Our sponsor, Accelerated Genetics just held their 2006 Young Producer Winter Get-Away at the Chula Vista Theme Resort in Wisconsin Dells, WI. It looks like a great party in addition to being a learning experience. Over 120 young producers and their family members attended.
I remember having to wash bottles. Of course that was for my kids. Then along came dishwashers and made things easier. Well, Ecolab has one you can lease to handle the duties for bottles and pails.
If you use the Chicago Mercantile Exchange for any risk management of your Class III Milk, you can start trading 24 hours a day!
Prices for dairy products fell again last week, with average prices for Cheddar, Butter, Nonfat Dry Milk and Dry Whey all sliding.
How well do you know your nutrition program? Are you squeezing every drop of potential production out of your milking string? I just read an article discussing how your profitability will suffer if you either over or under estimate forage requirements for your herd. With that in mind, you might consider making plans to join me in Fort Wayne later this Spring.
This year has seen a downturn in farm equipment sales, with over sales in every category except compact utility tractors trending lower than last year. Some individual brands, on the other hand, have reported a significant increase in sales.
I’ve been reading up on Alfalfa production. The last issue of Hoard’s Dairyman featured the final installment of the 55th Annual Roundtable, this session focusing on Alfalfa production. the four dairies who were represented in the disuccion had various perspectives on the different plants actually in their Alfalfa stands. Some sowed in other cover crops, some preferred a little addtional grasses, and all were curious about the introduction of Roundup Ready Alfalfa to the mix. Curiosity is probably going to be spreading considerably now that the product is available at market.
If you raise your own corn, either for grain or silage, you’re probably giving a lot of thought to how much more money you are going to be spending this year on nitrogen.
Rabobank has a report out that paints a very promising future for the dairy business in the U. S. It’s one of their Ag Focus reports called “U.S. Dairy Farming: Facing New Markets and Uses, August 2005.” Here’s the introduction: