Dairy Industry Blog Posts

The Decrease in Number of Dairy Farms: Is This Normal?

I read an article on Farm Journal’s MILK that I found quite informative. In 2016, the number of licensed dairy farms dropped to 41,809. That is a 4% decline from 2015, according to the January milk production report of the United States Department of Agriculture. Most people believe that poor milk prices and lower margins [...]

2017-04-20T10:36:25-05:00April 20th, 2017|

Pathogen-based Treatment for Cows with Mastitis?

I recently came across an article on Bovine Veterinarian that can be a game-changer for dairy producers. Mastitis is a costly condition to treat but is sadly common. It is the inflammation of the mammalian breast which is caused by the blockage of milk ducts during the lactation period. This causes dairy cows much discomfort [...]

2017-03-06T12:51:11-06:00March 6th, 2017|

How Milk Saved Lives in Michigan

I decided to share this because it is very inspirational. I found an article published in Progressive Dairy that talks about how milk saved lives in Michigan. The Flint water crisis has made life hard for the residents of Michigan. In April of 2014, there was talk of water contamination when Flint changed drinking water [...]

2017-02-21T23:38:08-06:00February 21st, 2017|

Fitbits for Cows – Who Does That?

I love looking for new innovations in dairy. I came across a video found on America’s Dairyland. It was a feature done by Wisconsin Dairy News about fitbits for cows. Marieke Penterman was born and grew up in the Netherlands. She grew up in their 60-cow dairy farm. Marieke has a Bachelor’s Degree in Dairy [...]

2016-12-15T22:54:33-06:00December 15th, 2016|

Expect a Steady Rise in Milk Demand

There is a global demand for dairy. At present it is at 20 million metric tons yearly. According to an article on The Dairy Site, this is expected to continue until 2025, which is good news for people in this industry. The Dairy Site reports that this data is from the Long-term Dairy Outlook from [...]

2016-12-13T22:44:01-06:00December 13th, 2016|

How Much Does it Cost to Feed Dairy Cows?

One of the most expensive factors in a dairy operation would be the cost of feed. Managing these costs have to be done to keep the business profitable. This is why I felt the need to share this article by PennState Extension. It talks about how much producers would have to spend to grow their [...]

2016-12-08T23:38:11-06:00December 8th, 2016|

5 Things Dairy Companies Will Maintain Despite Milk Price Drop

The recent rise in milk output has affected the price of milk drastically. This is why more dairy operations are closely checking every input cost to evaluate the value of each on to their operations. This article I found on Dairy Herd will be useful to organizations looking to make the necessary cuts. It is [...]

2016-11-23T17:22:00-06:00November 23rd, 2016|

How to Ensure Dairy Cow Hoof Health

A dairy producer will protect his or her investment by ensuring the well-being of each cow under his or her care. I recently found an article from Dairy Herd Management that provides producers in this industry with tips that will help them prevent lameness, which is a condition that not only affects the health and [...]

2016-11-17T23:38:14-06:00November 17th, 2016|

Why US Milk Production Increased

I like to stay informed about the latest dairy news to share with clients in this industry. I came across an informative dairy report on Farm Journal’s MILK. According to the article, in August, U.S. dairy producers were able to milk more cows in that month than any month in about 20 years. The USDA’s [...]

2016-11-07T14:18:46-06:00November 7th, 2016|

Hydroponics in the Dairy Industry

The Feed Navigator published an interesting article that will appeal to dairy producers facing problems with drought.  This article is about Golden Valley Farms and how they decided to move towards hydroponic growing to combat drought related problems. The dairy farm began growing barley sprout feed inside in 2013. Since then they have expanded their [...]

2016-10-24T11:49:09-05:00October 24th, 2016|