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Miner Farm Report: We may be missing freestall cooling opportunities

High producing cows can become heat stressed at a temperature-humidity index (THI) of only 68. Heat stress causes negative behavioral, productive, and health changes in dairy cattle. An increase in air temperature from about 78 to 104°F reduces eating by 46%, ruminating by 22%, and boosts standing by 34%.


NMPF CEO’s Corner: Too Much of a Good Thing

NMPF, the U.S. Dairy Export Council and the Consortium for Common Food Names have been sounding the alarm bells for several years about European Union efforts to restrict trade by monopolizing common foods names for their exclusive use.


CWT sends 3.8M cheese and butter to Asia, Middle East

Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 6 requests for export assistance from Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers, Northwest Dairy Association (Darigold) and Upstate Niagara/O-AT-KA who have contracts to sell 3.702 million pounds (1.679 metric tons) of Cheddar, and Monterey Jack cheese, and 110,231 pounds (50 metric tons) of butter to customers in Asia and the Middle East. The product has been contracted for delivery in the period from June through November 2015.


Importance of calcium in a child’s diet

Bones are always being remodeled by the removal of old bone and replacement of new bone, so a key building block for bone health is calcium. Bones need continuous maintenance or they can become weak and break. If the diet is low in calcium, your body will take calcium from the bones to keep the calcium levels in your blood normal. Calcium is one nutrient children cannot afford to skip, so making milk and other calcium-rich foods a must in a child’s diet.


New Product: Cat® adds Small-Chassis D Series loaders

Four new D Series small-chassis models are the latest additions to the Cat® compact track loader (CTL) and skid-steer loader (SSL). SSL models 226D and 232D and CTL models 239D and 249D all incorporate sealed/pressurized cabs, electro-hydraulic controls, redesigned lift arms, premium seat choices, and optional Advanced Display (available with rear-view camera). All use an electronic Cat C2.2 engine meeting Tier 4-Final/Stage IIIB emissions standards. Visit


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