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DHM Numbers: Dairy cow slaughter surges

With milk prices heading lower – and beef prices remaining high – there's been a resurgence of dairy cow culling. With weekly estimates (see below), U.S. dairy cull cow slaughter for the weeks ending Jan. 10 and Jan. 17 totaled 130,000 head, the highest two-week total dating back to March of 2013.

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The WMMB Link: New Beginnings

While 2014 was a good year for many of us, as well as the Wisconsin dairy industry, now’s the time to look forward to a new year and fresh beginnings.

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JBS USA announces significant investment in Utah

JBS USA, a leading processor of fresh and value-added quality beef products in the U.S., announced a $75 million expansion project at its Hyrum, Utah, beef processing complex. The project includes a new state-of-the-art fabrication building, a new cutting-edge ground beef facility and a new distribution center.

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Herd-level ketosis monitoring available from AgSource

Today we have low-cost ways to monitor whether cows have ketosis, including cow-side blood tests that cost from $0.24 to $2.00 per test. In an ideal world, producers would have time and money to test every fresh cow for ketosis twice between 5 and 20 days in milk, and some are. At $4/cow/year, that adds up to $6,000 including heifers in a herd of 1,000 cows, which is a small price to pay compared to an estimated cost of $289/cow/case of ketosis.

But sometimes it's time, not money, that's the most limiting factor on a farm.

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Senate ag subcommittee assignments announced

U.S. Senate Ag Committee leaders U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), chair, and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) Ranking Member, announced subcommittee assignments for the 114th Congress. Roberts and Stabenow serve as ex-officio members of all subcommittees.

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