Despite the high initial investment many dairy producers are incorporating new technologies into their daily farm operations and seeing great results. Other dairy producers are resistant to new technology, preferring to farm using more traditional methods. Here’s the catch: two farms could be located a quarter mile down the road from each other but the way they use technology could be the exact opposite. So what’s the difference? Why do some producers decide to invest in new technologies and others opt out?
A coalition of more than 80 agricultural industry organizations, universities and others recently signed a letter to Congress stating opposition to any budget or appropriations amendments that would “undermine agricultural producers’ access to technology or restrict or malign the commercial development of modern plant or animal agricultural applications, including biotechnology.”
In a report required in the 2014 farm bill, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has said there is “no measurable benefit” to consumers as a result of the mandatory country-of-origin-labeling (COOL) law.
The beef industry stands alone in 2015 in its continued reduction in supplies available to consumers. The year of 2014 was a special year for the animal production industries with record high farm level prices for cattle, hogs, broilers, turkeys, milk and eggs. For 2015, a surprisingly fast expansion of poultry, pork and milk production will cause lower prices for those commodities. Beef stands alone in the continuation toward lower production, but prices remain uncertain.
Pasture is the primary source of forage for organic dairies, and organic livestock production regulations require a minimum of 120 days grazing per animal. In the northern U.S., this requirement is typically met by a May to October grazing season, and profitability depends on pastures that provide a season-long supply of high quality forage.
We are checking for a source of bacteria contamination of post-pasteurized milk from nursing bottles. Only the very youngest calves are fed with bottles with the remainder learning how to drink from buckets before they are a week old.
Producers who want to use the cover crops they planted last fall as supplemental feed for their livestock may want to may want to harvest these crops quickly before the plants get too mature and the feed quality declines, says a forage expert from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.