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Real dairy conversations at state fair

My shift at the Miracle of Birth Center at the Minnesota State Fair was at 1 p.m. on the first Friday of the fair.

Young farmers visit the big city

I was recently reminded of a gathering my wife and I attended back when we were young dairy farmers.

This little girl’s dream is coming true

Hello, I am Emma Kuball, the newly crowned Princess Kay of the Milky Way.

Farmyard fun

As the rope of the fence gate I was holding in my hand drifted with my robust shaking into the portion of the fence that was electrified, my older sister, who had the fence gate wrapped around her waist, got one of the bigger shocks of her life.

Hot Chocolate: Good drink, great cow

We had one cow in particular that had been with us for most of our dairy career. Her name is Hot Chocolate, and she was born about a week before Thanksgiving in 2017.

In June, the Farm Service Agency reported a margin of $3.65 per hundredweight above feed costs.

Summer chic

Fashions come. Fashions go. Then some fashions are recycled back into style without understanding how bad the original idea was.

Lucky August

A summer of muddy cattle yards and swarms of bugs are a fortuitous combination for barn swallows. A vexation for one species can be a lucky break for another.

Summer nights

On a farm on a summer night, One cannot help but feel everything is all right The sun takes a break and goes to sleep — Nighttime creatures begin to creep Diligent farm kids seek out many a …

I thought to myself, “We are done hosting special events. Why do we do this to ourselves?”

The Dairy Experience and Agricultural Leadership Program members met this summer for the final phase of the 18-month leadership opportunity focusing on leadership opportunities within checkoff and offering media training.

4-H dairy dreams coming true

I continue to be amazed by all of the ways the 4-H dairy project positively affects young peoples’ lives.

Class III milk price forecast raised

The U.S. Department of Agriculture lowered its 2023 and 2024 milk production forecasts in the latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate report, stating, “The cow inventory is lowered for both years based on the July 1 dairy cow inventory and heifer retention data provided in the recent cattle report as well as the average cow inventory data in the latest milk production report. Output per cow was reduced for 2023 but unchanged for 2024.”

Corn silage harvest is at the doorstep for many dairy farms across the Midwest.

Hearing scheduled for federal order reform

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has scheduled a national hearing to review Federal Milk Marketing Orders for Aug. 23 near Indianapolis, Indiana.

Trailers loaded with life lessons

Anyone who has ever loaded up a trailer and headed to a show knows the months, if not years, of preparation that is involved.

Dental distress

There I was, eating breakfast and reading the morning news, when an odd “pop” reverberated through my skull.

Summer surprises

My garden is finally starting to yield enough to eat. Fresh peas, beans, sweet corn and potatoes are filling our plates.

A never-ending role

It’s crazy what can happen in a year – what dreams can come true, the opportunities that come your way, and the people you meet.

Cheese helps support Class III futures

The July federal order Class III benchmark milk price hit bottom, falling to $13.77 per hundredweight, down $1.14 from June, $8.75 below July 2022, and the lowest since May 2020.

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