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ARLINGTON, VA 

National Dairy FARM program releases stockmanship training video with BQA 

The National Dairy FARM Program announced the release of a stockmanship training video as part of the program’s partnership with the National Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program.

The 27-minute video is divided into several chapters, including “Point of Balance,” “Understanding the Flight Zone” and “Utilizing Tools to Effectively Move Cattle.” Each segment contains reminder points and multiple choice questions to test viewers on the content. The video can serve as a training resource to satisfy the FARM Animal Care Version 3.0 requirement for annual employee training.

The video, directed by Dr. Robert Hagevoort of New Mexico State and the U.S. Dairy Education & Training Consortium, is available on the FARM Program website and YouTube page in both English and Spanish.

CORWITH, IA

Hancock County to consider 5,000-head hog confinement

A 5,000-head hog confinement has been proposed in north-central Iowa's Hancock County.

The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that Grey Owl Farms VI has filed an application to build the hog confinement about four miles east of Corwith. The animals would be kept in two, deep-pit buildings.

The Hancock County Board of Supervisors will vote during its regular meeting Monday to set up a public hearing for the application.

The county's zoning administrator, Andy Buffington, will evaluate the proposal based on the state's framework for scoring such applications.

That framework considers distances from residences, churches, businesses and water sources and the type of manure and how it's stored and disposed.

SHAWANO, WI 

GENEX to market sexed semen with twice as many sperm cells

GENEX is adding GenChoice™ 4M semen to its product offering for dairy and beef producers. This new sexed semen product contains twice the number of female sperm cells than traditional GenChoice™ semen. GenChoice™ 4M will soon be available on a limited number of sires.

“As the industry leader in providing sexed semen, having sold more than 10 million units, we are excited to provide customers an additional sexed option for use in strategic breeding programs,” states Keith Heikes, GENEX chief operating officer.

While the traditional GenChoice™ semen is packaged at 2 million sperm per unit, the new 4M version contains 4 million sperm and is expected to positively impact conception rates.

According to Heikes, GENEX will collect and analyze sire-specific fertility data for the 4M product to equip customers with accurate information for sire selection decisions.

Dairy and beef sires available in GenChoice™ 4M will be designated by a 601 stud code. The traditional GenChoice™ semen uses the 501 code. Both sexed semen products are processed by Sexing Technologies with SexedULTRA™.

WASHINGTON 

Administration proposes comprehensive tax reform plan

Top officials in the Trump Administration released their proposal for comprehensive tax reform on April 26, calling it the “biggest tax cut in U.S. history.” The plan is designed to serve as the starting point as Congress and the Administration work to pass a comprehensive tax reform package this year. 

Danielle Beck, National Cattlemen's Beef Association director of government affairs, said the Administration included in the proposal immediate repeal of the Death Tax – a priority for NCBA. 

“Permanent repeal of the death tax has been a priority for cattlemen and women for decades,” said Beck. “Since the Death Tax was implemented nearly a century ago it has not only failed to meet the misguided goals set by Congress, but has threatened the existence of many multi-generational farms and ranches.” 

The tax reform proposal comes on the heels of an executive order signed by President Trump yesterday on Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America. The EO establishes an Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Policy and contains specific policy goals aimed at supporting rural agriculture, economic development, job growth, and infrastructure improvement, including: 

Promoting the preservation of farms and agribusinesses as they are passed from one generation to the next, including changes to the estate tax and the tax valuation of family or cooperatively held businesses.

FREDERIC, WI

Regional cow-calf meeting featured black angus beef operation

This year’s regional cow-calf meeting will be held from 5 - 9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31, in rural Frederic sponsored by UW-Extension and NW Graziers.

The meeting will be held at the Jayce Denhoed Farm, 22536 Paulich Road, just north of the Polk County line in Burnett County and just east of the Denhoed Dairy Farm. Jayce runs a 65 cow-calf operation featuring mostly Black Angus cattle. He is also a partner in his family dairy herd of 300 Holstein cows. Jayce’s beef herd is entirely grass-fed and marketed through Central Livestock in Rock Creek, MN.  He supplements his pasture with silage.  Other crops grown include forage radishes, chicory, BMR Sudan grass, sorghum and triticale. Jayce plans to increase his herd to about 250 cows. In his early 20s, Jayce represents a new, upcoming type of beef farmer.

The program begins at 5 p.m. with a farm tour followed by a beef supper and program at 6 p.m. at the nearby Lorain Town Hall in Indian Creek.

The cost of the program is $13 for the meal.  Register in advance by Monday, May 29.  For registration or information, contact Otto Wiegand or Kevin Schoessow at UWEX-Spooner, 715-635-3506, or Randy Gilbertson at NW Graziers, 715-520-2112, or Lynn Johnson at NW Graziers, 715-268-8778.

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