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8 tips to minimize heat stress this summer

The stress associated with summer heat can have negative, lasting effects on herd performance, health and profitability. FULL STORY »

New regulations affect farm fuel storage

If you store more than 1,320 gallons of fuel or other petroleum products on your farm, you will need a written plan for preventing and handling spills. FULL STORY »

2 things to think about

If your dairy farm were to ever be struck with a crisis, think about what you’d do without a cell phone, advises Janet Grubbs, director of integrated communications and special projects with the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, Inc. FULL STORY »

Heat stress hard on repeat-breeders

It’s well-known that heat stress has a negative impact on cow fertility, but new research shows that it really hits repeat-breeders hard. FULL STORY »

Mastitis-causing organisms matter

Does it really make a difference which coagulase-negative staphylococcus (CNS) species infects cows in your herd? Research published in the May Journal of Dairy Science says it does. FULL STORY »

Rediscovering meadow fescue

A farmer’s report of an unusual forage grass led Michael Casler, to identify the grass as meadow fescue. Casler has developed a new variety of meadow fescue called Hidden Valley, and its seed is being grown for future release. FULL STORY »

Class III futures fall

Class III futures fell precipitously Tuesday amid dwindling confidence that CME spot cheese prices will maintain their lofty perch for a protracted period of time. After opening mixed, light selling pressure pushed 2011 prices slightly lower ahead of the CME spot session. FULL STORY »

Dairy producers urged to watch dew point during hot weather

With heat indexes soaring over 100 degrees this week, livestock need to be closely monitored to prevent health and production problems FULL STORY »

Block cheese at 3-year high; butter softens again

As was the case last week, Class III futures and the spot market continued to see their gap widen Monday. With $2.11 block cheese, futures seem rather exhausted and content to now trade a discount to spot after the recent sharp rally. With blocks up 6 cents and barrels up 9, futures settled mixed with June through August up 4 to 17 cents and September through December down 5 to 14. FULL STORY »

Wisconsin is still the big cheese

With 25 percent of the nation’s production, Wisconsin maintained its ranking as the nation’s top cheese producing state in 2010. FULL STORY »

CME spot blocks post 2011 high on Friday

Class III futures closed out the week on a mixed note despite a very sharp jump in the spot markets. Settlements were mixed from +6 to -15 all the way through December 2012, and volume was extremely heavy with 2,642 trades. FULL STORY »

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