• Fran O

    Dairy Provision in New Farm Bill May Prove Costly

    Badger View

     by Fran O'Leary
     on March 11, 2014

    After four years of hearings, lots of handwringing and closed-door meetings, a new five-year farm bill has finally been signed into law.  How does the new farm bill impact dairy farmers? The farm bill replaces the Milk Income Loss Contract and Dairy Price Support programs with a new Margin Protection Program. National  Milk  Producers  Federation put  together  a  summary  of  the  farm bill  dairy  provisions. The Margin Protection…

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  • John Vogel

    Some Dairy Farmers Self-impose Raw Milk Dilemma

    Nor' east Thinkin'

     by John Vogel
     on June 7, 2013

    June is dairy month – one of agriculture's most celebrated public celebrations. It's right up there with Mom, baseball and apple pie. It's when politicians have no fear of being seen with milk "moostaches". It's when baseball players sport them while pitching "Milk. It's good for you!" None the less, there's a dark side to milk's public exposure, one I've been wrestling with for years – and one certain to draw harsh criticism for…

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  • Paula Mohr

    Dairy Industry Deflects Milk Quality One More Time

    Northstar Notes

     by Paula Mohr
     on May 10, 2013

    Nature's most perfect food continues to fight an uphill battle among the people who produce and regulate it. At issue is milk quality. The industry uses a measurement called the somatic cell count to determine if milk is clean and of the highest quality. High SCCs occur when a cow is sick with an inflammation of the udder called mastitis. Over the decades, those who oversee U.S. milk shipping have lowered the SCC number as science has proven that higher quality milk makes for…

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  • Paula Mohr

    Will The Dairy Industry Wipe Out Johne's?

    Northstar Notes

     by Paula Mohr
     on April 11, 2013

    USDA recently announced a new way of detecting Johne's disease in cattle. Johne's (pronounced YO-knees), also known as Paratuberculosis, is estimated to cost the U.S. dairy industry more than $220 million each year. It also affects sheep, goats, deer and other animals, causing diarrhea, reduced feed intake, weight loss and sometimes death. Microbiologists at the Agricultural Research Service National Animal Disease Center in Ames, Iowa, discovered an antibody that's…

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  • Fran O

    Farms With 2K Or More Cows Produced More Than A Third Of U.S. Milk

    Badger View

     by Fran O'Leary
     on March 1, 2013

    In addition to writing and editing lots of stories each month for the Wisconsin Agriculturist, I also try to find time to read. No, I haven't read any best sellers or spy novels lately. What I spend most of my leisure time reading are articles in other publications about agriculture. No surprise here, a lot of what I read is about cows. Cows are big and cows still dominate Wisconsin agriculture despite high crop prices. The other day an article on the front page of the Feb. 22 issue…

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  • Paula Mohr

    Make Mine….. Milk?

    Northstar Notes

     by Paula Mohr
     on January 10, 2013

    Dairy farmers will be attending district meetings this month and through February that are hosted by the Midwest Dairy Association. Farmers will have the chance to hear from their board representatives and ask questions about the 15-cent per hundredweight dairy checkoff. There will be some good news to share, such as how and where dairy demand grew in 2012. Checkoff investments were used to partner with Domino's and McDonald's; new partnerships with Taco Bell and Quaker Oats also…

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  • Paula Mohr

    $38/cwt. Milk?

    Northstar Notes

     by Paula Mohr
     on December 27, 2012

    Media reports are trying to find a fresh angle on the farm-bill-yet-to-be. The latest, according to the Star Tribune, is how consumers’ milk and dairy product prices are going to double, due to the federal government’s lack of dealing with the ‘fiscal cliff’ and lack of farm bill passage. According to that news story, which links “twisted consequences of Congress' frayed fiscal cliff negotiations” with “the possibility of dramatically…

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  • P.J. Griekspoor

    Dairy Farm Visit Brings New Appreciation for Milk

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on June 14, 2012

  • Curt Arens

    Making Milk the Beverage of Choice

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on March 13, 2012

    Today I had the great honor to join Nebraska’s dairy producers for their annual convention in Norfolk. I’ll admit that we haven’t had a Holstein on our farm since the early 1980s, but our family goes through gallons of milk and dairy products every week. We may not milk cows, but we surely support Nebraska’s dairy farmers. When I was a kid, we milked around 40 cows. I would often plop down at the top of a big haystack in the early winter evenings with our old farm dog…

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  • Holly Spangler

    Say Cheese! (Because He's Never Heard That One Before)

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on December 20, 2010

    Do you like cheese? Because this is really good cheese. Our friends, Ken and Becky Ropp, went into the cheese business a few years back, turning their rich, creamy purebred Jersey milk into a sweet sideline business. Ken went to cheese school in Wisconsin (where else?) and this time of year, he and his band of cheesemakers crank out even more cheese than usual. And they have curds. And specialty cheeses. I'm a big fan of the pizza cheese. And the regular old white cheddar. It's…

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