Monsanto is not only working with corn and soybeans, but also working with dairy farmers.
It’s been a long trip and sometimes you start to get a little goofy. I tried to interview old Betsy here but she wasn’t interested.
As you might expect, we had to suit up to go into the diary barn.
I wasn’t the only one thinking I looked pretty fashionable in my blue suit.
One of the companies helping sponsor the IFAJ Congress here in Norway is GENO Breeding and A.I. Association.
On our dairy tour today, Torstein Steine, Director of Breeding and Research, gave us an overview of the Norwegian Cow Record System. GENO is very involved in this project which has an immense amount of data online now.
Before we got to go into the dairy barn on today’s IFAJ Congress tour we learned about automatic or robotic milking from the expert.
He’s Gunnar Pettersson, Swedish University of Agricultural Science. He used a power point presentation but I recorded him anyway and am providing an edited version of that talk.
Today I got to visit a dairy operation which is pretty big business in Norway. We toured the Smestad farm. Pictured here are our hosts, Ole Kristian and Randi Skallerud.
The interesting part of the dairy is that he’s using an automatic milking system. So before we event went into the barn we learned more about robotic milking.
At our opening night reception and dinner we heard from the CEO/President of Tine, the Norway dairy cooperative that makes Jarlsberg cheese. This year is the 50th year since they began making this great cheese. You can see the nice display of food we had with a Jarlsberg cheese wheel centerpiece.
On this week’s ZimmCast it’s time to relax in between road trips and discuss our latest farm podcast with Pioneer Hi-Bred called “Forage Forum.”
The media room at the Cattle Industry Summer Conference is sponsored by Merial.
You must not get out much judging by the lack of “Here’s my favorite festival . . . “ responses. So I’ll just have to take up the slack.