Jan. 15 2019
As each month ticks by with Class III milk prices in the mid-teens, equity slips away from the balance sheets a little at a time
Jan. 15 2019
Dairy farmers, veterinarians, and milk processors alike should celebrate the outcome of the Food and Drug Administration’s latest round of antibiotic residue testing. During the past year, we provid
Jan. 15 2019
With a lot of calves and a lot of different calf feeders, it can be hard for everyone to keep track of what’s going on with each hutch. When a calf is sick, we wrap a few pieces of bright yellow...
Jan. 15 2019
Fad diets are a thing right now. Unfortunately, some of them are a problem for dairy. I first heard about Whole 30 (W30) last year. It is a diet for people, typically women in midlife, who are looking
Jan. 15 2019
Just like the early European explorers who made the first maps, every world map improved with each expedition. The same case applies to studying DNA
Jan. 15 2019
Summer may seem a long ways away, but dairy farmers are likely still poignantly aware of the negative impacts of hot weather on milk yield and components
Jan. 15 2019
Cheese — it’s an acquired taste. Typically when new dairy markets open, the first thing people do is drink fluid milk. Next in the dairy evolution, those consumers start eating fresh product
Jan. 7 2019
School cancellations make kids scream with joy. Staying in pajamas, baking cookies, watching movies, and then heading out to play in the snow — oh, what fun!
Jan. 7 2019
Eye protection is important, especially when straw dust is involved. To make sure there are always safety glasses accessible, we took a refrigerator magnet clip and put it on our straw chopper
Jan. 7 2019
Job titles in the agricultural community are vast. There are many different careers and people that work together to produce a safe food supply for humans and livestock. One of those minds is a lawyer,...
Jan. 7 2019
The 2018 Farm Bill has significantly changed the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) that was introduced in the 2014 Farm Bill
Jan. 7 2019
You can always go home. In the case of Hisao Fukuda, home meant returning to his original vocation: working for the U.S. dairy farmers. “I knew Tom Suber well,” said Fukuda
Dec. 11 2018
With lots of loose straw chaff to chop up for bedding but not a good way to transport it from the hay barn to the straw chopper, we created a funnel that fits perfectly. Using plastic bo
Dec. 11 2018
Some of the greatest gifts we receive don’t cost a penny. As I reflect over the past year and look forward to a holiday season that exemplifies gifts, I realize it is the people in my life
Dec. 11 2018
Quiet is deafening when you expect sound. An idle milking parlor is like a tomb. The roar of silence softens some with the passage of time or if the space is repurposed
Dec. 11 2018
Somewhere along the way, someone asked me my thoughts on how authority should flow within a dairy. Upon reflection, I developed “The Purple Truck Theory.”
Dec. 11 2018
The “Next 5 Percent” strategy includes more boots on the ground for USDEC. Shown at the Tokyo-based trade mission were (L to R): Luke Waring, Hisao Fukuda, Ross Christieson, Jeff McNeill, Hiroshi
Nov. 15 2018
Three themes — the dairy economy, trade, and plant-based imitators — prevailed above all others at this year’s joint annual meeting of the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board
Nov. 15 2018
From early on we’re often taught to live by the Golden Rule, “Do unto others, as you would have them do onto you.” It simply means that we should treat people the same way that we would...
Nov. 15 2018
Most people living in the northern United States or Canada have come to expect long, cold winters.