The U.S. Department of Agriculture lowered its milk production forecasts for the third time in its latest World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates report. The 2023 forecast was reduced from …

Party treats

Now that we’ve made it through the holiday baking and cooking season, I’m looking for easy ways to enjoy family favorite treats.

The final Class III benchmark milk price of 2023 headed south.

It’s the middle of January, but Christmas is alive and well at my house. The Christmas trees — one for the living room, another for the basement and one in each bedroom — are fully decorated and aglow with lights.

Happy moo year

Happy New Year, everyone.

Cow cuddling questions

There are a lot of creative ways to generate extra income on a farm. For instance, when my sister, Diann, and I were grade schoolers, we decided to open a sweetcorn stand at the end of our dairy farm’s driveway.

Many dairy farms practice culture-based treatment of clinical mastitis.

Those jobs

There is a lot of time to listen to music, podcasts and audiobooks while doing fieldwork and running skid loaders to take care of the cows.

Forging forward with focus

A new year. A new start.

Courage to be old-school

We have hung calendars. I have ceased baking cookies by the dozen.

Our old farmhouse

I really like living on the farm in our very old farmhouse. We believe it was originally built in 1906. My husband, Duane, grew up here.

DMC, DRP offering a lifeline

Dairy Margin Coverage and Dairy Revenue Protection programs have blunted the pain of $15 Class III milk. Ever.Ag President Phil Plourd said these programs have had a major impact. “The bottom …

Better than store-bought

What makes a Christmas gift special? Is it special because you hoped for it? Is it special because it surprised you? Is it special because it reflects the giver’s love and thoughtfulness? Is it …

Midwest cheesemakers report steady production

The U.S. Department of Agriculture again lowered its milk production forecasts for 2023 and 2024 in the latest World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates report. The 2023 forecast was reduced due …

Christmas memories

Christmas has always been a big deal in our family, starting with the gifts.   Growing up, Mom would give me $3 for each member of the family to help buy Christmas gifts. It was a wonderful …

Checkoff reflects on 2023

As we prepare for a new year, staff have been reflecting on 2023, evaluating our work, and using what we’ve learned to increase dairy demand and consumer confidence in 2024. Checkoff worked …

Group cows to maximize profitability

Grouping cows on a dairy can have many benefits, including maximizing efficiencies, increasing income over feed costs and minimizing stress.   Grouping strategies generally fall into two …

Making Christmas memories

Christmastime when I was a kid consisted mostly of waiting and waiting for the moment when we could finally open our gifts. That and putting up with aunts and uncles and grandparents, many of whom …

Christmas games

Every year during the holiday season, the ghosts of Christmas past sneak into our consciousness as we recall special moments with family and friends. One of my favorite holiday memories is from the …

The weeks before Christmas

‘Twas the weeks before Christmas, when all ‘cross the farm There was many a reason to sound an alarm The creatures were indeed stirring, causing quite a tizzy The chaos that ensued has …

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