DairyCast 0404 - Economist Says Ag Industry Outlook Bright

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mp3DairyCast 0404 Show Notes:
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City economist Brian Briggeman discusses the outlook for the agriculture economy and international transitions.

Cow + Feed=Lots Of Gas

Cows are considered the largest producer of methane globally, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has reports stating "The livestock sector is a major player, responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions measured in [carbon dioxide] equivalent."

Reduction of methane produced by cows has long been thought to be a key green house gas reduction activity. Recently, Wageningen University researcher Van Zijderveld discovered that nitrate and sulphate additives in feed help reduce methane production in cow stomachs.

If their feed contains a small percentage of these substances the amount of this powerful greenhouse gas produced by sheep is halved, research by Sander van Zijderveld has shown.

While the research is in its early stages, there is potential to reduce methane production 16 to 30 percent.

DairyCast 0397 - Farm Credit CEO Surveys Economic And Lending Environment

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  • Doug Stark, President and CEO of FarmCredit Services of America, sees long term strength in agriculture and increased importance in maintaining a strong balance sheet in light of increased volatility.

Deft Hand Required To Get Silage Piles Right

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A deft hand is needed to get the silage piles in the right form. From Modesto, CA, this article also shares with non-farmers what silage is, how it is harvested, and why it is used as feed for dairy cows.


Who knew that silage piles — those giant mounds of dairy feed covered with plastic sheeting — could be works of art?

A delicate touch helps when managing the piles, which can degrade if too much air gets inside them.

That's why Larry Pacheco tries to minimize the exposed surface when he removes some of the feed from a pile with a tractor.

Silage, which dairy farmers make by fermenting corn or other crops for a few weeks after harvesting, has become an important feed in the Northern San Joaquin Valley and elsewhere.

And it's another example of the sophisticated work behind the seemingly simple business of producing food.

North valley farmers produced about $212 million worth of silage last year, according to county crop reports.


DairyCast 0383 - How to make your ration pay for itself

mp3DairyCast 0383 Show Notes:
  • Learn how you can join fellow dairyman Lee Holtmeier of Linn Willow Creek Dairy to improve the profitability of your feeding program.

DairyCast 0382 - Arizona dairy nutritionist offers advice increase profits

mp3DairyCast 0382 Show Notes:
  • Arizona dairy nutritionist, Ueli Zaugg of Zaugg Dairy Nutrition provides his thoughts and recommendations on how you can improve efficiencies and profitability.

DairyCast 0349 - What is in store for the corn & soybean markets this growing season?

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  • Kansas State grain market economist, Dan O'Brien, looks ahead to the USDA's March 31st planting intentions report and the impact of this growing season on feed prices.

DairyCast 0329 - What can you do with moldy corn and silage to maintain cow performance?

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  • Dr. Kathleen Emery, Nutritionist and DVM, weighs in on how we can best manage higher levels of molds and mycotoxins to maintain cow performance. 

DairyCast 0314 - Elanco announces a new higher concentration of Rumensin

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  • Dr. Chel Moore, PhD and Technical Consultant for Elanco Animal Health, explains the details you should know about the new higher concentration of Rumensin.
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