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Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Emily Caldwell   
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 09:21

It’s become a bit of a tradition for our annual “State of the industry” issue to feature an illustration. I say “a bit” because our 2014 cover used photography, but the three years prior all featured creations by our talented design team.

 

Larger dairies more likely to solicit transition cow care input

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Departments - Poll
Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Walt Cooley   
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 08:27

Transition cow management presents a unique challenge for dairy owners. Care for these cows requires attention to nutrition and health concerns and spans the dry period, calving and early lactation.

Yet who is most responsible for outlining the plan of care for these animals? Owners overwhelmingly say they are, yet based on herd size, they may solicit help in designing their transition cow care plans. That’s according to recent surveys conducted by Progressive Dairyman.

 

InFocus: Just over half of U.S. dairies enrolled for government-sponsored margin insurance

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Departments - In Focus
Monday, 09 March 2015 12:37

Earlier this year, the UDSA released national and state-specific data about the percentage of operations choosing to use the Margin Protection Program for Dairy Producers or MPP-Dairy. The program was created in the 2014 Farm Bill, and sign-up for the program began in Sept. 2014 and ran through Dec. 2014.

 

Public enemy No. 1 for an hour

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Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Walt Cooley   
Monday, 23 February 2015 14:59

walt cooleyRecently one of my friends asked me for a favor. He runs the quality assurance division for a milk plant and needed some help for an hour. He wanted me to test the plant’s food defense program. I’d never heard of such a thing before, so he first had to explain to me what a food defense plan is.

 


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