Management

Economic Indicators: U.S. milk production down 0.3% in March

Milk production in the top 23 dairy states was down 0.1 percent in March compared to the same month a year earlier, according to the “Milk Production” report released by the USDA on April 19. FULL STORY »

More milk in the bulk tank? Just do it!

Approximately 10 a.m. Aug. 3, 2012: I am hiking up Pike’s Peak and have reached an altitude where I can no longer get messages on my cell phone. FULL STORY »

New ways to monitor feed quality

Feed costs are expected to moderate this year — at least compared to the sky-high figures encountered last year — but it is still vitally important to get the most out of every ounce of feed. FULL STORY »

Blackbird blues

Bet you didn’t think a bird could increase your feed cost that much. FULL STORY »

Genomics testing every heifer

How producers are doing it, what they hope to learn. FULL STORY »

Continue to look for the zebra

Last December, I wrote an article about looking for the unlikely or unexpected. The saying to remember is “when you hear hoof beats, look for the horse, not the zebra.” FULL STORY »

Make ration decisions rational

With high feed costs, ration decisions are more critical than ever. At last month’s Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin business conference, Diamond V technical services specialist Brian Perkins laid out a plan for evaluating feed products. FULL STORY »

Be prepared for anything the market dishes out

Volatility has rocked milk prices and feed costs over the past four to five years. FULL STORY »

Genomics could revolutionize heifer selection methods

There is a freight train of new management tools headed for U.S. dairy farms, and it’s aiming straight for the heifer breeding pen. FULL STORY »

I’m excited again!

Two or three times a year, I go to industry meetings that focus on the exciting things the dairy industry is doing to market products to consumers. FULL STORY »

Stay Alert

Milk residue screening is more sensitive than ever, leaving you no room for error when it comes to drug residue prevention. FULL STORY »

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