Applications for $1,000 scholarship due Feb. 20, 2017
Madison, Wis. [January 10, 2017] – The Dairy Calf and Heifer Association (DCHA) is now accepting applications for its annual scholarship program. The goal of this long-standing program is to invest in the future of the dairy industry by offering scholastic support to outstanding agriculture-focused students.
“Education is the foundation of a successful industry,” says Lane Sollenberger, DCHA President. “Today’s students are tomorrow’s producers, technicians and veterinarians. We are pleased to offer a $1,000 scholarship opportunity to the DCHA membership to support a student who strives to work in the calf and heifer segment after graduation.”
The annual DCHA scholarship is awarded to a student currently enrolled in an agriculture-related program at an accredited college or university. Applicants must have completed at least one year of post-high school education. An individual may only receive the scholarship once.
To apply for the scholarship, applicants must:
Download a copy of the application: http://bit.ly/DCHAscholarship
Applications must be received by end of business day on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. They can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2017 DCHA scholarship recipient will be recognized during the annual conference, April 11-13, 2017 at the Madison Marriott West in Madison, Wis. The conference, themed “Sky’s the Limit,” will include producer panels, presentations and breakout sessions on hot-button topics, farm tours, networking opportunities and more.
Last year’s conference drew more than 500 attendees including dairy calf and heifer raisers from 27 states and 10 countries, representing more than 1 million cattle.
The Dairy Calf and Heifer Association was founded in 1996 based on the mission to help dairy producers, calf managers and those professionally focused on the growth and management of dairy calves and heifers. With a national membership of producers, allied industries and research leaders, DCHA seeks to provide the industry’s standards for profitability, performance and leadership, serving as a catalyst to help members improve the vitality and viability of their individual efforts and that of their business.
(Madison, Wis.) Kari Herbrand has recently joined Vita Plus as a formulation specialist. Herbrand will be responsible for handling and processing formulation requests and custom mixes to assure each mix meets customers’ satisfaction. She will also help update and maintain various nutritional software databases to provide field staff with the most accurate programs to serve customers on farm.
Herbrand grew up and worked on her family’s registered Holstein dairy farm in Sauk City, Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in dairy science. She previously worked as a Vita Plus dairy nutritionist from 1993 to 2000, running rations and providing technical support for Wisconsin dairy producers. Since 2000, she helped run her own family daycare center as well as her family cow-calf operation, where she holds an active position today.
Vita Plus Corporation is an employee-owned company headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin. Vita Plus has been serving livestock producers since 1948. More than just a feed supplier, Vita Plus consultants offer the latest cutting-edge technology, nutrition and management information. For more information about the organization call 1-800-362-8334 or go online at www.vitaplus.com.
Chazy, NY; January 10, 2017. Water quality is critical to maintain healthy, productive dairy cows. Eighteen farms in the Northern New York region participated in research funded by the farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program evaluating the impact of water quality on fiber digestion in dairy cows.
Researchers with the W.H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute in Chazy, NY, sampled and analyzed water from participating farms for such factors as minerals, pH, hardness, sulfates, nitrates, and bacteria.
To evaluate how water quality, specifically levels of mineral, nitrate or bacteria, affects dairy cow fiber digestion, the water samples were used to conduct fiber digestion analyses of a variety of forages, including corn silages, alfalfa hay, grass silage, and wheat straw,” says Miner Institute Forage Lab Director Kurt Cotanch.
Previous research conducted in South Dakota has indicated that low water quality, defined as water having mineral, bacterial or other compound levels above a prescribe ‘normal’ range, could decrease fiber digestion.
Other research has shown that high concentrations of sulfur or iron can produce unpleasant taste or odor that may cause cows to decrease water intake and that may result in decreased milk production.
None of the water samples collected for the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program project were of poor quality, Cotanch says.
The results of the fiber digestion analyses in Northern New York indicated a slight positive correlation between sodium and nitrate levels and fiber digestion; a slight negative correlation was found with magnesium and potassium. For example, the digestibility of conventional corn silage was significantly reduced as magnesium levels in water samples increased, while an increase in sodium level showed a moderate increase in the fiber digestibility of some forages, including grass silage.
‘Water quality deserves consideration for the nutrients the water can provide in dairy ration formulation, and for potential negative nutritional and palatability factors that could inhibit water consumption. How water quality affects fiber digestion is an area for further exploration,’ Cotanch notes.
The report titled ‘Do High Mineral Concentrations in Water Affect Fiber Digestibility, Cow Health and Performance on Northern New York Dairy Farms’ is posted on the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program website at nnyagdev.org.
The farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program provides research and technical assistance to farmers in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. Funding for the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program is supported by the New York State Senate and administered through the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.
NAVASOTA, Texas — Livestock genetics innovator STgenetics™ has rolled out a new flagship A.I. product that packs twice the number of sex-sorted sperm cells per straw as its previous products, leading to conception rates that are very close to those achieved using conventional semen.
High fertility SexedULTRA 4M™ sex sorted semen boasts 4 million cells per straw. Previous SexedULTRA™ semen straws contained 2.1 million cells per straw. During a field trial in Germany conducted by STgenetics in collaboration with German Genetics International, SexedULTRA 4M™ delivered conception rates comparable to conventional semen packaged at a concentration of 15 million cells per straw over 7,500 inseminations.
“The increased conception rate of SexedULTRA 4M™ is due to improvements in sperm biotechnology, the media that nourishes and invigorates the sperm during the sorting process, and improved sorting machine technology,” said Dr. Vish Viswanath, leader of STgenetics’ Research and Development Team.
SexedULTRA 4M™ high fertility sex-sorted semen is even more effective when combined with genomic testing to ensure that producers get the most out of their mating plans. Genomic testing through a company like Genetic Visions-ST in Middleton, WI, allows producers to identify their highest genomic value animals and to evaluate in-depth their entire herds.
Creating a breeding plan around genomic testing and SexedULTRA 4M™ high fertility semen ensures that the best females in the herd deliver replacement heifers.
SexedULTRA 4M™ high fertility sex sorted semen is available on most of STgenetics’ elite dairy sires. Customers can search STgenetics’ sire offerings at www.STgen.com and can get more information by contacting STgenetics via email at Sales@STgen.com or by phone in the U.S., 800.525.2953, or internationally, 920.921.6029.
The New York Convention ET Sale
Thursday, January 12, 2017 * 5:00 PM * Holiday Inn * Liverpool, NY
Sale Updates as of 1-6-2017
One of the highest Red Carrier heifers in the World w/extreme type! +2736 GTPI & +2.41T.
Photo of Hailey on Facebook Correct reg. #3134284670
Prelim Genomics: GTPI +2341, +580NM, +1526M, +54F, -.01%, +34P, -.04%, +1.0DPR, +5.6PL, 2.91SCS, +1.64T, +1.53UDC, +1.21FLC
Prelim Genomics – Mitzi – GTPI +2563, +775NM, +1012M +79F +.15% +30P, +.00%, +2.8DPR +7.7PL, 2.57SCS, 4.8%DCE, +1.55T, +1.47UDC, +1.08FLC
Prelim Genomics – Missy – GTPI +2520, +683NM, +846M +64F +.12%, +29P, +.02%, +3.4DPR, +6.6PL, +2.67SCS, +4.7%DCE, +2.01t, +1.61UDC, +1.14FLC
Selling is a Choice of Four (4) Females (not 3); 2 by Sid & 2 by Beemer. Watch our Facebook page for photos of the 4 calves!
Calves will be housed at Kevin & Barb Ziemba’s when born.
Correction: Selling from Akiliane (EX-91) is 4 #1 Conventional DOORMAN Embryos.
Correction: Selling from Grasshopper (EX-92) is 2 #1 Sexed Semen IVF SOLOMON Embryos & 2 #1 Sexed Semen IVF GOLDEN DREAM Embryos
Thomas Tull is famous in Pittsburgh as a minority owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers and CEO of Legendary Entertainment, the studio that filmed “The Dark Knight Rises” in his adopted hometown.
Now you can add farmer to that list. Mr. Tull has purchased a 157-acre farm in Washington County that will raise organically grown lettuce, tomatoes and apples and some of the most pampered dairy cows ever seen in Western Pennsylvania. Each one ranges in price from $120,000 to $200,000.
“These are very valuable cows, but the way they are treated is very, very important to us,” said Mr. Tull as he walked around the Bulger property that he bought for $3.65 million in August. The name of the farm: Rivendale.
“This is not a hobby farm,” he said. “Whether it’s the crops or the dairy side of it, there is something very gratifying about it.”
Tull, a native of Endwell, N.Y., said he has always dreamed of having a farm.
“What really fascinates me is what is going on between science and farming in terms of how to sustainably feed the world’s growing population.
“We are really excited about using cutting-edge technology, robotics and all kinds of things to make sure we are getting the most yield out of the land … and doing everything in a natural way.”……….
Editor's note: This is the first of a two-part story on the agricultural history of Stark County, looking at a farm in its fifth generation.
LAWRENCE TWP. At the bottom of a steep, twisting driveway lies Clardale Farms' calf barn. A converted horse arena designed to provide giant helpings of fresh air, it's more than just a building. It holds the precious lifeblood that is the future of this fifth-generation family dairy farm.
On a bitter December morning, Tim Rohr and his son, Tim Rohr Jr., known as 'T.J', intermittently filled and spread five-gallon buckets of feed for a group of calves that had been weaned off milk. More than 100 calves, segregated into groups according to age, live inside the straw-lined barn on any given day. Some dart around the pens. Others sleep. A cacophony of "moos" from all directions serenaded the father-son team as they went about their chore. Newborns get their own stalls. About 850 calves, all products of artificial insemination, are born on the farm every year. Bulls are sold within a week for as little as $75 apiece - there's not much use for a male animal that won't give milk someday. The oldest calves get moved to another barn when they reach a year old and prepare to get pregnant, so they can give milk...........
The sculpture unveiled Thursday is called "A Culture of Stewardship." It pays tribute to dairy farmers, who the artists say are stewards of the land, air, water and community.
About a half-ton of butter was used to create the piece, which shows a landscape of farms and undulating hillsides giving way to forest-covered peaks.
Husband and wife suburban Philadelphia sculptor team Jim Victor and Marie Pelton say they think the piece uniquely depicts the characteristics of Pennsylvania.........
With help from Jason Huffman, Jenny Hopkinson, Ian Kullgren and Helena Bottemiller Evich
FARM BUREAU GEARS UP FOR VOTE ON 2017 PRIORITIES: Some 5,000 members of the American Farm Bureau Federation descended on Phoenix over the weekend for the group’s annual convention, which will culminate in a vote Tuesday to set the organization’s policy agenda for the year. Rolling back Obama-era regulations, like the Waters of the U.S. rule, is likely to wind up near the top of the group’s 2017 playbook. In fact, Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall, during an address on Sunday, encouraged attendees to email their representatives to support a bill (H.R. 5), expected on the House floor this week (the House Rules Committee will consider it this evening), that would give Congress greater authority over the federal rulemaking process. Other hot topics here in Phoenix — where yours truly is on the ground, reporting on all the fun! — include overhauling the immigration system, reforming the tax code, growing agricultural exports and crafting a timely farm bill that helps producers survive the current downturn in the agricultural economy...........
As global markets improved in the second half of 2016 and Europe and Oceania saw milk production declines, U.S. dairy exporters boosted volume in a number of key products and markets. In the second half of the year through November, total U.S. dairy export volume was up 15% year-over-year.
During the latest five-month period, exports of nonfat dry milk/skim milk powder (NDM/SMP) were up 25%, exports of dry whey were up 36%, shipments of whey protein concentrate (WPC) were up 28% and sales of whey protein isolate (WPI) were up 39%. Meanwhile, cheese exports finally moved above year-ago levels in October; in the latest two months, U.S. cheese shipments were up 7%.
The most notable gains in the latest five-month period included:
Overall U.S. export value was $429 million in November, up 14% from a year earlier. U.S. dairy exporters shipped 168,706 tons of milk powders, cheese, butterfat, whey and lactose in November, the most in 18 months, and topping year-ago levels for the sixth straight month.
Click here to see USDEC’s monthly trade data summary, which has additional analysis of export trade trends.
Alan Levitt is vice president of communications and market analysis at the U.S. Dairy Export Council.
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Analysts are divided on the merits of China Mengniu Dairy’s acquisition of China Modern Dairy (CMD), with some viewing it as nothing more than a “rescue” while others see synergy between the two mainland Chinese dairy firms.
On January 5, Mengniu announced it would increase its stake in CMD, which controls China’s largest cattle herd, from 25.4 per cent to 39.9 per cent by buying a 9.8 per cent stake from another investor, global investment firm, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR).
“We view this deal a pure rescue for China Modern Dairy given the stretched valuation Mengniu paid to become CMD’s largest shareholder, while it helped CMD get rid of the VAM (valuation adjustment mechanism) with KKR],” China International Capital Corp analyst Paul Yuan Feiyang said in a report..........
Bernard C. Morrissey, an insurance broker specializing in farm and dairy, told lawmakers on Saturday that they need to get together with other stakeholders in the milk community to address the issue of bankruptcy of dairy farms.
The forum was lead by U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, a Centre County Republican who is a senior member of the House Agriculture Committee..........
The Ohio Department of Agriculture says the farms recognized in 2016 were century, sesquicentennial or bicentennial farms owned by the same family for at least 100, 150 or 200 consecutive years.
Gov. John Kasich and Department of Agriculture Director David Daniels signed certificates that were presented to each family to be passed down to future generations...........
ARLINGTON, VA – The National Milk Producers Federation today joined 15 other farm organizations in sending a letter to President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Michael Pence highlighting the importance of trade to America’s farmers.
Echoing points made in NMPF’s own letter to the President-elect last month, the producer groups’ Jan. 6 letter stated: “We know that securing positive benefits for American farmers, ranchers, and workers in trade will be a priority in your Administration. This includes enforcing existing agreements so that other countries abide by their commitments, as well as expanding market access for U.S. producers through new agreements. As the Trump Administration assembles its team and policies, U.S. agricultural trade interests must be maintained, not only in existing markets but by expanding access to new markets,” wrote the 16 groups.
NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern noted that farm groups must continue to emphasize that “the health of U.S. agriculture depends on our ability to sell our products outside of the United States. The growth of America’s dairy sector is directly tied to our ability to export. We have a positive trade balance in agriculture, and don’t want to see those hard-earned export markets eroded.”
Mulhern said the U.S. dairy sector exports 14 percent of its milk production, “which last year was worth over $5 billion, in the process generating more than 120,000 jobs in dairy farming, manufacturing and related sectors. Any disruption in exports of dairy and other food products would have devastating consequences for our farmers, and the many American processing and transportation industries and workers supported by these exports.”
Burlington, WA-All West/Select Sires is pleased to announce the addition of Brad Barham to the team as a Sales Support Manager, based out of the Turlock, CA, office. Beginning in January of 2017, Brad will be working in the field with All West sales and service personnel to help promote the competitive advantages that the Select Sires lineup provides. In addition, Brad will spearhead the All West Jersey marketing program from Washington to southern California. The growth of “the little brown cow” has become a strong change in the western dairy landscape, and that, along with the Select Sires’ partnership with Jerseyland Sires, puts All West in a fabulous position to become the leading source of Jersey genetics and Jersey expertise for western producers.
Brad grew up with Registered Jerseys on a farm in east Tennessee and received a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Tennessee Wesleyan College in 2010. Brad has worked as the genetic & reproduction manager at Barham Jersey Farm where he negotiated more than 30 contracts with eight different A.I. organizations. He’s a graduate of the inaugural Jersey Youth Academy, and was a Business Development Specialist with the American Jersey Cattle Association. Most recently, Brad was the Genomic Programs Manager for River Valley Farms.
Brad is married to Iris Peeler Barham, who graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS in Dairy Science and an MS in Reproductive Physiology. After working as a Large Animal Sales Representative for Fort Dodge, Iris became the Dairy Supervisor at Berry College in Rome, GA, where she oversees 45 student employees. Brad and Iris will be relocating to California with their daughter, Addie.
“We’re excited to have Brad join the All West family,” states Jim Well, CEO of All West/Select Sires. “Brad got to know a lot of our team through his involvement with River Valley. His knowledge and passion for the dairy industry is unparalleled! We are looking forward to having him involved with customers across the entire All West region.”
To reach Brad, please email email@example.com.
All West/Select Sires is one of nine member-owned cooperatives in the U.S. that make up the federation of Select Sires Inc. All West exists to enhance member/owners’ success through genetics. To find out more about the company culture of All West, including information on bulls, products and services, please visit www.allwestselectsires.com or phone 800.426.2697. #ONEawss
ROSEMONT, Ill., Jan. 5, 2017 -- The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, established under the leadership of dairy farmers, is accepting nominations for the sixth annual U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards honoring exceptional dairy farms, businesses and partnerships for their socially responsible, economically viable and environmentally sound practices.
The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy is accepting nominations demonstrating resourceful leadership and work that makes a difference in the dairy community for its 6th annual sustainability awards..........