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Global Green Revolution in Animal Agriculture?

Global Green Revolution in Animal Agriculture Dr. Frank Mitloehner provides some practical reference stories from Europe on the viability of standard small operations that would struggle to produce the quantity of food for the growing population. His example story is from the first ‘Bioenergiedorf’ (bioenergy village) Jühnde, in the heart of Germany, where the inhabitants are implementing 21st century energy production systems on top of dairy operations utilizing 1960's production technology.
Most of the dairy barns have not been modernized since the 1960s-’70s, and the scale of production has always been extremely small, especially to someone like me, who is used to California dairies and other concentrated feeding operations. A 100-head dairy is considered a large operation in this idyllic village and other places throughout central Europe.
Dr. Mitloehner highlights that the small dairy farm approach traditional in Europe actually creates a larger carbon footprint than larger operations with 1000's of cows. Dr. Mitloehner advocates for a global green revolution in animal agriculture, "coupled with technology transfers, to supply a growing demand for animal protein, while providing environmental stewardship by using sustainable and modern production practices."

DairyCast 0079 for July 24 2007

DairyCast 0079 Show Notes:

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  • Recent price strength explained
  • Sweden's success with digester-sourced energy
  • Mike Hutjens looks at producer use of biofuels by-products

DairyCast 0048 for April 3 2007

DairyCast 0048 Show Notes:
  • Keynote speaker at National Institute for Animal Agriculture meeting in Sacramento, Bill Jones of Pacific Ethanol, talks about the biofuels - animal agriculture interrelationship
  • Five major factors limit reproduction efficiency with Paul Fricke of the Univ of Wisconsin at Madison
  • Ladd Muirbrook of DHI Provo discusses his company's new products
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DairyCast 0038 February 27 2007

DairyCast 0038 Show Notes:
  • Risk based inspections.
  • Paul Aho talks about how corn into fuel may mean more than higher prices.
  • World Dairy Challenge leads students to dairy industry through diagnosis and experience.
  • Robbie Watson at Yale University School of Medicine, Section of Microbial Pathogenesis, talks about campylobacter bacteria.

DairyCast 0037 February 23 2007

DairyCast 0037 Show Notes:
  • Fiona Boal of RaboBank discusses alternative fuels' impact on livestock
  • Dr. Moira Gunn talks with Phil Luton of the UK's Health Protection Agency about the first non-US research organization to be approved for biodefence and bioterrorism since the events of 9/11.

DairyCast 0029 for January 26, 2007

DairyCast 0029 Show Notes:
  • President Bush supports biofuels in State of the Union address.
  • and two days later connects with officials at DuPont to acknowledge the stress this policy is placing on livestock producers.
  • Canadian think tank George Morris Centre president Larry Martin looks at the effects of current ethanol policies.
  • Dr. Ken Kalscheur at South Dakota State logs in on DDGs in dairy rations.
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