USDA released its monthly Dairy Products report on May 5, summarizing March 2015 and year-to-date (Y-T-D) production estimates (see table). Compared to a year earlier, March total cheese output was up 1.8%, but butter production was down 3.0%.
On a farm visit just one week before we checked both the bottles used to store the colostrum and the esophageal tube feeder used to deliver the colostrum. We used a SystemSURE Plus luminometer that reports back in relative light units (RLU). These RLU's are highly correlated with standard plate counts from bacteria cultures.
By Dennis Pennington and Dennis Stein, Michigan State University Extension
Negotiating farmland rental rates can be challenging. Generally landowners and tenants want to be fair with each other and don’t want to be taken advantage of. Landowners need to cover the costs associated with owning land like land payment, insurance and taxes. Farmer-tenants need land in order to grow a crop and generate income. Most landowners and farmers alike want an easy way to determine fair rent prices. However, volatility in the market over the past few years complicates the situation.
Despite the high initial investment many dairy producers are incorporating new technologies into their daily farm operations and seeing great results. Other dairy producers are resistant to new technology, preferring to farm using more traditional methods. Here’s the catch: two farms could be located a quarter mile down the road from each other but the way they use technology could be the exact opposite. So what’s the difference? Why do some producers decide to invest in new technologies and others opt out?