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Feb. 25 2016
by Corey Geiger, Managing Editor Only 1,225 dairy herds across the United States called it quits last year. Based on sheer dairy farm numbers, that represented the lowest total since 1992. That's the year,...
Feb. 18 2016
by Abby Bauer, Associate Editor Business owners, including dairymen, felt the pinch when an estimated 20,000 people converged on Wisconsin's state Capitol last Thursday, February 18 during the "A Day Without...
Feb. 18 2016
by Corey Geiger, Managing Editor No statistic may be more telling than the fact that 3.41 percent of the dairies produce 50 percent of the milk in the Central Federal Milk Marketing Order. This proportion...
Feb. 18 2016
by Corey Geiger, Managing Editor "To predict the global economy, focus on the top 20 countries," said Jeffrey Rosensweig, director of the Gouizueta Business School of Emory University. In making that statement,...
Feb. 18 2016
by Maggie Seiler, Associate Editor It is no easy feat to manage labor on farms today. Owners sometimes struggle to recruit and keep talented employees, just as many businesses and industries across the...
Feb. 18 2016
by Corey Geiger, Managing Editor "Dairy provides one of the best returns on invested capital," said Doug Adams, president of the Prime Consulting Group. "Only produce, bakery and deli outshine dairy for...
Feb. 18 2016
I'm not disagreeing with the findings of the study highlighted in the article "Minnesota's dairy sector at a crossroads," but I think they left a lot of important information out of the study. (function(d,...
Feb. 14 2016
by Abby Bauer, Associate Editor Fluid milk consumption has been on the decline for decades, but some milk categories are bucking that trend. In the year that ended on November 1, 2015, flavored milk came...
Feb. 14 2016
California is the nation's top exporter by Corey Geiger, Managing Editor One day each week, every U.S. cow produces milk destined for a consumer outside of America's borders. While that statement is accurate,...
Feb. 14 2016
by Corey Geiger, Managing Editor Record milk prices in 2014 spurred positive financial health. As a result, the average U.S. dairy farm saw its equity position grow to $2.21 million by the end of 2014,...
Feb. 14 2016
by Maggie Seiler, Associate Editor The reasons for following a vegetarian diet are as diverse as the more than 7 million Americans who subscribe to some form of vegetarianism. That number is only expected...
Feb. 14 2016
by Dennis Halladay, Western Editor It turns out that dairy owners may be seriously underestimating their employees. Those who believe workers simply show up and put in their hours, but have no interest...
Feb. 4 2016
by Maggie Seiler, Associate Editor When is the last time you updated your vaccination program? Vaccinations are a great weapon against common ailments faced by dairy animals from pneumonia to mastitis,...
Feb. 4 2016
Bank's outlook: "The sky is falling!" by Dennis Halladay, Western Editor As I write this on January 20, the stock market has dumped 550 points before lunchtime. That's on top of the 1,409 that had already...
Feb. 4 2016
by Corey Geiger, Managing Editor "While scarcity may be the most pressing water issue, water quality is a close second," said Mike McCloskey, owner of Fair Oaks Dairy and chairman of the Sustainability...
Feb. 4 2016
by Abby Bauer, Associate Editor Last week, San Francisco-based Memphis Meats posted a video online revealing what they say is the world's first lab-grown meatball. That meatball was created in their laboratory,...
Jan. 29 2016
by Corey Geiger, Managing Editor It turns out two semitrailers of cheese stolen on January 15 and January 22 never left the Badger State at all. In the Marshfield, Wis., case, investigators received a...
Jan. 29 2016
by Maggie Seiler, Associate Editor For cows transitioning from dry period to lactation, ketosis is one of the most prevalent metabolic disorders as it causes reduced feed intake, depressed milk production,...
Jan. 29 2016
by Abby Bauer, Associate Editor Taking the plunge and investing in precision technology like activity and rumination monitors is a big decision. The return on investment is dependent on how a producer...
Jan. 29 2016
by Corey Geiger, Managing Editor "Price recovery will likely come in 2016, but it still could be some way off," said Kevin Bellamy, a global dairy strategist with Rabobank, eluding that a milk price recovery...
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