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Dairy Heifer Feed Cost Budget

Today’s successful dairy operators recognize that heifers are an important investment in the future of the dairy business .The cost of raising dairy calves and replacement heifers is very significant on Wisconsin dairy farms, representing 15 to 20 percent of the total cost of milk production. Feed costs as the largest expense in raising dairy […]

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Estate Planning for Your Family and Farm

In the UW-Center for Dairy Profitability’s Estate Planning for your Family Farm webinar, Valley Crossing Law Attorney Bridget Finke discusses: What is estate planning? Why should I have an estate plan? What documents do I need? How do I get started with an estate plan? Can I avoid probate without using a trust? Wil my […]

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Genetics for the Everyday Dairy Herd

An animal’s genetic information is in the form of chromosomes, housed within the nucleus of every cell. Dairy cattle have 30 pairs of chromosomes for a total of 60. Chromosomes are made up of many strands of DNA. Genes, the basic unit of inheritance are specific portions of a cell’s DNA. Each gene codes for […]

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Specialist Central at Farm Technology Days

Visitors to Wisconsin Farm Technology Days can connect with University of Wisconsin-Extension specialists and agents about the latest research they are conducting as it relates to dairy, farm business, and water. Specialist Central, located in the UW-Extension Education Station, will feature interactive discussions with UW-Extension specialists, each day focusing on a specific topic. Four 30-minute […]

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June 2017 Dairy Situation & Outlook

Professor Bob Cropp’s 2017 June Dairy Situation & Outlook full report is now available for download at UW Understanding Dairy Markets.  An exert follows below:  The level of milk production will be a major factor on how much milk prices strengthen. If the growth in milk production is 2% or less, along with favorable domestic sales and continued improved […]