Archive for the ‘Podcasts’ Category

Consider Snaplage as an Alternative Feed Source

October 24, 2014 — Today’s Feed Facts looks at Snaplage as an alternative feed source for dairy producers. Dr. Mike Hutjens tells us more about how new technology is making this type of feed more popular.


U.S. Calf Expert Helps Lebanese Producers

October 23, 2014 — During a recent trip to Lebanon, Purina Animal Health Calf & Heifer Specialist Gary Geisler visited dairies to offer his expertise in improving calf health. The visit was part of a program sponsored by U.S. Aid for International Development, called Farmer-to-Farmer. He gave us the highlights of the trip on Thursday’s DairyLine:

Managers Academy Puts You in the Drivers Seat

October 22, 2014 — Every year, the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin sponsor the Managers Academy for Dairy Professionals. Executive education developed for dairy owners and managers, industry directors, processors, marketers and distributors.  The next one is scheduled for January 13-15, 2015 in Charlotte, N.C. PDPW’s Kathy Muth gave us a preview on today’s DairyLine Radio:

Dairy Girl Network Keeps Growing

October 21, 2014 — Women representing all aspects of the dairy industry now have an opportunity to join the Dairy Girl Network. Expressing values to connect, inspire and achieve, DairyGirlNetworkthe intent of the Dairy Girl Network committee is to develop appealing and applicable programming for both women operators of dairy farms and those involved within dairy related service corporations.

The Dairy Girl Network is collaboration through leadership of Laura Daniels, a dairy farmer from Cobb, Wis. and founding sponsors including Diamond V, DairyBusiness Communications, Elanco and ImmuCell.

“The experience of professional women involved with dairy and women dairy farmers is unique,” stated Daniels. “Our passions, triumphs and challenges are somewhat different than the rest of agriculture, so it makes sense that we need each other as a strong network of help and support.”

As a grassroots initiative in 2013, approximately 45 women involved at World Dairy Expo met for an evening dinner. Daniels organized the venue and extended invitations to other women attending the weeklong show. The response was positive and ideas progressed to officially develop the Dairy Girl Network.

The 2nd annual Dairy Girl Network dinner at the recent World Dairy Expo saw over twice as many attendees. We spoke with Carrie “Dairy Carrie” Mess about why it’s important for women in the dairy industry to get together and network.



DCHA Helps in Moving Your Herd Forward

October 20, 2014 — Founded in 1996, the Dairy Calf and Heifer Association continues to grow and evolve to meet the growing needs of the dairy industry, with a dedicated focus on dchadairy calves and heifers that shape our industry. DCHA is the only national organization focused on all producers and managers raising dairy calves and replacement heifers, and they collaborate across the industry to help advance and improve this critical segment. Today we feature Board President Jack Banker, and Vickie Franken, Secretary/Treasurer in this DairyLine Radio segment:


Learning the Forage Alphabet

October 17, 2014 — Forages are the key to dairy rations because they are the backbone of the program. Forages dictate a lot of the nutrient intake and quality of the ration. Also it is usually locally produced on the farm as it’s very challenging to transport the wet silages. This week we discuss the “Forage Alphabet” with Dr. Mike Hutjens, extension dairy specialist at the University of Illinois.

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.