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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.

DairyCast 0448 - How Can I Maximize Return On My Forage Investment?

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DairyCast 0447 - Bovine Tuberculosis In Your Area? What's Next?

DairyCast 0447 Show Notes:
  • Mike Leffler, JBS United Nutritionist, shares an update on Bovine Tuberculosis. Not so much what it is and what to do after the depopulation and repopulation (depop-repop), but how to rebuild trust in the safety of the product. Good steps taken by these producers.

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.

DairyCast 0446 - Part 2 - How Do We Miss Antibiotic Residues On Cull Cows?

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DairyCast 0445 - How Do We Miss Antibiotic Residues On Cull Cows?

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

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Dairies: Cost of Production More Important Than Milk Prices

Profiting from efficient milk production According to the DairyCo (UK) Milkbench+ report, the relationship between cost of production and profit is much stronger than many dairies realize. The report states that cost of production is the most significant factor in determining profit.
Milkbench+ analyst Karolina Klaskova says: “Through robust data and statistical analysis we see that the relationship between cost of production and margin is strong.” Ms Klaskova acknowledges that the findings are challenging. “The report raises many issues, including just how difficult it can be to make a profit from milk production,” she says.
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