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Mar 202018
 

ASM ISSUE: 214 – 2018 Spending Bill Program Promising for Dairy Producers

I shared an article about NMPF’s suggestions to improve 2018’s MMP-Dairy a few days ago. Now it looks like President Donald Trump has just signed a stopgap spending measure that will protect dairy farmers. According to Farm Journal’s MILKJim Weisenmeyer, a ProFarmer’s Washington policy analyst, said these changes were the most significant ones he has seen in his 40 years working in Washington.

This bill will eliminate the livestock gross margin program (LGM) $20 million cap. According to the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), this package will bolster the MPP, which was created as a safety net program born from a 2014 farm bill.

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ASM ISSUE: 215 – Dairy Scientists to Benefit from New In-Depth Mineral Review

Dr. Jesse Goff, DVM, PhD and holder of the Anderson Chair in Veterinary Medicine atIowa State University, just released a thorough review that was published in theJournal of Dairy Science. According to an article in The Dairy Site, Dr. Goff”s review examined the minerals used in ruminant nutrition and discussed their mechanisms of absorption.

This review summarized each of the seven macrominerals and other important microminerals, which work together to create a complete dietary nutrient profile for cows. “By understanding the mechanisms involved in movement of minerals from the diet into the blood of the animal, I hope the reader might gain some insight into factors that impair or enhance mineral utilization by animals,” Dr Goff said.

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