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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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In August 2020, I wrote an article discussing the tax issues associated with demolishing farm buildings and structures. The issue can arise when a farm is purchased, but my inspiration for writing that article was the inland hurricane (derecho) that stretched from Nebraska to almost the Ohio/Indiana line. Many structures were left in that storm’s wake that were irreparable and required demolition. Then, during the evening of Dec. 15, 2021, a powerful and extremely unusual storm system swept across the Great Plains and Midwest amid unseasonably warm temperatures, spawning hurricane-force winds and tornadoes in Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and Minnesota.

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When troubleshooting udder health challenges on a dairy farm, it might be obvious to work with your veterinarian to identify the cause, but in many cases producers aren’t necessarily making full use of all the tools and knowledge dairy veterinarians can provide to help them fully investigate and enhance milk quality opportunities.

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Did Christmas suck this year?

Everyone talks about Christmas being the most joyous time of year, but for many family farms, it isn’t.

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Working with family can be challenging. Building relationships with non-family partners can often feel even more daunting. How do you know you have similar goals and vested interests?

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The dairy industry is continuously working to “go for the gold” every day, on and off the farm, and striving for excellence at all levels of the supply chain.

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A dime, a nickel, maybe even a penny. Dairy producers and nutritionists go back and forth on cutting feed costs by fractions while optimizing milk production.

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