Moosletter: June 2018

Moosletter: June 2018
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June 2018                                                Volume: 4 Issue: 6
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Combating Heat Stress in Lactating Dairy Cows

Jersey dairy cows at the feed bunkWith the recent higher temperatures in the upper 80 F° and low 90 F° range along with high humidity levels we will start to incur heat stress in livestock. Producers need to review their “game plan” for summer and be ready for warmer weather to help minimize the effects of heat stress in dairy herds. Dairy cattle have a comfort zone of between 41 to 68 F°. When the ambient temperature goes beyond 68 F° dry matter intakes will decrease on average 0.17 lbs. for each degree above 68 F°. Continue...
Dairy Ambassadors Participate in Husker Food Connection at UNL

The Midwest Dairy Ambassadors participated with the Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska (AFAN) and numerous agricultAriel photo of husker food connection eventural clubs on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) East Campus to team up for the Husker Food Connection (HFC) event. HFC, which was held for the first time seven years ago, helps students gain a better knowledge of agriculture within the state of Nebraska.

"Husker Food Connection provided the opportunity for students who have little to no experience with agriculture to see hands-on what it is all about," commented Dairy Ambassador Dawn Klabenes, "The dairy calf was a big hit, as well as the piglets, tractor, and games. Overall, it was a great day for the relationship between the farmer, plate, and consumer to be strengthened."

university of nebraska Lincoln students answering a trivia questionThe event featured a free lunch catered by Skeeter Barnes, farm equipment displays and an opportunity to interact with farm animals at the UNL City Campus Union Plaza.

The 2018 Husker Food Connection theme was "Connecting with Consumers." HFC organizers answered questions and shared personal experiences from production agriculture by engaging in one on one conversations. All students and faculty were encouraged to take part in the interactive event.

HFC is jointly sponsored by AFAN, several on-campus organizations and commodity groups including Midwest Dairy and Hiland Dairy.
university of nebraska-lincoln students learning about dairy calves

Governor Ricketts shows off the “Dairy Month” proclamation during an event at the Henry Doorly Zoo.
Gov. Ricketts Celebrates Dairy Month, Highlights Opportunities for Processers

From the Office of Governor Pete Ricketts
On Saturday, Governor Pete Ricketts proclaimed June as Dairy Month in Nebraska during a ceremony at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo.  Dairy Month is celebrated in Nebraska each June to highlight the importance of Nebraska’s dairy farmers to agriculture and our state’s economy.
“Economic development and creating job opportunities is all about capitalizing on what you do best, and nobody is better at agriculture and livestock production than Nebraska,” said Governor Ricketts.  “We are always looking to grow Nebraska by encouraging expansion in our agriculture industry.  Attracting additional dairy processers and producers is an important part of growing Nebraska agriculture.  Nebraska has a compelling story to tell prospective dairy processors and producers, and we are working together to attract more of them to our state.”
Overall cow numbers in Nebraska are up 15 percent from 2014 and farmers statewide have plans to add more than 10,000 cows in the near future.  Nebraska’s dairy herd produces over 24,000 pounds of milk per cow per year, ranking it sixth in the nation in terms of productivity.  Currently, Nebraska is a net exporter of milk, sending two million pounds out of the state every day. 
“A processor who comes to Nebraska will have immediate access to milk produced right here, and dairy farmers will be thrilled to reduce their transportation costs in the process,” said Rod Johnson, executive director of the Nebraska State Dairy Association.  “The next dairy processor to stake a claim in Nebraska is going to have the pick of the litter in terms of location and the opportunity to connect with dairy farmers.  We call it the ‘First Mover’s Advantage.’”
The Grow Nebraska Dairy initiative includes representatives of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA), Nebraska Department of Economic Development, Nebraska Public Power District, the University of Nebraska, the Nebraska State Dairy Association, and the Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska.
“We have the cows.  We have dairy farmers ready to grow,” said Mat Habrock, NDA assistant director.  “We have the water and the feed.  We have affordable, reliable power.  We have shovel-ready sites and welcoming communities.  And we have a statewide commitment to growing dairy processing in Nebraska.”
To learn more about the “First Mover’s Advantage” and the potential for dairy processing in Nebraska, visit or contact Rod Johnson at or 402-853-2028.
Registration Now Open for Dairy Experience Forum
Midwest Dairy logoRegistration is now open for the Dairy Experience Forum. Don't miss this inaugural event to join dairy farmers and industry leaders from across the region to to explore The Critical Connection between the evolving expectations of today's consumers and the impact on demand for dairy products.
The Forum will be held on July 24-26 at the Radisson Blu Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. The deadline for registering for the event is July 16, and the deadline for reserving hotel rooms in the room block at the Radisson Blu is June 25. The cost for full attendance is $199, and guests can attend for $100 which includes participation in Welcome Reception, boat cruise, Taste and Learn event, breakfasts and closing lunch and keynote.
This conversation is particularly important because today's consumer wants to know more about where their food comes from and how it was made. They also make purchasing decisions based on their personal values and information they hear from friends and family. The Forum features a variety of topics and speakers who will share information to help attendees actively participate in this relevant conversation that is critical to ensuring a strong future for the dairy industry.
Featured events that are part of the full agenda include:
  • A focus group discussion with today's consumers about what they are looking for in dairy products and why they make the choices they do.
  • Food industry leaders outlining how product innovators are working to meet and anticipate the needs of today's consumers. They will also discuss food policy and how it can affect consumers' dairy experience.
  • Luncheon speaker and futurist Mike Lee will highlight how dramatically food production and shopping habits will change over the next 25 years and why it's critical to be innovative in response to these changes.
  • A Taste and Learn sampling event where participants will enjoy the latest dairy products.
  • Keynote speaker Josh Sundquist sharing his inspiring personal story to highlight how focusing on change and taking risks can lead to overall growth and success.
The event is hosted by ADA of the Midwest, and Midwest Dairy is a Premier Sponsor. Watch the event's Facebook Events page for Dairy Experience Forum updates.
In this Issue
Calendar of Events

Nebraska State Dairy Association logo
Rod Johnson, Executive Director
Phone: (402) 853-2028
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Nebraska Extension logo
Kim Clark, Dairy Ext Educator
Phone: (402) 472-6065
Thank you to our sponsors
Thank you to our sponsors
Automated Dairy Specialists      Midwest Dairy Association     Nebraska Corn Board   
SoyBest/Grain States Soya, Inc.
Aschoff Construction    Enogen Feed    Farm Credit Services     Frontier Mills, Inc.   
Nebraska Vet Services     Nebraska Soybean Board    Nutrient Advisors
Ag Processing, Inc./Amino Plus    Bio-Resources Application Management, LLC    Cappel Sales, Inc.
Hiland Dairy Foods     Midwest Livestock Systems   Progressive Nutrition
Agri-King Nutrition, Inc.     Associated Milk Producers, Inc.    Balchem Corp    Central Dairy Supply     Central Confinement Services     Connor Agriscience     Dehaan, Grabs and Associates     Ecosyl Products, Inc.     Elanco     Heartland Builders Co.       IDEXX     LG Pumping, LLC    Legend Seeds   
Nebraska Dairy Systems      Peterson Ag Systems, Inc.    Select Sires         USDA/NASS
Agropur   CMP Dairy Consulting     Custom Feed Service    Dairy Farmers of America     Dean Foods    
LALA Brands   Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation    Nebraska Cattleman
Nebraska Public Power District   RABO AgriFinance   Settje Agri Service    XFE Products
Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska    Bills Volume Sales       Central Plains Dairy Expo Eurofins     Jisa Farmstead Cheese      Nebraska Department of Agriculture       Nebraska Department of Economic Development        Northeast Community College       West Point Dairy Products   
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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