From Zero to 150 and Beyond…

As Canadians get ready to celebrate their 150th anniversary this weekend, they will also be celebrating over 150 years of farming innovation. A lot has changed since 1867 – most notably I sure wasn’t around back then!

Advances in modern agriculture have allowed farms to expand in size, add workers – or reduce them in some cases, increase production, and even extend the growing season. A farm that used to feed five people now feeds 120 and what used to take an entire day to harvest can be done in just minutes! Even dairy cows have become more efficient. The modern dairy cow, with the help of some automated milking technology, improved genetics, and optimized cow comfort, can produce 8 times more milk than she used to!

Now, I’m a manure expert not a milking expert, but I do know that a comfortable and safe cow is a happy cow. That’s why my personal favorite milking technology is DeLaval’s Voluntary Milking System, or VMS. Its special features allow for increased thermal efficiency, constant health monitoring, and faster visible results! Canadian dairy producers from both sides of the country are using this technology. Heeg Dairy Inc. and Legendairy Farms are just a couple of the many producers who are leading the industry into a new era – way to go Canada!

All of this talk about the past 150 years has got me wondering just what food production is going to look like in another 150 years. Flying combines?? Maybe. More robots?? Definitely!

While we still haven’t seen any flying cars – or combines for that matter, modern farms do use flying drones to identify potential problems before they become an issue. These drones can also calculate the optimum time to fertilize and irrigate to maximize water and nutrient application efficiencies.

Over the past 150 years, advances in agriculture have made it possible to grow more with less, and you can bet that even more innovative technologies will emerge – in fact, we’re working on some pretty cool projects right here at our Innovation Center… but you’ll have to stay tuned for more information on that!

Modern agriculture is definitely ahead of the game when it comes to implementing technology and using flying inventions, and at the rate the world is evolving it’s astonishing to even imagine what could be next.

Who knows, maybe we’ll even grow crops on Mars one day…

Keep innovating and Happy Birthday, Canada!

~ Jenkins out!

June is National Dairy Month!

Dairy is consumed 365 days a year, but for 30 of those days it’s got the spotlight!

Hi everyone! My name is Emlyn and I am a Communications Student at Mount Royal University. I have joined the LWR team for the summer and I am learning a LOT about the dairy industry. Did you know that June is National Dairy Month!? Get out your ice cream scoop because if every there was a time to indulge in some dairy – now is the time!

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Celebrate dairy month with two (or three!) scoops of ice cream on your cone, a big scoop of butter for your baked potato, real cream in your cup of coffee, a deluxe five cheese pizza, or simply a large glass of delicious chilled milk to wash down some cookies! Whatever your favorite dairy product may be- now is the time to indulge.

Not only is dairy a delicious food source, but it’s also great for your overall health! It’s recommended that you consume three servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy products every day. There are nine essential nutrients found in dairy products: calcium, potassium, phosphorus, protein, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin B12, riboflavin, and niacin. The nutrient content promotes bone health and reduces risk of high blood pressure, it also helps to protect against certain cancers.

National Dairy Month marks its 80th anniversary this year! Beginning in 1937 and formerly referred to as National Milk Month, this month-long tradition has served as a reminder of just how heavily we rely on dairy. I don’t know about you, but I don’t even want to imagine a world without ice cream, whipped cream, or coffee cream! So join us in showing your appreciation to dairy farmers by simply enjoying dairy products whenever possible (and don’t be afraid to have extra, there’s no better motive).

Fun Facts

  • Human beings have been consuming cows’ milk for about 10,000 years
  • Cows have no upper teeth, they curl their tongues around grass and swallow it unchewed
  • Most cows chew at least 50 times per minute
  • The pattern on a cow’s fur is unique- no two cows have the same coat
  • Dairy processing plants first began to use paper cartons to package milk in 1906
  • The ice cream cone was invented at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis.
  • The world’s tallest ice cream cone was over 9ft tall and was scooped in Italy
  • A cow gives enough milk to make two gallons of ice cream per day, 730 gallons per year
  • It takes three gallons of milk to produce one gallon of ice cream
  • Fresh milk will stay fresher longer if you add a pinch of salt to each quart

That’s it for now. I hope you learned something new about the dairy industry – I know I did! I look forward to sharing more of what I discover this summer, so stay tuned!

– Emlyn

We’re Half Way There!

It’s been a cold, wet, and snowy winter for just about everyone this year, but guess what!? We are officially in the dead of winter… and that’s not a bad thing!

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The dead of winter is the point where there is more winter behind us than in front of us, which means that Spring is just around the corner. You could say that it’s all down hill from here!

As most of us stay hunkered inside our warm homes, cars, and offices, let’s not forget about all of the farmers out there who are braving the coldest days of winter to keep their animals fed, watered, and milked! While most of us might get the occasional snow day, cold winds, deep snow, and freezing temperatures don’t stop farmers from caring for their animals. We really do appreciate all that you do to keep food on our tables 365 days a year – regardless of the snowy cold conditions outside. Stay safe and warm out there and thank you for all that you do to feed our families!

Winter is not over, and you can bet that there will be some cold, snowy days ahead of us, but doesn’t it make it a little easier knowing that we have made it to the half way point and are one step closer to those dog days of summer!

How One Farm took 500 Trucks Off Of Their Local Roads

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BEEP BEEP BEEP WHIRRFFFTT WOOOSH!

….. There goes another one!

We all know that manure is full of valuable nutrients that are essential for crop growth. Manure can also help improve soil quality and structure.

We also know that over applying nutrients can lead to groundwater contamination and the spread of pathogens and parasites that can affect both human and animal health. 

So how can we use nutrients in a way that will optimize crop growth, while at the same time minimize potential risks to the environment?! One of the best ways to do this is through strategic nutrient application – putting the right amount of nutrients on the crops that need them most, and not spreading manure nutrients where they won’t be utilized.

Moving nutrients to various fields is an imperative part of nutrient management plans. But when it comes to hauling manure, road weight restrictions, traffic, and soil compaction are just a few of the challenges that you have to consider.

While manure haulers go out of their way to ensure the safe transport of valuable fertilizers away from local farms, there is no denying that more and more trucks on local roads increases the risk of danger.

McCormick Farms, located in Bliss, NY, is currently recycling approximately 70% of their liquid manure into water so clean you can drink it!

7,500 to 9,000 gallons of reclaimed water a day is being used for parlor clean-up and flushing, which eliminates at least a truck and a half off the roads every day.

Over the course of a year, this adds up to 500 truckloads of lagoon water that doesn’t have to be hauled and spread on fields. 500 less trucks on local roads means reduced greenhouse gas emissions, less environmental risk, better agronomic practices, less compaction, less traffics on local roads, and better for the neighborhood – that’s amazing!

Sometimes the best there is can also be the best there ever was! 

I’ve just spent the week in Madison at World Dairy Expo and I can tell you that there is simply no better place in the world to check out the latest and greatest in dairy technology and innovation. While we still have one more day to check out all of the vendors, I wanted to take a minute to tell you about one in particular. Sometimes, the best there is can also be the best there ever was…

LWR’s team of manure treatment experts scours the globe finding the absolute best when it comes to complementary technology to offer our clients. Every now and then I will be highlighting some of that technology on this blog, and today I want to tell you why we stand behind FAN Separators as the #1 screw press on the market when it comes to LWR fertilizer solids.

FAN Separators were the pioneers in separation technology and were the very first to bring the screw press to market. After working with a number of other providers, our product development team has unanimously agreed that there is no better press on the market to handle nutrient loaded materials. Not only does the FAN Separator produce the highest dry matter solids, but it pushes more product through quicker.

With an intricate service network, FAN Bauer ‎is committed to offering their clients outstanding customer service. They are the #1 in their field, and the only screw press recommended by yours truly when it comes to manure sludge.

You’ll find them here at World Dairy Expo in the Exhibition Hall (booth 1115).

Tell ’em JENKINS sent you!

These Are a few (50) of my Favorite Things

It’s safe to say that no dairy event in the world compares to World Dairy Expo. Not only is it a showcase of the worlds finest dairy cattle, but it’s the place to be to learn about cutting edge research and state of the art technologies. 

I’m here in Madison, Wisconsin for the week to learn everything I can to help make our technology better for dairy producers. (We already think it’s pretty good, but at LWR we never stop innovating!) 

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of World Dairy Expo, I’d like to share with you my list of the 50 things I love most about World Dairy Expo.  Drum roll please…………… Here they are, in no particular order:

1. The cows

2. The seminars

3. Checking out new technology

4. $2 grilled cheese sandwiches (thank you Collegiate Farm Bureau at UW-Madison

5. Virtual Farm Tours

6. Learning about trends in the dairy industry

7. The International Brown Swiss Show

8. Networking opportunities 

9. $1 milk shakes

10. The cows (did I say that already?) 

11. The beautiful colored shavings in the show ring

12. Meeting with our exclusive group of Legacy Clients 

13. The International Holstein Show

14. Dairy demonstrations 

15. The Purple Cow Gift Shop

16. Checking out all of the social media posts with these Wold Dairy hashtags:

          #celebrate50

          #wde50

          #worlddairyexpo

          #wde16

17. The International Red & White Show

18. Ice cream

19. The largest dairy focused trade show exhibit in the world

20. The cows (I just can’t get enough of them!) 

21. The Steel Cow – seriously, check them out! 

22. Meeting over 75,000 attendees from all over the world

23. Learning all about genetics

24. Exploring the city of Madison 

25. Dairy Happy Hour

26. The International Guernsey Show

27. All the candy collected from the exhibitors – honestly, it’s better than trick or treating!

28. Speaking of candy, there is a ton of free swag too!

29. Meeting members of the FFA and 4-H

30. The World Forage Analysis Super Bowl

31. The cows (they really are the greatest!) 

32. Drinking delicious Wisconsin milk

          a. white

          b. chocolate 

33. Relaxing after a long day with a stroll along the Lake Monona shoreline

34. The 50th anniversary historical display

35. The International Jersey Show

36. Collaborating with some of the smartest people in the dairy industry

37. Sneaking away to visit the State Capitol 

38. Breakfast at the Marigold Kitchen 

39. Taking in the beauty of Lake Mendota

40. The International Shorthorn Milking Show

41. Visiting the Bonnie Mohr exhibit 

42. The cows…. I mean, after all they are the reason we’re all here! 

43. “Expo in the Evening”

44. Deep fried cheese curds 

45. So.Much.Cheese

46. The International Ayrshire Show 

47. The Parade of Champions

48. The Supreme Champion 

49. Celebrating 50 years of dairy innovation

50. The cows 

Well, there you have it! That’s my list! Do you have anything to add? I’d love to hear about your favorite part of World Dairy Expo?? 

Until next time, 

JENKINS

Hi. I’m Jenkins.

JenkinsWell, hello there. Allow me to introduce myself. I’m JENKINS, and  I operate a system that concentrates liquid manure nutrients from dairy and hog manure, and recycles the rest of it into water that is so clean you can drink it. Seriously!

How do I do it? Well, each one of our Manure Treatment Systems is equipped with a state of the art operating system that allows me to control it remotely. I don’t mean to brag, but I am one of the most popular features of the LWR System. Imagine how convenient it is for you to turn your livestock manure into water remotely from a tablet or smartphone, while you continue to work somewhere else on the farm, in the farm office, or even from the comforts of your own home.

Because I’m always keeping an eye on the LWR system, I started this blog to share what I’ve learned on my many manure adventures.

As many of you already know, the Dairy Industry has descended on Madison, Wisconsin this week and I’m here too!

Please follow along as I explore World Dairy Expo this week.  You just never never know where I might turn up!

Stay tuned!

JENKINS