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DBweekly Industry Briefs Producer input needed for genomic survey Genomic testing of dairy cattle is a new technology that may be used for herd improvement. A multi-state dairy research and extension group (Washington State University, University of Idaho, and University of Florida) is investigating new fertility traits for which genomic technology might be used. The group is interested in what dairy producers have heard or thought about genomic testing. They invite you to share your thoughts by completing a short survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6G8L8WS The survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete. All responses will be anonymous. This survey is coordinated by Joe Dalton, University of Idaho, and Dale Moore, Washington State University. Milk quality experts gather in Maine for National Mastitis Council meeting More than 120 professionals, with a vested interest in milk quality, attended the National Mastitis Council regional meeting in Portland, 15 If you have industry briefs you want featured in DairyBusiness or HolsteinWorld media, send releases and information to kjentz@dairybusiness.com. Maine, last month. In addition to networking and knowledge- sharing opportunities, the main conference program covered a wide variety of topics ranging from a look at Staphylococcus aureus and coagulase-negative staphylococci to a discussion about common issues that impact milkability and cow behavior in the parlor and treatment decisions for milking and dry cows. Rounding out the event was a tour of the IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. Read more... FlipFan® Dairy Cooling System performance validated in Saudi Arabia Schaefer Ventilation Equipment LLC, in cooperation with the University of Arizona has completed an extremely successful performance test of Schaefer’s patented FlipFan® dairy cooling system at Al Safi Dairy Farm, near Al Kharj, Saudi Arabia. The complete results of this performance test are expected to be published in fall of 2013 and will also be available from the authors and from Schaefer at that time. Read more... Mycogen Seeds offers seven new silage corn hybrids for 2014 Mycogen Seeds is adding seven new BMR and TMF corn silage hybrids for the 2014 growing season, including five with SmartStax® trait technology. “Mycogen Seeds is excited to release new corn silage hybrids that offer strong agronomics and high tonnage potential,” said Greg Cannon, Mycogen Seeds forage portfolio marketing leader. “Our BMR hybrids contain the bm3 gene, proven in multiple university trials to deliver superior digestibility and increase milk production.” Read more... First annual Herd Navigator Conference for veterinarians DeLaval is hosting its first annual Herd Navigator Conference in Milwaukee, Wis., Sept. 17-18, to train bovine practitioners on how to use the system and advise their customers. You must RSVP in advance for the conference. Read more... PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT Product: Mobile TeatScrubber™ Company: FutureCow Uses: The Mobile TeatScrubber is a new invention bringing big farm technology to small and mid-size dairies of 200 cows or less. It is an udder prep system that cleans teats thoroughly and effectively with a patented brush wand, eliminating the need for towels or pre- dip. The system has consistently been shown to reduce SCC numbers and significantly improve milk quality. The original TeatScrubber system is installed in large dairy parlors around the globe. FutureCow is now introducing a mobile unit that can be used in smaller dairy settings. Website: www.futurecow.com
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