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$500K Grants to study BLV, Dairy Cow Reproduction

Two Michigan State University (MSU) Department of Animal Science researchers have each received $500,000 grants from USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) for research related to dairy cow health. Tasia Taxis, assistant professor in the Department of Animal Science, is looking to build off of work already accomplished by MSU’s bovine leukemia virus (BLV) team and further advance development of research designed …

California Incentives Spur Dairy Manure Methane Digester Developments

State incentives designed to help California’s dairy industry reduce methane emissions have led to a spike in the number of manure digester developments underway on California dairies. According to a new report from CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange, the wave of digester developments on California dairy farms has spurred interest in the technology nationwide. “Dairy producers outside of California may be anticipating future environmental …

Proposal Sought For Jersey Cattle And Product Research

The AJCC Research Foundation has issued a request for research proposals to be funded in 2021 addressing significant issues for the Jersey breed and Jersey milk producers. Current priorities for research funding are: Nutrition of high-producing Jerseys, particularly practical feeding methods to maximize production of valuable milk components; Factors affecting management of Jersey calves; Factors affecting semen production of Jersey …

Improving Protein Digestibility in Sorghum

Sorghum, a common food item in regions of Africa and Asia, has one missing puzzle piece. The missing piece? Protein digestibility, which researchers in the Department of Agronomy at Kansas State University are trying to find. “Sorghum is an important food crop grown in Africa,” said Tesfaye Tesso. “It grows well in their climate because it requires less moisture and …

Animal Ag Alliance Releases Report from Farmed Animal Conference E-Summit

The Animal Agriculture Alliance released a report today detailing observations from the Farmed Animal Conference E-Summit (FACES), held virtually August 3 – 9. The event was organized and hosted by California-based animal sanctuary Animal Place, which also advocates for a “vegan, cruelty-free lifestyle.” “The world may be dealing with a pandemic – but that has not stopped animal rights extremists …

Crystal Creamery Appoints Dennis Roberts President and CEO

Dennis Roberts, the former vice president of sales and marketing for Crystal Creamery, has returned to the local dairy company as the president and chief executive officer. “Dennis was the clear choice to lead our company into the future.  Not only does he have previous experience working for Crystal Creamery, but he is a respected food industry veteran with more …

Top Pizza Chefs Showcase Innovative Recipes Using Real CA Cheese

The California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) today announced finalists in the 2020 Real California Pizza Contest (RCPC) – a search for the best recipes using Real California Cheese. The contest, in its second year, will award prize money totaling $30,000 for the most innovative use of cow’s milk cheeses from California in three categories. Professional chefs and culinary students from …

Environmental Benefits of Modified Subsurface Drip Irrigation Systems at Dairies

California is the top milk-producing state, accounting for 21 percent of the milk produced in the United States. With that comes responsibility to find innovative solutions for managing cow manure while ensuring food and water safety and security – and California farmers and ranchers remain on the forefront in helping find new agriculture technologies that lead to environmental solutions. The …

USDA Announces Changes to Emergency Haying & Grazing Provisions

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) today announced changes for emergency haying and grazing of acres enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). This includes changes outlined in the 2018 Farm Bill that streamlines the authorization process for farmers and ranchers. “FSA authorizes emergency haying and grazing of Conservation Reserve Program acres under certain conditions to …

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