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When Steve Edstrom started Sugar Hill Dairy in 2001, he was milking eight cows in order to produce enough milk to reach the paddle in the bulk tank. Edstrom, who hadn’t grown up in the dairy industry, started out hand-milking his cows and raising heifer calves to increase his milking string until he had enough cows to move into a real facility.

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Warren Buffet is quoted as saying, “You need cash. Cash is like oxygen. When you don’t need it, you don’t notice it. When you do need it, it’s the only thing you think about.”

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Just about all dairy producers now know someone with robotics, but at Good-Vue Farms in Goodride, Minnesota, the Hanson family not only has robotic milkers – a robot mixes the herd’s feed as well.

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Raising calves in the Florida heat is no easy task, but Lindsey Rucks is rising to the challenge.

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Dairy farmers have until Dec. 15, 2017, to make decisions on participation in the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) for 2018. One option includes the ability to opt out. By opting out of MPP-Dairy, they are eligible to use a separate risk management tool, Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy (LGM-Dairy).

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Could you use milk in your bulk tank? New research shows that feeding calves and heifers a full potential nutrition program through the first six months of life could lead to animals that produce as much as 6,588 more pounds of milk in their first three lactations.

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