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Farm groups rally for informed dairy decisions


The agricultural community witnesses a powerful alliance as the American Farm Bureau Federation joins hands with the National Farmers Union, both rallying for critical updates to the Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) system. Central to their efforts is a call to the USDA to suspend any changes to make allowances without first conducting a mandatory survey that includes every dairy processor in the industry.

The push for a mandatory survey stems from concerns over current data collection methods, which rely on voluntary surveys and may not accurately reflect the diversity and scope of the dairy processing sector. The organizations argue that reliable, mandatory data is crucial for making informed decisions that will directly affect dairy farmers' earnings and the industry's economic health.

Their united front is not just about halting the increase in make allowances but about ensuring that any decisions regarding dairy pricing are made with a holistic understanding of the industry. This includes considering the impact on dairy farmers, who are at the heart of the FMMO modernization debate and are the ultimate deciders through a referendum process.

This collaboration between two of the country's most influential farm organizations highlights the importance of data-driven decision-making in agricultural policy. It represents a significant step toward ensuring that changes to dairy pricing formulas are fair, transparent, and beneficial to all stakeholders, especially the dairy farmers who will live with the consequences of these decisions.

By emphasizing the need for comprehensive surveys, the American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union are advocating for a more inclusive, equitable, and informed approach to dairy policy reform. Their collective action underscores the critical role that accurate data and farmer input play in shaping the future of the dairy industry, aiming for policies that support the sector's sustainability and profitability.

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In today's exciting episode of our daily sheep farming vlog at Ewetopia Farms, we witness the lambs taking over the lambing barn as it rapidly fills up. Join us as we embark on a thrilling day of managing lambs as we work on emptying lambing jugs to accommodate the lambs that just keep on coming!

We begin by providing updates on the events of the previous night and share the progress of all the lambs. Throughout the day, we engage in various tasks such as tagging, vaccinating, docking, and recording the lambs as they demonstrate their readiness to leave the lambing jugs and join the group pen. As lambs are moved in and out of the jugs, we ensure each pen is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected with lime before welcoming the next ewe and her lambs. Along the way, we encounter and resolve a few challenges related to lambing, including unplugging a ewe's teat to facilitate milk flow for her lamb's nourishment and addressing a bleeding umbilical cord on a newborn Dorset lamb. We remain hopeful for the lamb's full recovery and will keep you updated on its progress in future videos.

To conclude the day, we take a moment to relax in the group pen, reflecting on our busy day of sheep farming and cherishing the rewards of our hard work. Join us in this well-deserved break and immerse yourself in the joys of sheep farming and caring for these adorable lambs



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