Afgritech updates AminoMax® website

Afgritech LLC updated the AminoMax Bypass Protein website at to better meet the needs of dairy nutritionists and researchers. It now provides technical articles and nutrition models, as well as numerous links to third-party research sites. Links to more than 30 dairy academic sites, forage testing labs and nutrition associations are provided as well.

Currently, researchers at Cornell University’s Department of Animal Science are developing repeatable assays to help commercial laboratories measure bypass protein levels in products that currently cannot be tested for rumen undegradable protein (RUP) using conventional methods.



Phibro Animal Health enhances website

Phibro Animal Health Corporation (Phibro) has enhanced and re-launched its website,, to demonstrate the benefits of a properly functioning immune system in supporting dairy cow health and productivity.

The website offers an expanded selection of articles, videos and other resources about managing the year-round sources of stress that can weaken dairy cows’ immune function, making them more susceptible to disease and other health problems. Features include:

  • Nutritional and other management recommendations relating to key health challenges, such as heat stress, forage quality and the transition period.
  • A summary of the Immunity Challenge, a multi-year study conducted on more than 400 dairies with more than 250,000 cows throughout the United States. The study demonstrated health benefits and improved milk production for cows fed Phibro’s nutritional specialty product, OmniGen-AF®, compared to non-supplemented cows.
  • Testimonials from producers who have utilized good nutrition and proper management strategies to help promote a healthier, more productive herd.

For more information, visit or call 1-800-677-4623 to speak with a Phibro dairy technical specialist in your area.


Land O'Lakes Inc. to Acquire FLM+

Land O'Lakes, Inc. is acquiring the assets of FLM+, a leading marketing communications and strategic consulting company with expertise in the agribusiness and rural community sector. The acquisition aligns the growth strategies of both companies in serving the agricultural industry.

FLM+ will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Land O'Lakes, Inc. The company will retain its employee base after closing, which is scheduled for the second quarter of the year.

FLM+ combines the best practices of consulting firms, communications agencies and learning services companies to help clients realize their growth goals. The marketing communications and consulting services FLM+ delivers to their extensive roster of commercial and producer-funded clients will also be available to Land O'Lakes, Inc. member co-ops to help them better meet their own growth goals and respond to emerging market opportunities.


Zinpro releases First Step®App

Zinpro Corporation launched its First Step® App, a new educational resource for the dairy industry. The app features a locomotion scoring assessor to help track locomotion scores and estimate the cost of lameness in dairy cattle.

The launch represents a digital application from the desktop version of Zinpro's First Step dairy lameness assessment and prevention program. Developed in conjunction with Dr. Nigel Cook from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, the First Step Program provides a comprehensive assessment of overall lameness risk factors on a dairy to help manage and prevent cattle lameness.

Now available for iPad devices through iTunes, the new First Step App includes:

  • Easy-to-use scoring pad – track locomotion scores within a herd quickly and efficiently directly on your iPad.
  • Economic analysis – use the economic calculator, in conjunction with locomotion scoring, to help determine an extra profit potential your herd may achieve by reducing lameness prevalence.
  • Save, reference and send locomotion scoring records – assessments can be saved, sent by email and referenced over time to measure a lameness prevention program's effectiveness.
  • Add comments and photos to reports – add images and comments to your assessment reports to identify cows requiring follow-up or potential opportunities for improvement within a facility. This can help raise awareness with dairy managers, aiding in their decision-making process.
  • Locomotion scoring training videos – learn how to locomotion score dairy cattle.

Learn more by downloading the First Step App, contacting your Zinpro representative or visiting the First Step video library at Educational posters for dairy cattle locomotion scoring and lesion identification are available upon request from Zinpro Corporation.