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Farm Cuts Water Use, Improves Yield with Subsurface Drip Irrigation

Subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) technology is a solution for maximizing water productivity and crop yield potential. But while the water-saving and productivity benefits of SDI are well documented, the challenges for dairy producers in utilizing naturally produced, nutrient-rich liquid manure as a forage crop fertilizer has limited wider adoption of … Read more »

Park City Group Helps Dairy Reduces Waste 24%

Park City Group, a cloud-based software company that uses big data management to help retailers and their suppliers sell more and stock less, has helped a large, regional dairy reduce its waste by 24 percent year over year at a large national retailer by using Park City Group’s Visibility & … Read more »

Pixley anaerobic digester

Dairy Farm Waste Powers Ethanol Facility

A first-of-its-kind anaerobic digester in California captures methane from agricultural waste and turns it into clean biogas to power an ethanol facility in Tulare County. The Calgren Ethanol Biodigester, which is now online, will power the production of tens of millions of gallons of ethanol, all consumed in California’s Central … Read more »

Nestlé Factory to Reduce Water Consumption 15%

Nestlé will reduce the total amount of water it uses in Mexico by 15 percent a year as the result of its new dairy facility in Jalisco, which will produce 1.6 million liters (422,000 gallons) of water daily out of cow’s milk, according to the company. The company plans to … Read more »

Big Dairies Raise Pollution Concerns

As the consolidation of the US dairy industry into fewer and fewer, larger operations continues apace, fresh opposition is also growing in response to the increased pollution risk associated with bigger dairy farms, reports Environment 360. More than half of US milk is now produced by just 3 percent of the country’s … Read more »

Support Tool Cuts Dairy Emissions

Alltech has launched a tool to aid dairy nutrition and reduce methane emissions from animals. The tool allows nutritionists to evaluate and troubleshoot dairy rations to maximize feed efficiency to combat rising feed costs. It also estimates the amount of energy lost as methane and methane emissions per animal, according … Read more »

$21M to Help Dairy Farms Convert Waste to Energy

New York has made available $21 million to help the state’s dairy farmers convert farm waste to energy. The bulk of the funding — $20 million — is available through NYSERDA to install anaerobic digester technology that produces renewable biogas used to produce electricity and heat from organic wastes. Farms, … Read more »

Dairy Industry Sustainability Advances

The dairy industry today produces 59 percent more milk with 64 percent fewer cows that eat 77 percent less feed and drink 65 percent less water per cwt of milk produced compared with dairy production in 1944, reports Dairy Heard Management, citing research in the Journal of Dairy Science. Researchers … Read more »

USDA: Dairy Dust Not Harmful

Dust stirred up by wind and restless cattle at dairies does contain bacteria, fungi and small bacterial remnants such as endotoxins, but these potentially problematic particles are not found at high levels far beyond the barnyard, according to US Department of Agriculture research. In the western US, dairy cows are … Read more »

Closed Loop Recycling

UK Plastics Recycler Expands, Meets Growing Dairy Industry Needs

Closed Loop Recycling is expanding its HDPE recycling capabilities to meet the demands of the dairy industry, which increasingly requires higher levels of rHDPE in its milk bottles. The UK-based plastics recycler, which says it was the first to recycle both PET and HDPE plastic bottles into food grade material … Read more »

Drought Pushes Dairy, Beef Prices Up

Dairy and beef prices could spike from the hotter-than-normal summer heat and worsening drought conditions. Beef prices hit an all-time high earlier this month because of the 2012 US drought, Bloomberg reports. AccuWeather.com says consumers could soon begin to see a rise in dairy costs after record-breaking high temperatures scorched … Read more »

Dairy Industry Launches Sustainability Reporting Guide

The Innovation Center for US Dairy has published a guide to help dairy companies and farms measure and report on sustainability. The Stewardship and Sustainability Guide for US Dairy identifies indicators for assessing dairy sustainability and communicating results. The indicators are based on scientific life cycle assessment studies commissioned by … Read more »