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“Teamwork makes the dream work.”   This line oozes with cheesiness. It is one of those you hear coaches saying to pump kids up and get them playing better. You can hear the …

Winter is receding, and these recent warm days have us preparing and planning for the quickly approaching growing season. In this annual tradition, we find it exciting and comforting to retreat …

Learning new things

I will never tire of learning new things. Maybe that’s not surprising as I think, all people are naturally curious. In college, there was a saying the professors and every motivational speaker …

Warm barns

In my neighborhood, a warm dairy barn used to mean a tiestall or stanchion barn, and those barns had temperatures well above freezing even on the coldest winter days. As freestall barns became the …

Old, young friends

My wife and I are at an awkward, in-between age. Many of our contemporaries have become grandparents, yet at the same time, we have young friends who are having babies. This can lead to some …

Reading with a big thank you

As February is the month of love, it has given me the opportunity to reflect on what I love about my position this year.   Of course, there are all of the incredible dairy farmers who …

Being raised on a dairy farm is a special gift. Countless lessons are taught — an appreciation for life, an understanding of death and a respect for everything that comes in between. On a dairy …

An early rhubarb season

I know the calendar says it is only the beginning of March, but did anyone tell Mother Nature? Golfers are taking swings and walking the greens. Novice gardeners are ready to start digging and …

Milk prices start to rebound

The nation’s benchmark milk price reversed two months of decline in February but still has a way to go to return profitability to most U.S. farms. The federal order Class III price was …

US butter demand up over 20%

Dairy product consumption continues to please, and butter was the big story in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest supply and utilization report, according to HighGround Dairy’s …

Paper along with digital

Schedules and lists. That’s what parents and dairy farmers are made of. The top questions in our house are: What do we have going on today? What’s on your list for today? Who’s on …

Family names

Naming calves around our farm is considered a family sport. A mass email goes out to all of the kids and adopted family members for their most creative suggestions for the next generation of Ralma …

With today’s dairy economics, capturing every pound of marginal milk is essential to profitability. Marginal milk can be defined as the few pounds of increased production that can be gained by …

Learning from the best

Everything I needed to know I learned from Norwegian bachelor farmers. Our neighbor, Martin, would be a good example. Dad shared machinery with Martin, so I learned a lot from Martin while I was …

I will forever be a dairy advocate

As I think about my first few months working in the dairy checkoff 40 years ago, I cannot help but smile. I started as a program director at Midwest Dairy, working with schools and health care …

Time well spent

Any farm wife and mom out there can attest to the fact that there never seems to be enough time in the day. Household chores and outside chores quite often take a little bit longer with two toddlers …

Ballad of a first-calf heifer

I arrived at my home farm a few weeks ago; the ride wasn’t bad, but my travel mates sure did complain and wiggle around and squish me a little too much. The driver was some young kid who …

Operation hat rescue

As we proceed with our farmhouse remodeling project, we are feeling like we are doing something that will enhance the house but also our lives. This house is well over 100 years old and has had …

Trade enforcement is a priority

At the 100th annual Agricultural Outlook Forum, U.S. Trade Ambassador Katherine Tai briefly touched on trade breakthroughs, but spent more time on the enforcement of existing trade deals. The Mexican …

The first federal order Class III milk price of 2024 starts with an 87-cent plunge. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the January benchmark at $15.17 per hundredweight, $4.26 below January …

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