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DCHA: Heifer growth webinar, Sept. 14

“Achieving Maximum Growth Potential of Replacement Heifers through Management and Nutrition” is the theme of a webinar, Sept. 14, 1 p.m. (Central).

Hosted by the Dairy Calf & Heifer Association, the webinar will feature Robert Corbett, DVM, PAS, with Dairy Health Consultation, offering practical advice on how an accelerated growth program can increase your operation's productivity.

Register here! DCHA member registration is free; non-members may register for $25. The webinar is sponsored by FERMENTEN, brought to you by Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition.  


2011 DCRC annual meeting planned at Kansas City

The 2011 annual meeting of the Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRC) will be held Nov. 10–11, at the Hilton Kansas City Airport in Kansas City, Mo. This year’s meeting will offer updates on new research, application of current reproductive programs and a look at emerging technologies. For further information, including a full meeting agenda and registration information, visit www.dcrcouncil.org.


Four-State Conference proceedings available

Proceedings of the 2011 Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference, held on June 8-9 in Dubuque, Iowa are now posted on the Extension Dairy website at 





2011 IFES meetings scheduled

The University of Illinois Extension and members of the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics farmdoc team will hold a series of five Illinois Farm Economics Summit meetings to discuss and analyze the most pressing economic issues facing Illinois producers.

The 2011 schedule includes:

• Monday, Dec. 12, Champaign

• Tuesday, Dec. 13, Dekalb

• Wednesday, Dec. 14, Galesburg

• Thursday, Dec. 15, Mt. Vernon

• Friday, Dec. 16, Bloomington

For more information, visit





IPDP plans tour, Aug. 31

The Indiana Professional Dairy Producers (IPDP) will coordinate a dairy farm and industry summer tour, Aug. 31, in Parke County, Ind. Stops will include Mike Jones' Springbrook Farms, as well as the headquarters for Byron Seeds and Elanco Animal Health’s Rumensin manufacturing facility.

The event begins at 9 a.m. with registration at at Bryon Seeds; moves to Springbrook Farms at 11 a.m.; lunch and the Elanco plant at 12:30 p.m.; and Covered Bridge, at 3:30 p.m.

 Directions, location information and more are available here to download a tour brochure. 

This tour is free for IPDP members. Non-IPDP members may attend for $20. Contact Doug Leman (317-695-8228) to register or for further information.



Midwest Dairy Expo: Nov. 29-30

This year’s Midwest Dairy Expo coming to the St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center, Nov. 29-30, 2011 in St. Cloud, Minn. For program and registration information, visit http://www.mnmilk.org/MidwestDairyExpo.


Online tool helps farmers consider new enterprises

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has re-issued its 12-page Agriculture Diversification Compass, and is making the tool available to Minnesotans online and in print. The guide is designed to help producers evaluate the potential of new crop and livestock enterprises. 

The Compass is online at http://www.mda.state.mn.us/protecting/sustainable/mfo/mfocompass.aspx or a printed copy can be requested by calling 651-201-6012.


First District Association celebrates anniversary, plans expansion

First District Association cooperative, Litchfield, Minn. is marking its 90th anniversary with a celebration Aug. 18, with plans to modernize and expand its operations by fall of 2012. 

Three major construction phases are planned, including equipment replacement or expansion throughout the plant and a state-of-the-art milk-processing system, increasing milk processing capacity to 5 million lbs. per day, a 25%-30% increase. 

First District has approximately 620 direct member-owners, and nine member creameries with 430 patrons. Together, they will produce more than 1.5 billion lbs. of milk this year.


72nd Nutrition Conference planned

The 72nd Minnesota Nutrition Conference will be held Sept. 20-21, at the Holiday Inn, Owatonna, Minn.

The program kicks off with a pre-conference symposium, "Corn – 2011 and Beyond." General sessions will provide updates on livestock research being conducted at the University of Minnesota. 

Look for the preliminary program agenda and a list of speakers on the Conference website at http://www.ansci.umn.edu/mnc.html.

Registration is $195 per person through Sept. 7; $230 after Sept 7 and at the door. Student registration is $100. The fee includes the program, proceedings, lunches and a reception. On-line registration is available at http://www.regonline.com/72MNNutritionConf.


“Dairy Stockmanship” website

Paul Rapnicki, DVM, MBA, University of Minnesota clinical professor for dairy production medicine, has an interactive Dairy Stockmanship website detailing interactions between people and dairy cattle that create a positive experience for both. Rapnicki started the website with Dr. Don Hoglund, Colorado State University, with the simple goal of “reconnecting the people working on dairy operations with their cows.” 



Farm Science Review is Sept. 20-22

The 49th annual Farm Science Review will be held at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio, Sept. 20-22. This year's theme, "Where Farmers Go to Dream," will put emphasis on agricultural innovation.

More than 600 exhibitors will have their products and services on display to help farmers learn about and adopt the newest technologies to improve their on-farm efficiency and profitability. Tickets are available for sale at local agribusinesses and any OSU Extension office for $5 in advance, or $8 at the gate. Children 5 and under are free. For more information, go to http://fsr.osu.edu.


South Dakota

Dairy Policy Forum set for Aug. 30

Dairy producers with questions about the Foundation for the Future program proposal or looking for the latest news on immigration reform should plan to attend a Dairy Policy Forum, Aug. 30, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Ramkota Inn in Sioux Falls, S.D. Reservations are requested by Aug. 25 to sddairyproducers@gmail.com or 605-692-1775.

The event is hosted by members of the I-29 Dairy Consortium, including South Dakota Dairy Producers and SDSU Extension. Jim Tillison and Jaime Castaneda of National Milk Producers Federation will give an overview of both topics and provide time for discussion and Q&A.


Ag United dairy open houses set Aug. 20 and Aug. 27

Make plans to attend one of two dairy farm open house events in South Dakota this month.

Drumgoon Dairy is inviting the public to enjoy a free meal and tour their dairy near Lake Norden, S.D. on Saturday, Aug. 20, 4-7 p.m. Visitors can participate in tours of the dairy and learn more about dairy production and how milk gets from the farm to the store.  Activities for the children will also be available.

 Drumgoon Dairy is located 3.5 miles east of Lake Norden on SD Highway 28 and 2.5 miles north on US Highway 81.  Or from Watertown:  19miles south on US Highway 81.  Watch for Signs! 

The event is sponsored in part by Ag United for South Dakota, Midwest Dairy Association, South Dakota Soybean Farmers and their check-off and Valley Queen Cheese Factory.   

To learn more about South Dakota dairy families visit Midwest Dairy Association on the web at www.midwestdairy.com

On Saturday, Aug 27, Midwest Dairy Institute , a 2,000-cow dairy farm will host an open house from 8-11 a.m. Come enjoy a free breakfast and learn more about the dairy farm with tours and educational displays.  

Visit the Ag United Events page on Facebook for more details and directions to both events.



Dairyland Initiative launches newsletter

The 1-year-old Dairyland Initiative is a program designed to facilitate the construction of new dairy cattle housing by bringing the producer, builder and lender together with one common purpose: to improve dairy cattle well-being and performance. As part of the first anniversary, the program unveiled a new newsletter, available at http://thedairylandinitiative.vetmed.wisc.edu and linked on the program’s facebook page. For more information, visit The Dairyland Initiative: The Guide to Welfare Friendly Dairy Cattle Housing.


PDPW twilight meetings

The Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin (PDPW) is hosting three On-the-Farm Twilight Meetings. A collaborative effort of the Wisconsin Counties Association, the Wisconsin Towns Association and the PDPW, each Agriculture Community Engagement (ACE) twilight meetings will start at 6 p.m. with a 60-minute guided tour of the hosting dairy. After the tour, pie and ice cream will be served during a moderated dairy discussion, wrapping wrap up by 8:30 p.m.


1) Monday, Aug.15 – Barlass Jerseys

Bill, Brian and Marion Barlass

6145 East County Road A

Janesville, Wis.


2) Tuesday, Aug. 16 – Harmony Ho Holsteins


Ralph Bredl family

D3571 River Road

Stratford, Wis.


3) Monday, Aug. 22 – Junction View Dairy LLC


Keller and Stibbe families

29404 County Highway OO

Richland Center, Wis.


Report: Land-grant universities important to economy

A new report details the role that land-grant universities play in generating jobs  and economic growth, according to those who lead agricultural research and Extension efforts here.

The study, “Power and Promise: Agbioscience in the North Central United States,” prepared for 12 land-grant universities by the Battelle Institute, makes the case for sustained or expanded federal, state and local support for North Central State’s land grant universities, agricultural experiment stations and Extension services.

The Batelle report notes that the North Central States represent just 21% of the land mass of the U.S., but are home to:

• An agriculture industry valued at $125 billion with more than 2.4  million jobs

• 45% of the nation's ag export production

• 80% of U.S. soybean and feed grain production

• 45% of U.S. livestock exports

• Ten of the top 25 U.S. food manufacturers

• Two of the five largest seed genetics companies

• Two of the world's largest ag equipment manufacturers

• 90% of the nation's ethanol production

• More than 800,000 farms and more than 88,000 companies (2009)

“Agriculture is a $60-billion-a-year industry in Wisconsin. It  generates about 350,000 jobs, a significant share of which are in  urban areas, and at a time when other sectors have been struggling,  agriculture has been a stabilizing force,” says Rick Klemme, Dean of  UW-Extension’s Cooperative Extension Service, a member of the  committee that commissioned the study. “This documents the extent to  which this economic activity is fueled by publicly funded research and  Extension work in agriculture, food and nutrition, bioenergy and  related fields.”

The report is available online at www.uwex.edu/ces/nccea/documents/battellefull2.pdf


Gypsum symposium scheduled

New uses for gypsum in agriculture will be highlighted at the Midwest Soil Improvement Symposium: Research and Practical Insights into Using Gypsum on Aug. 23.  The event will be held at the University of Wisconsin Arlington Agricultural Research Station.  Registration is at 7:30 a.m..
The symposium will explore the impact of gypsum application on crop productivity, including for corn, soybeans, alfalfa and specialty crops, and its impact on soil and water quality. Research findings and application recommendations will be presented, as well as background on gypsum production and safety. In addition, there will be two panel discussions featuring growers experienced in using gypsum on their farms.

The Arlington Research Station is located at N695 Hopkins Road, Arlington, Wis.  Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with sessions running from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.  A one-hour plot tour will follow. Lunch is included.  For more information, or to register in advance through August 18, visit www.gypsoil.com/symposium.  On-site registration is $20 with lunch included.


Ag Enterprise Area Forum planned

"Preparing for Wisconsin's Agricultural and Economic Future," a forum on Wisconsin’s Agricultural Enterprise Area (AEA) program, will be held Sept. 27, at the Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells. The forum will feature Steven Deller and Bruce Jones, from UW-Madison's Department of Agriculture and Applied Economics, and speakers from the newly formed Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection's Agricultural Development Division. 

Afternoon breakout sessions are designed to bring representatives from the 17 AEAs together to share information on recent activities, discuss common challenges, identify possible next steps, and to provide guidance to communities interested in developing an Agricultural Enterprise Area petition. Contact Coreen Fallat; coreen.fallat@wi.gov; 608-224-4625


Corn, forage website links buyers, sellers

The “Farmer to Farmer Corn and Forage Website” is an electronic neighborhood  bulletin board facilitating local marketing of feed commodities, linking livestock producers in need of high-moisture corn, corn silage, hay or straw with sellers  that have feed commodities for sale. The list is free for both buyers and sellers.  Users can search for buyers and sellers by county. Visit http://farmertofarmer.uwex.edu .


UW study: Larger farms tend to have better milk quality

Wisconsin's larger dairy operations tended to fare better than the state's small farms in a UW-Madison study of milk quality, although all of the state's farms—large and small—produced milk that easily met federal food safety guidelines.

The study, published in the August 2011 issue of the Journal of Dairy Science, considered milk quality data from 14,591 dairy operations around Wisconsin, of which 12,866 were classified as small farms (fewer than 118 cows); 1,565 as large farms (between 119 – 713 cattle); and 160 as confined animal feeding operations (or CAFOs, with more than 714 cattle). The team used two common metrics of milk quality: reported bulk tank standard plate count (SPC) and somatic cell count (SCC), which together are also seen as good indicators of farm sanitation and animal-handling practices.

Across the board, CAFOs reported the lowest mean milk quality scores for both SPC and SCC. Mean SPC (reported in colony forming units per milliliter or cfu/mL) was found to be 35,000 cfu/mL for the CAFO group; 36,300 for large farms; and 58,700 for small farms. Mean SCC (in cells per milliliter or cells/mL) was found to be 240,000 cells/mL for the CAFO group; 273,000 for large farms; and 369,000 for small farms. In all cases, mean SPC and SCC scores were far below the grade A maximum values, easily meeting the federal standards for milk intended to be pasteurized and sold for fluid consumption.


Stauffacher re-elected to lead WMMB 

Jay Stauffacher, Darlington, Wis., was selected to lead the 25-member Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (WMMB) for the seventh time. He operates in a partnership that farms 2,500 acres and milks 490 Holsteins.

Connie Seefeldt, Coleman, was re-elected vice chair;, Ed Jasurda, Phillips, was re-elected secretary; and Stacy Eberle, Monroe, will again serve as treasurer. Other executive committee members are Lanette Harsdorf, Beldenville, Communications Committee chair; Ken Heiman, Marshfield, Channel Management Committee chair; and Kay Zwald, Hammond, Policy/Bylaw Committee chair.


WMMB welcomes regional program manager

Elizabeth (Beth) A. Porior has joined the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board as the Wisconsin Dairy Council's regional program manager for north central Wisconsin.

In her new position, Porior manages regional educational programming with an emphasis on promoting the benefits of milk to elementary and middle school students.  She also implements the national Fuel Up to Play 60 program that promotes healthy eating and exercise for children, works with school foodservice personnel in cafeteria promotions, facilitates the placing of equipment to keep milk cold in school serving lines and works with local television programming on a monthly recipe segment featuring Wisconsin Cheese.

Porior will work from an office in Hatley, Wis.