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FarmFirst Dairy Co-op applauds Section 179 extension

FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative applauded Congress for passing legislation extending the tax provision known as Section 179. This extension was expected to be signed into law by President Obama this week.

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VIDEO: Finland’s largest dairy farm Finnmilk opens using an automatic rotary

Today, Finland’s largest dairy farm Finnmilk, with 600 cows, opens its doors to the public as it starts milk production with the DeLaval AMR™ (Automated Milking Rotary).

Finnmilk  was established in 2013. The shareholders are Ari Teppo, Katja & Juhani Korkiamäki and Petter Sandelin. They have experience with robotic milking since 2003 when they installed several DeLaval VMS™. Their milk yield is high with an average of over 10 000 kg.

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Dairy markets: Class III plummet continues

The Class III futures plummet continues for most of 2015. While nearby months turned positive amid stability in spot pricing, deferred (August and September 2015) contracts posted the steepest losses in yesterday’s session.

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World Dairy Expo announces 2015 judges

World Dairy Expo is pleased to unveil the slate of lead judges that will be evaluating North America’s finest dairy cattle in 2015. The five-day, annual show attracts exhibitors to compete with their cattle for the coveted breed Champions and Supreme Champion titles. These eight highly regarded judges were nominated and selected by Expo Dairy Cattle Exhibitors.              

World Dairy Expo Dairy Cattle Judges for 2015 include:

International Ayrshire Show

Mary Creek, Hagerstown, Md.

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Set SMART goals for your farm for 2015

Where did 2014 go? If you're like me, it seems the days, weeks, and even years are flying by at an ever-increasing pace lately. Perhaps we are all busier in our lives – endless work to do, families to raise, and church or community commitments all seem to stake a claim to our time. As the end of 2014 draws near, it can leave us all wondering "what did I accomplish in 2014?" Hopefully you took the time in December of 2013 or January 2014 to write down some specific goals that you wanted to achieve in your farm operation this year. If so, you can look back at those goals and know exactly what you accomplished in 2014. If not, you may still be wondering. I encourage you to take some time now to become a goal setter and write down your goals for 2015.

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