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DairyCast 0146 for April 1 2008

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  •  What will the current proposed consolidation in our nation's packing industry mean to dairy producers?
  • Dr. Dennis DiPietre, livestock economist and headliner, offers some very interesting and unique insights into the current economic situation and its impact on the livestock industry
  • What effect can vitamin E have on the immunity of your cows and calves?

Manure digesters face impossible task

Manure digesters in California are facing the strictest regulation yet. The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District is mandating an emissions standard of nine parts per million Nitrogen Oxides or NOx that existing digester technology has never conclusively met. NOx combines with volatile organic compounds to form ozone, and the Air District has been faced with the challenge of reducing all NOx emissions. 

New and existing digesters would have to add air pollution control technology to engine generators or face forced shutdown. “This means huge up front costs and expensive operating and maintenance costs,” says Allen Dusault with Sustainable Conservation. Digesters could still be operated and gas flared, but no electricity produced. The purpose of the digester would be defeated. 

DairyCast 0145 for March 28 2008

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  • Kylene Anderson, Sorted Semen Marketing Specialist with ABS Global, highlights the details of the semen sorting process as well as the offering available to you
  • Your reproduction synchronization protocol can determine your success rate for conception
  • Will the new California environmental laws become a precedent for other states to follow?

DairyCast 0144 for March 25 2008

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  • A special presentation from Temple Grandin, world-renowned expert on animal handling from Colorado State University, as she recently presented to an audience in Kansas.

DairyCast 0143 for March 21 2008

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  • Scott Stewart of Stewart Peterson shares some very valuable risk management insights
  • Does feeding out dairy steers make sense for you?  An inside look at what packers are looking for, buying considerations and feeding considerations 

DairyCast 0142 for March 18 2008

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  • Kathleen Emery, Dairy Veterinarian, discusses the value of using higher digestible forages for improved milk production
  • Dr. John F. Smith, Kansas State University, presents his work with cross-ventilation dairy barn design that has provided new options for improved cow comfort that translate to better herd health and production

DairyCast 0141 for March 14 2008

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  • The latest research on silage specific and brown mid-rib hybrids shows that the multi-generation investment is yielding tremendous reults for dairy producers
  • How does traceability work in a voluntary animal identification system?  And does it pay?
  • Is it worth it to keep some dairy steers around to feed out? Let's look at the costs and benefits to determine if the idea makes sense for you.

DairyCast 0140 for March 11 2008

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  • Vernal Gomes, Mycogen Seeds, details some new options in silage production that could dramatically impact your bottom-line
  • Do consumers trust you?  The answer might surprise you.  Charlie Arnot, Center for Food Integrity, shares some recent survey results
  • Trent Loos, Loos Tales, talks about how easy it is to start an activist campaign and what some farmers are willing to

DairyCast 0139 for March 7 2008

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  • Cloning: where have we been and where are we today? Gary Crawford, USDA, summarizes recent developments from USDA and FDA
  • Bruce Vincent, Multiple Generation Environmental Steward and Logger from Libby, MT, shares an empowering presentation comparing consumer influence on the logging industry to today's dairy industry 

DairyCast 0138 for March 4 2008

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  • Sarah Fogelman, previously of Kansas State University, highlights the importance of effective communication in employee management
  • Terry Etherton, Penn State, shares his viewpoint on the current milk labeling situation and how we, as an industry, need to respond
  • Understanding cultural differences between hispanic employees and anglo employers 
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