Apr 18

The role of improved efficiency in reducing the impact of dairy on the environment while improving herd profitability

The role of improved efficiency in reducing the impact of dairy on the environment while improving herd profitability
The genetic revolution that has taken place over the last thirty years has resulted in the possibility of achieving average herd milk output per lactation of greater than 12,000 litres. In fact, the current world record for 365 day milk production stands at 32,000 litres from a third lactation Holstein cow in Wisconsin.

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Jan 09

Hop Heroes

Hop Heroes

Beerd and Justina Hop at Global 500

Husband and wife duo Beerd and Justina Hop go over their farm business.

“Farming is our life” explained Justina Hop. Like many other farmers, the Hops don’t consider farming a job. To them, it’s a way of life for the whole family. 

Justina and her husband Beerd left their family farm in Manitoba, Canada for a short visit to Kentucky in December to attend Alltech’s Global 500. Their son encouraged them to "leave home" so they left him in charge for a while. 

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Jan 07

Antibiotics may Impede Trade with Korea

Antibiotics may Impede Trade with Korea

In June 2012, the Government of South Korea announced a total ban on inclusion of non-therapeutic antibiotics in feed for livestock. The action by the Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MFAFF) in S. Korea corresponds to the EU ban on antibiotic growth promoters issued in January 2006. The EU directive followed similar restrictions imposed by Nordic countries between 1986 and 1998 and also by Switzerland in 1999.

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Jan 02

Balancing Work and Family at Crave Brothers Farm

Categories: Agriculture, Dairy Cows
Balancing Work and Family at Crave Brothers Farm Tom Crave of Crave Brothers Dairy Farm

Tom Crave on balancing dairy farming, cheese‐making and family

Tom Crave of Crave Brothers Farm and Farmstead Cheese in Waterloo, Wisconsin told us how he and his brothers get everything done on the farm and make sure that they still have time for their families. He also explains why they decided to make cheese.

It can be hard sometimes to balance work and family. If you happen to be a dairy farmer, finding that balance can be especially tough. Tom Crave of Crave Brothers Farm and Farmstead Cheese in Waterloo, Wis., told us how they get everything done on the farm and make sure that they still have time for their families. It all comes down to making a schedule and sticking to it.

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