June 2017 Newsletter - #65
In This Issue
About Us
The Dairy One Forage Lab excels in providing high quality analyses  
and customer service. Our goal is to provide analytical services designed to meet the expanding demands of modern agriculture.  
New technology and traditional methods are combined to deliver fast, accurate results.
Summer Fare    
By Sarah Fessenden, BS - Sales and Tech Support Specialist
After a long, cool, wet spring, summer finally arrived this past weekend and temperatures ramped up into the 90's in New York. Between planting and harvesting, May and June are busy months, so take a break and breeze through the following fun agricultural facts.  

  • During the growing season, NDF increases 0.5 - 0.7% per day in alfalfa and 0.8 - 1.0% in grasses.
  • The oldest cow ever recorded was a cow named "Big Bertha". She died 3 months short of her 49th birthday on New Year's Eve, 1993. She also holds the record for lifetime breeding as she produced 39 calves.
  • Cattle outnumber the population of people in nine states.
  • Goat milk is the number one consumed milk in the world.
  • Most people are unaware of the importance of agriculture in New York and where it ranks nationally. New York is #3 for dairy, wine/grapes, cabbage, cauliflower, and corn silage and #2 for apples, maple syrup, and pumpkins.
  • Corn is grown and cows are milked in all 50 states.
  • Before WWII, most corn was harvested by hand. The first mechanical corn harvester was developed in 1930 by the Gleaner Harvester Combine Corporation.
  • In 1892, the first gasoline-powered tractor was invented by John Froelich.
  • In 1837, John Deere developed the steel walking plow.
  • Grain elevators were invented in 1842 by Joseph Dart and Robert Dunbar in Buffalo, NY.
  • Soybeans are an important ingredient in the production of crayons. In fact, one acre of soybeans can produce 82,368 crayons.
  • One pound of wool can make 10 miles of yarn. There are 450 feet of wool yarn in a baseball.
  • The heaviest turkey ever raised weighed 86 pounds, about the size of an average third-grader.
  • Pork is the most widely eaten meat in the world.
  • Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, 818 hot dogs are consumed per second.
  • The number of women farmers has tripled in the last three decades.
  • Today's American farmer feeds about 155 people worldwide. In 1960 that number was 25.8.
Learn more about Fatty Acids
Interest and momentum in individual and total fatty acid analyses continues to grow. Complete and partial fatty acid profiles are available by wet chemistry and NIR, respectively. These values are used to help assess the impact of fatty acids in the diet on rumen health and milk fat composition. Dave Barbano presented results from a pair of field studies at the 2016 Cornell Nutrition Conference. In his paper, Barbano provides the results of two studies completed in 2014 and 2015. The studies looked at de novo fatty acid concentration in bulk tank milk from a number of farms in Vermont and New York. The 2014 study used farms with Holsteins, Jerseys, and mixed breeds. The 2015 study used Holstein farms.  The studies also examined the relationship between feeding and management practices and milk fatty acid composition as well as bulk tank milk fat and protein concentration. He then looks at the information and what it implies for individual cow testing, particularly for transition cows.  Learn more:

The Nutritionist
educational webinar series will be discussing fatty acids in July. The webinars are hour long presentations targeted towards dairy nutritionists. They are presented in English by noted ruminant researchers, teachers, field nutritionists, and subject experts. Translation into Portuguese and Spanish is simultaneous. Questions are fielded from each host's audience. Archived recordings are available on the www.agmodelsystems.com website. Each webinar qualifies for 1 CEU credit through ARPAS. Dairy One is a proud sponsor of The Nutritionist and the next webinar is:
12 July, 2016 - 6:00 PM EDT Dr. Dale Bauman, PhD, Professor Emeritus Cornell University. Diet Induced Milk Fat Depression: Rumen-derived Fatty acids as Regulators on Milk Fat Synthesis. Go to the following link to sign up:

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June 25-28, 2017 
2017 ADSA Annual Meeting 
Pittsburgh, PA 

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