Wisconsin Farm Technology Days has successful run
By CJ Krueger
ALGOMA, Wis. – Kewaunee County hit a home run in mid-July with its first turn as host for Farm Technology Days.
Held at Ebert Enterprises near Algoma – just two miles from the shore of Lake Michigan – the event brought more visitors to the 60-acre Tent City than the county’s population of more than 20,400 citizens over its three-day run, said Kristy Pagel, FTD publicity chair.
“We were excited to learn the first day of the show attracted more than 10,000 visitors, the highest attendance on day one in several years,” she said. Read more here.
Repositioning pork industry for changing market
With the consumer market for pork and other protein sources rapidly changing, the Pork Checkoff is putting the finishing touches on a plan to reposition pork marketing.
“The Pork Checkoff has embarked on a journey to determine how best to market pork today,” said Terry O’Neel, a pork producer from Friend, Neb., and president of the National Pork Board. “The direction may be drastically different than we’ve seen in the last quarter century.” Read more here.
Yahara River farmers dramatically reducing phosphorus
BROOKLYN, Wis – Farmers in the Yahara River watershed dramatically reduced phosphorus delivery in 2016, according to the Yahara Pride Farms (YPF) 2016 annual report.
The report documents information and research on the reductions in phosphorus delivered to nearby surface waters by farmers in 2016. YPF has measured on-farm results for four years, but this is the first year an annual report has been compiled to share program outcomes with the public. Read more here.
Dairy Business Association suing Wisconsin DNR
By MaryBeth Matzek
A Dairy Business Association lawsuit seeks to stop the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources from overreaching its legal authority on key regulations.
The dairy group filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the DNR centering on how the agency implements new regulations without going through an approval process required by state law.
The lawsuit deals specifically with one example of this pattern of unlawful behavior: changes to how farmers manage rainwater that comes into contact with feed storage or calf hutch areas. Those changes, in which the DNR abruptly abandoned its own earlier directives, are causing costly fixes and still more uncertainty for farmers, said DBA President Mike North. Read more here.
Changing cow care in hot weather
By MaryBeth Matzek
It is summer in the Midwest and that means hot and humid weather. Unfortunately, dairy cows do not like the heat and see their production and health decline.
The Missouri Dairy Industry Alliance (MDIA) and the University of Missouri-Extension recently held a field day to educate nearly 100 farmers on how they can make their cows more comfortable in hot weather and improve their overall health.
“Dairy cows are very vulnerable to heat stress,” said Reagan Bluel, an Extension dairy specialist. Read more here.
Time for the FDA to put the squeeze on the milk hijackers
By Laurie Fischer
American Dairy Coalition
No matter the age, when Americans think of milk, they envision healthy bones and calcium.
Science continues to make the case: A cup of milk provides about 30 percent of the daily recommended calcium intake for the majority of the population. Read more here.
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