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A Cow’s Milk Reveals Her Health

Milk contains natural defenses against microbes. The innate immune defense system in milk evolved to protect the mother and suckling offspring from infections. Molecular components of the innate immune system in milk are sensitive biomarkers of the health of the dairy cow. In the future, a milk sample may predict the cow’s health and allow more rapid management of disease. …

Spinose Ear Tick, a New CA Dairy Pest

Urgent Alert for California Dairy Producers with Freestall barns: you may have spinose ear tick on your dairy. Traditionally, ticks have not been a problem for California dairy producers; however, this particular tick species has been discovered recently on multiple dairies in the state. Watch this brief interview with UC Extension Entomologist Alec Gerry as he explains, and read more …

USDA Reopens Enrollment for Improved Dairy Safety Net Tool

Bipartisan Budget Act Makes Substantial Program Changes WASHINGTON, April 3, 2018— U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue is encouraging dairy producers to consider enrolling in the new and improved Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy), which will provide better protections for dairy producers from shifting milk and feed prices. With changes authorized under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, the …

Sorghum Forage Helps Meet Required Nitrogen Management Plan in CA

Sorghum Forage Helps Meet Required Nitrogen Management Plan in CA

As fertilizer becomes more and more regulated in California, farmers are turning to other crops with lower nitrogen requirements. For this reason, sorghum may appeal to feed growers, as it doesn’t require near as much nitrogen to grow. Watch this interview with Bob Hutmacher from the UC Cooperative Extension and read more in California Dairy Magazine.

Difference in Irrigating Sorghum vs Corn Feed Crops

Although we received a lot more rain this year, the threat of drought is not over for California agriculture, and dairy producers are considering sorghum as alternative feed crop to corn. There is a difference in nutritional value that will need to be addressed in the feed mixture; however, irrigation needs are much different from corn as well, and drought-tolerance …

Diversifying Operations to Stay in the Dairy Business

Diversifying Operations to Stay in the Dairy Business

Dairying in California is not easy, and it can be an economic nightmare sometimes with the constant fluctuations in milk prices. Nevertheless, dairymen don’t want to give up their livelihoods and noble responsibility in providing consumers with healthy dairy products. But to ensure they can continue to remain economically viable, many dairymen are diversifying their operations with alternative crops and …

Hope on the Horizon for California Dairy Producers

Hope on the Horizon for California Dairy Producers

With new oncoming regulations backed by false ideas about the California dairy industry, coupled with lower dairy prices, dairy producers may feel down and out about the future of their livelihood; however there is hope on the horizon, as shared by Anja Raudabaugh from Western United Dairymen in this brief interview with California Ag Network. Watch this interview and read …

Almond & Dairy Industries Share a Beneficial Symbiotic Relationship

Almond & Dairy Industries Share a Beneficial Symbiotic Relationship

At the annual Convention of the Almond Alliance of California, growers, hullers & processors got to hear the perspective of the dairy industry through guest speaker Anja Raudabaugh CEO of Western United Dairymen, who spoke about the importance of the two industries working together to protect California agriculture and maintain higher dairy and almond hull prices. Watch the video and …

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