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The U.S. Department of Agriculture left its 2024 and 2025 milk production forecasts in its latest World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates report unchanged, with slight adjustments to cow …

My dad always had an affinity for some of the older, sillier songs, and Roger Miller was a favorite of his. The song “You Can’t Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd” was among Dad’s …

Not a moment to rest

The calendar has turned to June Dairy Month. Signs are up for our local dairy breakfast, and I am trying to channel my creativity into coming up with different projects for the FFA kids to do to …

Grooving

Our animals will tell us when they need help, but sometimes it takes us a while to figure out what exactly is going on. All species of animals on our farm can communicate when they are caught, hurt, …

Butter inventory rises

U.S. butter stocks jumped in April. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest cold storage report shows April 30 inventory at 361.3 million pounds, up 44.1 million pounds or 13.9% from the …

Potluck desserts

I was thumbing through my sister Nancy’s recipe collection when I came across these special treats. She was known to bring these treats to potlucks to share with everyone. Once you saw her …

We were always told that April showers bring May flowers. Well, in my opinion, something must have gotten lost in translation because it seems like a lot of showers this May did not bring many …

Field of daydreams

The June cloudburst sweeps across the field, pounding the young corn plants as I scramble for shelter beneath the belly of the John Deere A tractor. This is tricky, as that area is occupied by a …

Burning money

The other day, a few of our doctors were discussing heifer pregnancy rates. A top-notch client had recently posted a 57% pregnancy rate. This is an annual pregnancy rate, not a conception rate, and …

Errands with friends

I heard a story on a radio station about running errands with friends as a way to connect when life is so busy. I think it was related to new mothers, but it reminded me of one of my favorite parts …

A crazy busy summer

Happy June Dairy month. June is my favorite month of the year for many reasons.   It is exciting to see a lot of local businesses giving shout-outs to dairy farmers and hosting customer …

Not a moment to rest

The calendar has turned to June Dairy Month. Signs are up for our local dairy breakfast, and I am trying to channel my creativity into coming up with different projects for the FFA kids to do to …

H5N1 has been confirmed in a third farmworker. This is the second human case in Michigan and is part of the multistate outbreak in dairy cattle. This individual had minor respiratory issues and was …

Life lessons from the farm

The saddest day I have spent on my parents’ farm was April 16 — the day the last of the milking cattle left the farm after 101 years. Knowing it would be a long day getting the cattle to the sales barn, I took the day off from work to help.

Big, small joys

Sunshine. Lilac blossoms. Occasional showers. Emerging corn. Fluffy baby chicks. A flood of new calves. May is full of joys, both big and small. We had two sets of healthy twin heifer calves …

Adapt or adopt

What’s the difference between adapt and adopt?   Both are action verbs with the change of one little vowel creating a special moment. Think of this: Adapting old ideas by adopting new …

A mild winter, periods of warm, dry weather and early south winds have led to reports of high bug pressure in alfalfa fields. Many types of insects are found on alfalfa. The beneficial insects …

The weeding season

It’s time for us to gird our gardening loins and wage war against a relentless army of evildoers. Yes, it’s weeding season once again. They say that a weed is just a plant that has …

While you may not be able to predict a crisis on your farm, you can and should prepare for one. Anticipation and preparation will help your business recover. Should you ever experience a crisis on …

In a perfect world

In a perfect world, My house would be clean My dishes all done The floor would gleam In a perfect world There would only be flowers Yet, I don’t mind weed pulling …

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