Dairy safety net debate: The compromise
In today's post we will demonstrate how The Agricultural Act of 2014, through the Margin Protection Program for Dairy Producers, has partially addressed our concerns by (1) excluding the dairy market stabilization program and (2) altering the premium schedule for both small and large dairies. FULL STORY »
Precision is key to consistency in calf feeding
Consistency is one of the biggest goals when feeding calves. Whatever the liquid feed (milk or milk replacer), the temperature, total solids percentage, and nutrient level should be reasonably consistent from feeding to feeding. Large changes in any of these parameters can lead to unwillingness of calves to drink or scours in calves that do drink. FULL STORY »
Tools for making economic culling decisions
Successful culling strategies are based on economics and utilize accurate production data. This article discusses metrics that incorporate information from a current test day and for the current lactation. FULL STORY »
Using success factors to address lameness
Lameness is a common, painful and costly disease, and a major animal welfare concern. A holistic management approach is required to prevent and reduce the impact of lameness. FULL STORY »
Plan now for summer forages and grazing
You probably don't want to think about summer forages and grazing with all of the talk about dangerous wind chills, the polar vortex, and lots of snow. However, you should be because spring and summer are just around the corner. FULL STORY »
Exploring dairy science careers: Communications, public relations
Career options in the dairy industry, including dairy science, are endless. Regardless of your talent or interest level, there is a dairy related position waiting to be claimed. FULL STORY »
Is Idaho’s ‘Right to Farm’ law enough? Senator says ‘no’
Idaho ranks as one of the nation’s top milk-producing states, and though the state has a “Right to Farm” law meant to protect the state’s agricultural, one Senator doesn’t think it does enough. FULL STORY »
Spotlight on Economics: Who is driving food standards?
Americans enjoy relatively low-cost food when measured as a percent of our income. For several decades, food expenditures in the U.S. have been between 10 and 11 percent of our disposable income. FULL STORY »
Pacific storm eases California drought, but has long way to go
The most powerful winter storm to hit California in more than a year dumped several feet of snow in the high Sierras and soaked lower elevations with rain over the weekend, easing drought conditions but leaving the state thirsting for more, officials said on Monday. FULL STORY »
- “Ag-gag” laws in the news
- Conventional agriculture winning some, losing some in culture war
- Can genomics, OPU and IVF take the industry to the 'next level?'
- Monsanto opens search for 2014 "Farm Mom of the Year"
- School breakfasts celebrated from coast to coast
- California February 4a/4b prices new record highs