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Aug. 1 2016
Farm wages climb with no end in sight. Labor cost is an important factor in determining dairy farm profitability. In general, it accounts for about 15 percent of total expenses for a typical dairy enterprise
Aug. 1 2016
Dairy farms have grown for a reason. Dairy farms continue to evolve. While many of us know that, Ben Brancel, secretary of Wisconsin's Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, delivers...
Aug. 1 2016
Agriculture's bridge to worldwide customers. It ranks among the least-discussed divisions of USDA. However, the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) has one of agriculture's tallest tasks by linking U.S....
July 25 2016
Sorting behavior starts with calves. Cows are creatures of habit, and as science is showing, the formation of their behavioral tendencies begins early in their lives. According to Emily Miller-Cushon,...
July 25 2016
Dairy manure needs legal clarity. Last year an eastern Washington Federal Judge found that storage and application of dairy manure in ways that may lead to leaching of nitrates to groundwater constituted...
July 25 2016
Dairy doesn't bait kids with bright colors. Bright colors attract the attention of children. That's why we see brightly colored toys, vibrantly illustrated books, and vividly animated movies. The same...
July 18 2016
Reader Response: To slow herd growth For around five years in the eastern Wisconsin Dairy Belt that features over 100 cows per square mile, it has been increasingly common to breed the bottom end of the...
July 18 2016
It's a Mexican dairy farm! Shown in the photo from left to right are Gerardo Romo, Fernando Romo, Secretary Ben Brancel, Manuel Romo, Alberto Romo, and Ernesto Romo. The dairy farm is located in the Mexican...
July 18 2016
Which country tops the beef export charts? Since the turn of the century, India's beef exports have expanded rapidly. With that growth, the South Asian country surpassed Brazil to become the world's largest...
July 18 2016
Consider everything to lower cell count. "Whenever you lose interest in being better at something, chances are you have already stopped being good at it," challenged milk quality specialist Andrew Johnson,...
July 18 2016
Looks like a U.S. dairy farm, but it's not by Corey Geiger, Managing Editor If pictures are truly worth a thousand words, this 78-second video should really get you thinking as to the location of the dairy....
July 18 2016
Two Dairylands forge a stronger alliance. It's a rare event that two governors get together to discuss agriculture much less dairy issues. However, that is just what happened mid-June 2016 when Wisconsin...
July 18 2016
In a bad year, Jerseys lost less by Dennis Halladay, Western Editor There's really no way to sugarcoat what kind of year 2015 was for dairy owners: it was bad. After setting an all-time high in 2014, average...
July 18 2016
Reader Response: Nondairy drives convenience A few years ago, I did a survey of drink products at common shopping centers and convenience stores and came to the conclusion that less than 8 percent of total...
July 13 2016
Non-Jerseys* Jerseys Income (per hundredweight) Milk $16.71 $19.90 Co-op inventory loss allocation $0 $0 Milk futures $0.17 $0.19 Calves & heifers $0.73 $0.41 Patronage dividend $0.10 $0.10 Other $0.11...
July 11 2016
Reader Response: Mature cows are profitable I found this short article, "Older cows digest feed better," in the July 5, 2016, Intel, to be very revealing. Many of us involved in dairy cattle genetics have...
July 11 2016
Reader Response: Comments on "Brexit" News publications such as Hoard's Dairyman can only print what they know to be true at press deadline. By now we all know that the reaction to "Brexit" was short-term...
July 11 2016
What is the national cull rate? Cull rates are one of the bellwethers of herd health. However, herd health and dairy cow removal aren't the only factor that drives cull rates . . . the inventory of herd...
July 11 2016
Salmonella is one of the most common causes of foodborne illness in the United States, responsible for an estimated 1 million cases of sickness every year. In people with weakened immune systems, young...
July 11 2016
Two options: Reduce milk flow or grow sales. The author is a research assistant extension professor in the department of agricultural and applied economics at the University of Missouri. There are two...
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