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Jersey Performance Index Update Slated for April Genetic Evaluations

An update to Jersey Performance Index that includes new Jersey-specific health traits and weights will be implemented April 7 when the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB) releases the April official genetic evaluations. The new components of JPI2020 are the Jersey-specific health traits provided through the CDCB. The updates were approved by the Board of Directors of the American Jersey Cattle Association …

High Oleic Acid Soybeans Offer Benefits To Dairy Cows, Farmers, Penn State Expert Advises

Roasted soybeans are a common ingredient in the diets of Pennsylvania dairy cows because they are a great source of fat and protein — including protein that escapes the rumen. Farm-grown and locally available soybeans and on-farm or local roasting make soybeans an economical ingredient in many situations.   Until recently, farmers only had to decide how to process soybeans …

New Resources on Understanding Activism, Farm Security & Consumer Engagement

The Animal Agriculture Alliance recently announced its new website and updated resources to celebrate the beginning of a new decade. With the mission of the Alliance being to bridge the communication gap between farm and fork, its website features resources to help farmers, ranchers, veterinarians and supporters of the industry engage in any and all conversations about animal agriculture. To …

Animal Agriculture Alliance Invites you to Become Primed & Prepared at 2020 Summit

Today, the Animal Agriculture Alliance announced that its 2020 Stakeholders Summit, set for May 7-8 in Arlington, Va., will be themed “Primed & Prepared.” The annual Summit brings top thought leaders in the industry together to discuss hot-button issues and out-of-the-box ideas. The 2019 event was the largest yet, attracting 335 attendees. The Summit is a one-of-a-kind conference attended by …

Dairy Cattle Resistant to Tuberculosis

Dairy Cattle Resistance to Tuberculosis

Infectious diseases are not conquered, but sometimes that’s our perception. The infectious microbial agents patiently await the right opportunity occurring at the intersection of multiple circumstances. Their unpredictability is their modus operandi, which often amplifies their adverse impacts. Scientists who study the incidence and spread of infectious diseases in animal populations (epidemiologists) emphasize that strategies aimed at preventing the establishment of …

What’s New in Silage Science?

Silage Science

What’s new in silage production science from seed to feed-out? How can every efficient step forward benefit your bottom line? Find out at the California Silage Conference, July 24, 2017, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Legacy Ranch, Tipton, California. You’ll leave with more confidence in your silage making abilities. Learn about the latest in seed genetics and selection …

California Dairy Family Provides Habitat for 25,000 Imperiled Birds

Endangered Species CD

MERCED, Calif., May 21, 2019 – A Merced dairy family is playing a key role in protecting imperiled Tricolored Blackbirds, a California-native species federally listed as a Bird of Conservation Concern and as a State of California Threatened Species. A large colony of the birds has been nesting at Diamond J Dairy since late March, and Luciana and Wiebren Jonkman …

Speakers discuss sustainability, antibiotic use and animal welfare at 2019 Summit

The Animal Agriculture Alliance’s 2019 Stakeholders Summit kicked off today with record attendance, bringing 335 food and agriculture stakeholders to Kansas City, Missouri. The event, themed “A Seat At The Table,” started with a consumer focus group led by Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics. Six consumers were asked about their meat purchasing habits, including how much price, taste, appearance, animal …

Effects of Heat Stress on Dry Cows & Their Next Lactation

Effects of Heat Stress on Dry Cows & Their Next Lactation

New research out of the University of Florida shows that cows subject to heat stress during their dry period will produce 8-10 lbs/day less milk on their next lactation. Other health impacts were also explored. Watch this brief interview with Geoffrey Dahl, professor at the University of Florida for more details, and read more about mitigating heat stress in California …

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