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Midwest Dairy aims to bring dairy to life in fun and creative ways. One of these creative ways is reminding local Generation Z of nostalgic childhood memories, including enjoying a bowl of cereal. …

Second chance

Some would call our recent turn of weather an Indian summer in November. I like to think of our warmer and drier weather as a second chance, kind of like a snooze alarm for winter. Unfortunately, we …

Full-spectrum fall

We have experienced the full spectrum of fall weather so far this season: rain, snow, wind, clouds, and sun.   Our cool, sunny, lovely fall turned cold and winter-like just in time for …

Thankful for Thanksgiving

It’s that time of year again when we Americans are spending an inordinate amount of time thinking about an overstuffed bird who is sitting in a small, hot box. We collectively watch with abject …

Class III milk price drops in October

The Federal Reserve will hold interest rates steady for another month, a good sign of the economy, but dairy farmers aren’t out of their financial woes yet. The U.D. Department of Agriculture …

Easy desserts and such

With the holidays just around the corner, I’ve been searching for new desserts to put on the table. I was craving traditional flavors yet wanted to find something the grandkids would like to …

From the farm to the page

Hello readers. I am Emily Breth, daughter of Jerry and Tammy, and I just recently signed on with Dairy Star as a part-time reporter. Ever since I was young, I have always had a passion for farming, …

Time to be thankful

Welcome to November. I love fall in general. It’s finally starting to get cooler, and the days are getting shorter. Fall movies and football are just part of what makes fall such a magical …

That old house

My wife and I have two houses on our farm. It’s not that we’re wealthy; it’s more that I’m a victim of my frugal Norwegian ancestry. My great-grandfather Charlie Sveen …

Weaning transitions

Most dairy producers now do a great job feeding calves. Colostrum management has improved drastically, and almost everyone feeds some version of an accelerated milk-feeding program. As a result, …

Steers in the road

“Better slow down a bit. There are cattle on both sides of the road,” I told my brother after we rumbled over a cattle guard and continued down a stretch of paved road in the desert while …

Be dairy; we are in this together

Recently, the 120th World Dairy Summit, an annual global dairy meeting held by the International Dairy Federation, was held in Chicago for the first time in decades. The IDF is an organization of …

Interview with myself

I spent the day being interviewed on camera a few weeks back. It was exhausting — thinking deeply about things, answering questions coherently and attempting to limit the number of …

Volatility in butter markets

Butter prices have moderated after reaching record highs. DairyVisor President Joe Spader said holiday demand has been the biggest support for the market. “There may be a shift in consumer …

Vanilla meatballs

Fall has arrived. All of us here – humans and cows – are enjoying the cooler temperatures. We’ve actually been getting rain, so the cows can graze again. On the sunny days when fall …

All is well

At choir practice last week, the director asked us to share the highlight of our day. Many said a long walk through a tree park as colorful leaves danced to the ground. Another member said an extra …

Jury duty

It was quite unsettling some years back when I received that letter from the clerk of courts. My first reaction was, “What now? Am I being sued? Do I have a pile of unpaid parking tickets? …

Undeniably Dairy grants provide Midwest dairy farmers the opportunity to connect with their communities and share their story. These grants are used for local promotion efforts to showcase that dairy …

Internal parasites can eat profits

External parasites, like flies, mites and lice, are often easy to detect when observing dairy cattle behavior and appearance. Severe infiltrations of internal parasites can result in roughness of …

In my barn boots

Carried away go my thoughts Like fall leaves on a brisk breeze My feet are in boots My mind does as it may please It floats to the meals I will make for the crew It flies to the work — …

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