Month: January 2011

“Expansion” is the 2011 Buzz Word for Irish Farmers

By Ryan Dennis As Europe continues to shift from the concept of “Multi-functionality”-based payments towards a deregulated free market system, Irish dairy farmers are weighing their potential to increased their herd size- a move they may be forced to make to remain in business. As the milk quotas gradually ease, some are meeting the new Read More

Controlling feed costs in 2011

By Jim Salfer, University of Minnesota Dairy Extension Supply/demand reports and futures prices indicate that we are going to have high feed costs in 2011. Fortunately, most of Minnesota experienced excellent growing conditions resulting in high yields that provide good inventories of both forages and grains for dairy producers. Feed costs are the biggest single Read More

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