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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
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
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,
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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.”
First annual Herd Navigator Conference
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.
Product: Mobile TeatScrubber™
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.