Archive for the ‘Podcasts’ Category

China is Sitting on the Sidelines

December 5, 2014 — Jerry Dryer, editor of the Dairy& Food Market Analyst joined us on today’s DairyLine to discuss the latest market activity and why China is sitting on the sidelines.


Fuel Up to Play 60 Fills the Gap

December 1, 2014 — We have been reporting quite frequently the success of Fuel Up to Play 60. Mark Leitner, the program’s executive vice-president shares the reasons why more and more schools are enrolling in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program.


Don’t Cut Corners on Herd Nutrition

December 8, 2014 — Our guest today is Dr. Glenn Holub, Dairy Technology Manager with Prince Agri Products.


DairyLine: Glenn, forecasts for lower milk prices in 2015 could prompt many producers to look for cost savings.  Prince, however, is cautioning that cutting corners in herd nutrition could have a negative impact on herd health and productivity.

Holub: That’s right. Because feed is one of the highest costs for a dairy, producers often look there first for opportunities to make cost reductions.  Although I would encourage a thoughtful review of diet composition, including forage and grain quality, and sources of off-farm feeds and byproducts, I would caution against sudden diet changes that could compromise herd health and performance.  Sudden ration changes may result in changes in nutrient density, dry matter intakes, and lower milk production.  Stress levels on the cows increase and they become more susceptible to infections and profit robbing diseases.

DairyLine: What other changes compromise immune function?

Holub: Producers may be inclined to add more cows to maintain cash flow. So they need to watch their stocking density. Too many cows and too few stalls could lead to problems with adequate stall availability. Once we see lying time start to be reduced we know rumination and cud chewing will decline.  It can also be tempting to cut back on bedding by trying to stretch the normal supply of sand or other materials an extra day or two. Potentially, we’ll see more issues with wet and dirty stalls raising the risks of higher somatic cell counts and clinical mastitis.  All of these issues may create additional pressure on the immune system.

DairyLine: So, you’re saying short-term savings from certain cost-cutting measures may be offset in the long-run due to higher health costs and lower production?

Holub: Yes, and that’s particularly true when it comes to good nutrition, because of its direct link to health and productivity. We know of many producers who have discontinued feeding OmniGen-AF, a nutritional specialty product from Prince Agri Products, as a cost-savings measure when things are going well on their operation – only to experience increased health and productivity challenges.  We then see them reverse their decision and bring OmniGen-AF back into their program.

This is the point when they really make the connection between immune function and OmniGen-AF and realize that this is not the place to cut.

DairyLine: For producers who are not familiar with OmniGen-AF, please give us an overview of this product.

Holub: OmniGen-AF is recommended to be fed to all dry, pre-fresh and lactating cows to help support normal immune function in the face of expected and unexpected sources of year-round stress, which may help result in fewer health events, a lower somatic cell count and fewer cases of profit-robbing diseases and infections, such as mastitis and metritis. This, in turn, may lead to higher milk production and fewer unplanned culls.

DairyLine: We’ve been speaking with Dr. Glenn Holub, Dairy Technology Manager with Prince Agri Products.  Prince Agri Products is a division of Phibro Animal Health Corporation. Thanks, Glenn.
Holub: You bet.

Hiring and Keeping the Best Talent

December 3, 2014 — Mel Kleiman of Humetrics wraps up his series on hiring the right team for your dairy operation. Kleiman will be speaking at the upcoming Managers Academy for Dairy Professionals, January 13-15, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Purina Animal Nutrition Center Helps Animals Reach Their Full Potential

November 24, 2014 — The Purina Animal Nutrition Center sits in the rolling hills of Gray Summit, MO. Purina’s Stu Rymph joined DairyLine’s Bill Baker to give listeners and overview of the operation and why it should be on your bucket list for places to visit.



MPP Enrollment Deadline Approaching

November 23, 2014 — The deadline for enrolling in the new Margin Protection Program is only two weeks away. DairyLine’s Bill Baker spoke with Farm Service Agency’s Dawn FSAScott out of the Spokane, Washington office.




Cold Weather Challenges

November 21, 2014 — This week’s Feed Facts segment on DairyLine Radio looks at cold weather challenges for young calves. Dr. Mike Hutjens, extension dairy specialist at the University of Illinois has some great insight in taking care of your animals, especially the young ones, during these cold winter months.


Extra Care For Calves is Critical During These Cold Months

November 20, 2014 — We are seeing colder temperatures across most of the U.S. and that means extra care for our animals, particularly calves. Dr. Tom Earleywine of Land O’ Lakes Animal Milk Products, has some great tips when it comes to taking care of calves during these cold months.



What’s Up With Grain Prices?

November 19, 2014 — The rally in corn and soybean prices may have caught a lot of producers by surprise. With record crops this year, the talk among producers was sub $3.00 corn prices and $7-8.00 beans. Bob Devenport, dairy analyst with Stewart-Peterson, Inc. joined us on Wednesday’s DairyLine to discuss:

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Hire Right

November 19, 2014 — Research shows that of all the people hired in the next 18 months, 46 percent will fail. Because the hiring of great people is the key to every organization’s success, trainer Mel Kleiman, President of Humetrics, joins us on today’s PDPW “Your Bottom Line” segment to offer ways to increase the flow of high-quality job applicants and how to keep them as an employee.