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Although U.S. dairy cow numbers remain at a 27-year high, the USDA’s June 2021 Milk Production report is the first signal the size of the nation’s herd may have peaked. June 2021 U.S cow numbers were down 1,000 head from May, according to the preliminary estimate, released July 22. Even with June 2021’s small decline, U.S. cow numbers remain the highest since the fourth quarter of 1994.

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Yogurt has been nourishing people for centuries. But research, such as work led by the farmer-founded National Dairy Council, has discovered benefits beyond its nutrient powerhouse.

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As a dairy farmer, I believe we all need to look out for one another. As an industry leader, I know it’s my job to represent the best interests of all dairy farm families.

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The Farmers’ Almanac says the “dog days” refer to what is often the hottest and most sultry time of summer, when lethargy and indolence tend to reign due to the heat. Time to find some shade and review dairy risk management programs and the July-August calendar.

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