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Be smart and safe around silage

Many producers have started accessing this year’s silage, whether it was put in bunkers, bags or silos. Safety should be a top priority as silage piles are accessed.

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Climate Outlook for January 2015

Review of the new long range climate outlooks released today from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center indicate that the wide variability in temperature swings of fall and winter are likely to continue; and the potential for a weak El Niño lingers, explained Dennis Todey, South Dakota State Climatologist & SDSU Extension Climate Specialist.

"Weather conditions over the state have seen some large temperature shifts," he said, referencing the warm October, early cold in November and average December climate conditions.

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Raising your best calf ever workshops in Iowa, Minn., S.D. & N.D.

Dairy producers are encouraged to attend one of the, one-day workshops, focused on Raising Your Best Calf Ever, hosted by the I-29 Dairy Outreach Consortium. The workshops will be held in South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota and North Dakota beginning January 5, 2015.

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UGA Teaching Dairy welcomes first Jerseys in 40 years

The University of Georgia’s Teach Dairy received an early Christmas present: six well-pedigreed, 9-month-old Jersey heifers. This early holiday gift represents the first Jersey cattle on campus in more than four decades, and a unique learning experience for animal and dairy science students.

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What's In Store 2015: Dairy fits consumers’ wellness goals

Health and wellness are important factors in the buying habits of an increasing number of consumers, according to What’s in Store 2015, the 29th edition of the annual trends publication of the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association.

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Blog: Federal-state partnerships Gouda for dairy

In August, AMS Administrator Anne L. Alonzo toured two Wisconsin dairy farms and saw first-hand how USDA Ag Marketing Service programs benefit dairy operations. At Rosendale Dairy they even named a calf after her.

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Cheese names: U.S. dairy industry praises China-U.S. talk outcome

The U.S. dairy industry applauded a commitment to stronger protections for common food names resulting from just-concluded trade talks with China.

The favorable outcome of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade meetings should facilitate export of products like feta and parmesan cheese to China, which is a particularly large and fast-growing market for U.S. dairy products.

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