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Milk production forecasts lowered again

The U.S. Department of Agriculture again lowered its milk production forecasts for 2023 and 2024 in its latest World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates based on “an expected decline in cow numbers reflecting the average July 2023 cow number reported in the recent Milk Production report.

Farm visitors

Judging by the number of visitors it received, my family’s humble 20-cow dairy farm was a pretty important place when I was a kid.

Dealing with low-moisture corn silage

For most, the 2023 corn silage harvest is in the rearview mirror. Corn silage harvest came early for some as the summer heat provided plenty of growing degree days, and many areas experienced a perfect storm for drying conditions.

Lost in time

The older we get, the more memories we have stored away someplace in our brains. The sense of smell can trigger a flood of those memories which have been lost in time.

High-tech napping

We use technology to make virtually every task in our lives easier, more effective, and less time-consuming.
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Crops or cows?

Which one do you prefer? Many times, I have discovered that most farmers have a favorite.

Catching the show bug

Labor Day weekend marked our first foray into the cattle showing world.

When farmers talk, it makes a difference

It was just a week ago that Duane and I were rushing around finishing up chores, packing clothes and trying to remember if we forgot anything. We were headed to the Madison airport for the fall fly-in with other members of Wisconsin Farmers Union.

Farm bill expiration approaches

The government’s fiscal year ends at the end of the month, and Congress needs to pass a full-year spending measure or a continuing resolution to continue the current appropriations bill.

Class III milk price trending upward

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the August federal order Class III milk price at $17.19 per hundredweight, up $3.42 from July but $2.91 below August 2022 and the highest Class III since April. The eight-month average stands at $16.98, down from $22.54 at this time a year ago and …
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Fall treats

For some people, the first sign of fall is when pumpkin spice lattes hit the coffeehouses or when the bakery starts the day with a fresh batch of apple cider doughnuts.

Time, the most limited resource on dairies

Of the things we have come to deeply understand as dairy owners, time is our most limited resource. Time management is absolutely crucial to the success of our dairy

The great Minnesota sweat-together

Last week was 4-H livestock encampment at the Minnesota State Fair, and it started off with a heat wave.

Real dairy conversations at state fair

My shift at the Miracle of Birth Center at the Minnesota State Fair was at 1 p.m. on the first Friday of the fair.

Young farmers visit the big city

I was recently reminded of a gathering my wife and I attended back when we were young dairy farmers.
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