The number of dairy herds continues to decline
While the number of dairy cows in Wisconsin has increased by 18,000 head from the same period last year, the national trend tells a different story.
According to the latest report from the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Milk Production, the national dairy herd is 47,000 head smaller than last year, the largest deficit in two years.
Milk production in Wisconsin in November 2021 totaled 2.56 billion pounds, up 2% from the previous November, while milk production in the top 24 states stood at 17.3 billion pounds, down 0.1% from November 2020.
Nationally, the number of dairy cows on farms 8.89 million head, 24,000 head less than in November 2020 and 8,000 head less than in October 2021.
Sales of medically important antibiotics continue to decline
The United States Food and Drug Administration this week released its annual report on sales and distribution data for antimicrobial drugs approved for use in food animals. From 2011 to 2020, sales and distribution of medically important antimicrobials – those also used in human medicine – declined by 27%. For pigs, they fell 22% from 2016 and 5% from last year.
The NPPC supported the FDA’s 2017 feed guideline and guideline 213, which, respectively, placed the feed and water uses of medically important antibiotics given to livestock under veterinary supervision and banned the use in food animals of medically important antibiotics labeled only to promote growth.
Grant to accelerate the adoption of regenerative agriculture
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has awarded the Sand County Foundation a three-year grant to accelerate the adoption of regenerative agriculture among private landowners in the Lake Michigan watershed in Wisconsin.
The Sand County Foundation project will work with farmers to generate whole-farm conservation plans and outcome indicators to quantify the quality benefits that 15,000 acres of new regenerative farming practices can have. of water and biodiversity, the Foundation reported.
The project “Enabling Technical Assistance to Advance Regenerative Agriculture in the Lake Michigan Basin” received $ 300,000 through the NFWF’s Sustain Our Great Lakes program.
The grant to the Sand County Foundation, a national non-profit agricultural conservation organization, is one of 35 projects funded this year. The funds are complemented by $ 300,000 in contributions raised by the Sand County Foundation.
Wisconsin Corn Promotion Council Elections
The Wisconsin DATCP has certified three eligible candidates for election to the Wisconsin Corn Promotion Board (WCPB). Corn growers in affected districts will have until January 15, 2022 to vote on the following candidates:
Ward 4 Nominated: Calvin Dalton, Endeavor, WI: Includes counties of Monroe, Juneau, Adams, Waushara, Marquette and Columbia; District 8 Nominated: Casey Kelleher, Whitewater, WI: Includes Jefferson, Walworth, Racine and Kenosha counties.District 9 Applicant: Whilden R. Hughes, Janesville, WI: Includes Green and Rock counties.
Agronomic update 2022 together
The 2022 Agronomy Update meetings will be virtual this year and will feature the latest information on hybrid / variety performance, analysis and discussion of last year’s growing season, and updated recommendations for field crop production. .
This event is free, but registration before January 3, 2022 is required and can be done by visiting https://go.wisc.edu/aqnh77. The presentation will be offered twice at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, January 4 and again at 1 p.m. on Thursday, January 6.
Presentations by Joe Lauer, John Grabber and Shawn Conley will address the 2021 growing season regarding precipitation, late frosts, yields, performance testing and more.
RIVER FALLS, WI
Four professorships at UW-RF funded by Dairy Innovation Hub
The College of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls recently awarded four Faculty Research Fellowships to help increase research capacity related to dairy products through the Dairy Innovation Hub initiative.
Selected faculty members will tackle research projects in the Hub’s four priority areas: land and water resource management; enrich human health and nutrition; ensure the health and welfare of animals; and the growth of farm businesses and communities.
With additional support from the hub, UW-River Falls recently hired three assistant professors in the areas of animal welfare, dairy processing and community economic development. Two additional science professors in the fields of climate and water management will be announced soon.
CHIPPEWA FALLS, WI
Chippewa Co. called to welcome 2024 FTD
New CEO Arnie Jennerman has said the Wisconsin Farm Technology Days Board is expected to officially accept Chippewa County for the 2024 show.
The Eau Claire Leader Telegram reported that this will be the first time in 20 years that Chippewa County will host the event. County administrator Randy Scholz said the county council had approved a resolution saying the county would provide infrastructure and law enforcement support.
The dates for the event will be chosen at a later date, with Scholz saying the outdoor farmhouse show will likely take place in August 2024, so the event doesn’t interfere with Country Fest or Rock Fest. The host farm will probably be chosen by next spring.
SAND LAKE, MI
Wild winds leave dozens of cows dead
High winds swept through Michigan last week, cutting off power to more than 150,000 customers, ripping off a school roof and electrocuting dozens of cows on a dairy farm.
Tim Butler was moved when he described how his workers escaped after a utility pole landed on the Newaygo County trading barn.
“The living room was full of dead cows.… It’s a miracle they got out,” Butler told WOOD-TV.
Butler said at least 70 cows died on his farm. Dozens survived, but their injuries were being assessed.
Amid drought, California advances new major reservoir project
Amid a severe drought, California regulators have brought forward what could be the state’s first major new water storage project in years, despite warnings that it would hasten the extinction of a species of endangered salmon while disrupting the cultural traditions of some native tribes, the Associated Press reported.
The plan is to build a new lake in northern California that, when full, could hold enough water to supply 3 million homes for a year. Supporters need around $ 4 billion to build it.
Environmental groups say the project would draw even more water from the state’s rivers, which are already so depleted that hatcheries must truck fish downstream to give them a chance to survive.
Horizon Organic extends dairy contracts in the North East
The company that announced this summer that it would stop buying milk from 89 organic dairy farms in the northeast next August has offered to extend the contracts for another six months, the Associated Press reported.
Danone, parent company of Horizon Organic, informed authorities in Vermont, Maine and New York this week.
The company told Vermont officials it was unwilling to haul milk from the region to its New York plant and would focus its business on large farms in the Midwest and West, the secretary told Vermont Agriculture, Anson Tebbetts.
Danone is now giving producers the option to extend contracts until the end of February 2023. It is also providing a transition payment to affected farmers, the letter said.
Survey shows farmland in Iowa grew by 29% on average
The value of farmland in Iowa has jumped 29% this year to a statewide average cost of $ 9,751 an acre, the highest value recorded by Iowa State University since the start of its investigation in 1941.
The face value of the land is 12% higher than the 2013 peak of the face value of the land.
The last time the value of farmland increased by more than 25% in a year was in 2011, when values rose 32.5% due to high demand for ethanol and high fuel prices. raw materials.
University officials say the increase is in part “due to much higher commodity prices thanks to higher exports, higher than expected crop yields and large ad hoc government payments. linked to COVID-19 “.
2 dead in Kansas wildfires fueled by windy, dry weather
Two men have died from wildfires that burned hundreds of thousands of acres across Kansas this week, authorities said.
An 84-year-old farmer and rancher near Leoti died outside his house when he fell while trying to fight the blaze and was unable to get up, the Associated Press reported. The remains of a 36-year-old man were discovered near Hays after his fiancee reported him missing.
Both men were killed in wildfires that broke out last week in western and central Kansas, fueled by dry conditions and winds of up to 90 mph. The Kansas Forest Service said 625 square miles burned in 11 counties in western Kansas, with smaller fires in other counties.
Agreement reached to reduce Yellowstone bison herd
Authorities have agreed to allow up to 900 bison in Yellowstone National Park to be slaughtered by hunters, sent to slaughter or quarantined this winter as part of a program to prevent animals from transmitting a disease. disease in livestock.
Another 200 bison among the park’s more than 5,000 bison could be captured or hunted in late winter if those numbers are reached, federal, tribal and state officials agreed at a meeting Wednesday.
Bison regularly leave Yellowstone and head north to Montana each winter, raising concerns that the animals could spread brucellosis to livestock, the Associated Press reported.
Therapeutic farm volunteer dies after being hit by sheep
A 73-year-old volunteer at a Massachusetts pet therapy farm died over the weekend after being repeatedly struck by a sheep, police said.
Kim Taylor, of Wellesley, was tending the cattle on her own in a pen at Cultivate Care Farms in Bolton “when a sheep charged and struck her on several occasions,” the Associated Press reported.
Taylor, a longtime volunteer on the farm, “suffered serious injuries and went into cardiac arrest” shortly after police and emergency personnel who responded to a 911 call arrived at the scene and started providing first aid, he said.