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She shines one

A woman’s strength is there when She walks back through the barn door After one of her beloved bovines has Done the unthinkable, then stomped once more She shines on A woman’s strength is …

Russell Group President Randy Russell does not expect the new farm bill passed before the current bill expires at the end of September.

Garden fresh

Who would have thought three weeks ago that I would be pulling fresh rhubarb out of the garden?

Farm milk prices are climbing but have a way to go to hit profitability for most U.S. dairy farms.

This spring, we were fortunate to host the pre-conference tour for the Dairy Calf and Heifer Association’s annual meeting.

The hidden costs of mastitis

“Doc, the plant just doesn’t pay me much of a somatic cell count premium anymore. What’s the point of having a low SCC?”

So many babies

March and April are busy months around here when it comes to calving. We like to take vacations in January and February, and we don’t like fresh cows with frostbit teats.

The lawncare season

The first truly warm days of spring have arrived, and the snow has finally melted which means we can now see exactly how much junk has accumulated in our yards.   

Fields of work

Spring of 2021 was wonderful. My dad and I were the primary people turning dirt and planting. We had a date set on the calendar for cutting hay, May 25. I don’t remember if we actually started cutting hay May 25, but I know we were really close.

The dairy market remains wary about the spring flush and the destination for that volume of milk. In the Midwest, a lot of that milk supply ends up in a cheese vat.

Driver’s licenses for all

Wisconsin is experiencing a labor crisis. It is no different than any other state.

All because of a book

For those longtime readers of my rambling columns, you will perhaps recall all of the joy surrounding the book Craig and Fred five years ago

The mouse in the freezer

When my beloved cat, George, died unexpectedly, I put his body in the freezer until I could give him a proper burial.

The Dairy Calf and Heifer Association held its annual conference April 11-13 in Prior Lake, Minnesota, bringing together youngstock producers and industry experts from around the country.

Don’t blink

In the blink of an eye, your life can change. Years can disappear in time, either forward or backward. An ordinary site across the horizon, an earthly spring smell or the sound of rain on a tin roof can take our minds to another place and time in the blink of an eye.

Midwest Dairy is committed to working with and through partners to positively impact dairy sales and build trust in dairy foods and dairy farmers with consumers.

Minneota memories

“Farmers in Minnesota laugh at us here in South Dakota,” my grandpa Nelson often proclaimed to me when I was growing up. “They think we’re foolish for buying all that fertilizer.”

Dating a farmer

I was 17 when I officially met my husband, Jason. He was two years ahead of me in high school, and while I admired him from afar while we were in school, he had already graduated by the time we made …

There’s more milk coming. The U.S. Department of Agriculture raised its 2023 U.S. milk production estimate in the April 11 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, again citing a “larger expected cow inventory.”

Spring rush treats

While I still have some down time before the spring rush hits, I took advantage of the lull to clean out my recipe collections.

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