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Fairy tales, part two

Our fair season was truly one to remember. In addition to the tales of Daphne and Daisy and Monika and Galadriel, which I shared in the first chapter of this column, there were several other moments worth memorializing.

Rugby lessons from afar

My wife and I were visited by aliens a few years ago.

E-commerce proves opportunity for dairy

Ramping up e-commerce efforts proved to be a priority during the coronavirus pandemic for many retailers

As fall harvest progresses and the days get shorter, we know cold stress is just around the corner. Special attention should be given to the most delicate group of animals on the dairy: newborn calves.

2022 herd expansion weakest in 15 years

U.S. milk production jumped again in September thanks to increases in cow numbers and output per cow, but there’s more to the report than meets the eye.

Fall dishes

September ended with a sense of finality. We were able to close our last bag of silage just before a killing frost drained the corn plants of all color and life. Now, we wait for the moisture to drop …

U.S. exports soar in August

The September Federal order Class III benchmark milk price was announced at $19.82 per hundredweight, down 28 cents from August but $3.29 above September 2021.

It’s a calf’s life

After three decades of taking care of calves, and having them right outside my window, I can tell the source of the bellering.

Parlor miracles

While it sometimes might seem to be a miracle that we managed to get all the cows milked and through the parlor three times in 24 hours, in reality, no miracles happen in parlors.

Road trip

Our family doesn’t do many multistate road trips. We love traveling whenever we get a chance to get away from the farm, but it’s usually destinations we can get to in half a day.

Selfless work in a memorable season

The crisp fall walks to the barn for morning chores are like no other. The changing color of the trees and falling autumn leaves rustle underneath my chore boots.

Laundry lore

It’s been said that a few key innovations fostered the rise of civilization. A list of such inventions invariably includes the wheel, the lever and frozen pizza.

The many mice on our farm

Here come the Mus musculus, better known as mice.

Autumn is for appreciation

I turned the calendar this morning to October. How did that happen? The leaves are turning their brilliant array of colors.

The next phase in life

Aug. 16 was a life-changing day for my family as it was the day my husband and I moved our firstborn child off to college.

NMPF responds to infant formula legislation

Congress passed the Bulk Infant Formula to Retail Shelves Act, temporarily lifting tariffs on imported milk powder.

For the love of apples

 I am aware that the general public has already moved on to the pumpkin-flavored craze that happens this time of year, but here at the farm, I’m into the apples.

This old lady’s flies

I am so sick and tired of flies. The rain was coming, and we knew not to start harvesting corn silage until after the storm passed and the soil soaked up all the moisture.

Fairy tales, part one

Once upon a time, there were three dairy farm kids who loved to show their cows at local fairs.

Celebrating anniversaries

What do you do when your wedding anniversary falls in the middle of harvest season? You give thanks that on at least one day you outranked all the demands of the cows and farm for him to make it to the church on time to say, “I do.”

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