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This Week in Dairy - Lee Mielke

Lee Mielke is a veteran dairy journalist and broadcaster, currently carried in a dozen Ag newspapers nationally.  This column is prepared especially for the readers of DairyBusiness. Based in Lynden, Wash., he can be reached by email atlkmielke@juno.com or by phone 360.201.4033.

Preliminary USDA data puts February milk output in the top 23 producing states at 15.7 billion pounds, down 1.0 percent from February 2016, however, when adjusting for leap year, output totaled 16.2 billion pounds, up 2.5 percent. The 50-state total, at 17.3 billion pounds, was up 2.3 percent…

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Tulare DHIA Recognizes Top Herds

            The Tulare County dairy industry turns out full force for the annual banquet of the county DHI association held this year on Mar. 16 at the International Agri-Center in Tulare, with over 300 attending.  The Association has 169 herds on test with an average herd size of 2069 cows, six fewer herds but 11,000 more cows than last year.

            Board president Jared Fernandes thanked General Manager David Brown and Field Manager Tony Nunes who in turn recognized the staff of four office workers, three lab technicians and 27 field supervisors.  After a brief business meeting, the highlight of the evening was the presentation of top herd awards, introduction of youth scholarship winners and recognition of longtime agribusinessman and dairy industry supporter Bob Wasnick, partner in the dairy equipment firm, Wasnick Brothers of…

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