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  • This year’s World Dairy Expo marked the 30th overall team win for the Maryland 4-H Dairy Judging program. Maryland has achieved the first place position for one-third or 30 out of 91 recorded contests; this rare accomplishment is equivalent to winning 15 super bowl games!
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  • Dairy Industry Launches Innovative National Website at Expo
    America's dairy industry continues to lead agriculture as it launches an exciting new Internet-based information and education tool for producers, allied industry partners, Cooperative Extension employees, and consumers. This dairy cattle website, DAIReXNET, will launch at the World Dairy Expo October 2-6, in Madison, WI.
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  • Maryland Dairy Shrine Inductions set for Banquet on Feb 16
    "Four leaders of the dairy industry in Maryland will be inducted into the Maryland Dairy Shrine at the annual banquet Saturday Febrauary 16th at the Lynfield Event Complex north of Frederick on Route 15.
    Those honored will be the late Luther Huston, William "Buddy" Hill, Theodore "Ted" Ridgely and Dr. Lee J. Majeskie.
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  • In Defense of Cloning
    Carol L. Keefer has played a significant behind-the-scenes role in the government's deliberations on whether to permit sales of meat and milk derived from clones. An associate professor at the University of Maryland, Keefer was one of three animal scientists who reviewed the Food and Drug Administration's research into the safety of such food last year.
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Additional News from the Herd

  • Food Production without Water Pollution
    "Historically, many nutritionists recommended that livestock be fed extra nitrogen-containing protein and phosphorus to provide a 'margin of error,' designed to maximize production and guarantee animal health and reproductive performance," says Dr. Rick Kohn. "However, scientific research has shown that livestock can be fed rations that provide a better balance of amino acids, minerals in more digestible forms, and other improvements. Adding excess nutrients is unnecessary to maximize production and in fact, eliminating them could reduce feeding costs."
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  • A legacy of learning
    Every coach dreams of getting that big win in their last competition and riding off into the sunset.  While most never get that thrill, the 2006 National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest gave Lee Majeskie that chance to go out a winner as his Maryland 4-H team placed first.
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  • Cows get along fine with robot
    "The big advantage of robotics is that they give the farmer flexibility," said Kiera Finucane."
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  • Converting Fiber into Fuel
    Interview with Dr. Richard Kohn.
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  • Outlook bleak for Maryland dairy industry
    by Howard Leathers and Bob Peters
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  • Are milk and meat from bST-supplemented cows safe?
    AgToday Article by Mike Bell
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  • Salmonella, should you be concerned?
    AgToday Article by Mike Bell
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  • What is organic milk?
    AgToday Article by Mike Bell
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