Global Ruminant Feed Additive Category Manager, Lallemand Animal Nutrition. “We developed this website and handbook with leading ruminant experts to ensure knowledge is paidForward to help producers and their farm advisers learn more about this complex symbiotic relationship with the never-ending pursuit of mindfully increasing efficiency and productivity”.


Ruminant Digestive System and the Rumen Health Technical Guide are resources to learn more about:

§  The rumen environment and microbial function

§  Potential rumen challenges encountered on farms

§  Important references and publications

§  News curated by Lallemand and leading ruminant experts

”Lallemand is one of the leading producers of specific natural microbial product and service solutions to the livestock industry, and we have a long-standing commitment to supporting nutritionists, veterinarians and cattle producers.  We are continuing that support with educational resources like Ruminant Digestive System and the Rumen Health Technical Guide,” Dussert says.

To learn more about rumen microflora and the Ruminant Digestive System  please visit: The Rumen Health Technical Guide is more complete technical resource that is free to veterinarians, nutritionists and producers. A printed English version can be requested on Ruminant Digestive or by contacting your Lallemand Animal Nutrition representative. Additional language adaptions will be released soon.

 Lallemand Animal Nutrition is committed to optimizing animal performance and well-being with specific natural microbial product and service solutions. Using sound science, proven results and knowledge, Lallemand Animal Nutrition develops, produces and markets high value yeast and bacteria products ─ including probiotics, silage inoculants and yeast derivatives. Lallemand offers a higher level of expertise, leadership and industry commitment with long-term and profitable solutions to move our partners Forward.  Lallemand Animal Nutrition is Specific for your Success. 

For more information, please visit:

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From Jim Mulhern, President and CEO, NMPF


ARLINGTON, VA – “We congratulate Secretary Sonny Perdue on his confirmation by the Senate today, and we’re eager to work with him on the challenges facing the nation’s dairy farmers – issues he’s already indicated he will tackle at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

“Secretary Perdue knows that dairy farmers depend on export markets around the world and closer to home, which is why it is important for USDA to insist on preserving market access to key customers in Mexico, and demand that Canada plays by the international trade rules to which it has already agreed.  

“We also need Secretary Perdue’s support to help develop new dairy export markets in Japan and elsewhere. As one of every seven tankers of milk we produce is exported, agricultural trade policy plays a central role in boosting the health of the rural economy.  

“Secretary Perdue has expressed support for improving the dairy Margin Protection Program so that it can serve as the effective safety net it was intended to be. NMPF looks forward to working with Secretary Perdue and his staff at USDA to improve the tools available to dairy farmers to help manage the economic and natural risks they face.

“We also commend Secretary Perdue on his support – reiterated during his Senate Agriculture Committee hearing – for relieving the obstacles dairy producers deal with when looking to hire workers for year-round labor.

“Secretary Perdue is highly qualified to run USDA, having grown up on a farm, been trained as a veterinarian, enjoyed success as a small businessman, and serving as Georgia governor for eight years. We look forward to working together to create new opportunities to better the lives of dairy farmers and others living in rural America.”


Find this news release on our website.

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ARLINGTON, VA – Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 6 requests for export assistance from member cooperatives that have contracts to sell 740,753 pounds (336 metric tons) of Cheddar cheese to customers in Asia and the Middle East. The product has been contracted for delivery in the period from April through July 2017.

So far this year, CWT has assisted member cooperatives who have contracts to sell 29.164 million pounds of American-type cheeses, and 1.427 million pounds of butter (82% milkfat) to 14 countries on four continents. The sales are the equivalent of 301.301 million pounds of milk on a milkfat basis. 

Assisting CWT members through the Export Assistance program in the long term helps member cooperatives gain and maintain market share, thus expanding the demand for U.S. dairy products and the U.S. farm milk that produces them. This, in turn, positively affects all U.S. dairy farmers by strengthening and maintaining the value of dairy products that directly impact their milk price.

The amounts of dairy products and related milk volumes reflect current contracts for delivery, not completed export volumes. CWT will pay export assistance to the bidders only when export and delivery of the product is verified by the submission of the required documentation. 

The Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) Export Assistance program is funded by voluntary contributions from dairy cooperatives and individual dairy farmers. The money raised by their investment is being used to strengthen and stabilize the dairy farmers’ milk prices and margins. For more information about CWT, visit

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Tissue testing your forages

Many have long recognized the importance of testing for hay or pasture for forage quality analysis, but recently, tissue testing for nutrient management has come further into the spotlight.

Traditionally, producers and livestock owners have cored their hay bales or sampled their pasture in order to determine what nutrients their animals will be consuming. Now, we are taking the same approach to evaluate fertilizer management practices, and try to better target what is, or isn't, available to those plants in the soil. While this is not a new practice, we are just now digging more into how important this tool can be.........

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By Larry Dreiling

The House Agriculture Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management held a hearing March 30 to evaluate the effectiveness of farm policy in advance of crafting the next farm bill. Members heard from producers who discussed the importance of both commodity policy and crop insurance. This hearing continues the committee’s hearing series to set the stage for the next farm bill.

“A farm bill is written to be an aid for producers during bad times and help their operations survive to farm another year. When we wrote the last farm bill, times were good in farm country.......


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Mansour wins state dairy award


Coweta County 4-H member Elizabeth Mansour is the winner of the Grand Champion Commercial Dairy Heifer Award.

Mansour was honored during the Georgia Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture Gala held March 11 at Southern Bridle Farms in Fort Valley. She showed the winning bovine at the 2017 Georgia Junior National Livestock Show held Feb. 25 in Perry.

Mansour was one of nine livestock exhibitors, who won grand champion prizes at state 4-H & FFA livestock shows, who were honored by the GFB Foundation during its third annual gala..........

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MOSINEE, Wis. (AP) — A cheese factory in central Wisconsin is offering a lifeline to a handful of dairy farms threatened by Canada's milk pricing policies that may force other farms to close.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ( ) reports that Mullins Cheese Vice President Bill Mullins signed contracts to buy milk from eight family-owned operations.

A local milk processor, Greenwood-based Grassland Dairy Products, recently said it was dropping several farms because it lost millions of dollars when Canada changed its milk pricing policies in a way that favors Canadian farmers.........

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The 700 cows on Brett Reinford's dairy farm are making more than just milk.

Each day, the girls are producing 7,000 gallons of manure. And that smells exactly like you'd imagine. "We had gotten complaints from neighbors in the past that had said, 'Hey, it stinks too much. Can you do something about it?' " Reinford says.

So he looked around for a solution and landed on a device called a digester. A digester tamps down the smell a bit, but, more importantly, it takes all that cow poop and converts it to electricity........

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A huge crowd was on hand for the 36th Cobleskill Dairy Fashion Sale held on Saturday, April 22 at the Schoharie County Fairgrounds.  The SUNY Cobleskill Dairy Students had the cattle well fitted and in top condition for the sale.  The 81 full Holstein lots averaged $2,591.00.  Lot 30 topped the sale at $6,000.00 a lovely Red Avalanche born 9/28/16 from a VG Ladd P x 92 Mr. Burns & 9 more VG or EX dams.  Consigned by Four-Hills Farm of VT, she sold to Mason Ziemba.   Lot 13, a Charasmatic sister to the popular “Helix” consigned by AOT Genetics sold for $4,100.00 to Woodcrest Dairy.  She carried a GTPI +2603 +109F +43P.  Matthew Enright of Canada tied into lot 1 for $3,900.00, a fancy Dempsey born 9-3-16 from the famous 2E-95 Atwood Lylly at Rocklan Farm. 

Topping the colored breed section of the sale was a lovely Ayrshire heifer born 9/1/15 consigned by Scott Haynes & purchased by Lori Benson for $3,200.00.  She was sired by a Remington son & her dam was GP-83 & next 3 dams VG or EX.  A Fancy Jersey Sr. calf, lot 98, sold for $2,800.00 consigned by Crother & Green and purchased by Reagan Gebo of Hartford, NY.  Sired by Tequila Fizz her dam is VG-83% x EX-93 x EX-93 show winning family! 

Total gross of the sale was $240,710.00.  Twenty-Four head in the sale reached the $3,000.00 mark or higher with cattle selling to 10 states plus Ontario, Canada.  Megan Hill served as Sale Chairperson and did a fantastic job along with all the students and faculty at SUNY Cobleskill.  The sale was managed by The Cattle Exchange with Dave Rama performing auctioneer duties.  Dan Brandt handled pedigrees and ring staff included Kevin Ziemba, Don Welk, Duane Conant, Jason Lloyd.  Merry Rama handled clerking duties with assistance from Tammy Smith.  Much thanks to Advisors Carrie Edsall, Kim Tarvis & David Thompson for all their assistance & Bruce Wright who also serves on the Fair Board!

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