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Manage dairy employees, establish farm protocols, take on milk marketing, and become more confident in your farm financials.

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Recently I worked with a family in Wisconsin who had a cost of production of $19 per hundredweight (cwt), and they were getting paid a lot less than that.

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Recently, my team finished a research project on stress sources for dairy farm employees. The majority of the U.S. dairy farm workforce is Latino or has Latino heritage, and their main concern as it relates to stress is the inability to communicate in English.

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“I wasn’t able to talk for over two years about what happened with my grandfather,” a young farmer confides as he describes a bitter battle over the transition of land titles from his father’s father to him.

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If you have not heard of K’iche’ (or Quiché), chances are, you will soon.

No, it’s not a pastry-crusted egg bake. In fact, it’s not even in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary … yet.

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When dairy farming is based on grazing, a necessary focus on managing pastures to optimize forage nutrients for cow health and productivity emerges.

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According to economic data gathered from 60 Maryland dairies between 1995-2009, grazing dairies posted a higher per-cow profit than confinement dairies – $156 more per cow. The farms surveyed included 20 grazing-based and 40 confined-milking herds.

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