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The June Federal Milk Marketing Order Class III benchmark milk price was announced at $19.87 per hundredweight, up $1.32 from May, $4.96 above June 2023, and the highest Class III price since …

Summer salads

There are some things that are just perfect summer combinations, like a dash of salt on watermelon to bring out the juicy sweetness.   I replace the seeds of a cantaloupe half with a scoop of …

More than just milk

In a few weeks from now, the 2024 Summer Olympic Games will commence in Paris, France. Among the delegates representing the United States is none other than Elle Purrier St. Pierre. A Vermont dairy …

Rain rain go away

Three years of rain, then three years of drought, and now back to nonstop rain. If there is such a thing as a “normal” year, we haven’t even had anything close to the middle of the …

Well, that was fun

I was cleaning up while standing at the back of my SUV after my regular scheduled 7 a.m. Monday herd visit, when unknowingly I said, “Well, that was fun.”   It was fun because I …

A Sunday airshow

Like many Baby Boomers, I was raised on a steady diet of movies about the Second World War. I especially enjoyed films that were airplane centric. As a kid, I often pretended that I was an ace …

I hope all of you had a wonderful National Dairy Month. I know that I did. Of course, since June is Dairy Month, it gives you a free pass to eat as much ice cream as you want. I hope you indulged. …

A grateful good-bye

The first column I ever wrote for Dairy Star described my journey of becoming a farmer. From watching a neighboring dairy farm make hay in the field across the road when I was 12, to attending Short …

No doubt many of you reading this are seasoned fairgoers and veteran animal exhibitors. We are still in the rookie stage of this — kids and most of the adults that are involved. If you recall …

Comfortable shoes and boots are a necessity in all professions. I realize different jobs require different looks and protections for our feet. I am not sitting at a desk. I don’t need to have a …

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued its draft decision of Federal Milk Marketing Orders. American Farm Bureau Federation chief economist Roger Cryan says important changes were made. …

Confidence in virus testing

According to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack , the U.S. Department of Agriculture has a good sense of the way the H5N1 virus is spreading. “Thousands of tests have been conducted and …

20 years

“You should marry him” My mom once said with a smirk “Eww, he’s like my brother” Somehow, she knew it would work “Put a bag over his …

Braces

Three months ago, I started a new chapter in my life that’s so far proven to be rather challenging. I got braces. I made the decision after about 10 years of prodding by our dentist. …

Summer dreaming

What a difference a year makes! I’ve mowed my yard more in one month than I did all last summer. The grass in the front of the house appears to have come back from the dead. It is now soft as …

Much of the Midwest has seen a rise in heat and humidity in the past couple of weeks. The effects of summer heat and humidity are well-documented in lactating dairy cows as we see decreases in dry …

In our efforts to build trust with young adult consumers, Midwest Dairy seeks strong, collaborative partnerships that allow us to fit in and stand out wherever we show up. By working with partners …

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 …

Happiness is a choice

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 …

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