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April 15 2016
by Dennis Halladay, Western Editor The nation's biggest dairy state keeps getting smaller. USDA's official ledger says total milk production in California in February was up just a bit versus the year...
April 15 2016
by Maggie Seiler, Associate Editor This is the season to start thinking heat abatement strategies as several southern states are already experiencing warmer temperatures and rising humidity. Meanwhile,...
April 15 2016
by Abby Bauer, Associate Editor For calves, the weaning period is almost always filled with change: a new home, new ration, new penmates, new health challenges. This transition can be overwhelming. If...
April 15 2016
by Corey Geiger, Managing Editor California isn't the only major dairy region dealing with water woes. Australia has its issues, too. And as the world's fourth-largest dairy product exporter, short supplies...
April 15 2016
by Corey Geiger, Managing Editor Those in farming circles know more about the value of vaccines than almost every human population demographic. That's because we know vaccines thwart a wide variety of...
April 8 2016
by Maggie Seiler, Associate Editor Organic agricultural production has become a household name in the United States with the total domestic market valued at more than $39 billion. Globally, organics account...
April 8 2016
by Corey Geiger, Managing Editor Just over 3,600 bulls were declared active by A.I. marketing organizations. Of those sires, 2,795 were Holsteins, 540 were Jerseys, and the remaining 277 bulls could be...
April 8 2016
by Corey Geiger, Managing Editor As a zoonotic disease, tuberculosis can infect both people and cattle. That also means that tuberculosis can cross back and forth from humans to cows. Unfortunately, these...
April 8 2016
Transparency is certainly a buzzword in agriculture right now. For today's consumer, transparency is the idea of knowing where food comes from and how it's made
April 8 2016
by Scott Brown The author is an assistant extension professor in the department of agricultural and applied economics at the University of Missouri. The USDA Prospective Plantings report unveiled a major...
April 1 2016
by Corey Geiger, Managing Editor While the breed-changing demand involves chickens, it does illustrate the changing tide among retailers and consumers alike. It also puts recent dairy controversies such...
April 1 2016
We're spending more on eating out by Abby Bauer, Associate Editor The restaurant business is no small peanuts. With $783 billion in annual sales and 14.4 million employees at more than 1 million locations,...
April 1 2016
by Corey Geiger, Managing Editor There is mounting evidence that today's parents are quite simply . . . neat freaks. Our modern-day zeal to utilize products that kill microbes might be counterproductive,...
April 1 2016
Manure isn't cheap energy by Maggie Seiler, Associate Editor The excitement surrounding the green power of poop appears to be waning as the number of anaerobic digesters on U.S. livestock operations plateaued...
April 1 2016
by Dennis Halladay, Western Editor Dairy farming in the U.S. is an amazing industry. It is big, yet it is getting smaller all the time. Its basics are the same everywhere, yet how they are done differs...
March 23 2016
by A.J. Brannstrom The author is a faculty associate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Dairy Profitability. He also is the secretary/treasurer for the Wisconsin Chapter of the American...
March 23 2016
Don't blame the bugs by Maggie Seiler, Associate Editor "When it comes to calf health, most of the time it's not the bugs that are the problem," Daryl Nydam, Cornell University, said as a way of introducing...
March 23 2016
by Abby Bauer, Associate Editor Walmart is ready to try its hand at processing milk. The convenience store chain recently announced plans to build its own milk processing plant in Fort Wayne, Ind. Once...
March 23 2016
Reader Response: Swimming in milk Anyone who thought the September 2014 $25.92 mailbox price was the new normal was delusional . . . 2014 was a career year for the American dairy farmer as noted in the...
March 23 2016
by Corey Geiger, Managing Editor Proximity to plants and competition have a number of benefits. For dairy farmers in Wisconsin, Minnesota and bordering states, those positive attributes include low hauling...
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