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DairyCast Update for August 26, 2011, How Is Your Animal Handling Policy Compliance?

Having trouble locating hay and forage? The #HayTalk Twitter conversation for this week centered on growers in various regions sharing their hay/forage availability and prices.
Also this last week, Temple Grandin's presentation to Agri-professionals highlights that the agriculture industry needs to communicate with the public directly and openly.
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DairyCast 0424 - How Do You Ensure Animal Handling Policy Compliance?

DairyCast 0424 Show Notes:
  • Colorado State's Dr. Temple Grandin believes handling procedures have improved dramatically over the past decade but harbors concern for the 10% of handlers that shouldn't be near animals.

DairyCast update for August 12, 2011, What is Pushing Cows To Slaughter?

The USDA crop report won't slow heavy supplies of cattle at slaughter near term.  Even though corn harvest is anticipated to boost 2010 production levels by 4%, that's still down from earlier estimates and markets reacted higher. 

We're featuring a conversation on the mass of beef moving to market due to drought in many southwest states.  Meat counter prices are being supported by a jump in exports, in no small part courtesy of the weak dollar.  The 'new normal' translates to volatility in all market segments.   

Highlights of Canadian Dairy Research

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Highlights in Canadian Dairy Cattle Research contains a summary of the 150+ researchers doing scientific work in Canada connected with dairy production. The collection covers animal welfare, the environment, feed, genetics, milk production, and reproduction, and offers to a broader audience access to information normally distributed through research journals.

DairyCast 0423 - What is Pushing Cows To Slaughter?

DairyCast 0423 Show Notes:
  • Drought and forecasts for little rain and high feed prices pressure producers into herd liquidation.  How and when to move your steers under these conditions with Oklahoma State livestock economist Darrell Peel as he talks with Eric Atkinson.

DairyCast 0422 - What Are Impacts To Ag Financing And The Farm Bill?

DairyCast 0422 Show Notes:
  • Dr. Terry Barr, CoBank's Knowledge Exchange Group, and Ross Anderson, Chief Credit Officer with AgriBank, look at finance and economic questions asked by ag producers.  Do we feed or export grain? Turn it into ethanol? When will the Washington debate turn to the Farm Bill?

Is the US milk supply at risk?


Where does milk come from besides "cows"? This maps shows that 50% of US milk comes from a small number of counties.
If a dairy disease outbreak occurs in relatively few regions in the country, this would have a huge impact on milk production and availability to consumers throughout the country.

Dr. Terry Etherton highlights that these concentrations are a risk from a disease outbreak point of view, and also from bioterrorism point of view.

DairyCast update for July 28, 2011, We're Having a Heat Wave

With the heat domes over many parts of the USA, livestock are at risk of heat stress. What are some of the symptoms of livestock heat stress? And what are some of the actions you need to take to protect them? This post offers several resources to help understand the issues of heat stress and what steps to take to reduce and limit it.

Information To Help Your Operations

  • Audio: Alternative Ingredients In Animal Feeds - International Ingredient Corporation locates and identifies alternative feed components.  These materials are scanned with NIR technology to determine nutrient value and blended into traditional feeds for significant cost savings.
  • Resource: Milk Goes Bad in High Heat! The midwest is experiencing high heat and humidity this summer. These high temperatures not only make you feel terrible but your livestock can feel bad too. It is important to keep an eye on the animals and take action before they start to get heat stress. This resource link offers a color-coded table showing the severity of heat stress potential.
  • Audio: How to properly detect heat stress in your herd - Dr.

DairyCast 0421 - Alternative Ingredients In Animal Feeds

DairyCast 0421 Show Notes:
  • International Ingredient Corporation locates and identifies alternative feed components.  These materials are scanned with NIR technology to determine nutrient value and blended into traditional feeds for significant cost savings.  And who doesn't like chocolate?

Storage of Hay for Export

hay storage Hay storage planning and design is a must for those operations that need to sell and export hay.
Highest quality hay is required for the export market. This applies both to processed and feed hay. A good weather-tight hay storage is required to maintain the desired quality. Both structural and functional design are essential to a quality hay storage. This is not to imply that a good quality storage will not benefit any hay producer or user.
This technical article provides information on storage design and layout.
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