A price correction may be in store for Class III futures

Class III futures traded a lighter, 1,600-contract volume in a mostly mixed fashion Wednesday. Nearby contracts moved slightly lower, and some firming occurred for the second half of 2011 contract months. But when the dust settled, the February to December futures price average finished unchanged at $17.20 per hundredweight. FULL STORY »

Welcome to this month in Dairy Herd Management


Harvest-floor revelations

The Cargill Regional Beef Plant in Pennsylvania harvests about 1,600 head of cattle per day, with about 70 percent of the total being market (cull) dairy cattle. FULL STORY »

A message from Mother Nature

Here’s some advice to keep your cows and calves warm and cozy this winter. FULL STORY »

Tips to manage and prevent DAs

Left displacement of the abomasum (LDA) is one of the most common surgical diseases we see in dairy cattle. The incidence rate of LDA varies widely between dairy farms, but a reasonable goal would be less than 3 to 5 percent of fresh cows developing a LDA. FULL STORY »

If you don’t seek, you won’t find

I find that certain diseases or conditions go unrecognized on many dairies because a complete exam is not done on a routine basis. But if you don’t look for it, you won’t find it. FULL STORY »

Load 'em up, head 'em out

Here are some considerations to help cows prepare for a transportation event. FULL STORY »

Final Word - Megan Pierce

Final Word - Megan Pierce FULL STORY »

Welcome new faces

As I drove through the countryside on farm calls this week, I thought how fortunate I am to have a job where I enjoy the outdoors and work with a great group of farmers in an industry that I cherish. FULL STORY »

Milk hygiene begins with facilities hygiene


Poor hygiene and stress: Fatal combination


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