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Cow whisperer

The smell of coffee, Shania Twain on the radio and the milk pump going are the three most prominent things I keep close to my heart from growing up on a dairy farm.

AgDairy marketing specialist Robin Schmahl expects Class III milk prices to remain steady with little change expected in milk production or consumer demand.

Switch it up

Ten years ago, a new chapter in our dairy farming story began: switching cows through the winter.

Building trust at the College World Series

Midwest Dairy relies heavily on current consumer research and insights to help us develop annual strategies and action plans that positively impact sales and trust across our 10-state region.

Corn silage is a moving target

The 2022 corn silage harvest is in the rearview mirror. The dry fall provided an ideal harvest window for many growers and allowed them to achieve dry matter targets.

The hunt

It seems there are more white tail deer in our area than ever before. I don’t remember the deer versus car collisions being so intense as this past fall.

Books will save you

“After a few moments, I set aside the quilt and picked up the poetry book Miss Foster had given me, losing myself in the pages. Books’ll save you, my troubled heart knew.”

Getting comfortable with communication

Communication skills have been on my mind lately. Farm meetings, texting to get bull calves sold and interacting with people as we go about our daily farm routines are some examples of how we use interpersonal skills to give and receive information.

It’s that time of year

It’s an election year, which means I am forced to dislike people I’ve never met for bothering me with their nonsense while I’m trying to work or relax.

‘Doc, remind me why I want more old cows’

Mr. S, a great client of ours, said those exact words to me not long ago while one of his cows was dying.

Learning new tricks

She was hanging around a dingy pawnshop when I first saw her. I’m a happily married man, but something told me I simply had to have her.

Blessings along the road

As harvest begins to wrap up, there is a sense of accomplishment for the countless hours spent in the field as we work for next year’s reserve of feed and bedding for our cows.

Inspiring little learners

I live on dairy farm with my husband and our two kids; Allison is 2, and Carson is 10 months.

Thanksgiving blessings

It sounds like everyone will be making their way home for Thanksgiving this year. I’m so excited to have a house full of hungry people and a table full of favorite dishes.

Cheese inventories remain steady

The October federal order Class III benchmark milk price was announced at $21.81 per hundredweight, up $1.99 from September, $3.98 above October 2021 and the highest October Class III since 2014.

Rabobank: High prices test demand

In its quarterly Agribusiness Review, Rabobank is forecasting Class III milk prices to trend lower through the rest of the year and into 2023.

Milk pricing system scrutinized

Last year, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack requested the U.S. dairy industry get into one room and build consensus to find solutions to the shortfalls in the federal order system.

I spy

I spy with my little eye. Most of us are familiar with the game designed to entertain children on long car rides or to simply pass the time as you try to keep their squirming under control.

A good scream

Years ago, when my adult children were little, many families from their classes planned a Halloween party at our farm.

My favorite month

October has to be one of my favorite months of the year. It is a month full of energy, excitement, stress, colors and peace wrapped up in 31 days.

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