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Dairy markets: Cheese finding its ‘happy place’?

Class III and Cheese extended its rally yesterday, gaining nearly 30¢ in the nearby August contract. While the tone was firm going into spot, futures rallied sharply after blocks and barrels posted strong gains.

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Fair season and sportsmanship

It’s fair season, and that means youth will be competing at county fairs and animal shows around the state with their 4-H projects. Let’s review some sportsmanship guidelines so that all youth and adults have positive experiences at the fair.

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Silage safety begins in the field

Pre-harvest precautions help minimize risk of silage gas.Dr. Renato Schmidt recommends producers practice timely and adequate nitrogen fertilization as well as manure application, taking care to include the manure/ slurry contribution in nitrogen calculations.

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Hay for cheese? Barter booms in cash-squeezed rural Greece

Wild boar and power cuts were Greek cotton farmer Mimis Tsakanikas' biggest worries until a bank shutdown last month left him stranded without cash to pay suppliers, and his customers without money to pay him.

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Precision Dairy: Better with baleage

After a big loss of acreage forced them to get creative, Dale and Larry Deetz moved all hay production to baleage. By doing so, they built a precision feeding system that keeps Dugan Valley Dairy rations consistent, despite harvesting multi-species forages from the swamps and high hills in southwest Wisconsin.

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