DairyHerdNetwork Top Stories: Dairy Prices, Cow Power, Biofilter, Ethanol Subsidy

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Economist: Better Dairy Prices Ahead
The dairy industry is slowly recovering from low prices and record losses encountered in 2009 and early 2010, a Purdue University agricultural economist said.

"It will take higher prices over an extended period of time for dairy producers to begin to replace equity that was lost in 2009 and early 2010," said Nicole Olynk.

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Innovative Ethanol Plant Converts Cow Manure To Energy
MEAD, Neb. (AP) — A Missouri company wants to reopen an innovative Nebraska ethanol plant that failed on its promise to produce the fuel commercially while using cow manure as a power source.

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How Cow Weight & Milk Output Effect Feed Costs
Because feed costs are between 40% to 60% of annual cow costs, what are the forage feed costs differences between herds that have cows different mature weights but the same milk output? To set the parameters, all groups of cows are managed on a fixed resource base. On the same fixed resource base, if there are 100 head of 1,200 pound cows, there are 90 head of 1,400 pound cows, and 112 head of 1,000 pound mature weigh cows. Metabolic body weight is defined as body weight to the 3/4 power (body weight3/4) which also describes the surface area and is representative of the active tissue mass or metabolic mass of an animal. So as cow weight increases, maintenance feed needs also increases because metabolic body weight increases.

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Biofilter Will Reduce Odor & Save Money
Anyone who lives in or around farm country has at one time or another wrinkled their nose and said "What's that smell?" Too often, it's the odor coming from a nearby livestock building. At best, these odors can strain the relationship between a livestock producer and his neighbors. At worst, they can lead to legal battles that leave everyone unsatisfied.

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Ethanol Subsidy Makes Livestock Feeding Tougher On Dairy Producers
The Merced Sun-Star reports dairy farmers who have seen milk prices fall are struggling even more as corn they would use for feed is going towards ethanol.

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