Greg Wickham is chief executive officer of Dairylea Cooperative Inc., a $1.2 billion milk marketing cooperative that offers farm services to farmers, including buying, lending, risk management and insurance.
No, of course not. Cows don’t have opposable thumbs, or fingers for that matter. Let alone… well, never mind.
Yet the fact still stands that the dairy industry must find new ways to tell its story. Since 1970, the demand for dairy in the US has been in constant decline and increased governmental regulations have compounded the difficulty of reaching a growingly disconnected consumer base.
A favorite Hungarian children's song is "Cow, Cow colourful". This song helps children better understand dairy farming at a very early age. You can read the translation of the text below and listen the song too.
The most critical period of lactation in high-yielding dairy cows lasts from the onset of milk production to the peak of lactation (i.e. the time when cows reach their highest daily milk yield). The duration of this period is approximately 50–60 days. The preparatory measures necessary for enabling cows to get through this risky period successfully should be started already during the dry period.
It appears that the fight against mycotoxins is not quite over in Hungary. Producers had serious issues with Aflatoxins. 2012 was extremely hot and temperatures regularly reached over 40 degrees.
Milyen hatásai vannak a 2012-es forró nyárnak a magyarországi szarvasmarhatarásra? Úgy tűnik, hogy a mikotoxinok elleni küzdelem nem ért véget Magyarországon. Ebben az évben a termelők az Aflatoxin ellen küzdöttek. A 2012-es év páratlanul meleg volt és több hullámban is 40 celsius fok fölé kúszott a hőmérő higanyszála.