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Tulare County Dairy Princess Coronation, June 15

Dairy Princess Coronation & Salute to Dairy, June 15 The Tulare Country Dairywomen and the Tulare Chamber of Commerce will host  the 33rd Annual Tulare County Dairy Princess Coronation. It is a collaboration between the Tulare County Dairywomen, the California Milk Advisory Board and the Tulare Chamber of Commerce to Salute the Dairy Industry. The evening will start at 6 pm with a social hour, followed by dinner at 7 pm. The new …

Students Benefit from Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc. Scholarships

Thirty-five students benefit from Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc. scholarships Thirty-five students demonstrating community involvement, academic performance and financial need will each receive a scholarship toward their higher education through Hilmar Cheese Company’s sixteenth annual scholarship program. The scholarship program has three categories: children of employees of Hilmar Cheese Company, children of the dairy farm families who ship milk to Hilmar …

CA Dairy 2017 Statistics Annual Report

California’s Dairy Industry in 2017 For California in 2017, compared to the previous year, total milk production was down 1.7 percent, the number of dairy cows declined 0.2 percent, milk per cow dropped 1.5 percent, and the number of dairies decreased by 4.4 percent. The 12-month average price paid to California producers for farm milk in 2017 was $16.50 per …

A Cow’s Milk Reveals Her Health

Milk contains natural defenses against microbes. The innate immune defense system in milk evolved to protect the mother and suckling offspring from infections. Molecular components of the innate immune system in milk are sensitive biomarkers of the health of the dairy cow. In the future, a milk sample may predict the cow’s health and allow more rapid management of disease. …

Spinose Ear Tick, a New CA Dairy Pest

Urgent Alert for California Dairy Producers with Freestall barns: you may have spinose ear tick on your dairy. Traditionally, ticks have not been a problem for California dairy producers; however, this particular tick species has been discovered recently on multiple dairies in the state. Watch this brief interview with UC Extension Entomologist Alec Gerry as he explains, and read more …

USDA Reopens Enrollment for Improved Dairy Safety Net Tool

Bipartisan Budget Act Makes Substantial Program Changes WASHINGTON, April 3, 2018— U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue is encouraging dairy producers to consider enrolling in the new and improved Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy), which will provide better protections for dairy producers from shifting milk and feed prices. With changes authorized under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, the …

Sorghum Forage Helps Meet Required Nitrogen Management Plan in CA

Sorghum Forage Helps Meet Required Nitrogen Management Plan in CA

As fertilizer becomes more and more regulated in California, farmers are turning to other crops with lower nitrogen requirements. For this reason, sorghum may appeal to feed growers, as it doesn’t require near as much nitrogen to grow. Watch this interview with Bob Hutmacher from the UC Cooperative Extension and read more in California Dairy Magazine.

Difference in Irrigating Sorghum vs Corn Feed Crops

Although we received a lot more rain this year, the threat of drought is not over for California agriculture, and dairy producers are considering sorghum as alternative feed crop to corn. There is a difference in nutritional value that will need to be addressed in the feed mixture; however, irrigation needs are much different from corn as well, and drought-tolerance …

Diversifying Operations to Stay in the Dairy Business

Diversifying Operations to Stay in the Dairy Business

Dairying in California is not easy, and it can be an economic nightmare sometimes with the constant fluctuations in milk prices. Nevertheless, dairymen don’t want to give up their livelihoods and noble responsibility in providing consumers with healthy dairy products. But to ensure they can continue to remain economically viable, many dairymen are diversifying their operations with alternative crops and …

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