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Ripple effects

What an interesting, and concerning, spring we are having. At any given time, there are a handful of concerns swirling around in my thoughts. Our livestock hauler said the auction has twice as …

Goodbye, hello

I have an earworm song swirling in and out of my mind as I decipher the story I want to tell.   The Beatles sang, “You say yes. I say no. You say high. I say low. I don’t know …

The two-cylinder club

My wife and I recently attended an evening meeting of a two-cylinder club. This was quite exciting for us as it’s as close as we’ll ever get to going nightclubbing. For the …

Central Dairy Plains Expo recap

Midwest Dairy participated in the Central Plains Dairy Expo in March in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. There, we had the pleasure of connecting with farmers through face-to-face conversations at our …

For producers in the Federal Milk Marketing Order 30 or surrounding markets, a vast majority of the milk check is dictated by volume and value of milk fat and protein. While the pay price for milk …

Spring taste buds

The smell of spring is permeating the farmhouse these days. Around here, that is the smell of the manure pit being agitated with a hint of freshly mowed lawn. Between Don the milkman and Henry, no …

Drips of severe weather

I heard the hum of the lawn mower and smelled the fresh-cut grass blowing into the window in our upstairs bedroom. I was in a Zoom meeting and was able to look out the window to see the flowers on …

Make time for a road trip

The importance of a good road trip cannot be underestimated. Whether you travel 100 miles, 200 miles or 1,400 miles like my husband, son and I recently did, road trips are a chance to see a different …

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is working with state animal health officials to collect data about the spread of bovine influenza A virus in dairy cattle. USDA chief veterinary officer Dr. …

The dairy industry remains captivated by the diagnosis of highly pathogenic avian influenza, now confirmed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on dairy farms in Kansas, Texas, Michigan, New Mexico, …

Asparagus spring dishes

The sweet sound of robins serenading me during morning chores, heralding the arrival of a glorious sunrise, puts a spring in my step. I can’t help but feel excited and giddy of a new day. The …

Those Twins baseball memories

Spring is baseball season. From sitting sandwiched between Dad and Mom in the front seat of a Buick Park Avenue with the radio on to asking Dad the score when he stopped in the barn, the Minnesota …

Thank you, dairy farmers

Hopefully, if you follow along with my Princess Kay Facebook and Instagram posts, you will have noticed that March was National Nutrition Month. I highlighted a few of the aspects of dairy …

Taking the plunge

People on vacation often have a list of must-see attractions. Many moons ago, when our two sons were grade schoolers, my wife, our boys and I went on a family vacation to the Black Hills. One of our …

According to the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Dr. Nigel Cook, the immediate effects of adding more cows to a pen are mostly positive, i.e., more milk in the tank; while, the long-term …

Paying farm kids

Last month, I told you all about my ongoing foray into the world of finances, taxes and accounting. Tonight, as I sat down at our desk to write up this month’s story, in front of the keyboard …

A moment in time

I remember my first solar eclipse in 1979. I was in the eighth grade. It was in February, and the whole school got to go outside and set up our stations in different parts of the school …

When he was a little boy, Peter had a print hanging that had this quote on it. “Some days you step in it, some days you don’t.” There were beautiful Holstein cows in front …

Human case of HPAI reported

A dairy worker in Texas has tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the case is relatively mild with the only symptom being a case …

With the current farm bill extended through September and no firm prospects for bringing new legislation up for a vote, National Farmers Union President Rob Larew is warning members not to be …

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