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Agri-Business Briefs for June 14, 2006
Byron Seeds offers forage product with improved genetics
MARSHALL, Ind. — Byron Seeds is offering Brown Midribbed (BMR) genetic technology in their forage sorghum products. BMR genes have been shown to alter feed management programs for dairy and beef operations and deliver forage quality and animal performance comparable to corn silage and alfalfa, according to the company.

Byron Seeds’ SG BMR 6 gene products combine higher forage quality and top yield performance with lower cost input and higher return per acre in milk and meat production than conventional forages, according to company officials.

Research has shown that Byron Seeds’ SG BMR 6 products have a high level of digestibility. The products have a high level of palatability and low level of fiber, which helps increase intake. Feed efficiency also is improved through heightened digestibility through all stages of beef cattle weight gains and milk production in dairy cows. The improved ruminant fiber digestibility comes from reduced lignin in Byron Seeds’ SG BMR 6 forage sorghum.

In replicated yield trials at several universities, Byron Seeds’ SG BMR 6 forage sorghum produced significantly more digestible nutrients than conventional forage sorghum and was equal to corn silage. In comparison to corn, these forages require 30-40 percent less water and significantly less fertilizer to produce similar yield levels.

Researchers and nutritionists at a major university conducted trials to determine the relative nutritional value of conventional forage sorghum, Byron Seeds’ SG BMR 6 forage sorghum, corn silage and alfalfa silage. The researchers studied chemical composition, lactation performance, rumen fermentation and fiber digestibility of the test forages. The researchers found that Byron Seeds’ SG BMR 6 showed gains of 10 more pounds of milk per cow per day over the conventional forage sorghum and was equal to or better than corn and alfalfa silage.

For more information about Byron Seeds’ SG BMR 6 forage sorghum, call 1-800-801-3596.

SwineCast expands introduction of industry’s Internet ‘conversation’
GREENFIELD, Ind. — SwineCast, Elanco’s Internet “conversation” between swine producers and industry experts, celebrates its 100th episode by expanding its introduction to swine industry allies across the nation.

“We’re pleased to invite the entire industry to become a part of this bold new Information-Age initiative,” said Ned Arthur, SwineCast Content Partner.

Each week, two new half-hour audio “magazines” are produced. These audio programs are available over the Internet at as “podcasts,” free-of-charge to subscribers. Content is determined via feedback from listeners, industry issues and events worldwide.

“In basic terms, SwineCast provides timely information on production, marketing and management issues through one easy-to-use, frequently updated source,” said Aaron Gilbertie of Elanco.

This farm news was published in the June 14, 2006 issue of Farm World, serving Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee.