Happy Memorial Day, especially to our farming and rural communities who give their time as a greater percentage to the U.S. armed forces. Thank you to those who have served, and especially those families who mourn a service member lost during service.
Quite a bit of manure/bedding pack does not get incorporated within 12 hours of application; this is due to spreading manure on frozen ground or delayed incorporation after surface applying manure anytime. This represents a substantial economic loss of manure-based nitrogen to the farmer. Also, this presents a potential environmental risk with nitrogen and phosphorus runoff. On the other hand, I understand time pressures on many livestock producers when they rationalize not to take the time to incorporate all their manure within 12 hours of application. This issue comes down to an act of balancing three important resources: time, economics, and environment.
Dairy nutritionists, industry professionals, veterinarians and producers will hear the latest research of issues concerning the dairy industry, including feed management and behavior at the 2015 4-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference, June 10 and 11.
Two alternative proposals to California's Class 4b milk pricing formula have been received in preparation for a June public hearing. The proposals – one from a producer coalition and the other from a processor organization – adjust the “whey factor” in the formula, but in different ways and to different degrees.