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Dairy SCC Field Day-July 28 in Houston County


Fri, Jul 9th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

A U of M Dairy SCC Field Day will be held on Wednesday, July 28, 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon at Udder Valley Dairy (Peter & Teri Rosendahl), Spring Grove. Directions: From west end of Spring Grove at the intersection of MN Hwy 44 and Co. Rd 4, drive south on Co. Rd 4 for 1.75 miles. Farm is on the left.

The U of MN Dairy Team will be conducting a number of Dairy SCC Field Days around the state this summer. The objectives of the field days are: 1) to discuss the new European Union requirement that individual dairy farms selling milk to processors exporting dairy products need to be below 400,000 SCC (Somatic Cell Count) beginning October 1, 2010; and 2) to provide information to help producers to not only meet the 400,000 limit, but to also discuss management practices that can lower herd SCC, whatever the present level, and increase milk quality premium.

Registration for the field day begins at 9:15 a.m. No pre-registration is required. Handout materials will be available and plastic boots will be furnished for everyone to wear. Refreshments will be available during registration. No luncheon is involved.

The featured speaker will be Dr. Jeff Reneau, U of MN Professor of Dairy Management. Dr. Reneau's expertise in mastitis control, milk quality and dairy management are well known in the dairy industry throughout the country.

Udder Valley Dairy had a 118,000 SCC average on 201 cows in 2009. The operation has a 16-cow step up parlor with rapid release. The free-stall barn has 155 stalls with sand bedding.

For further information, contact Neil Broadwater at the Regional Extension Office in Rochester at 507-536-6300 or Jerry Tesmer, Fillmore/Houston County Extension Educator, at (507) 725-5807.

Farm Service Agency news

Fri, Jul 9th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The annual requirement of reporting to the FSA office can be referred to as crop reporting, acreage reporting, or crop certification. Filing an accurate and timely report for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage, can prevent loss of ben ..... 
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Minnesota Farm Bureau Comments on 2012 Farm Bill

Wed, Jul 7th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Today, Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) President Kevin Paap served as a panel member at a Farm Bill Forum hosted by U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN) and Representative Earl Pomeroy (D-ND) in Amenia, ND.

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Ag Board Authorizes Loan for Wadena Recovery

Tue, Jul 6th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

ST. PAUL - The state Agricultural and Economic Development Board (Ag Board) has authorized a loan of $75,000 to help businesses recover from the tornadoes that struck Wadena last month.

The board awarded the interest-free loan to the Initiativ ..... 
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Dairy Tour near Lewiston July 21

Fri, Jul 2nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Tour Rolling Ridge Acres Dairy and hear from a variety of dairy experts on Wednesday, July 21, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.

Gary, Paul and Justin Luehmann are hosts for this tour, and you can see their new free-stall barn, pre-fresh barn and do ..... 
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Pork producers gain a voice in D.C.

Fri, Jul 2nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Growing up on a beef farm in rural Fountain, Chelsie Redalen has some exciting news relevant to Fillmore County, Minnesota, and our nation.

The National Pork Producers Council recently promoted Chelsie to director of government relations in ..... 
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Kimball Corner Pasture Walk

Tue, Jun 29th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Grazers Daniel and Terese Hall will be hosting a field day at Kimball Corner in Jackson County, on July 17, 2010. The tour will start at 10:30 A.M. and feature a demonstration of high tensile fence building, a pasture walk and grazing discussion.
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2010 National Junior Angus Show Entry

Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Caroline E. Mayer, Peterson, Minnesota, will exhibit Angus cattle at the 2010 National Junior Angus Show at the National Western Stock Show Complex, Denver, Colo., July 11-17, reports Robin Ruff, director of activities for the American Angus Associa ..... 
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Fillmore County Pork Ambassador attends MAAI

Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Fillmore County Pork Ambassador Morgan Mensink of Preston attended the 15th annual Minnesota Agricultural Ambassador Institute (MAAI) earlier this month in Mankato and southern Minnesota.

The MAAI is a leadership and advocacy development pro ..... 
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