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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 …

Financial Incentives for New Sustainable Dairy Technologies

Financial Incentives for New Sustainable Dairy Technologies

Free Money!  That’s what people want to hear.  Although nothing is free, there are a lot of great new government incentives available to dairy farmers to modernize their facilities with newer sustainable technologies that may not otherwise be affordable to invest in.  Watch this brief interview with Paul Sousa from Western United Dairymen as he shares, and read more about …

Procedures for Possible Changes to CDFA Dairy Quota Program

dairy quota program

Background The Quota Implementation Plan (QIP) provides that anyone seeking substantive amendments or termination of the QIP must do so by submitting a petition to the California Department of Food and Agriculture (Department) signed by at least 25 percent of market milk producers. The QIP does not specifically outline the procedures or process for a petition received by the Department. …

USDA Update on Farm Bill Implementation Progress

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(Washington, D.C., April 12, 2019)— U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the implementation status of the 2018 Farm Bill. President Trump signed this Farm Bill into law on December 20th, 2018 and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) promptly began implementation of key programs. USDA held several listening sessions with stakeholders and the public, specific to each agency’s …

Veterinary Services Grant Program (VSGP)

The Veterinary Services Grant Program (VSGP) is designed to support education and extension activities and practice enhancement initiatives that will enable veterinarians, veterinary students, veterinary technicians, and veterinary technician students to gain specialized skills and provide practices with additional resources (e.g., equipment, personnel) needed to more effectively mitigate veterinary service shortages in the U.S. Ultimately, this program will bolster the …

Tauchen Named Assistant Director of Communications for US Jersey Organizations

Tauchen

Kaila (Wussow) Tauchen, Cecil, Wis., has been named Assistant Director of Communications for the recently restructured Communications Department of the American Jersey Cattle Association. Tauchen grew up on her family’s operation Milk N’More Farms and was involved in numerous Jersey youth activities. She was the 2017 National Jersey Youth Achievement winner and a past winner of the Pot O’Gold and …

Interest in Postbiotics is Growing

postbiotics

Interest in postbiotics is growing. Postbiotics are non-viable probiotic organisms or cellular components thereof that exert beneficial effects on health or well-being (Shortt 1999). The key distinction between a postbiotic and a probiotic is that a probiotic must be a live microbe when administered. A postbiotic can be dead cells or fragments thereof. The uptick in interest in postbiotics stems …

Breakfast Carts to Serve 5+ Million Pounds of Milk Annually to 70,000 Students Daily

Grab-n-Go Breakfast Carts

GENYOUth, an organization founded through the dairy checkoff to help create healthier schools, is providing Grab-n-Go breakfast carts to Fuel Up to Play 60 schools across the country that will serve more than 5 million pounds of milk annually. GENYOUth – with financial contributions from private businesses – is supporting the installation of Grab-n-Go carts in more than 200 schools …

Swiss scientists played music to cheese as it aged – from Smithsonian.com

Swiss cheese

The creation of good cheese involves a complex dance between milk and bacteria. In a quite literal sense, playing the right tune while this dance unfolds changes the final product’s taste, a new study shows. Denis Balibouse and Cecile Mantovani at Reuters report that hip-hop, for example, gave the cheese an especially funky flavor, while cheese that rocked out to Led Zeppelin …

Dairy Producers Previously Enrolled in the Livestock Gross Margin Program Now Eligible for 2018 Margin Protection Program

Livestock Gross Margin Program

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that dairy producers who elected to participate in the Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy Cattle Program (LGM-Dairy) now have the opportunity to participate in the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy)for 2018 coverage. Sign-up will take place March 25 through May 10, 2019. Producers enrolled in 2018 LGM-Dairy, administered by USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA), previously were determined by the 2014 Farm Bill to be ineligible for coverage under MPP-Dairy, …

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