When temperatures and humidity rise, often milk production falls. What about the other repercussions of heat stress in dairy cattle? Just like milk production, reproduction rates can drop as temperatures and humidity rise.
North Dakotans vote down corporate dairy measure. Thought to be defeated, California ‘ag overtime’ bill is resurrected. Washington state dairy farmers urged to comment on CAFO permit proposal. This and other U.S. region-by-region dairy news can be found here.
Dairy farmers who still have the option could protect milk income margins through the USDA Risk Management Agency’s Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy (LGM-Dairy) program, while leaving open the opportunity for milk price increases, according to Alan Zepp, risk management program manager at Pennsylvania's Center for Dairy Excellence.
Despite relatively strong milk production, increasing stocks of dairy products and weak exports, domestic foodservice sales helped boost dairy product prices in June. If those prices hold, farm milk prices for the remainder of 2016 could be stronger than previous forecasts, according to Bob Cropp, professor emeritus with the University of Wisconsin-Extension.
Just over one year ago, an early morning drive down the road to check his heifers left a North Carolina dairyman with a gunshot wound to the head. Now, Zach Myers shares his miraculous story of survival and recovery with Progressive Dairyman.
Profitability in dairy operations is directly related to reproductive performance. The results of the preferred reproductive program in the dairy farm will be used to measure essential parameters of success, for instance, decreasing replacements due to reproductive failure and increasing the number of heifers for replacement due to reproductive success.
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