Moosletter: May 2018

Moosletter: May 2018
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May 2018                                                Volume: 4 Issue: 5
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State Dairy Trade Associations Visit Washington D.C.

On March 19th and 20th, NSDA Board members, Bill Thiele, Roger Sprakel and Brooke Engelman, joined with 8 farmers representing the state dairy trade associations from Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota, to visit Washington, D.C.  They were able to visit 11 legislative offices from the four states, including Nebraska’s Congressman Adrian Smith and Senator Deb Fischer.  The group discussed several subjects with the elected officials, uniting to ask for more trade opportunities, better labor availability, and also thank them for the recent and potential changes to the Margin Protection Program and Livestock Gross Margin programs.

Congressman Smith, as a member of the Ways and Means Committee has been involved in several of the NAFTA discussions, and is very aware of the importance dairy places on continuing the relationship with Mexico, as our largest trading partner, as well as the challenges that Canada’s Class 7 program is creating.

Senator Fischer has been with the trade issues, and is a leader, working on the CERCLA reporting issue for animal agriculture, as well as the transportation issue related to ELD monitoring for the trucking industry. We stressed the need to address the 150 mile radius ruling, especially since we in Nebraska transport approximately 2/3 of all our milk produced into other states for processing.

Besides the meeting with Smith and Fischer, the group had an opportunity to meet with notable names like Chuck Grassley and Colin Peterson and John Thune, while carrying the same message to all.

The group also had meetings with the National Milk Producers Federation, U.S. Dairy Export Council and a representative from the Foreign Ag Service.

This was a great opportunity to combine efforts and carry a strong message for the dairy industry in the upper Midwest.

DC dairy participants

Moo at the Zoo
The Annual Moo at the Zoo event at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha is approaching on June 2nd and 3rd.  Again this year, we are asking our dairy farmers to join us in sharing the dairy message with 25-30,000 consumers that traditionally visit the zoo on that weekend.
Last year, we were a part of the national kickoff of the Undeniably Dairy program, which generated additional interest.   This year we are also planning to “up our game,” and are looking forward to a couple of exciting days as we promote dairy by meeting with the consumers in a place they do not necessarily expect to meet a dairy farmer.
The Moo At The Zoo activities include the display of 6 breeds of dairy animals provided by Classic Dairy,  games and activities geared for the kids, and an opportunity for consumers to “Ask A Dairy Farmer About Their Farm.”   By helping tell your dairy story for a couple hours,  you and your family, kids, grandkids, will receive a Moo at the Zoo T-shirt and the opportunity to spend the day at the zoo as our guest.
Please let me know your interest in attending by May 10th, letting me know which day,  June 2nd or 3rd,  preferred time of day, morning or afternoon, and t-shirt sizes for everyone in your group.

Rod  (402) 853-2028
Milk Urea Nitrogen Testing
Author: Paul J. Kononoff, Nebraska Dairy Extension Specialist
Paul Kononoff photoMilk Urea Nitrogen (MUN) analyses may be used as a signal, or "red flag", to point out potential problems in your feeding program.  In particular, high MUN values may reflect excessive dietary crude protein or low rumen degradable nonfiber carbohydrates (NFC).  the NFC fraction, usually composed of starch and other sugars, can be low when insufficient grain is fed, or grain is improperly processed. Appropriate MUN testing over a period of several months to fine-tune a feeding management program can result in:
  • precisely meeting nutritional requirements, 
  • lower feed costs,
  • increased reproductive performance,
  • increased milk protein yield, and
  • minimizing nitrogen excretion.
Following are a series of steps to hep you use MUN testing effectively and economically. Continue...
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Livestock Hauling Information
Recently, the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, AFAN, NSDA, Nebraska Cattleman, Nebraska Extension, Farm Bureau, the Governor, Nebraska State Patrol and other agencies have been meeting to discuss livestock hauling and transportation to ensure all livestock reach their final destination and there are no roadblocks along the way to stop the livestock from reaching their final destination.  
Should a semi need to be taken off the road, it is being suggested that police escort the semi to an appropriate off-loading site.  The off-loading site will be approved by the owner of the cattle.  
Given the amount of livestock that are on the road each day, it is important that proper standard operating procedures are in place for livestock hauling.  Currently, there are no SOPS for livestock handling on roadways. We will continue to provide updates to livestock hauling as they become available.
In this Issue
Calendar of Events
2-3: Moo at the Zoo; Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo
2: Cream of the Crop Dairy Show: Cuming County Fairgrounds, West Point, NE
Contact Carl Aschoff for more information. cell: 402-380-2465, email:

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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
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.


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