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Joel Vasquez - The Effects of Using Rumensin in a Controlled-Energy Diet During the Dry Period


The Effects of Using Rumensin in a Controlled-Energy Diet During the Dry Period - Joel Vasquez, JBS United Dairy Nutritionist, from the 2012 Midwest Dairy Conference, March 6, 2012, Lansing, Michigan, USA and March 7, 2012, Sauder Village-Archbold, Ohio, USA.

David Fischer - Managing for Optimum Forage Quality


Managing for Optimum Forage Quality - David Fischer, University of Illinois Extension Dairy Director (retired), from the 2012 Midwest Dairy Conference, March 6, 2012, Lansing, Michigan, USA and March 7, 2012, Sauder Village-Archbold, Ohio, USA.

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.

Global Green Revolution in Animal Agriculture?

Global Green Revolution in Animal Agriculture Dr. Frank Mitloehner provides some practical reference stories from Europe on the viability of standard small operations that would struggle to produce the quantity of food for the growing population. His example story is from the first ‘Bioenergiedorf’ (bioenergy village) Jühnde, in the heart of Germany, where the inhabitants are implementing 21st century energy production systems on top of dairy operations utilizing 1960's production technology.
Most of the dairy barns have not been modernized since the 1960s-’70s, and the scale of production has always been extremely small, especially to someone like me, who is used to California dairies and other concentrated feeding operations. A 100-head dairy is considered a large operation in this idyllic village and other places throughout central Europe.
Dr. Mitloehner highlights that the small dairy farm approach traditional in Europe actually creates a larger carbon footprint than larger operations with 1000's of cows. Dr. Mitloehner advocates for a global green revolution in animal agriculture, "coupled with technology transfers, to supply a growing demand for animal protein, while providing environmental stewardship by using sustainable and modern production practices."

How Does Veal + Social Media Work?

Veal via Social Media
Audio via DairyCast.com
Presenting an update on the recently launched social media marketing campaign for veal, George Quackenbush, Director of Promotions for the Michigan Beef Industry Commission, shares the vision and scope of the fast moving initiative.

International Ag Financial Unrest?

International Financial
Audio via DairyCast.com

Paul DeBriyn, President and CEO of AgStar Financial, says strong balance sheets and a good business plan open lender doors.

DairyCast 0444 - Veal Social Media Marketing Online At Cattle Industry Convention

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Webinar: Using Social Media to Share Dairy Farm Stories


How can you utilize social media in agriculture? What steps should you take when general media portrays farming operations in a negative light? This webinar offers some guidance, tools, and resources to help. Webinar from Dairy Management Inc. and myDairyToolkit.com, December 14, 2011.

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DairyCast 0442 - Leadership Traits For Your Management Team

DairyCast 0442 Show Notes:
  • Ian Davis, retired Senior Partner at McKinsey and Company, recently shared his top five leadership traits with Stanford's Graduate School of Business students.  Ian has consulted with major international management leaders, seeing very good... and some not very good management teams.  This half hour program is a great thought provoker for your management team and might be a good point of initiation for the 'up and comers' that are ready for advancement.  Best wishes in the New Year!
  • Link to Ian Davis program oveview and bio
  • Link to YouTube presentation

DairyCast 0440 - Supplement Your Crop Insurance Program With Weather Coverage From The Climate Corporation

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