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Sept. 28 2023
A serious injury to or death of a farm’s owner sets off a chain of events that can be devastating if the business and family aren’t prepared. In too many cases, it can lead to the farm exiting...
Sept. 28 2023
Can we select cows for reduced methane production? This is a question that genetics researchers around the world are tackling, as we seek to reduce the environmental footprint of dairy farming. Dairy cattle...
Sept. 28 2023
Since I was an undergraduate student in college, I have always been very passionate about forage quality and ruminant nutrition. Almost 25 years ago, I started my research internship at the USDA Agricultural...
Sept. 28 2023
One way to improve productivity and efficiency on farms is to simplify management. When it comes to making high quality milk, Michigan State University’s Pam Ruegg, D.V.M., offered this straightforward...
Sept. 25 2023
Industry leaders from around the globe will gather at the gateway to America’s Dairyland when the International Dairy Federation (IDF) World Dairy Summit returns to the U.S. for the first time in...
Sept. 25 2023
Muscle and bone health matters at every age. That’s why dairy products are not only an important part of the diet for children as they build muscle and bone density, but also for older adults
Sept. 25 2023
Both domestically and overseas, the standards for the type of milk processors want to buy have become more stringent
Sept. 25 2023
The U.S. dairy herd has been trending lower since March. One explanation that I continue to hear for the decline is that record-high slaughter prices are pulling more dairy cows
Sept. 21 2023
Composted animal manure has been used as a soil amendment for years. When done well, its benefits include plant disease suppression, pathogen destruction, manure volume reduction, and improved soil health....
Sept. 21 2023
There are many potentially dangerous pieces of equipment and machinery on farms. One of the most common — and most dangerous for young people — is all terrain vehicles (ATVs)
Sept. 21 2023
Of milk’s 13 essential nutrients, there is one that doesn’t grab many headlines but should be a key reason why people keep dairy in their diet. While protein, calcium, potassium, vitamins A...
Sept. 21 2023
With corn silage harvest underway or starting soon, in many areas the main focus is on optimizing the yield and nutritional value of this important feed ingredient, and rightly so. Trusting that plans...
Sept. 18 2023
It’s the time of year when harvesting equipment is running all day and long into the night. Crops are coming off the fields, manure is moving to the fields, and on a dairy farm, the normal daily...
Sept. 18 2023
In a year when dairy commodities have been hit hard by slumping prices, butter has remained at the head of the class, barely dipping below $2.50 per pound at the wholesale level and recently rebounding...
Sept. 18 2023
Health — physical, mental, and emotional — is one of the best assets we can have to help us move through our days, and nutrition clearly has a deep connection to how healthy we are and how...
Sept. 18 2023
Nearly every dairy farmer will tell you that one of the most critical times of a cow’s life is around calving. The weeks preceding and following calving have been well-detailed in research. That...
Sept. 14 2023
Dairy farms are not alone when it comes to a shortage of help. Problems associated with a limited workforce span across other sectors of agriculture and different industries
Sept. 14 2023
Protein is often considered the hallmark nutrient provided by animal-derived products. Critical for building muscle and supporting physical activity, protein is necessary for us to accomplish our daily...
Sept. 14 2023
Though the calendar has not yet turned to fall, the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program has already eclipsed the $1 billion mark in payments for 2023. Expected payments as of September 5 are now at $1.13...
Sept. 14 2023
For farms that lost milk income due to weather events the past few years, a recently announced U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program will offer some relief
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