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Using Sexed Semen in Your Herd

The use of sexed semen in dairies across the country has continued to increase over the last several years, since its recent introduction into the market.

Talking with Kylene Anderson, Sorted Semen Marketing Specialist with ABS Global she says that there are several benefits to using sexed semen in your herd including creating 90% females, reducing the disease risk from purchased replacements and controlling the cost of replacements.

Anderson says that it’s important for producers to recognize that there are fundamental differences between sorted semen and conventional semen. The sorting process discards unknown cells and those of the undesired gender. This results in fewer live sperm cells available to be packaged in each straw of semen, about 20% less than conventional semen.

DairyCast 0128 for January 22 2008

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  • We complete the top ten legal developments in the past year as they might effect you and your business
  • What impact will this winter weather have on your alfalfa quality in the spring? Dan Undersander, University of Wisconsin-Madison, explains the effects.

DairyCast 0127 for January 18 2008

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  • The topic of immigration continues to rise up.  We talk with Jose Olivieri, attorney and employment specialist about what you need to know.
  • An online tool has been developed by the American Meat Institute to help you proactively handle consumer concerns
  • The top ten legal developments in 2007 that affect you and your business 

DairyCast 0126 for January 15 2008

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  • Debbie Reed, DRD Associates, shares her ten year battle to promote agriculture's importance in the new carbon economy
  • Select Sires partnership with Igenity will help unlock the genetic potential of your herd
  • Dan Undersander, University of Wisconsin, offers a word of caution on forage seed quality for 2008

DairyCast 0125 for January 11 2008

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  • Mike Hutjens, University of Illinois Extension Dairy Specialist, provides a more complete understanding of Milk Urea Nitrogen
  • Developing employee leaders in your dairy can be easier when realizing the multicultural dynamics that exist. Jorge Estrada, Leadership Coaching Intl, helps you do just that.
  • Some new opportunities are on the horizon for young and new farmers

Wastewater to Drinking Water – Is it possible?

According to Integrated Separation Solutions it just might be possible.

Integrated Separation Solutions is a Wisconsin based company. Originally in the industrial process water and food separation sector, they have recently started working with dairy producers in solving their manure management problems.

Company representative Josh Vrieze, says they like to think of their product as nutrient partitioning. Instead of just separating out the solids by screen or a screw press and removing 20 to 30% solids, their system sends the manure through four different phases. Each phase happens in a matter of minutes and removes a percentage of solids, resulting in close to 100% solid reduction.

The fourth stage involves reverse osmosis and the resulting product looks just like drinking water. According to Vrieze it’s very similar to distilled water because all of the minerals are gone, and it runs very close to meeting drinking water standards.

Although equipment is needed to do this process, potentially this application could be given a discharge permit. Then this might be a more viable option for dairies that are looking at expanding instead of digging a lagoon.

This technology has been around for years, it’s just being adapted to a new industry. Also, no chemicals are involved in the process.

As Vrieze notes, his neighbors don’t mind the cows, but they do mind the lagoons.

DairyCast 0124 for January 8 2008

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  • Dr. Rick Kohn, University of Maryland, offers some advice on improving the environmental impact of your operation as well as using milk urea nitrogen (MUN) as a management tool to reduce cost and negative effects
  • How we handle employee conflicts can make a big difference, some tips from Agriculture Management Coach, Don Tyler
  • The 2007 year in review from USDA

DairyCast 0123 for January 4 2008

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  • Recent highlights of American Meat Institute events including some valuable suggests for your dairy in 2008
  • The Farm Bill is finally coming to a close, but first it has to survive the conference committe and a potential veto. What will the economic impact be on you?
  • Upcoming conference on bioconvertion and manure digesters Register Here

DairyCast 0122 for December 21 2007

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  • This is a great time of the year to prioritize farm management decisions
  • In most parts of the nation winter has knocked on the door, in some cases knocked the door down.  Larry Hollis, Kansas State DVM, shares some tips on helping your cattle handle the winter stress
  • Janet Riley, American Meat Institute, previews the Animal Handling Institute
  • Some foodservic

DairyCast 0121 for December 18 2007

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  • Jorge Estrada, Leadership Coaching Intl, shares his insights into the current state of immigration reform and what that could mean for you
  • New research at Kansas State indicates that levels of E.coli 0157H7 could be elevated in cattle feed distillers grains and ethanol byproducts 
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