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Jerry Seitzer, St. Peter, Minn. (Nicollet County) 50 cows; plus work full time as a sales rep for a seed company How did you get into farming? I took over my dad’s farm in 1981. What is the biggest challenge you have faced since you started dairying and how did you overcome it? I expanded from 30 cows to 100 during the high interest rates in the early 1980s. I worked a lot of long hours. I did it without hired help for a few years – I tried to do everything myself until I could afford to hire help. Then, I hired students from the U of M, Waseca and from the vo-tech. Herdsman Pat Conroy has been here about 17 years. What advice would you give other dairy farmers? Be persistent; try to think of better ways to do things for your dairy, to improve cow comfort and worker comfort. Think outside the box. The things that specialists and magazine articles suggest won’t always work for you. What is the biggest investment you ever made in your dairy? Building the freestall barn and parlor. What do you like about dairy farming? There are different challenges every day. What is your favorite thing to do on the dairy farm? Milk. Tell us something unique about your dairy farm. We started using controlled lighting, 16-hour days, in 1998. We started tunnel ventilation in the freestall barn ve or six years before it became popular; it works well – there aren’t any ies. We opened up the heifer barns for air movement. We start heifers in freestalls at about six months of age. What is your favorite dairy product? Ice cream – there are so many delicious avors. What is your favorite tool? The crop processor on the chopper. When we did that in 2004, our herd average jumped 2,000 pounds. What are your plans for the dairy in the next ve years? To continue milking, probably for about 10 years; the kids may come back. I have a nice herd; it’s fun to work with them. Tell us about a skill you possess that has made dairy farming easier for you. I’m good at guring out better, more efcient ways of doing things. I’ve nally found slatted rubber mats that can be installed on top of the slats to add cow comfort and safety. What do you enjoy doing in your free time? My wife, Carol, and I like to travel. We visit our daughter, Erica, in Washington, D.C.; son, Jamie, in Illinois and Carol’s sister in Oregon. We’ve also been to the Panama Canal.


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It’s all inside... A day in the life at Vogt Dairy

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Extra stalls, sand bedding help lower Johnsons’ herd SCC Pages 18, 20

Reads take care of the cows, so they can be taken care of in return Page 3, Second Section

Luckwaldts expand dairy to double-20 basement parlor with crossventilated freestall barn

MDA district meetings explain checkoff dollars

Vertheins retrot double-12 parlor into older barn Pages 1, 8

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Nelsons keep yearly average at 110,000

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Contents FIRST SECTION Pages 15 - 16 From Our Side of the Fence Pages 22-23 Mailbox prices up across the board fourth month in a row Page 25 Boylen Over Page 26 FSA News & Notes Page 28 U of M Extension web site has much to offer for dairy farmers Page 29 Fodder systems and forage supply Page 31 Rural Roots SECOND SECTION Page 4 Reeck nds niche in social media through running Page 6 Iowa Hay Auction Results

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The budget decit will be the overriding challenge for the Minnesota legislature. House Agriculture Policy Committee Chair Jeanne Poppe remains optimistic funding will be available for the State Agriculture Department, the Board of Animal Health and key ag programs. “Food safety is number one,” Poppe said. There’s been growing talk about a rural/metro split in the state legislature, especially with House leadership representing Minneapolis/St. Paul. Poppe, who is from Austin, said this really should be considered an opportunity. “Rather than being a victim to what might happen, lets look at it as an opportunity to advocate on behalf of agriculture and rural Minnesota; making sure they understand what we do bring to the table and how important it is.” Rules committee rejects ag nance committee proposal An attempt to change the committee structure in the Minnesota House has been rejected by the House Rules Committee. Spending issues for agriculture, natural resources and the environment are being handled by one committee during this session. Efforts were made to revive the Agriculture Finance Committee, but the proposal was rejected on a 15-12 party line vote.

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A) How often have you attended Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board meetings? B) Why do you attend? C) What other types of meetings do you attend to help your county? D) How have you beneted from attending these meetings? E) What are some ways other people can get involved in the dairy promotional meetings? F) How do you make time for promotion in your busy dairy life? G) Tell us about your farm and plans for your dairy in 2013.

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A) Throughout my years of involvement on the Vernon County Dairy Promotion Committee, I have attended two annual meetings of the WMMB. I just recently attended the meeting held Nov. 14. We try to rotate the attendance to this meeting each year, as it’s always an informative, fun day of learning.

A) As a member of the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, I attend all the meetings. I have been a member of the board for the past seven years.

B) WMMB supports local dairy promotion groups nancially as a means of helping promote the dairy industry around the state. To obtain these dairy promotion funds and get the most up-to-date information for promotion, we send at least two people from our Vernon County group to the annual meeting each year. You always come away from it feeling refreshed and energized about the industry. As a nurse, I am always interested in new nutritional information, and WMMB is an expert at promoting the health benets of dairy products. C) Vernon County has an active dairy promotion group that meets regularly to plan dairy promotion activities, but the information I nd to be of additional benet comes from the professional dairy organizations that my husband and I try to stay active in, such as PDPW and DBA. We are also active in our state and national Jersey associations. These groups help keep us informed about our industry, and specically our Jersey breed, and the positive benets they have on our economy, our local communities, and most importantly, our food supply. D) As dairy producers, we’re very busy just getting chores and business done each day. Anytime we have a chance to get away to connect with other people who are enthusiastic about our industry, it rejuvenates us and has a positive impact at home. Being involved in county dairy promotion activities gives me a chance to connect with friends that have the same interests and makes it fun to support an industry that’s very important to Vernon County. E) Our dairy promotion meetings are always held at noon and limited to an hour or less, so, like me, other people can attend on their lunch break. This makes it easier, as our schedules are all busy enough outside of work. We usually have pizza for our meetings, which also makes it enjoyable. There are many ways people can get involved in dairy promotion activities. We plan events throughout the year that allow for outside participation. Our dairy breakfast on the farm is a big success and requires hundreds to plan and work at. Our dairy ambassador, Hannah Lobeck, does several dairy product tasting events at local grocery stores and meat markets throughout the year. They encourage consumers to try products, and they get coupons to purchase them. An annual dairy princess contest is held at our local nursing home so residents or visitors can watch and ask questions of the candidates. Many of them are former dairy farmers, so they often have very good questions. The Vernon County Fair is a good time for our committee to promote milk. Cookies and milk are given out as a way of promoting avored milk. There is also a table of recipes, dairy information, and items like key chains to be given away. One of our favorite events is our dairy co-op banquet. It’s is held in October, so we can partner with our co-op association to celebrate Co-op Month. We start the evening with a wine-and-cheese social, move to a nice meal, and nish with our awards ceremony. Our “friend of the dairy industry” and “dairy restaurant of the year” are recognized, as well as two “friends of the co-op.” F) You just do it! I’ve worked full-time off the farm as a registered nurse for 35 years and have still maintained an active presence on the farm. They are two industries that I’m passionate about, so it’s easy to nd time to promote them. Also, having meetings that are convenient to attend helps.

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B) Both my husband and I work on the farm. I don’t work off the farm so we feel it’s important for us to be active in promoting our products. That’s why I wanted to be on the board. Many folks are becoming further removed from the farm. It’s important to give people the chance to visit farms and teach people, especially children, about how we care for our cows and the nutritious dairy products available. C) At the local level, St. Croix County plans a Farm City Day every year on a different dairy farm in the county. People come to the farm for a tour, to see the crops, have a free lunch, go to the petting barnyard and look at the agricultural exhibits. It’s a fun and educational event. We also have other events such as reading in school, promotions at grocery stores and we have a booth at the county fair. D) The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board meetings inspire me to go back to my county and promote dairy and vice versa. E) We are always open in our county to take more people who want to volunteer their time. The best thing to do would be to nd an area of promotion that you like best and jump right in. F) Our farm is big enough where we can hire people to do my chores when I am gone. I take care of the youngstock. It also helps that one of our sons, a daughter and a son-in-law now work on the farm. G) I farm with my husband, Bob. We have ve children. Our son, Tom, and daughter and son-in-law, Annette and Steve Schalla, work on the farm with us. Another son, Nate, works for Alta Genetics. Our two daughters, Sarah and Amy, and their families do not work on the farm. Along with the cows we raise all our own youngstock. We plan to add 150 cows to the herd this year. It’s nice having the younger generation back on the farm. They bring excitement and want to try new ideas.

G) Our farm, Norse Star Jerseys, is a family dairy at Westby, Wisconsin. Registered Jerseys have been part of the Fremstad family since 1917. My husband, Mike, is the manager, and our sons, Jason and Jory, work full-time on the dairy. Jason is our herdsman and Jory manages feeding and cropping of about 600 acres. Our daughter, Jeana, works full-time off the farm for the USDA, but continues to help a great deal with calf raising. I also help with calf raising and bookkeeping. The rest of the family includes Jason’s wife, Heidi; Jeana’s husband, Brad; and ve grandchildren that can be found at the farm often. We are expanding our milking parlor to a double-12, to accommodate the expanding herd. By spring, we expect to be milking 650 cows. Our plans for 2013 include getting settled in the new parlor and ne tuning operations with the larger herd. We attend several cattle shows each year, so Jason will keep us busy getting ready for the next show. In 2012, we had our rst production sale, the “Norse Star Summer Hummer.” It was very successful, and we’ll decide in 2013 if we’ll try another sale in 2014.

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From Our Side Of The Fence

Charlene and George Duban Lonsdale, Minn. Rice County 375 cows A) We have attended the district meeting for at least the last 40 years. B) We come because we’re dairy producers and we pay for it. We get to nd out how our checkoff money is being used. C) Our county has a day on the farm where people in the area can visit the farm and see what we (dairy farmers) do. We also have a malt stand, which goes to many events throughout the county. We also have dairy princesses. D) It allows us to get together with neighbors and talk. Even though I (Charlene) read the e-mails about our checkoff dollars, I can hear about it from a Midwest Dairy Association representative. E) We think we need to look into how to stop soy-based and other products from calling their drinks “milk,” when they clearly are not. They should be called juice. F) We host several farm tours and we have hosted the county’s day on the farm three times. We have also volunteered in the malt wagon in the past. G) We have enough employees to get away for a few hours. It’s our product we’re promoting so we need to make time for it. H) We have 12 employees to help us on our farm. We own 460 acres and rent an additional 100. We used to raise pigs and chickens. We raise our youngstock until about four to ve months of age when they go to a heifer grower. They return to the farm about two months before calving. This year we plan to do roof repairs that are needed. Beyond that, we just plan to keep milking.

Vivian and Reynold Dittbenner Sleepy Eye, Minn. Brown County 165 cows A) Thirty years or more. B) To get updates on promotion and use of our dollars. C) We both manage the malt stand at the Brown County Fair—that’s our favorite. We’ve been doing that since about 1990. We also help with the booth at the New Ulm Home and Self Improvement Show. Along with KNUJ Radio, we help serve ice cream oats at the Glockenspiel, during KNUJ’s dairy promotion. We’ve been on the ADA board and its treasurer since the early 1990s, starting the year after our daughter, Darial, was Region 9 Dairy Princess. D) We’ve benetted by keeping up on new ideas, promotions, and information from the state ADA. E) People Behind the Product is a good way to put dairy and dairy products in front of consumers, and to tell our story. F) We promote dairy by using dairy products—milk, butter, and cheese, by encouraging others to use dairy, and by participating in the People Behind the Product program. G) We have to promote our products to stay in business for the next generation. You have to make time. Having hired help gives us a chance to do some extra promotions. H) Our Spring-Creek Dairy is a family corporation with Reynold, Vivian, and Craig Dittbenner as owners. We milk 165 cows year round—mostly Holsteins with some Jerseys and a few Brown Swiss crosses. We have a free stall barn and milk in a double four autoow parlor. Calving is done in a separate barn. The bull calves are sold at two to three weeks of age. The heifer calves are raised here until about seven months, then taken to a heifer grower until about two months before calving. We raise corn, alfalfa, barley, and soybeans on 500 acres of owned and rented land. Updates and changes in 2013 will depend on the milk price. We’re looking at retiring and are working at having our son take over.

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A) How many years have you attended the district ADA Meetings? B) Why do you attend? C) What do you do in your county to promote dairy? D) How have you beneted from attending these meetings? E) Do you have any ideas for promotions you could do in the future? F) Are there any individual ways you promote dairy throughout the year? G) How do you make time for promotion in your busy dairy life? H) Tell us about your farm and plans for your dairy in 2013. Gail Demmer Ellendale, Minn. Steele County 53 cows A) I have attended the district ADA meetings for approximately the last 15 years since becoming more active and involved with our local ADA board. B) I attend the district ADA meetings to see how our dairy checkoff dollars are being used for dairy promotion. Information is presented about how our money has been used, how effective the marketing efforts have been, and about new programs to promote our product. Although we get much of this information in newsletters, it is helpful to hear the representatives from Midwest Dairy Association talk about the programs and have the opportunity to ask questions. It is also a time to talk to dairy farmers and ADA board members from other counties to see what they are doing for promotional activities in their counties. C) I feel we have a very active ADA board in Steele County. I have been on the board for more than 12 years and currently serve as chair of the board. Along with our dairy princesses, we have dairy ambassadors (for male youth with the same age requirements as the dairy princesses) and junior dairy ambassadors (for both male and female youth in grades six to 11). The junior dairy ambassadors do not need to live on a dairy farm, but must have an interest in dairy. We have about 10 to 15 junior dairy ambassadors each year. We participate at school family festivals, at the Owatonna Library Summer Kick-Off program and are in two to three parades during the year. At these events we hand out string cheese and trading cards, which have dairy facts on them. The dairy princesses and ambassadors visit many daycares and schools. We participate in a number of activities during the Steele County Free Fair. This year we had free milk at every dairy show and displayed a butterhead from a previous Princess Kay Finalist. Our malt wagon is present at many community events during the summer. We have malts, milk and string cheese available. This year the malt stand won the Best Value Award at the county fair. During June Dairy Month, we do promotions with local radio stations. Our biggest event is Breakfast on the Farm, which is held at a local dairy farm during June. This event has grown each year with over 1,200 people attending last year. My favorite promotional activity is Breakfast on the Farm, which we work to make bigger and better every year. D) I feel I get a lot of benecial information and ideas from the meetings, which I can take back to our local ADA board and incorporate into our dairy promotion activities during the year. E) Our board is working on putting together a Milk Maid/Milk Lad program for even younger youth in our county. We look for more events we can be present at in the local communities to promote the dairy industry and our dairy products. We educate our dairy princesses, dairy ambassadors and junior dairy ambassadors so they give correct information when asked questions at different events. Our ADA board feels we do a good job educating youth about the value of dairy products, but we need to look at more ways to inform and educate adults. We are looking at some promotional ideas and activities in local grocery stores. F) One of the individual ways I promote dairy is to have kindergarten and preschool farm tours at our farm from Owatonna and Blooming Prairie. We try to make it a fun, but educational day. A number of informational sheets are posted around the farm for the teachers, parents and chaperones to read to the students. We do a scavenger hunt where the students nd and do different things on the farm. They learn how a cow is milked and see the milk in the milk tank. Feed stations are set up. They see all ages of dairy animals and get to feed a baby calf. At the end of the tour, they get a snack of a cookie and milk and get to take home the dairy coloring pad and crayons along with the "I Met a Dairy Farmer" sticker. G) I work part-time off the farm teaching nursing classes at a local community college. On the farm, I help with chores, eldwork, bookwork for both the farm and dairy operation, yardwork and housework. I learn to multi-task so I can do other activities such as dairy promotional activities. Our county ADA board works well together and we each take ownership of certain activities and events we do during the year so we are not pulled in so many directions. H) My husband, Rick, and I have a mixed herd of registered Holsteins and Jerseys, with Holsteins being the predominant breed. We also farm 1,000 acres, which our son, Scott, is primarily in charge of. Our daughter Lisa, who is currently in vet school, and her boyfriend Kevin, who is an engineer, come home to help as much as possible on the weekends. Our other daughter, Amy, is a teacher and helps when she is able. Lisa, Amy and Kevin all own some of the dairy animals on the farm. We continue to work on improving both breeds in our herd through careful selective breeding, focusing on both type and production. 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Extra stalls, sand bedding help lower Johnsons’ herd SCC

Bryant and Jamie Johnson Hutchinson, Minn. McLeod County 75 cows

How much have you dropped your SCC the last few years? A couple hundred thousand. We were in the 200400,000 a few years ago. The last three months, we’ve been under 100,000. Why was it important for you to lower your somatic cell count? Money. Especially with Jerseys, the lower your somatic cell count is, the better protein premiums you receive. When you buy a lot of feed, the margins are tighter than ever this year. What are three changes you’ve made that assisted you in achieving a lower SCC? We purchased this facility over a year ago. We were overcrowded for about two months after we moved in. We added 25 more stalls and new waterers. The extra stalls and sand bedding helped a lot. We breed for sound udders with good silky texture. I really wish the United States would use udder texture in the linear evaluations like Canada does. It’s a great tool, even when a cow gets mastitis they milk out cleaner and bounce back faster. We started using a J5 vaccine at dry off and a booster two weeks before calv-

MISSY MUSSMAN/ DAIRY STAR

Bryant and Jamie Johnson of Hutchinson, Minn., have been working to bring their SCC levels down to 100,000 in their herd of 75 Jerseys. ing. Also, the fresh cows are all tested with a CMT paddle four milkings after calving. We also switched inations.

are scraped down twice a day when the cows are pushed up. The stalls are typically bedded once every two weeks.

Do you have any advice for someone who is trying to lower their SCC? Do the basics right. There’s no reason to do the fancy things like culturing unless the foundation is solid. Let your wife milk.

If a cow comes down with mastitis, how do you treat her? For typical mastitis, we use Ameri Mast tubes for treatment. When we have a case of watery mastitis, we use a mastitis tube, IV 500 cc of dexmethasone, 90 cc of oxytet , a bottle of Hypertonic and 10cc of banamine.

What type of barn do you have and what kind of bedding do you use? We have 73 freestalls that are 4 ft-by-6 ft with sand bedding. How do you groom your stalls and how often do you do it? All the stalls

What does your milking procedure consist of? Do you use a quarter milker or bucket? At what point do Turn to JOHNSON | Page 20

MISSY MUSSMAN/ DAIRY STAR

The Johnsons were overcrowded when they moved onto the farm. Since then, they have added 25 sand bedded stalls and new waterers.


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“... best thing we ever did.” — Jim Meyer

Jim Meyer at the 2012 World Dairy Expo

ERDMAN DAIRY & MYOWN GUERNSEYS, Five generations (Erdman, Meyer, Langel, Roady, and Freed) Chenoa, Illinois — Milking 450 cows: 86 lbs/cow/day — SCC 180,000 “We use quite a bit of Udder Comfort™ and we use it mostly before calving,” says Jim Meyer, who admits he grew up on an all-Holstein dairy, then “fell in love with a Guernsey girl.” Jim and his wife Ann account for one of four families at Erdman Dairy, home to Myown Guernseys, owned by Ann’s father Myron and brother Mark Erdman. They milk 450 Holsteins, Jerseys and Guernseys, near Chenoa, Illinois. A couple years ago, somatic cell counts were around 350,000, and Jim recalls how they tried a lot of different things. “Udder Comfort is the best product we ever used. Applying it prefresh is one of the strategies we used to bring our counts down to 180,000. It gets the extra swelling out of the udders and makes them soft and pliable. “We put it on the whole udder once a day, starting 2 weeks before calving. As they get closer, we apply it twice a day.

“We’ve been doing this for over 2 years. The swelling is gone fast. The udders have less congestion. SCC is lowered tremendously, plus the fresh animals come into the tank quicker and with softer udders. Best thing we ever did.”

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From Pizza to Pickles to Pontiac

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It’s been an amazing time on the farm this past week. One of my absolute favorite Jersey cows had her baby calf, and it was a girl. Most of you may have already met the cow that Getting Kerry’d Away has brought me great joy Pickles. She may not win any contests, but she’s the tamest animal I know and she lets kids sit on her and pet her. I actually let little kids come into the stall and interact with her. Pickles is Joey’s cow. He purchased her mother Pinky and every subseBy Kerry Hoffman quent calf in that family Columnist line is rightfully owned by him. Pinky did have another girl calf a few years ago, which Joey named Haf, (Welsh for summer) because she was born while we were on vacation in Wales. Haf was amazing too, but Steve and I neglected to give her the proper vaccinations, therefore, she contracted a terrible case of mastitis. She was sickened by the Klebsiella germ that causes cows to become so ill, they may die. Even if they do recover, they are never the same. Talk about feeling like bad parents. It was terrible. Steve and I caused the death of Joey’s cow. I will never forget how heartbreaking it was when I had to go out to the barn with Joey for him to say his nal good bye. (Sheesh, my eyes are lling with tears just thinking about it again.) The following year, Pinky gave birth to Pickles! We were so ecstatic. I was just tickled that Joey would have another cow in his herd, and she was from his very rst cow Pinky. Sadly, Pinky passed away shortly after giving birth from an irregular heart beat. Again, we had to make the trek out to the hospital barn to say our last good byes. Joe does own other cows, but none of them have as much meaning to him as Pinky did. So Pickles, at approximately two-years of age, calved Sunday afternoon. When Brandon called the house to tell us, we all jumped to our feet put on our warmest clothing and ran outside to enjoy the newest Jersey to enter our herd. The rst thing I did was call Joey to tell him I would send him a picture, via a text message, if it was a girl. (You would be surprised at how many dairy farm moms I know that do actually call their children at any time to share this type of news.) Then, we began the process of naming the calf. I like to keep the rst two letters of the mother’s name in the calf’s name for easy identication should I ever need to know the name of the mother. So, we had a rambling of names...Pimple, Pinto, Pie, Pit, Pike, etc. Joey, after being bombarded by a dozen text messages, nally called me and said, “It only has to start with a p and that’s enough texting.”

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way; Steve thinks she’s just stupid. “I really like Pimple,” I said. It’s so exciting to bring another cow into the par“Her name is going to be Pontiac,” he said. Boring. lor that comes from Pinky. Well, I guess he does to be a fun ride. does own other h cows, b but It’s going drive a Pontiac Grand Prix. JJoey d For questions, or What happens if we none of them have so much comments, e-mail me at kaever name another cow meaning to him as Pinky did. hoffman@newulmtel.net. Pope or Poochie? Kerry and her husCome to think of it we band, Steve, along with do have another cow here their teenage sons, Joey and named Poochie, because she sits like a dog. She’s a Russell, operate a 100-cow dairy farm south of New Holstein, and I would hope that I would realize they Ulm, Minn. In her spare time, she likes to read, read are not related. and read some more. They have three dogs, one gecko, Pickles, the mother cow, has been doing awesome one guinea pig and one house cat that is insane. The in the milking parlor. Although she tends to get a bit 11 barn cats are normal – except for Mitch. There’s confused as to where she is supposed to put her head. something wrong with that cat. I think it’s funny when she puts her head in the wrong


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As Extension Educators, we get asked a wide variety of questions about everything from livestock production, plant diseases to agricultural drain tile. One general topic, which I eld a lot of questions is agricultural business management. Many farmers have questions relating to how they run their business – including recordkeeping, pricing, and even estate planning. A great resource for crop and livestock farmers alike is Extension’s Agricultural Business Management website. I’d like to give a brief overview of what resources can be found on this very helpful website. The University of Minnesota Extension Agricultural Business Management website can be found at: www.extension.umn.edu/ By Julie Sievert AgBusiness Extension Educator In the center of the page on this site, you can search for upcoming workshops. The workshops offered are presented by members of the Ag Business Management team and address specic topics of interest to Minnesota farmers. Farther down the center of the page you’ll nd a link to their most-used and most-popular resources, which are separated into the topic of general Agricultural Business Management, Crops, and Livestock resources. On the Ag Business Management website, you’ll also nd a link to information on 15 different topics in their legal series – including topics such as marketing contracts, bankruptcy, and mortgage contracts. This website also offers important tax updates, and of course, the latest education offerings around the state. The educational offerings include information on such topics as the Farm Bill and farm policy, information for farm military families, and Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) Insurance. Exploring the links on the right-hand side of the Agricultural Business Management website can be helpful for a wide variety of farmers, and these are links and publications I use often. Have you ever wondered what a reasonable price is to pay for custom harvesting, drain tiling, or custom baling? Do you provide custom planting to a neighbor and wonder what is a fair price to charge? The Iowa Custom Rate Survey, published by Iowa State University Extension, is a go-to resource to nd the range of prices being paid for a wide variety of custom farm work. The link to this publication is at the top of the list on the Agricultural Business Management website, and this publication gets updated annually. Below the link to the Iowa Custom Rate Survey is a link

entitled CFFM Farm Management Publications. CFFM stands for the Center for Farm Financial Management at the University of Minnesota. This link includes resources to answer commonly asked questions. Topics of some publications found here include: • Transferring the farm series • Estate planning series • Machinery cost estimates • Rental rates for Minnesota counties The rental rates for Minnesota counties document includes the average land rent paid on agricultural land per county in Minnesota. Anyone can look up the county they live in and nd the average rent paid for the previous year. This information can be great to compare and see where the land you rent from your neighbor ts into that county average. This answers one of the most common questions I am asked as an Extension Educator: “What is the average land rent in my county?” The Agricultural Business Management website also has links to related websites including Minnesota land economies, FINBIN, Winning the game, and the applied economics department. I encourage everyone to explore these websites as well, where there is a wealth of information on a lot of different agricultural business topics. One last website I want to mention is managed by the North Central Farm Management Extension Committee. The information on this website is put together by University and Extension Educators and attorneys from North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. This team has put together a website with fantastic resources that educate about xed and exible land rental arrangements, crop sharing land rental arrangements, and pasture rental arrangements. If you would like to learn more about these topics, visit www.aglease101.org. If you have a question about any of the above mentioned types of rental arrangements, click on a publication on that topic to read more about it. If you want an example of how to actually write a lease contract, click on the lease form for the type you are looking for. There is a wealth of information in these publications for those who want more information or may just be exploring their options with their rental leases. The next time you have a question relating to the business aspect of how you run your farm, check out the resources Extension has to offer. Always remember, if you have more questions about a topic that you nd on the Extension website, contact us by phone or email. We are here to help give you the researchbased information you need and want to make your farm business successful.

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One exciting and rewarding aspect of working with dairy farmers is they always ask questions. Dairy farmers have creative minds and look for best management practices to implement even when what they are doing is working well. Over the years, there were many times I did not know of a research study to provide a direct answer to the question asked, but through dialog and recalling some related research a plausible answer often was arrived at. So, when research studies appear later that directly pertain to a question asked, it is always exciting to see By Jim Linn if the research nding supNutritionist ports the answer arrived at. Below are a few questions that have been recently asked with research reported in the December (2012) and January (2013) issues of the Journal of Dairy Science (JDS) addressing the question. If acetic acid is a precursor for milk fat synthesis, could a person feed acetic acid (vinegar) to cows to boost milk fat, and how much would you have to feed? Reported in the January issue of JDS is a research study from the University of São Paulo in Brazil on feeding a diet containing 5 percent acetic acid to midlactation cows. The basal diet contained 33 percent forage (chopped Bermuda hay) and 67 percent concentrate and was fed as a TMR. One complication in conducting this type of research is almost all moisture testing procedures involve heat which removes volatile fatty acids along with the water. Acetic acid is an organic compound and easily vaporized during the drying of feeds. This results in the moisture content of the feed being over estimated or underestimation of the true dry matter of the feed. Using all dry, unfermented feeds in this study helped avoid the problem

and the researchers added the 5 percent acetic acid to the oven DM of the TMR to determine the actual daily DM intake of cows. Adding 5 percent acetic acid into the TMR at feeding depressed DM intake the rst two weeks of feeding, but by four weeks into the study, the deleterious effects on DM intake disappeared. Milk production was unaffected by feeding acetic acid. Even during the rst two weeks cow adapted to the acetic acid diet, both control and acetic acid fed cows averaged 78 lb/day. Cows fed the acetic acid diet averaged 0.19 percent higher fat test than control cows although the difference was not statistically signicant. Feed efciency was slightly improved in acetic acid fed cows (1.66) compared to control cows (1.61), but digestibility of the diet was not affected. To duplicate this research, you would have to feed 50 pounds of vinegar (5 percent acetic acid) or about eight gallons/cow/day at 50 pounds of DM intake.

Will feeding polyunsaturated fatty acids help improve my reproductive performance? Two recent studies with feeding polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) show they have to be rumen inert to avoid milk fat depression and some measures of reproductive performance improved, but not all. In the rst study from Cornell University in the December 2012 issue of JDS, researchers fed a diet containing 2.5 percent soybean oil (DM basis) in an attempt to increase the conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) content of milk. As you may recall from previous columns, CLA is a bioactive fatty acid that is anticarginogenic and may be benecial against chronic diseases. While soybean oil is a good source of PUFA, and can potentially increase the healthy CLA content of milk, if not protected from biohydrogenation in the rumen the bacteria will transform it into other forms of CLA fatty acids leading to milk fat depression. Cows fed the 2.5 percent soy oil diets produced milk containing 2.94 percent fat compared to 3.53 percent fat in the milk of control cows. Milk production was not different between control fed cows (85 lb/day) and those fed soy oil (81 lb/day). In an attempt to alleviate the

milk fat depression caused by PUFA, 10,000 IU/day of vitamin E was added to the soy oil diet. Cows fed the soy oil plus vitamin E responded in milk (92 lb/ day), but milk fat remained depressed ( 2.92 percent). The effects of feeding a rumen protect source of PUFA on reproduction was reported in the December issue of JDS by University of São Paulo in Brazil dairy scientists. They conducted two experiments with over 1,100 cows in experiment one and 1,500 cows in experiment two. The PUFA diet contained a calcium salt of a PUFA product at 1.1 percent of the DM. The fatty acid content (reported as percent of total fatty acids) of the control and PUFA diets were respectively; linolenic acid (18:3) – 4.2 vs. 5.1 percent, oleic acid (18:1) – 17.8 vs. 21.1 percent and linoleic acid (18:2) – 52.8 vs. 49.2 percent. Cows fed the diet containing PUFA produced more milk (83 lb/day) with a lower fat test (3.41 percent) than cows fed the control diet (78 lb/day and 3.55 percent fat). The milk yield response came through a greater persistency over a 43 week lactation and not as peak milk yield. Dry matter intake was unaffected by feeding PUFA and averaged 52 lb/day for both groups. Overall reproductive performance was not statistically improved as measured by pregnancy rates (45 vs. 48 percent for control and PUFA treatments, respectively) and services per conception (2.22 for control vs 2.05 for PUFA, respectively). However, as part of experiment two some cows were not fed the PUFA supplement until 30 days in milk. Cows receiving the PUFA supplement beginning at 30 days in milk had fewer pregnancy losses to rst service (15 percent) compared to cows receiving the supplement immediately after calving (32 percent), with less total pregnancy losses per service favoring the PUFA supplemented cows. Also interesting was there was more benet to feeding the total amount of PUFA supplement once per day in the A.M. TMR mix rather than equally dispersed in six feedings of TMR per day. Speculation is feeding once per day resulted in less dissociation and less biohydrogenation of the PUFA

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