Moosletter: August 2017

Moosletter: August 2017
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August 2017                                                Volume: 3 Issue: 8
By Paul J. Kononoff, UNL Dairy Extension Specialist

Paul Kononoff pictureBack to school, state fair and corn silage harvest. This is a busy time of year and there are many things consuming our thoughts; however, there are a few key items that we should be thinking about to make sure the corn silage we harvest today will yield high quality feed for the year to come.

Maturity. There is probably no bigger question than when to start chopping and, assuming weather cooperates, the optimal time is dependent on plant maturity. Continue...

Farmers Reach out to Thank Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, on August 1st
Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska (AFAN) joined in the effort to thank Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who recently visited the Norman family on their 2,500 acre cattle ranch in South Dakota.  Zuckerberg has also previously visited the Grant family in Wisconsin on their beef and dairy cattle operation, then shared their stories on his social media accounts. In reflecting on both visits, Zuckerberg spoke positively about the farm families and their hard work. Mark has embarked on a personal challenge to visit every state in the U.S. that he has not visited before.
Mark Zuckerberg has more than 93 million followers on Facebook and his posts have been far-reaching. Both farm posts earned more than 270,000 reactions and thousands of comments - mostly positive, but some very negative.
This thank-you letter was sent to Mark Zuckerberg for recognizing the hard working efforts of our industry. We also encourage you to take the time today to personally thank Mark for the support he has given the agricultural community. In doing so, please use the social media hashtag #farmersthankmarkz on your post.
The Temperature to Thaw Colostrum is just as Important as Colostrum Itself
By Kim Clark, Dairy Extension Educator
It is no secret that colostrum provides the antibodies a calf needs to build immunity.  The antibodies, specifically called immunoglobulins in colostrum, are absorbed in the calf’s small intestine in the first few hours of life.  After the first four hours of life, the absorption of immunoglobulins decreases.  Therefore, it is important that newborn calves receive colostrum within four hours of birth.  Continue....
By Dawn Klabenes, UNL Animal Science major & Nebraska Dairy Ambassador
boy with ice cream coneI’m not sure if everyone had a case of the Post-Dairy-Month-Blues, but I sure did for a while. A few weeks ago, we were in the midst of June Dairy Month. The best month of the year, right?? Continue...
Nebraska Dairy Update
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  • We had a successful Dairy Champion Training in S. Sioux City this week, with attendees from Nebr, IA and SD.   We had dairy farmers, along with a representative from AFAN, and Common Ground.
  • I joined the other Ag Execs in a discussion related to the property tax discussions that are continuing following the last legislative session.   While we are following a “tag along” position, with several of the other groups being more actively involved in discussions and planning, we have maintained a position of support for the group effort.  Many of the other groups have staff and lobbyist arrangements that are positioned to be aggressively involved, and I have expressed our appreciation for being informed and involved to the extent that we are able.
  • There is a Farm Bill Hearing being scheduled for September 1st, at the State Fair, to be attended by the Nebraska Congressional Delegation. 
In this Issue
Calendar of Events

Be on the lookout for details.
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Rod Johnson, Executive Director
Phone: (402) 853-2028
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Kim Clark, Dairy Ext Educator
Phone: (402) 472-6065
Cell: (402) 350-5003

Thank you to our sponsors

Grain States Soya, Inc./SoyBest           Midwest Dairy Association       Nebraska Corn Board

Elanco     Farm Credit Services of America     Frontier Mills, Inc.     Nebraska Soybean Board    
Nebraska Vet Services     Nutrient Advisors     West Point Dairy Products

Ag Processing, Inc.     Aschoff Construction     Automated Dairy Specialists     Cappel Sales, Inc.     Midwest Livestock Systems     Zoetis

Agri-King Nutrition, Inc.     Animal Health International     Bill's Volume Sales     Central Dairy Supply     Central Confinement Services     Dehaan, Grabs and Associates     Depend-A-Bull Sires and Service     Heartland Builders Co.     Hotsy Equipment Co.     IDEXX     Lala US     LG Pumping, LLC    
Nebraska Dairy Systems/Lely     Nebraska Dairy Systems     Peterson Ag Systems, Inc.    
Puck Custom Enterprises     Schumacher Irrigation, Inc. Select Sires MidAmerica     TechMix, LLC     USDA/NASS

Agropur     Associated Milk Producers, Inc.     CMP Dairy Consulting     Dairy Farmers of America     Dean Foods     Hiland Dairy     Nebraska Public Power District     Nebraska Cattleman    
Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation     Phibro Animal Health Corp.     Rabo Agri Finance    
Settje Agri-Services & Engineering, Inc.     XFE Products

A-FAN     Grow Nebraska Dairy     Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture    
Nebraska Department of Agriculture     Nebraska Extension     We Support Agriculture
Nebraska State Dairy Association Mission: The purpose of the Nebraska State Dairy Association is for the promotion of dairy interests in the state of Nebraska.


Nebraska Dairy Extension Mission: As Nebraska Extension faculty with expertise in dairy production and agriculture systems, we provide science-based programs, resources, and knowledge to Nebraska’s dairy producers. Our aim is to empower dairy operations to be both sustainable and resilient while maintaining profitability. Our ideas, actions, and communications will promote resource-based stewardship while enhancing human and animal well-being.
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