Select Detect is a new advanced monitoring system to increase whole herd pregnancy rates. Ray Nebel, Senior Reproductive Management Specialist, explains.
Archive for September, 2010
Part three of a four-part series on Select Detect. A new advanced monitoring system to increase whole herd pregnancy rates. Ray Nebel, Senior Reproductive Management Specialist, explains.
Harvest time is a good time to buy Cottonseed. Some dairymen are buying now and waiting for delivery later as Tom Wedegaertner from Cotton Incorporated explains.
More Information: www.wholecottonseed.com
World Dairy Expo was another big success this year in Madison, Wisconsin and Dairy Management Incorporated’s Joe Bavido welcomed DairyLine listeners in Monday’s “DMI Update” to stop by the DMI booth at Expo and visit with the 18-20 DMI board members who will be there.
One of the main topics they will talk about is the “Fuel Up to Play 60” program which includes a partnership with the National Football League. The program has generated a lot of excitement across the country, according to Bavido, with producers, schools, kids, and the NFL.
With that theme in mind, DMI staff will take pictures of people who stop at the booth, dressed in NFL jerseys and helmets. The pictures will be used in next year’s “Fuel Up to Play 60” photo contest. Bavido said the photo campaign has been fun and done at other venues and is always popular.
Drawings will also be held each day for autographed NFL merchandise, according to Bavido who hopes many DairyLine listeners will stop by.
World dairy Expo manager Mark Clarke said this year’s theme, “Crowing Achievements, Golden Opportunities,” is a unique theme that ties together all of the cattle and commercial exhibitors and was actually developed 18 months ago.
He praised the achievements that the cattle at Expo have earned and it’s an amazing feat to win at World Dairy Expo and make the show so unique in that it features all seven breeds of dairy cattle and number 2500-2600 head of the best cattle in the world.
The show provides great opportunity for the commercial exhibitors to talk face to face with their customers and potential customers and show the latest and greatest technologies that their company has developed. There are 769 exhibits this year and they had to get innovative in finding places to put the over 130 new companies this year.
It is World Dairy Expo and some 90 different countries will be represented there, according to Clarke, and something we take a lot of pride in and we’re honored to have people from all over the world come and look at what North America has to offer. The best of the best is right here in Madison this week.”
National Milk CEO Jerry Kozak and Chris Galen were at Expo on Thursday to discuss the Federation’s “Foundation for the Future” proposal. Speaking that morning on DairyLine Radio, Galen said Expo presents an opportunity for them to talk with dairy farmers and the media that serve them.
“One of the key points being stressed,” he said, “Is that the Foundation for the Future plan is not only the most economically sensible, it’s the most politically viable of the plans that are being considered right now to reform dairy policy, regardless of who controls Congress.”
This issue will be addressed as work begins to write the next farm bill in 2011, according to Galen, and the Foundation plan “represents the best opportunity to making much needed changes in dairy policy.”
Coinciding with Kozak’s remarks at Expo is the announcement of a new website dedicated to the Foundation plan www.futurefordairy.com for farmers to learn all the particulars of the plan.
Galen said their plan has received a lot of attention and support across the country and they have discussed it with House and Senate lawmakers in Washington.
Part two with Ray Nebel, Reproductive Management Specialist with Select Sires, on Select Detect, an advanced estrus detection device announced at World Dairy Expo.
Ray Nebel, Reproductive Management Specialist with Select Sires, begins a several part series on Select Detect, an advanced estrus detection device announced at World Dairy Expo.
part 1 with Ray Nebel, Reproductive Managment Specialist with Select Sires, of his trip to Argentina.
In light of fairly strong butter and cheese prices, butter stocks are increasing from last year while natural cheese stocks are decreasing.
“The cheese stocks are getting more in line to what was happening in 2009,” said Brian Gould, Associate Professor of Dairy Market Analysis at the University of Wisconsin. It’s not surprising, as the supply is getting a bit tighter, he said. He credits an increase in exports of natural cheese, which may be coming out of cheese stocks.
While the cash cheese market remains quiet, Class III futures have been quite active. Gould said if you look at the implied cheddar cheese values from Class III, “They’re about in line with what we are getting in the cash market, so I think things are coming into alignment in terms of futures and cash market.”
Interview with Peter Langebeeke, President of Lely USA, Inc.
by Dave Natzke, Dairy Profit Weekly editor
While the overall U.S. trade balance continues to wrack up large monthly deficits, the nation’s dairy product trade balance remains a bright spot. USDA released July U.S. trade estimates, and although dairy product exports declined somewhat from June, they remain well above a year ago.
July exports were valued at $317 million, down 10% ($34 million) from June, but 65% ($125 million) more than July 2009. It marked the fifth straight month that exports were valued at about $300 million or higher.
At $207 million, imports were up 3% from June 2010 and just 2% more than July 2009. Cheese imports were up slightly from June, but, on an annual basis, are running about 9% less than a year ago.
July 2010 dairy product exports were equivalent to about 12% of U.S. milk solids production during the month, while imports as a percent of domestic milk solids production were less than 3%.
Exports of dry products, such as nonfat dry milk and skim milk powders, are finding strong markets in China, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Cheese exports were also higher, driven by sales in Japan, South Korea, Mexico, the Middle East and North Africa. Many of those same regions were strong customers for U.S. butterfat.
Add it all up, and through the first 10 months of this fiscal year, U.S. dairy trade has been running a surplus of about $645 million.
One final note on dairy-related trade, exports of U.S. dairy cows and heifers through the first seven months of 2010 have already topped the total for all of last year. July exports, at more than 3,200 head, pushed the 2010 total to 21,000, a record high and nearly 5,000 more than for all of 2009.