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Midwest Dairy and the National Dairy Checkoff Program have been building research for more than 100 years about dairy’s unique role in nutrition and health.

Good ol’ Olivers

I received an email request for a dairy farm tour in the middle of May for a family that was visiting from Bavaria, Germany.

Whole cow approach

From my middle school years on, and perhaps earlier, I have had a pretty close relationship with our cows.

Lessons from my grandfather

Exactly one year ago this month, my grandfather passed away.

President Joe Biden signed the Ocean Shipping Reform Act into law. This law addresses longstanding supply chain and shipping port issues.

As reported last week, the United States Department of Agriculture lowered its milk production estimates for 2022 and 2023 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report.

Dipping into summer

We turned the bred heifers and dry cows out on the summer pastures this past week. It has finally warmed up enough for the grasses to take off.

    Happy June Dairy Month. While it is indeed a happier one for dairy farmers looking at milk prices, the luster fades considering rising production costs.

Hay brings rain

It’s time to make some hay. I love cutting and putting up hay, especially the first crop

Endings lead to beginnings

Farms, perhaps even more than other business pursuits, have plenty of examples of beginnings and endings. The life cycle of the crops we grow every year is continuous from planting to harvest.

Fertility program or service program?

    In a recent review in the Journal of Dairy Science (Volume 105, No. 5, 2022), Fricke and Wiltbank discuss the history and purposes of timed artificial insemination programs.

It’s National Dairy Month

The month we have been waiting for all year is finally here. It is National Dairy Month. I’m so excited to kick off my June activities and appearances.

The trail ride

    Family vacations have always been a labor of love for me.

Agriculture is anything but stagnant

    It was July 1, 1981, when I began my teaching career at Plainview High School.

My cocoon

There are many things in all of our lives that are out of our control.

June is dairy month

    The month of June started off with World Milk Day June 1. This day celebrates the benefits of milk and dairy products.

Disarming the Pied Piper

    Over the past two months, there is a story I have been following that has shaken me to my very core. It is one that should shake every single person involved in animal agriculture as well.

Holding Canada accountable

    Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack met with his Canadian counterpart during the G7 meetings in Germany. Vilsack discussed a dispute panel’s enforcement of the dairy provisions in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

U.S. milk production continued to lag that of a year ago in April, the sixth month in a row to do so, as cow numbers and output per cow paused.

Is she ID’d?

    4-H families, at least in Minnesota, wrapped up one of the most important requirements of the 4-H dairy project: animal identification.

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