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DairyCast 0451 - Nature's Farm Develops Dairy Product Niche

DairyCast 0451 Show Notes:
  • Nature's Farm is developing a specialized retail channel promoting liquid milk products naturally higher in Omega 3 and CLA's.  Vice-president of Sales and Marketing, Jon Van Koy joins us at the JBS United Midwest Dairy Conference to discuss the dietary formulation which contributes to the Nature's Farm product.

DairyCast Update for March 29, 2012, Good or Bad? Farm Bill Action In Washington?


Information To Help Your Operations

  1. Audio: Good or Bad? Farm Bill Action In Washington - Congressman Frank Lucas, House Ag Committee Chair, updated a livestock group on the current climate in Washington, D.C. and offered his thoughts on the next Farm Bill, where it stands and what might happen [audio].
  2. Audio: Claudia, The High-Tech Cow, Drives Opportunities and Revenue - The dairy industry is different. The reality is that set milk and feed prices are a thing of the past and many dairy operations need to approach revenue with a new look.

Markets Make The World Go Around

milk markets Markets Make The World Go Around Markets exist to help smooth the flow of information and make the future more predictable. But sometimes it takes a Ph.D. to figure out what is going on when corn goes above $8 and you are sitting on several thousand bushels.

To help figure out markets in general, look in to the video Backwardation Bullish or Bearish (less than 5 minutes, from The Khan Academy). This is a very simple video but it helps set the tone about markets and what they might do. For a more advanced look at futures markets, check out this Yale University Forwards and Futures class lecture (~1 hour 10 minutes).

DairyCast 0450 - Farm Bill Action In Washington - That's Good! - No, That's Bad

DairyCast 0450 Show Notes:
  • Talking with a livestock group, House Ag Committee Chair Congressman Frank Lucas recently spent some time walking through the current climate in Washington, D.C. and gave his thoughts on the next Farm Bill, where it stands and what might happen.  Please pass this one to others in your organization.

DairyCast 0449 - "Pink Slime" PR Nightmare - What's In It? What's it do?

DairyCast 0449 Show Notes:
  • The unfolding "Pink Slime" fiasco made its entry into social consicousness via social media, then exploded onto the national scene.  Here Eric Atkinson talks with Kansas State meat scientist John Gonzales to better understand what the product is and to shed light on some repeatedly reported inaccuracies. 

DairyCast Updte for March 15, 2012, Can I Maximize Return On My Forage Investment?

Information To Help Your Operations

  1. Audio: Can I Maximize Return On My Forage Investment? - David Fischer, retired University of Illinois extension specialist, recently shared the importance of properly managing critical periods in forage development and harvest to gain maximum value from those acres. He spoke at the recent JBS United Midwest Dairy Conference [audio].
  2. Video: Rumensin in Controlled-Energy Diet During the Dry Period - Joel Vasquez, JBS United Dairy Nutritionist, talks about controlled energy diets, how they are used, and what are some of the results from studying Rumensin in dairy operations [video].
  3. Audio: Is Bovine Tuberculosis In Your Area? - Mike Leffler, JBS United Nutritionist, shares an update on Bovine Tuberculosis and how to rebuild trust in the safety of the product [audio].
  4. Animal Biotechnology and Society (First-Year Seminar Course) - Dr.

DairyCast 0448 - How Can I Maximize Return On My Forage Investment?

DairyCast 0448 Show Notes:

DairyCast 0447 - Bovine Tuberculosis In Your Area? What's Next?

DairyCast 0447 Show Notes:
  • Mike Leffler, JBS United Nutritionist, shares an update on Bovine Tuberculosis. Not so much what it is and what to do after the depopulation and repopulation (depop-repop), but how to rebuild trust in the safety of the product. Good steps taken by these producers.

New Views on Dairy Farm Opportunities and Revenue

Meet Claudia, The High-Tech Cow
Photo and story via NPR Planet Money.
The dairy industry is different. The reality is that set milk and feed prices are a thing of the past and many dairy operations need to approach revenue with a new look. Fulper dairy farms, in upstate New Jersey, is tackling what were perceived negatives and turning them into positives with revenue generation potential.

One of their negatives turned positive? Land. The land prices in their region is expensive because it is so close to New York City (about 90 miles). But that negative turns out to be a revenue generating positive. New Yorkers want farm fresh food and being close means dairy products like cheese have more value in the city.

DairyCast Update for March 2, 2012, Judicious Use of Antibiotics

Information To Help Your Operations

  1. Article: Glimpse Into 2012 Commodity Classic - The 2012 Commodity Classic just ended, social media shares what happened [article].
  2. Video: Reaching Out to Consumers - Dr. Mike Lormore, Director of Dairy Veterinary Operations, Pfizer Animal Health, provides a consumer perspective on antibiotic use in food animals. He also highlights the hot button issues [video].
  3. Here a Sustainable Farm, There a Sustainable Farm - Dr. About Terry Etherton asks what sustainable food production means and finds it is a confusing term. "The answers are diverse, and astonishing in some instances" says Etherton [blog].
  4. Video: Judicious Use of Antibiotics - Dr. William Flynn, Deputy Director for Science Policy, Food and Drug Administration, shares how the U.S. FDA is approaching antibiotics in food-producing animals. Dr.
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