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Climate Corp CEO 2017 Agribusiness Leader of the Year

The National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) has picked a winner. Mike Stern, Chief Executive Officer of The Climate Corporation, a subsidiary of Monsanto Company, has been named the 2017 Agribusiness Leader of the Year.

This agriculture industry award recognizes outstanding leadership in private, public, or academic service. It is conferred each year to a senior agribusiness executive who exemplifies excellence in agribusiness, and has also made significant contributions to the industry.

Since joining Climate in 2014, Stern has guided the company’s growth from serving 35 million crop acres to more than 100 million acres. In less than two growing seasons, the Climate FieldView platform has quickly become the most broadly connected platform in the United States. Under Stern’s leadership, the Climate FieldView platform has continued to expand into new, global regions, including recent expansion into Canada and Brazil. In November 2016, the company acquired VitalFields, a European farm management software company based in Tallinn, Estonia, marking Climate’s first step into the European market. The company plans to bring the Climate FieldView platform to Europe, South Africa, Australia, and Argentina over the next few years.

Most recently, the Climate FieldView platform was selected by the Business Intelligence Group as one of five Chairman’s Choice winners of the 2017 BIG Innovation Awards, signifying Climate FieldView as one of the top five product innovations of 2017.


San Bernadino no-build zone doesn’t fly with Chino dairy

A Chino dairy family may soon receive $48 million for most of their 58-acres of land that they claimed San Bernadino County has turned into a runway protection zone for the Chino airport.

According to the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, the lawsuit, which went into private arbitration, claimed that the county had over the past 25 years, turned most of the land owned since the 1960s by Jim and Annie Nyenhuis into a no-build zone without compensation.

One of the few remaining Chino dairy farms after an influx in urban sprawl, the couple immigrated from Holland and worked their way through the California dairy industry before settling in Chino and raising their eight children.

The award which is not final includes the land value, legal costs, and relocation money for the Nyenhuis family.


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Zoetis: Three tips for improving stocker gain

Growing up on a 5,000-head feedyard in the Oklahoma Panhandle,  Jeff Sarchet,  senior veterinarian, Zoetis Beef Technical Services, observed firsthand the benefits of well-managed cattle coming in from the stocker level.

“I work with a number of stocker operations across the country, and no matter the region, they share the same priority at this level of beef production — improving gain,” Sarchet said in a recent release.

There are several strategies for improving stocker gain. Here are Sarchet’s top three suggestions to put to work on your operation:

1. Eliminate parasites and a depressed immune system: Parasites drain the immune system. With the younger age of stocker cattle and the potential for higher risk of bovine respiratory disease (BRD), any boost to the immune system is beneficial. Parasites not only affect the immune system, they also suppress appetite and limit optimum gain.

“I suggest incorporating DECCOX  into the supplemental feed or as a top dress on feed to prevent coccidiosis, caused by a common protozoan parasite that is a drain on both production and the calves’ immune systems, as well as using a broad-spectrum dewormer like DECTOMAX or VALBAZEN to control internal parasites,” Sarchet said.

Controlling parasites in cattle is not just beneficial for an animal’s immune system — there are performance advantages, as well. It’s estimated that internal parasites cost the cattle industry about $3 billion each year in lost weight gains, poor feed conversion, and increased disease.

2. Prevent and control BRD: BRD can significantly reduce gain in cattle and is a devastating disease for both cattle and producers, costing the industry up to $1 billion annually from loss of production, increased labor expenses, treatment costs, and death.

To help reduce losses from BRD, it is important for producers to control BRD before it hits their operation. Used concurrently, INFORCE 3 and ONE SHOT BVD work quickly to provide protection from harmful BRD pathogens and give cattle a healthy start. When cattle are at increased risk of BRD, Sarchet also recommends using a broad-spectrum antimicrobial on arrival, like DRAXXIN (tulathromycin) Injectable Solution, as part of an effective BRD control program.

3. Implant for increased gain and operational flexibility: Using implants will increase metabolic efficiency, which results in higher gain. The amount of gain is dependent upon the level of nutrition and implant used. When implanting with SYNOVEX, ranchers can produce more pounds of beef.

In research studies, steers receiving SYNOVEX ONE GRASS implants had a 17.2 percent improvement in gain over nonimplanted steers, and heifers receiving SYNOVEX ONE GRASS achieved an 11.3 percent increase in average daily gain. There are a number of implant options to select from to increase gain at the stocker level.

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