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Minnesota Milk Minute - June 17, 2016

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Minnesota Milk Minute 

June 17, 2016

A reliable source of timely market information, news and current events. 

In This Issue

Join Minnesota Milk for a Summer Escape!

MONDAY is our Minnesota Milk Scholarship Deadline

Research at Morris Details Energy Use

$1 Million Project Looks at Antibiotics in Manure

Call for Nominations: Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year


Upcoming Events

June 20 - Deadline for Minnesota Milk scholarship applications

July 5 - Deadline for Summer Escape reservations

July 14 - Minnesota Milk Summer Escape

Featured Members

Special thanks to
Minnesota Milk
Associate Members.
This week’s featured members:

Land O' Lakes


Provimi North America

Merck Animal Health

Arnzen Construction/St. Rosa Lumber

Blue Horizon Energy


Join Minnesota Milk for a Summer Escape!

​Dairy farm families and supporters are encouraged to join our Summer Escape Thursday, July 14. We’ll be cruising on the riverboat Magnolia Blossom from its St. Paul dock, boarding at 5:30 p.m. and returning at 9 p.m.

Hotel accommodations are available at the Embassy Suites-Airport in Bloomington, with a block of rooms set aside for $169. Reservations are due by July 1 at 952-854-1000, mentioning the Minnesota Milk block. Transportation is provided from the hotel to the Marina from which the boat will depart.

A $40 cost includes the cruise, dinner and non-alcoholic drinks. Space is limited to 80 people, so reach out to us at or call us at 1-877-577-0741 by July 5. We look forward to seeing you there.

MONDAY is our Minnesota Milk Scholarship Deadline

If you or a family member plan to apply for one of 10 $1,000 scholarships we’ve set aside for students continuing their education within the dairy industry, the applications are due on Monday, June 20. At least two of the awards will go to students attending a two-year program. Read more.

Research at Morris Details Energy Use (Hoard's Dairyman)

Research at the University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) in Morris is featured in the May 25 issue of Hoard’s Dairyman, noting its monitoring of water and energy usage since the fall of 2013. The WCROC dairy milks between 200 and 270 cows twice daily, split almost evenly between a conventional and a certified organic grazing herd, and all cows spend the winter outside in lots near the milking parlor. In 2013, WCROC’s existing dairy equipment reflected similarly sized dairy farms but included none of the commonly recommended energy efficiency enhancements such as a plate cooler, refrigeration heat recovery or variable frequency drives for pump motors. That allowed WCROC to establish a goal of a “net-zero” energy milking parlor. Further work will investigate energy storage technology that could improve use of renewable energy for dairies. Read more at page 356 of Hoard’s, May 25.

$1 Million Project Looks at Antibiotics in Manure (Dairy Herd Management)

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture is embarking on a $1 million research project to look at antibiotic-resistant bugs in dairy cow manure, how they survive treatment systems and whether any residuals end up on farm fields. Cornell University and the Universities of Buffalo, Michigan and Maryland will be involved in the project, addressing concerns that antimicrobial resistance could spread as a result of antibiotic use on dairy farms. Manure samples will be collected from dairies in Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania. Manure will be processed through anaerobic digesters, composting piles and long-term conventional storage. Read more.

Call for Nominations: Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year (Dairy Herd Management)

Nominations are being accepted until August 19 for the 19th annual Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year, an annual award co-sponsored by the International Dairy Foods Association and Dairy Herd Management magazine. The winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Dairy Forum 2017 in Florida. The person nominating the winner will receive complimentary registration to Dairy Forum. Have someone in mind? Read more.

“One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea.” -- Walter Bagehot


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