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Dairy farmers join with NFL and USDA

Thu, 02/18/2010

As you watched National Football League games this past season, you probably saw the commercials promoting Play 60. That’s the NFL’s initiative to promote 60 minutes of activity every day for youngsters. Read more

Ben and Jerry's stance on the environment, BST, organics, and farm profitability: You might be surprised

Wed, 02/17/2010

Ben and Jerry's ice cream of Waterbury, Vt. is home to the largest tourist attraction in the state of Vermont. Nearly a half million visitors walk through their processing facilities each year. Let's not forget to mention their nationwide popularity, too. Outlandish flavors like Cherry Garcia are among the most popular. But with this popularity comes a responsibility, they think. Read more

Holstein has a new milk production record-holder

Tue, 02/16/2010

Ever-Green-View My 1326 -ET now holds the record for most milk produced in one single lactation by a Holstein. She is bred and owned by Thomas J. Kestell of Waldo, Wis. After a 365-day lactation, 1326-ET produced 72,170 pounds of milk, with 2,787 pounds of fat and 2,142 pounds of protein. That' a lot. A whole lot. Read more

Veal producers adopt ethics standards

Mon, 02/15/2010

Delegates to the 2010 American Veal Association (AVA) annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas, adopted a statement of ethical principles and code of conduct as a way to articulate veal industry principles and confirm an industry commitment to “veal raised right.” Read more

A quantum leap in automated dairy data collection

Fri, 02/12/2010

Technological breakthroughs and new automation are what dairy producers have come to expect at World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif., but an announcement by the world’s largest dairy equipment company during the 2010 show this week still has our heads spinning. Read more

USDA bumps up milk price forecast a bit

Thu, 02/11/2010

Cheese and butter price forecasts for 2010 are little changed from last month in USDA's World Agricultural Supply Demand Estimates. But the Class III price estimate for 2010 was raised about a dime from last month due to higher forecast whey prices. The forecast for the Class III midpoint was $15.25 ($14.90 to $15.60) compared to $15.15 ($14.75 to $15.55) a month earlier. Read more

Rubber-lined sand pump has longer life

Wed, 02/10/2010

After a rain-soaked opening day at the World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif., the clouds are starting to break and sunshine is in the forecast for the remaining two days of the 80-acre show. At 11 a.m., the traffic in the Dairy Center as well as the Hoard’s Dairyman booth was very brisk. Read more

Vote for your favorite new product at World Ag Expo

Tue, 02/09/2010

Tracking hoof health just got a bit easier thanks to a newly introduced product called Hoof Supervisor. The computer program that utilizes touchscreen technology allows hoof trimmers to enter hoof health data cowside. World Ag Expo officials thought so much of the software program that they selected it as one of the Top 10 New Products out of 70 entries at the show which began on Tuesday, February 9.

The Hoof Supervisor program hit the market last year. The program’s hoof health coding system is based on the work of the International Lameness Committee. That committee developed international dairy language to properly code not only hoof health disease, but also the location of the foot problem. Read more

Milk quality: the international dairy language

Mon, 02/08/2010

No matter where they are located or what size farms they have, dairy owners around the world are increasingly speaking the same language: higher milk quality. Read more

"Temple Grandin" makes HBO movie debut February 6

Fri, 02/05/2010

Temple Grandin, one of the world's foremost humane livestock handling specialists, is the focus of an HBO movie that debuts on cable television on Saturday, February 6, 2010. Airing time is 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific Time. We have watched the movie trailer, and, if you are at all concerned about animal handing and agriculture, we think it is a must see. Read more

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