March 27 2020
Can a wrongly accused villain be vindicated and emerge as a superhero? That’s the epic battle taking place in nutritional science as experts convene to author the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for...
March 27 2020
If there are any skeptics that do not believe in the power of genetic selection, then they have been ignoring the facts. The magical history of genetic selection has translated into more milk per cow
March 27 2020
The author and her family own and operate a sixth-generation dairy farm near St. Johns, Mich. transitioning the farm business from one generation to the next takes a great deal of personal, business
March 26 2020
Are you stuck? Is sad your go-to emotion? I realize these are heavy questions, but I encourage all of you, like I encourage myself, to ask yourself these questions
March 20 2020
Gannett newspapers have been doing a deep dive on the dairy checkoff. To stir up dust on the topic, its Milwaukee Journal Sentinel questioned whether checkoff programs provide value to dairy farmers
March 20 2020
As I write this article, the death toll and global panic associated with coronavirus are both steadily rising. The latest human outbreak is being caused by a strain called Wuhan coronavirus
March 20 2020
I keep hearing the message that “Cows are destroying the planet.” I have heard that ridiculous phrase more times than I care to in the past few months
March 20 2020
The value of hindsight has been proven for a New Zealand dairying operation as it focuses on sustainability for the future. Owned by the Legg family, Lakeside Ayrshires is a 180-hectare (445 acres) op
March 10 2020
The challenge of raising kids in today’s day and age is so different than it was 30 years ago. Growing up as a child in the 1980s, we watched “Family Ties” and “Little House on...
March 10 2020
Milk prices were too low for too long. That sums up the serious economic consequences in the countryside as 8.8% of all dairy farms holding permits to sell milk left the business last year
March 10 2020
Do you scratch your head on pregnancy check day and wonder why you did not get as many cows pregnant as you desired?
March 10 2020
THe COLLECTIVE dairy world should be shouting acclamations from the mountaintops. We’ve made enormous strides in production per cow and that’s helped us double down on our efforts to reduce
Feb. 25 2020
The balance sheet is a portrait of the financial condition of the farm. After a period of low milk prices, the balance sheet now tells a story of how the farm weathered the storm
Feb. 25 2020
I do not care if a farmer has one cow or 10,000 cows; cows are loved, appreciated, and admired. Dairy farmers far and wide have a deep respect for the animals in their barn
Feb. 25 2020
Dairy isn’t dying, it’s a growing product category. That was one of the many messages that emanated from this year’s Dairy Forum in Scottsdale, Ariz
Feb. 10 2020
Major media outlets have been forecasting the death of dairy after Dean Foods and Borden both filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. In making dairy’s doomsday prophecy, those journalists compl
Feb. 10 2020
My favorite book is “Tuesdays with Morrie.” It was a book given to me decades ago by a treasured, life-long friend after my brother had passed
Feb. 10 2020
There were two announcements made recently from companies about the environment, both of which had a different impact on the dairy community. One announcement came from Starbucks’ corporate office
Feb. 10 2020
Living in Australia means the threat of bushfires rides on your shoulder all summer. And by “fire,” I am talking about a threat of potentially biblical proportions
Jan. 25 2020
On many dairies, the milking equipment is the hardest working but often the most neglected equipment. Even most old farm trucks get the oil changed on a regular basis, but for some reason we think that...