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DairyCast Update for July 9th, 2012, Flex-Fuel Vehicles May Cause More Corn To Disappear

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DairyCast 0461 - The Future Of Electronic Payments

DairyCast 0461 Show Notes:
  • The future of retail payments is online and easy to access.  Think about the businesses you do business with and get ready.  This short presentation features Carleligh Jaques of Visa, Inc., speaking at the Web 2.0 Expo in NY.  It comes to you courtesy of the IT Conversations Network.

Zach Ireland - Infrastructure to Collect Electronic Devices Information at Slaughter Plants


Infrastructure to Collect Electronic Devices Information at Slaughter Plants - Zach Ireland, Director of Grading, JBS, from the 2012 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, March 26 - 29, Denver, CO, USA.

Adam Griffin - Practical Application of Genomic Technology with Q&A


Practical Application of Genomic Technology with Q&A - Adam Griffin, Herd Advancement Services, from the 2012 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, March 26 - 29, Denver, CO, USA.

DairyCast 0402 - Will New Anaerobic Digester Technology Pay?

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mp3DairyCast 0402 Show Notes:

  • President of DGH Engineering, Dennis Hodgkinson talks with Canadian correspondent Bruce Cochrane about the company's new digester technology. 

DairyCast 0396 - Expand Your Horizons With Rural WiFi Enhancement Device

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mp3DairyCast 0396 Show Notes:
  • Ayrstone Productivity creates extended local wifi internet solutions which may solve distance or connection issues on your operation.

Issues With Corn As Food Vs Fuel In 2011?


Corn production and demand are coming together to increase corn prices. This is great for corn growers but not great for those that depend on corn for animal feed. Adding ethanol into the mix again put corn in the middle of the food versus fuel debate.

Ethanol is consuming corn at a rate that is only 10 percent less than that of livestock and poultry demand. And more than one bushel of corn out of three produced in the US will be converted to ethanol in the current marketing year. That is going to cause concern about the amount of corn we will produce and whether it will be enough to meet demand with minimal rationing. And that causes concern for the traders.

Dr. Robert Wisner, University Professor Emeritus at Iowa State University, states "Corn supplies will be tight and some rationing of demand likely will be needed in the year ahead." This is not a great situation for those in animal agriculture without hedges and other risk mitigation actions in play.

What's That Smell? Biofilter To Reduce Odor

What is that smell?

Ted Funk, a University of Illinois Extension agricultural engineer with the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE), and Matt Robert, an ABE research engineer, constructed two biofilters on the ABE research farm to reduce odor emissions by up to 90%.

"The new design uses 30-inch concrete silo staves that fit together like puzzle pieces," said Robert.

The biofilters media is expected to last between three and five years and cost about dollar per cubic foot per minute (cfm) of air handled.

"Reducing odor and being a good neighbor sound good until it comes to the pocketbook," said Funk. "Biofiltration has been around a long time in other industries, but it's never been brought down to a cost that the livestock industry can handle."

DairyCast 0383 - How to make your ration pay for itself

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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.
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