In the 1960s, Raymond McNutt started milking a few registered Jersey cows and sold fresh milk by the gallon to the public, as well as the West Texas Milk Producers. Raymond’s sons, Gary and Guy, were active in the National FFA Organization and 4-H projects, showing cattle all over the United States. They attended Tarleton State University, worked on several dairies in Erath County while in school and graduated with bachelor’s degrees in agriculture. In 1976, McNutt Bros. Dairy was started...Read More
In the beginning, Michigan dairy farmer Gregg Trierweiler viewed Dairy Farmers of America’s Young Cooperator (YC) program as a way to get off the farm and relax. However, the more he learned about the program, the greater his appreciation grew.
“At first it was about getting away and socializing with other people our age, but as I become more involved and understood more, now I enjoy learning about how the co-op operates and what it is doing to benefit its members,” says Trierweiler, ...Read More
When Dairy Farmers of America announced that it would build a milk powder plant in Fallon, Nev., two years ago, Alan Perazzo knew the time was right for expansion.
Alan and his brother, David, had been milking 500 cows since 1989, the year a double-four parlor was enlarged to a double-10 herringbone. Then, the long-awaited incentive arrived.
“We just found that we haven’t had the opportunity to expand for quite a few years, and with this plant coming in, it gives us the...Read More
Although summer is winding down and the hot temperatures are subsiding, dairy farmers are encouraged to continue monitoring for signs of heat stress within their valued herd.
The effects of heat stress on dairy farm operations can be costly, with production losses estimated at more than $900 million annually to U.S. dairy herds.
This cost — accompanied by heightened public perception of animal welfare on dairies — increases the importance of developing ways to accurately assess...Read More