Tuesday, October 13, 2015

2014's milk prices were really nice. 2015's not so much.
dairy freestall barn

Milk prices are lower than they were a year ago, so marginal income over feed costs are going to be lower this year compared to last year. We really need to be managing input costs and feed efficiency on dairy farms.

Top sellers and solid, reliable milkers don’t just happen after a random mating between a great bull and cow, they require carefully planned genetic pairings and a lot of trial and error.

In some cases, we are collecting more information electronically on dairy farms than we know how to effectively use.

Too cold, too hot, too dry, too wet. Had I looked over my neighbor’s fence this last spring and early summer, I would have concluded that we had received way too much rain.

The Margin Protection Program replaced the Milk Income Loss Contract program and the $9.90 minimum Class III support price programs for U.S. dairy farmers.

Lots of opportunity to celebrate dairy and dairy products.

Our American dairy farmers are heroes in their own right.

Bed your dairy calves as if you (the bedder) were spending the day or night on it. If the bedder wouldn’t want to spend the next 12 hours living there, why would the calf?

If you raise cattle, whether dairy or beef, at some point you've probably heard about 'The Cattle Cycle.'