From the first settlers to the high-tech world of today, agriculture and livestock have been important to the developmentand success of this country.Rapid population growth in the1800’slead to an increase in family farms, and in the early 1900’s, family farms numbered over 6.5million. This growth created a high demand for Ag-related innovation. The advancement of technology improved production and enabled farming and industry to consolidate.
Depending upon how you’re paid for your milk – butterfat can add a significant amount to your milk check. Looking back to 2011, butterfat averaged $2.15 per hundredweight, and that’s no small change. When milk fat levels are depressed, there is no time to waste in finding the cause and resolving the issue quickly.
Hot weather is often blamed for suppressing fat levels, but milk fat depression is actually a multifactorial problem with many moving parts, says Martha Baker, dairy nutrition specialist with Purina Animal Nutrition LLC.
The global dairy industry is gearing up for the world’s largest dairy-focused event – World Dairy Expo. Officials are anticipating over 65,000 producers and industry professionals gathering from over 90 countries. Dairy enthusiasts that attend can expect to see a wide array of Expo Seminars, Virtual Farm Tours, dairy cattle competition, dairy company displays and contests.
Uncertainty abounds in the countryside as dairy producers scavenge to fill their silos, bags and bunkers with the best feed available. However, the compromised quality of corn silage in a land that is typically brimming with forages is leaving both buyers and sellers scratching their heads on how to determine a fair price for this year’s crop.
Headquartered in Mason City, Iowa, Vi-COR®(Varied Industries Corporation) has a half century long history of innovation. Their success and company culture is driven by three main objectives. First, to develop innovative products that deliver consistent results for the end user. Second, to employ people who are knowledgeable in all species of the livestock industry (including providing technical support in over 60 countries). And third, to build lasting relationships by listening to ideas and providing flexible, responsive services for our customers.