Archive for the ‘Podcasts’ Category

A New Approach to Calf Milk Replacer Formulation

October 16, 2014 — Growing demand for whey protein drives both milk prices and the input costs of  calf milk replacer protein – an lolopportunity for dairy producers and a challenge  for the dairy industry. Dr. Tom Earleywine from Land O’ Lakes Animal Milk Products, tells us about a new approach to calf milk replacer formulation in this We Care For Calves radio segment.

PDPW Dairy Tours Head to Texas

October 15, 2014 — From canyons to cowboys, big spaces to big steaks, everything Texas is famous for is in the Texas Panhandle. This region, where the Southern Plains meets the desert, is the milk production capital of Texas. Between 2000 and 2012, the region saw a nearly tenfold increase in the number of dairy cows.

Today, the Texas Panhandle and eastern New Mexico milk shed is the third largest milk-producing area in the country. Tour with us as we examine how Texas Panhandle dairy farmers are harnessing ingenuity, innovation and technology to produce more milk with less environmental impact. Julie Gabris of the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin (PDPW) tells us more in this podcast:

What’s the Buzz on Feed?

October 15, 2014 — Feed prices have been very favorable for dairy producers as of late, and very welcome since feeding dairy cows is a major cost in any operation. But where are they heading? Stewart Peterson Inc.’s Mike Rusch tells us the latest buzz in this month’s installment of “At the Corner of Strategy and Discipline.”


The Importance of Using Antibiotics Judiciously

October 14, 2014 — The dairy industry is very committed to delivering a high quality product to market, and always has been. However, consumer demands are changing and they are BIVIbecoming ever more interested in how food is produced. We had a chance to visit recently with Dr. Brian Miller, professional services veterinarian for Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, who tells us why milk culturing is essential when checking and treating for mastitis.


Industry Commitment & Recognition

October 13, 2014 — Building on the legacy of dairy farm families and businesses, the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Commitment continues to work to provide consumers with the nutritious, responsibly produced products they want while developing a more sustainable food system for he 21st century and beyond. California dairy producer and DMI board member Steve Maddox joined us on today’s DairyLine to explain how you can nominate a dairy producer who practices the principles to support a sustainable food system that promotes the current and future health and well-being of our cows, consumers, communities, employees, resources and our planet.



Benefits of Shortening the Dry Period

October 13, 2104 — Joining us on DairyLine today is Ken Zanzalari, Ph.D., who serves as Animate Product Manager for Prince Agri Products, here to discuss a recent trend on dairy farms to have a shorter, single-group dry cow feeding program instead of the traditional two-group cow program.  Listen here:

Here’s a transcript of today’s radio segment:

DairyLine: Ken, what are the benefits for shortening the dry period?

Ken Zanzalari: Bill, the main benefit is keeping cows in production about two weeks longer. If you look at the economics of today’s milk price, I would say $24 milk, an estimated 60 lbs of milk and the cow ready to be dried off, that’s an extra $216 per lactation. If you look at it for a 20,000 lb herd – that’s about another 5% increase in revenue, so a fairly significant number.

Two other benefits that come to mind would be that managing one group of dry cows is just a simpler program than managing a two group dry cow program. The other important thing is fewer cow moves, so we’re not moving cows from one group to another. We’ve reduced that, which has been shown to reduce the social stress and subsequent loss of dry matter intake in those animals, which is extremely important.

DairyLine: So how do shorter dry periods affect feeding a negative DCAD diet to help reduce the risk of low blood calcium in transition cows?

Ken Zanzalari: Regardless of whether you implement a one or two group dry cow program, the risk and the incident level of clinical and sub-clinical milk fever are the same. It’s been documented through several well- run studies that feeding a negative DCAD diet pre partum as part of a one group dry cow program would be similar to implementing it in a two group dry cow program. So, regardless of a one or two group dry cow program, you feed and manage those cows the same with a negative DCAD program.
So, our recommendation at Prince is full acidification with high dietary calcium.

DairyLine: What can you tell us about adding Prince’s nutritional specialty product, Animate, to close-up diets to help achieve a negative DCAD diet?

Ken Zanzalari: Animate is our patented DCAD technology. Probably the biggest attribute when feeding Animate is its palatability – and Animate does that probably better than any other way of feeding a negative DCAD program. A second attribute is that Animate is a complete anionic mineral, meaning that it delivers the other critical mineral nutrients necessary for properly feeding these cows. So, whether you’re feeding a negative DCAD program in a one or two group dry cow program, the use of Animate in a negative DCAD diet will help deliver significant economic payback to the dairymen.

DairyLine: And finally, how can producers determine if the single dry cow program strategy is right for their operation?

Ken Zanzalari: You know, whether a dairyman implements a one or two group dry cow program, I want to make the point that cows do not need a 60-day dry cow period. I still see a lot of dry cows being dried for 50, 55, and over 60 days. Reducing days dry between 40 and 45 is the starting point. I would just encourage them to have a discussion with their nutritional consultant and veterinarian first. That’s their starting point.  Because during periods of low calving, that may be time to switch from a two group to a one group.

So, implementing this as a program that you will go forward with, day in and day out, may be the optimal decision. But certainly, there are other times because of the production cycle of a farm where implementing the one group dry cow program may be more appropriate. It all starts with a discussion with their farm advisors - the herdsman, the folks working with the cows on the farm and certainly their nutritional and veterinary consultant. 

DairyLine: Thanks, Ken.  That’s Ken Zanzalari, Animate product manager with Prince Agri Products.

The Importance of Feeding Fats & Oils

October 10, 2014 — Why would dairymen want to feed fats and oils to the dairy cow? We know that it’s the most concentrated source of energy, according to Mike Hutjens from the University of Illinois. He explains the strategies in this week’s Feed Facts segment, heard every Friday on DairyLine Radio.

Robotic Milking is “On the Move”

October 9, 2014 — Robotic milking is becoming more and more popular in the U.S. and worldwide. While attending World Dairy Expo last week in Wisconsin, Greg Larson with GEA GEA_GFT_070612Farm Technologies says he met with producers from New Zealand, Australia, South America, Vietnam, Germany, Great Britain and Canada. He tells us more in this month’s “Robotic Milking Minute” featured on Thursday’s DairyLine Radio program.


PDPF: Believing in the Future

October 8, 2014 –  The Professional Dairy Producers Foundation continues to grow by sharing ideas, resources and experiences about important issues surrounding the dairy industry through educational opportunities for dairy producers and the public. PDPF’s leader Deb Reinhart joined us on today’s DairyLine to give us an update.


Keeping Up With Technology

October 7, 2014 — If you attended World Dairy Expo last week you may have seen the onslaught of new technology. An example of that is the company Digi-Star, who presented their DigiStarnew Moisture Tracker product. The hand-held scanning device rapidly measures the dry matter and moisture content of animal feeds with instantaneous and accurate readings. It’s just one of the key innovations that the company is working on. DairyLine sat down with Digi-Star’s President and CEO Mac Moore to discuss how his company keeps up with the latest technological advances.