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Dairy cow population reduction
• Economists estimated the industry would need to remove between five and six billion pounds of milk, the production of approximately 250,000 cows, to boost milk prices.

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Steve Schumacher

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A tour offered by the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin (PDPW) highlighted an array of heifer facilities in Northeastern Wisconsin on October 20. The busload of dairy producers traveled to four farms to learn about the structures and protocols implemented to raise healthy heifers.

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Dairy Challenge is a unique event that gives students the opportunity to be a consultant for the day. And in the regional dairy challenge competitions, teams are made up of students from a variety of schools in that area. Students are asked to evaluate and collaborate with complete strangers to come up with viable, profitable recommendations for the dairy farm they visit. They present their findings to a panel of judges and are evaluated, with the top teams for each farm receiving the platinum award.

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Chris Lehner
Director of Commodities at Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Assoc. in Baraboo, Wisconsin

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