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Consistent hay and cattle patterns

Not all relationships hold cleanly over time. One way to keep some perspective and some sanity when trying to evaluate markets is to look for consistency. Are higher calf prices leading to more replacement heifers? Yes. Is the heifer mix on feed lower too? Yes. Thus, there are consistent indicators of expansion. Are the latest hay statistics also consistent with expansion? Here are some thoughts. FULL STORY »

Will 2014 be a dairy industry year to remember?

The new farm bill represents a large shift in U.S. dairy policy. FULL STORY »

NMPF responds to bill blocking FDA brewers' grain regulation

Jim Mulhern, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Milk Producers Federation, released a statement in response to a House bill blocking changes in FDA regulation of brewers' grain as animal feed. FULL STORY »

Say ‘adios’ to La Nada

Here comes El Niño, and early data suggests it could grow into a monster. FULL STORY »

Midwest Dairy launches Pinterest contest

Participants can power up with dairy for a chance to win a $100 grocery store gift card, mini-blender and Team Dairy prize pack FULL STORY »

Corn planting begins…for some

The return of spring-like weather helped farmers make progress in planting corn across nearly one-quarter of the country’s top corn-producing states, primarily in Plains states. FULL STORY »

Water Police, part two: EPA proposal won't help ag

Devil is in the details on new government effort to regulate U.S. waters FULL STORY »

Management, nutrition key to successful transition

The transition period is the most critical point in a dairy cow’s production cycle. At this time, a cow relies most heavily on her immune system to maintain health and productivity. FULL STORY »

Countdown to Quality for FREE BQA Certification

Only one week remains to become Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certified and take advantage of the free offer from Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI). Visit www.BQA.org/team to take advantage of the open certification period through April 15, 2014. Anyone who works with cattle – whether it is beef or dairy – or transports cattle is encouraged to become certified. FULL STORY »

The precautionary principle Play video

Mark Walton, PhD, chief marketing officer for Recombinetics, describes how gene-splicing technology can advance livestock genetics, and how the precautionary principle can stifle innovation in food production. FULL STORY »

Maximizing milk replacer through proper storage

Increased demand for dry whey used in sports drinks and other human foods, has driven up the price of calf milk replacer. Therefore, proper storage practices are even more essential. FULL STORY »

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