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    Looks to me like they all have their fair share...

    Looks to me like they all have their fair share of negatives....
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    I bought some farmland last year on the open...

    I bought some farmland last year on the open market for 3% over tax value.

    Tax value isn't too far off "here".....unless it's an auction with 2 bto's that want it.:)
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    Emotion sells, the media pushes emotional...

    Emotion sells, the media pushes emotional pieces.... Nothing new.

    I don't know about others but I am the sixth generation on this farm. It has never been handed to anyone. Every generation bought...
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    I know the ones picked up by DFA are on a...

    I know the ones picked up by DFA are on a "temporary" basis.....Don't Know how temporary.

    Low interest loans?.....Great idea.

    Its interesting watching the CME, talk about ignoring reality. I...
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    Negligence is pretty serious and I don't think...

    Negligence is pretty serious and I don't think that applies here. You can sue anyone for anything.....if grassland was procuring milk during the past year knowing full well they will likely loose a...
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    A large producer near me was also picked up by...

    A large producer near me was also picked up by DFA. I heard he is only being paid base price with no premiums, about a 20 k hit a month for him. DFA has been selling excess milk at big discounts so...
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    My banker tells me with government programs...

    My banker tells me with government programs people can get home loans with nothing down again.....

    Cash rents here are still pushing $300+......I still see a train wreck coming for dairy, Nobody...
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    Housing market has had a recent boom here, mostly...

    Housing market has had a recent boom here, mostly factory job type housing.....Around 100K.

    After the 2008 housing bust, there were a lot of foreclosures on the market, didn't take long and...
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    Cost is difficult to nail down, lots of...

    Cost is difficult to nail down, lots of variables. You still have to use fertilizer. Yields vary a lot also, some yields as good or better than conventional but some won't. My average corn yield is...
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    I didn't miss much, we sold corn for $15-$17 when...

    I didn't miss much, we sold corn for $15-$17 when conventional was $7.

    There are a lot of organic grains being imported now, $7-8 for corn is realistic right now.
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    We sell most of the grain we grow. 140 cows get...

    We sell most of the grain we grow. 140 cows get 40 acres of corn silage and 50 for high moisture corn.
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    I plant over 500 acres of rye every year, its a...

    I plant over 500 acres of rye every year, its a great tool. In the picture on this thread the cows are grazing rye that was seeded directly after corn silage, that field will go back into silage corn...
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    I was certified in 2004, There were no government...

    I was certified in 2004, There were no government standards at that time.....it was much easier to transition. My success rate for curing mastitis is probably exactly the same now as it was when I...
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    Grassland knew Canada was working on fixing this...

    Grassland knew Canada was working on fixing this glitch at least a year ago. I wouldn't be at all surprised if there are lawsuits over grasslands conduct in that time.
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    Life would be easier with herbicides and...

    Life would be easier with herbicides and conventional fertilizers.

    At first I was very apprehensive at the thought of not using antibiotics to treat mastitis, with the lower production and stress...
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    With organic there are very few quick fixes for...

    With organic there are very few quick fixes for problems. Much more time spent heading problems off rather than reacting to them.
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    I started converting in 2001, my herd average was...

    I started converting in 2001, my herd average was 26,000 at that time.
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    Sooo... What is it you like about the check off?

    Sooo... What is it you like about the check off?
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    I agree also. I think there aren't many guys...

    I agree also.

    I think there aren't many guys that can live very long with a reduced milk check, unfortunately that is the only solution here.

    Don't get me started on the check off.....they are...
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    I feed corn pretty much all year, but no grain...

    I feed corn pretty much all year, but no grain protien. Depending on time of year and feed quality I get 45-65 lbs a day.

    Where you are at, all grass would probably work better.
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    Here are some of my cows this morning.893

    Here are some of my cows this morning.893
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    It has been very good to me. You don't have to...

    It has been very good to me.

    You don't have to look very hard to find neglected conventional farms and if that's what your looking for with organic you will darn sure find it there also.

    The...
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    Holding off expansion? Every large dairy around...

    Holding off expansion? Every large dairy around me is chomping at the bit to expand. If there isn't some sort of processor controlled production, what do you see as the answere? A couple years of 7$...
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    A lot of processors have already implemented some...

    A lot of processors have already implemented some sort of quota and the ones that haven't are working on it.
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    Andrew, the majority here believe in free...

    Andrew, the majority here believe in free markets...I do also, but that horse already left the barn.
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