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Dairy Focus: The Art of Handling Cattle Becomes a Life Lesson

As a kid, I had a tendency to move faster (a lot faster) than I do now. Whether in the field or cleaning the barn, the faster my brothers and I worked, the faster we could move onto something more interesting, such as hunting gophers or adventures yet to be discovered. The concept here was the faster we worked, the more we would get done, at least until it came to handling cows.


Dead or just dormant: Assessing alfalfa stands

Hopefully, most alfalfa will come through the winter in good shape. However, there are some areas where alfalfa will show signs of injury or winterkill due to the lack of snow cover over winter. We expect that winterkill will be spotty and likely occur to a greater extent in fields with low soil pH, low potassium and sulfur and in older stands.


CWT assists with 3.3 million lbs. of cheese, WMP export sales

Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) accepted 11 requests for export assistance to sell 1.993 million lbs. of cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese and 1.332 million lbs. of whole milk powder (WMP) to customers in Asia, the Middle East and Central America.


Managing the rotation from alfalfa to corn

Alfalfa provides many benefits to cropping systems. These benefits occur both during alfalfa production and during the subsequent crops that follow. Some of the common benefits during alfalfa production are increased soil organic matter, decreased soil erosion, and decreased soil nitrate leaching loss.


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