Feb. 21 2019
The business of milking cows has certainly consolidated. Just because there are fewer dairy farms does not mean that there is not room for young people who want to milk cows as a career
Feb. 21 2019
The dramatic climb in the use of winter grains for very high-quality forage, which also protects the environment in a sustainable manner, has opened a new forage rotation window of opportunity
Feb. 20 2019
When we move calves into pens with headlocks, sometimes they are hesitant to use them. We started to hook their old grain buckets on the headlocks to encourage them to eat. We also took
Feb. 20 2019
One thing I have always admired about my husband, Duane, is his ability to run a meeting smoothly and effortlessly. Orchestrating a boardroom is a skill he learned while participating on the FFA
Feb. 10 2019
I’m a little ashamed to admit how long it’s taken me to write this article. I’m even more ashamed to admit that I’m too scared to tell you the whole story, but I promise you that...
Feb. 10 2019
Fat is back, and that should have all of us rethinking how we track performance benchmarks. By reshaping our thought process, we will better match the milk sold off our farm to consumer
Feb. 10 2019
It’s powerful when the U.S. dairy industry comes together to discuss how we can work together to lead dairy forward,” shared Michael Dykes, CEO and president of the International Dairy Foods...
Feb. 10 2019
Saying yes can take you places, and this was certainly the case for me. Last fall, I was asked to travel to Germany. In mid-November, I headed overseas with the German American Chamber of Commerce
Feb. 10 2019
On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law. This historic act is the single biggest change in tax law in over 40 years
Jan. 28 2019
We made these reels to wind up our polywire after we are done grazing our cows. They are made out of old shovel handles, small bucket lids, 18-inch ready rod, and locking nuts and washers. With
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,...