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Help to sort through synchronization protocols

It can be a challenge to keep the various synchronization protocols straight in your mind, let alone successfully implement them on your dairy. To help you and your management team more effectively manage your farm’s reproductive performance, a group of dairy reproductive experts have created a dairy synchronization protocol fact sheet. The two-page document outlines established synchronization protocols, making it an excellent resource tool for your reproductive toolbox. FULL STORY »

Michigan youth livestock scholarships available

Since 2000, the Michigan Youth Livestock Scholarship Fund (MYLSF) has awarded more than $275,000 in scholarships and educational awards to outstanding youth who have exhibited at livestock events in Michigan. Applications for another round of MYLSF general and statewide scholarships are now being accepted through June 17. FULL STORY »

“Share How You Care” video contest

The Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) hope a new "Share How You Care" video contest will spur local farmers to break out of their shell, strut their stuff on YouTube and shine the spotlight on the many ways farmers care for the environment and world around them. Cash prizes will be offered for the top videos. FULL STORY »

Is she going to calve soon?

New research suggests that an automated system for monitoring cows during the transition period could help minimize cow and calf losses associated with dystocia. FULL STORY »

We’ve got work to do

When it comes to raising heifers that last in the milking herd – we’ve got our work cut out for us. New research published in the April 2011 Journal of Dairy Science shows that a large number of heifers never become productive or are culled before their full lactation potential. FULL STORY »

Widespread commodity sell-off, U.S. dollar skyward

It was a day of removing risk, seemingly form every portfolio on Earth; dairy did not go completely unscathed. The market opened weak and, despite modestly rising cheese prices, futures remained weak into the close. Corn weighed on dairy prices, so did the increasing U.S. dollar value which had its single biggest one-day price increase in over six months. FULL STORY »

Good news about FMD

A new study of foot-and-mouth disease shows that cattle afflicted with the virus are only infectious for a brief window of time — about half as long as previously thought. This finding suggests that the controversial control measures used to halt the disease's spread, such as killing large numbers of livestock, could be reduced. FULL STORY »

Corn gene provides resistance to multiple diseases

Researchers at North Carolina State University have found a specific gene in corn that appears to be associated with resistance to three important plant leaf diseases. In a paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, NC State plant pathologists and crop scientists pinpoint the gene — glutathione S-transferase — that seems to confer resistance to Southern leaf blight, gray leaf spot and Northern leaf blight, a trio of diseases that cripple corn plants worldwide. FULL STORY »

Forage harvesting spring 2011

To say it bluntly, this weather is for the birds! At a time when forage supplies are becoming low and producers look toward spring harvests of winter small grains and cool season grasses, these unending rain events are seriously affecting dairy and livestock producers. FULL STORY »

Proposed changes to SCC regulations defeated

The proposal to lower the U.S. somatic cell count regulatory level was rejected by a one-vote margin Wednesday at the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS). Conference delegates voted 26 to 25 prior to the conclusion of the biennial meeting in Baltimore, Md., not to lower the U.S. Grade A standard to 400,000 cells per ml starting in 2014. Therefore, the current SCC regulatory limit of 750,000 cells per ml remains in effect. FULL STORY »

Quiet, well-supported dairy markets by midweek

The Class III futures market feels as though it’s stuck in summer doldrums, as volume barely eclipsed 500 trades Wednesday with 534. And, we’ve seen 1,000 contracts eclipsed just once in the last three weeks. Prices were soft during the early morning hours, but the spot market looked like it would induce some activity as both blocks and barrels rose in an active session. FULL STORY »

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