Michigan Farm News
  • Did changes to veterinary feed directive regulations affect your farm?

    Category: Livestock

    by Elizabeth Ferry, Dave Thompson, Phil Durst , MSUE


    Land grant universities are looking to gain information on the impacts of VFD regulation through an electronic survey.

    VIDEO: 2018 Michigan Beef Expo

    Category: Livestock

    by Farm News Media

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    The Michigan Beef Expo held its 29th annual show and sale. With sales featuring some of the best genetics in the state, a large trade show and the junior show for the next generation of cattle growers, the Expo is one of the year's most anticipated events.

    MSU offers response training for livestock transportation rollovers

    Category: Livestock

    by Elizabeth Ferry, MSUE


    This event held May 11 and 12 at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds is aimed at helping response teams plan and train to respond to rollover livestock accidents.

    Pork tariffs sour industry outlook

    Category: Livestock

    by Chris Hurt, Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University


    The tariff will hurt the U.S. pork industry in key states that were generally strong Tump supporters. This gives a potential political victory to China.

    Cross-breeding to optimize dairy beef production

    Category: Livestock

    by Kevin Gould and Jerry Lindquist, MSUE


    Cattle feeders may consider contacting dairy farms that may be interested in producing calves in this crossbred model.

    MSU to launch Farrier “horse shoe” school

    Category: Livestock

    by MSU


    According to “An American Farriers Journal” 2012 survey, the average annual salary for full-time farriers in the U.S. was reported to be $92,623 per year and for part-timers, $21,153.

    Game rancher jailed following DNR investigation

    Category: Livestock

    by MDNR


    The game ranch owner falsified information related to chronic wasting disease testing, the DNR said.

    A dairyman’s heart, ripped out

    Category: People, Livestock

    by Paul W. Jackson


    “I don’t think our leaders realize what’s really happening, and by the time they get it, I fear it may be too late.”

    Michigan Beef Expo and Trade Show set for April 6-8

    Category: Livestock

    by Michigan Cattlemen’s Association

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    Michigan’s premier cattle event includes cattle shows, sales, a trade show and youth contests.

    Bull evaluation sale averages $3,486

    Category: Livestock

    by Michigan Cattlemen’s Association


    Grand River Download 1917, an Angus bull sired by Baldridge Download Z013 and cosigned by Grand River Angus Farm, LLC of Grand Rapids topped the sale at $10,500. 

    Dairy program prepares the next generation

    Category: Livestock

    by Farm News Media

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    The Dairy Management Program is designed to give students a basic foundation of knowledge and skills about dairy cows, the dairy industry, and dairy farming as a business which they can continue to build upon after graduation from the program.

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  • Columns

    Use financial reports to assist in guiding business decisions

    Dollars and Sense

    GreenStone FCS | April 24, 2018 

    Are you wondering what the break-even cost is on your cattle operation? Are you unsure what market price you need on your crops to cover inputs? Questioning if you should buy that piece of equipment this year or next year to minimize income taxes?



    The value of financial benchmarks

    Dollars and Sense

    GreenStone FCS | March 24, 2018 

    Financial benchmarks provide farmers key insights into how their operation is performing financially and help identify areas for improvement.



    Measuring operational efficiencies

    Dollars and Sense

    GreenStone FCS | November 9, 2017 

    In today’s challenging economic times, it is more important than ever to monitor the operational efficiency of your operation.

    Apply for building permits at your own risk

    Law of the Land

    Varnum LLP | September 19, 2017 

    Matt ZimmermanIt is generally well accepted that a building permit is not required for buildings used for agricultural purposes if the building does not include retail trade.

    Understanding operating loans

    Dollars and Sense

    GreenStone FCS | September 7, 2017 

    Martin KarperskiFarming is a capital-intensive business, with land, equipment and facilities that can run into millions of dollars.