Archive for the ‘Special’ Category

ANC “Goes Beyond For Dairy”

November 11, 2014 —  Connie Eibergen of Agri Nutrition Consulting (ANC) shares with DairyLine listeners how we all can go beyond for ANCdairy. #Igobeyondfordairy campaign is an opportunity to learn about all of the ways, big or small, you go beyond to care for your animals and to advocate for agriculture!

Check out the photo album of our favorite #gobeyondfordairy stories and facts! and Listen to Connie’s radio interview with DairyLine’s Bill Baker here:


California Dairy Producers Activate ‘Fuel Up to Play 60’ with Grant to Help Schools

November 10, 2014 — The California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB), representing California’s more than 1,500 dairy families, announced their activation of Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP 60) in California for the 2014-2015 school year. Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school physical activity and nutrition program created by the National Dairy Council in collaboration with the National Football League. The program encourages youth to consume low-fat and fat-free dairy products, fruits, vegetables, lean meats and whole grains while achieving at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Listen to the DairyLine Radio interview with CMAB’s Jennifer Giambroni here:

“We know that children need a well-rounded and nutritious diet, and one that includes dairy, to make sure that they are fueled up for optimal learning and to sustain them through at least 60 minutes of physical activity per school day,” said Jennifer Giambroni, Director of Communications for the CMAB. “This is just one of the reasons we are excited to partner with FUTP 60. Through this program, California dairy families are helping schools and students gain access to resources that will help make children healthier, more active and create good habits for life.”

Since its launch, FUTP 60 has helped to make wellness part of the game plan in nearly 73,000 schools across the country. Qualifying

Jennifer Giambroni is with, from left, J. J. Stokes, Dennis Brown and Ray Wiersching.

Jennifer Giambroni is with, from left, J. J. Stokes, Dennis Brown and Ray Wiersching.

California schools participating in FUTP 60 may be eligible for up to $4,000 for the 2014-2015 school year to help support their health and wellness programs. This competitive program is designed to support schools that implement plays from the2014-2015 edition of the Fuel Up to Play 60 Playbook. These plays can range from creating a healthy breakfast program in a school to coordinating the 100 Mile Club, which challenges students to walk, jog or run 100 miles at school in a single school year to improve their health and well-being.

With students spending approximately 180 days in school each year and with many students receiving both breakfast and lunch at school, school can be a place where healthy habits can be taught and encouraged. Each FUTP 60 play is designed to complement current fitness and wellness initiatives within schools. In addition, each play advocates for a healthy school community and supports students’ needs to obtain an overall healthier lifestyle one that focuses on positive nutrition and physical activity.

In addition to being eligible for up to $4,000 in grant funding at the school level, qualifying California schools, teachers, students, districts also have opportunities to win prizes including tickets to a major division football game, autographed football jerseys, mini footballs, helmets and other FUTP 60 gear.

For schools interested in participating in FUTP 60, applications will be available online. For more information on Fuel Up to Play 60 and to sign up an eligible school, please

Providing Calcium When Cows Need it Most

November 4, 2014 — Maintaining fresh cows with healthy calcium levels for maximum milk production is key to every dairy producers bottom line. On today’s DairyLine Radio “Vet Visit,”  we hear from Dr. Brent Cousin, professional service veterinarian with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica. He explains the top reasons why using a product like Bovikalc can provide enough calcium to further reduce subclinical hypocalcemia:

Idaho Producers Prepare For Annual Meeting

October 28, 2014 — Karianne Fallow, the CEO of the Idaho dairy Products Commission, previews the annual meeting coming up November 12-13, 2014 in Boise:


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:

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:


Managing Calf Housing in Colder Weather

October 2, 2014 — You can feel it in the air, the seasons are changing. That means colder weather will soon be upon us – if it isn’t already. Brian Wesemann, director of sales with Calf-Tel Hampel Animal Care, joined us on Thursday’s DairyLine to provide some tips on managing calf housing in cold weather.


Dairy Carrie: Being Proactive Not Reactive

September 30, 2014 — The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance announced the finalists of its next class of “Faces of Farming & Ranching,” a nationwide search to help put faces on agriculture. One of the finalists is Wisconsin dairy farmer Carrie Mess, aka Dairy Carrie. She visited with us on America’s DairyLine radio program:

The Rest of the U.S. Should Follow California Milk Standards

September 22, 2014 — California has done it right, and the rest of the nation is doing it wrong when it comes to the standard and flavor of milk. That’s according to Pennsylvania dairy producer Mike Eby, who also serves on the board of the National Dairy Producers Organization. He joined us for part two of his interview on DairyLine Radio today: