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Dancin’ dairy style (makes me smile)

It is no secret that dairy prices are in the dumps, and have been for a while. It can seem sad/frustrating/stressful/scary/challenging/daunting/hopeless, among other things. Nope, there’s not much to smile about there. But, like all challenges in life, it is how each dairy farmer or farm employee responds to the situation that can make the [...]

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Carol Losey, a dairy farmer outside of Middleburg in Logan County, is concerned about the future of his operation as processors are favoring farms that can fill a truckload.

Small dairy farm concerns growing by the tank load

As Ohio’s small dairies continue to battle slim to negative margins, mounting regulations and rising input costs, there is growing concern about increasingly limited markets because of a growing trend from milk processors. The typical milk transport trailer carries 7,000 to 8,000 gallons of milk per load. Small dairies are worried about what seems to [...]

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Ray Jackson is a dairy farmer in western Logan County looking into the niche market of a2 milk.

The intrigue of a2 milk

Ray Jackson and his family are dairy farmers in western Logan County looking to diversify their product with what may be a trend on the horizon for the industry — something called a2 milk. “It’s daunting right now, but we’re excited for the possibilities down the road,” said Jackson, who is a sales rep for [...]

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Lower milk and corn prices equals tough math for dairy farmers

The declining price of milk is causing some serious economic consequences for America’s dairy farmers. Recent numbers show the price for Class III milk, which is used to make cheese, is down 19% from this time last year, and down 41% since September of 2014. Class I, or fluid milk, has seen a sharp decline [...]

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Good news and bad news for dairy prices

Has the nation’s dairy industry seen the bottom when it comes to milk prices? Chris Galen, the Senior Vice President of Communications with the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), said that may be the case. That is, of course, good news for dairy farmers, but Galen said there are some negatives in 2015. “I think that [...]

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Henry Farms

Ohio cow’s breed record success comes from consistency

A mid-sized dairy in the hills of the southeast corner of Logan County is home to a cow that most producers only dream of having the privilege of owning. However, the renowned bovine that resides at the primarily Holstein operation of Henry farms is not black and white, but is instead a Brown Swiss. Officially [...]

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FSMA should not include milk

The National Milk Producers Federation has expressed concern with efforts to impose added regulations on dairy farms under the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The measures are not warranted because milk leaving farms for further processing is not a significant public health risk from intentional adulteration, the organization wrote in comments to the Food [...]

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Should only white milk be allowed in schools?

A few years ago, many school districts contemplated, and in some instances banned, offering flavored milk in their school lunch programs. Perhaps the school district that garnered the most attention about making such a decision was the United School District of Los Angeles. Flavored milk provides the same nine essential nutrients as unflavored milk, including [...]

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Connecticut legislation banning chocolate milk from school cafeterias is vetoed

During June Dairy Month, Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy recently vetoed legislation banning chocolate milk from Connecticut school lunchrooms. “It’s encouraging to see reason and common sense returning to the debate over chocolate milk in schools. As a recent university study made clear, schools that remove chocolate milk from the cafeteria are simply throwing the nutritional [...]

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Evaluating winter milk feeding program for calves

The first official day of winter is December 21, although winter weather has already arrived. Now is a great time to reviewed winter milk feeding protocols. “When the temperature drops below 55 degrees F, calves will require extra energy for maintenance,” said Tamilee Nennich, Purdue extension dairy specialist. “The lower the temperature falls the more [...]

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