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It’s all inside... Tschidas nd right t for upgrading Page 1, 5, 8

Ruther delivers his own daughter Pages 1, 9

Dairy’s Star Youth: Megan Hollermann Page 6 Third Section

Kids Corner: The Schifers Pages 38 - 39

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Pages 17, 21 Second Section

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Iowa family begins a new life as dairy farmers

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Schroeder manages family’s dairy farm

Lauer proposes to ancé with calf

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Bemboom balances coaching wrestling, milking cows

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Thielen part of 1974 title team

Producers share insight on signicant production increase

Women in Jeans: Mary Faust

Kansas family mulling investment in robotic milkers Pages 14 - 15 Second Section

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Contents FIRST SECTION Page 16 From Our Side of the Fence Page 25 Predicting a cool, wet spring Page 26 FSA News & Notes Page 28 Are cover crops in your forage supply? Page 29 New manure application license requirements for 2014 Page 31 Herd Surng

SECOND SECTION Page 10 The “Mielke” Market Weekly Page 11 Dairy Markets Page 12 Iowa hay auction results Page 18 Trend of higher mailbox prices continued in November Page 22 Dairy in the Suburbs Page 23 Making Cents of Dairy

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Hull Pages 24 - 25 DHIA 2013 High 200 herd Honor Roll Page 27 Mid-American hay Auction Results Page 33-34 Youth winners from Great Christmas Heifer Giveaway Page 38 Dairy Recipes Page 39 People in the Dairy Community THIRD SECTION Pages 9, 12 Many factors affect cost of raising dairy replacements Page 10 Grazing reduces purchased feed for goats Page 13 Shuttered AMPI building in Minn. may have buyer Pages 15 - 16 Dairy Calendar Pages 18 - 19 One-On-One with Joe Klein Pages 20 - 21, 23 Some Udder Stuff Pages 24 - 31 Classieds

Robotic milkers working well for organic producers Page 4 Third Section


NICC debuts new robotic milking barn Pages 4 - 7 Second Section

Columnists Ag Insider Pages 6-7

The Next Generation Page 33

Veterinary Wisdom Page 34

Getting Kerry’d Away Page 27

Just Thinking Out Loud Page 32

Dear County Agent Guy Page 30

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A) What do you think of the new farm bill? B) Do you feel it's better than the previous farm bill? C) Will you participate in the margin insurance program? At what level? D) How do you feel the farm bill will benet your dairy? E) Tell us about your farm and your plans for your dairy this year.

What do you think of the new farm bill?

Dale Hines Ellsworth, Wis. Pierce County 70 cows A) It was very hard for them to come together, but they did the best they could. They have a very diverse group of people in congress. Even with our own state representatives, there were some for and some against the farm bill. Finding a middle ground is difcult, but they made a decision – we’ll live with it and move on. I think they gave us a better package than what we could have expected. B) Yes, it is. I think we have been given tools – or risk management – to manage our margins. This will come in handy especially in times of economic and weather challenges. Instead of receiving direct payments, we can buy this insurance and lower our risk. We have the option to buy in at a higher level to lower risk, but we don’t have to. It may cost more to lower risk but then we will have less risk. This farm bill is better, giving us the tools in our toolbox to manage our own risk. C) My insurance agent contacted me to do a webinar, to help me get more information on the margin protection plan. Right now, milk prices are high so people may tend to not participate. But as we see margins tighten, I think we will see more participation. I think there is a lot of gray area, so until they really have a hard copy, I’m not going to run out and sign up. I think eventually there will be good participation. The Livestock Gross Margin (LGM) is still available so that’s going to make a difference. We need to be aware of everything that’s available so we can participate accordingly. We are going to be cautious before we sign up for MPP because the LGM might be a better option for some farmers. We are going to watch all sides of the market-place to make a decision. D) It will help us manage our business better. It’s going to be another tool in our toolbox that will make our job easier. E) My brother, Dean, and I are buying the farm from our parents. Our operation is around 1,000 acres and we milk 70 cows in a tiestall barn.

Steve Matthees Goodhue, Minn. Goodhue County 265 cows

Steve Schlangen Albany, Minn. Stearns County 65 cows

A) There are a lot of changes in this new farm bill. Rather than receiving payments that are preset and somewhat automatic, it will allow a farmer to make his own decisions as to how much risk management protection he needs.

A) I’m glad it’s nally done. We now know what we’ll have for the next ve years. I think the crop insurance part will be almost the same. The biggest difference will be the margin insurance for dairy farmers instead of MILC. The margin insurance will cover the difference between a national all milk price and a national feed price.

B) There will be a learning period as to how well this new farm bill works. But I believe that many of these changes were needed. The old programs were not working, as to protecting farmers’ margins. Also the new farm bill includes reauthorization of disaster programs, such as Livestock Indemnity Payments and the Livestock Forage Disaster Program. The conservation programs of Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is part of new bill, with 60 percent of its funding reserved for projects on livestock operations. The Margin Protection Program has provisions for a new dairy farmer to establish their base production. The bill also has a program for extended periods of low margins, during which the USDA is required to purchase dairy products under a new Dairy Product Donation Program, to be given to food banks or related non-prot organizations. C) I will buy margin insurance for my milk production, for the same reasons I buy crop insurance. It is all part of risk management. I will decide at what level when I nish buying my milk contracts for price protection from my co-op for the year. D) The milk price projections for 2014 look to be high enough, and the feed cost low enough, so that the Margin Protection Program will not be in place. The MILC payments are predicted not to be paid for 2014 as well. For me, on my dairy farm, the Farm Bill’s Margin Protection Program will not allow another 2009-2010 to happen, when the margins were so low or did not even exist. Back then, the farm programs we had were not enough support.

B) I think it will be better because the direct payments will be gone and there will be more focus on having a better safety net for producers through the insurance programs. These programs will offer a wide range of options as far as what you want to spend and what kind of coverage you want. It will allow for new producers to get coverage but will only cover a small amount of growth from current producers. C) Yes, I plan on participating in the margin insurance program, and I’d probably buy up to the $6.50 level on 90 percent of my base. It’s probably the level that is the most cost effective even though I would have the option to change my coverage from year to year. D) This margin insurance will protect us from going backwards when margins tighten up. With the world markets being a bigger part of consumption, we are more vulnerable to things that are out of our control. This program will provide a good safety net for all producers who want to use it. E) My wife, Cheryl, and I milk 65 cows with a robotic milker and raise corn, alfalfa, soybeans and barley on our 220 acres of land to feed our cows and replacement heifers. With three kids in college, we will probably just try to do a better job raising our crops and getting more milk out of our cows.

Brent Ziegler Green Isle, Minn. Sibley County 270 cows A) I am happy they nally got something done. It is a step in the right direction. B) It is denitely better than the last farm bill. The changes on the crop side are reasonable but more importantly, the dairy provision is a much better program than what we have had. I am especially happy that the price support program has been done away with because it was completely ineffective. I also like that this program is size neutral, it is fair to everyone. C) Yes. Probably at the $6.50 margin and 80-90 percent coverage level because the premiums are reasonable for the coverage level. To me it is something that everyone should participate in. D) It will help create a little more stability at an affordable cost. E) My wife, Sarah, and I milk about 270 cows with the help of a very good team. We purchase the majority of our feed but are in the process of growing more ourselves to have a better control of our costs. We aren’t planning anything major this year except trying to recover from last year.

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2. Wait a few seconds for LED display to light up. A reading in White: no concern. A reading in Red: suspect mastitis. Repeat previous steps with the next quarter to be checked. 3. The whole process takes 5 seconds per quarter. The introduction of each new milk sample effortlessly purges previous sample.

“The Mas-D-Tec® is easy for our milkers to quickly “The Mas-D-Tec definitely helped us reduce our SCC and keep it between 150 and 180,000 by check any cow in the parlor during milking and identifying quarters with high conductivity before get an immediate conductivity reading,” says clinical signs,” he adds. Ryan Shores, milking 400 cows at CR Dairy, Ulster, Pa. “It’s user-friendly. No training Chris and Laura Landis of Worth-The-Wait Farm, required. Just strip a little milk into the cup, and Durlach, Pa. rely on their Mas-D-Tec after buying it lights up with a reading right away. This could one to work on lowering a high SCC problem 4 years ago. “Our SCC is now consistently around not be simpler.” 130,000” they report. Jeff and Adam King of York Springs, Pa. have At Chapels Creamery Farm near Easton, Md., also relied on their Mas-D-Tec since they bought Eric and Holly Foster make cheese. Farm manager their first one 12 years ago. They milk 90 cows at Courtney Biggs focuses on getting high quality Pleasant Acres and now have 2 Mas-D-Tec units milk production from the 60 Jerseys. They use the to be sure they never are without one. “We use it Mas-D-Tec to identify quarters with subclinical to test milk on any quarter we have suspicions of mastitis in cows showing up on the DHIA ‘hot list.’ subclinical mastitis,” says Adam. “The Mas-D-Tec pinpoints problems so we can “We also use it to check our fresh cows before make decisions and take action,” says Biggs. putting their milk in the tank. This tool identifies “We use it to check fresh cows, particularly those issues so we can make decisions. that dried off at elevated SCC levels. We would not want to be without this tool.” Available where Udder Comfort is sold Questions, toll free: 1.888.773.7153 Visit for demonstration videos — Visit for other information

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Working in the milking parlor everyday can be I grabbed the spray bottle with the medicine and a bit of a hazard. Standing at a lower level than the got one small squirt on the wart. The heifer scooted cows allows for all kinds of nasties to be forward and started shaking her foot. splattered your way. Getting Kerry’d Away Kind of like when I hopped around It’s not uncommon for my co-workwhen I smashed my nger between a ceer to holler, “Incoming.” That’s like a ment block and a loader bucket. (If only code red for get out of the way, a cow is cows could swear.) going to relieve herself in your area. I leaned in and the heifer shook her Most of the time the splattering isn’t foot right into my face and hit me directall that grand. A healthy cow will leave ly on the nose and mouth. To be honest, a very well-laid-out pile. Now, the sick it was gross. Thank goodness she wasn’t cows leave a very chaotic pattern, probactually kicking. That would have hurt. ably because they have a very chaotic I was a bit freaked. I now have to deal pattern going on in their tummies. with the fear of having a hairy heel wart It’s not uncommon, as awful as it growing on my nose and mouth. Zach sounds, for manure to splatter onto a just laughed when I told him it made a By Kerry Hoffman face, for example. It should also be notsquishing sound when the heifer’s foot Columnist ed that it doesn’t take long to learn to made contact with my face. face away from the splatter, until you no longer here it splattering. It’s part of the job and you get used to it. Wednesday morning, the cows were a bit on edge. Steve was at meetings, so we had a replacement milker for him by the name of Tarah. She must smell better than Steve, because the cows sure knew something was amiss in the milking parlor. When something is amiss in the parlor, there is a heck of a lot more splattering. It just so happened that Tarah was up in the holding area bringing cows into the milking parlor when the word incoming should have been shouted. It landed in my eye. It was like looking through a dust storm, only ickier. Now, there was no burning sensation, and it didn’t feel like anything from within the poo was scratching my eyeball, so I gured no harm done. It just made everything look like…well, you know. I continued and nished the milking chores without a hitch. Because I didn’t sleep worth a hoot Tuesday night, the rst thing I did after this dangerous milking was shower up and climb back into bed for a quick nap.

I peered d iinto the h mirror i and d was horrified. My contaminated eye was redder than red can be. (Quick turned into an hour and it still wasn’t even 11 a.m.) I woke up feeling even more tired, made a pot of coffee and ventured into the biffy. I peered into the mirror and was horried. My contaminated eye was redder than red can be. It doesn’t hurt. Just looks like I was in a Three Stooges act and Larry poked me in the eye. Thursday morning wasn’t any different. It didn’t involve my eye, but it was pretty darn close. As I mentioned earlier, the person doing the milking is actually standing lower than the cows. Our parlor was constructed with safety in mind. The lower bar behind the cows was put at a certain level to prevent the cows from having the ability to make contact with a body part. The design works pretty slick, as long as you keep most of your body parts behind that particular pole. Put anything in front of it and I can’t guarantee the cow won’t make contact with that body part. Cows have stepped on my hand, kicked my arm and jammed my ngers. Like I said, the design works great as long as everyone follows the rules. Sometimes the smaller cows scoot forward and you have to lean in beyond the invisible safety barrier to dip the cow’s teats with iodine. Sometimes the cows have sore feet, mostly those nasty hairy heel warts, which have to be treated with this awesome smelling medicine. I don’t know what’s in the treatment, but it really does smell good. It’s too bad the smell doesn’t take away the way it must sting when we spray it directly on the heel wart of the affected foot. Thursday morning, was such the case. A new heifer, which gave birth overnight, came into the parlor for the rst time. She had a nasty wart on her right-rear foot. (By the way, we had two new calves this particular morning, and one of them came from the heifer named M, which I wrote about just the other week.)

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Steve scolded me. I said “I am a 46-year-old and I know I screwed up. You don’t need to reprimand me.” I tried to give him a kiss, and he ran the other way. Of all the nerve. I may have to consider a goalie’s mask to use as a piece of safety equipment, providing I don’t have a growth on my face next week. If that happens, I may have to steal the Unknown Comic’s costume. For questions, or comments, e-mail me at Kerry and her husband Steve have operated their New Ulm, MN dairy farm as a team since 1993. Currently, they milk 130 cows with the help of several employees. They have two sons: Joey is a sophomore at South Dakota State University, Brookings majoring in dairy production and Russell is a senior at Cathedral High School in New Ulm.

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In 2013, the Minnesota legislature and Governor Dayton approved changes to the Commercial Animal Waste Technician (CAWT) licenses. The details in the nal approved bill were developed during a series of meetings in 2012 and 2013. All changes in the new CAWT license By Jose A. program were disHernandez cussed by a group Extension Educator of stakeholders that included manure applicators, feedlot ofcers, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and University of Minnesota Extension. Minnesota law requires that companies, site managers and applicators that manage or apply manure for hire obtain a Commercial Animal Waste Technician (CAWT) license from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA).

MDA issues CAWT licenses MDA issues three types of CAWT licenses: • CAWT company license; • CAWT site manager license; and • CAWT applicator license. A business may not manage or apply manure to the land unless a CAWT company license is held. The company license number must be printed on the application equipment. The company must also employ a CAWT Site Manager who must be on-site to oversee operations and supervise applicators applying manure to the ground. The Site Manager must pass a certication exam for the application of liquid, solid or both types of manure to qualify for the license issued by MDA. A licensed Site Manager may apply manure. A person that is not a licensed Site Manager may not apply manure to the land for hire without a valid CAWT Applicator license. A CAWT Applica-

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tor must be certied by MDA and operate under the supervision of a licensed CAWT Site Manager.

When is a CAWT license needed? A business must hold a license to conduct commercial manure application or manure stockpiling operations. A person applying manure for hire and, in certain instances, private producers managing or applying their own manure to the land must be licensed. The following are examples of when a license is required: • A commercial or a for-hire application when money or other compensation is exchanged to manage or apply manure to the ground; • A private producer applying their own manure when they have a capacity of 300 animal units or more and do not have an updated manure management plan; or • A commercial or a for-hire operation that stockpiles manure.

manure or both. Verify on the application form that nancial responsibility obligations are met. A CAWT License is valid for one (1) year and must be renewed annually. Preparing for the exam: MDA has study materials available to help you prepare for the open-book exam. All test questions come directly from the study manuals. Contact the MDA to request a study manual. Certication: You must pass the certication exam for a license to be awarded. Each test contains 100 multiple-choice questions. The test is monitored. To schedule testing in your area, see CAWT Testing Locations in Greater Minnesota (https://www.mda.state. cawtcontacts.aspx). To schedule testing at the MDA St.

Paul ofce, call 651-201-6633. Recertication: Prior to renewing your license, you must attend a recertication workshop once every other year. The MDA will approve workshops that meet certain standards, are educational, and include training programs addressing manure applicator concerns, such as water quality protection and the development of manure management plans. The one-day workshops are geared towards liquid and/or solid license categories and must be a minimum of 3 hours long. For application forms or information, please email to, or call 651-2016615. For more information, visit the MDA CAWT Website: https://

When is a CAWT license not needed? Private producers do not need a business, site manager or applicator license in certain situations. The following are examples of when a license is not needed: • Private producers applying manure to their own elds when they have less than 300 animal units; or • Private producers applying manure to their own elds when they have an updated manure management plan that meets the requirements of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency rules. How to obtain a license Application: Apply for a CAWT Company or Site Manager license online. You may obtain a paper application form from MDA. The license application fee is $100 for a CAWT company license and $50 for a CAWT Site Manager license. This is a non-refundable application fee. Fill out the application completely. Indicate on the form what type of manure you apply — solid manure, liquid

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