I spent a couple of hours shooting photos on a dairy farm a few miles east of my office a few weeks ago. The farmer, Mark Berning, graciously helped with the shoot as he waited for his second-crop hay to dry.
Last year here in central Minnesota, Mark was done putting up third-crop by mid-July. Back then, spring came six weeks early. Not this year, where planting and alfalfa growth were delayed weeks on end by a cold, wet spring.
As we walked toward the barn, I quipped, "Wouldn’t it be nice to just have a normal year?"
"There is no such thing as normal," Mark replied.
His approach: Always think ahead, anticipate challenges and control what you can control. If you want to remain sane, Mark’s approach is the best approach.
Given all this uncertainty, dairy producers need—and deserve—a little bit of a mental break. World Dairy Expo, held Oct. 1 through 5 in Madison, Wis., offers dairy producers just such a respite.
Expo is, without question, the greatest dairy show on earth. It offers dairy farmers a chance to see some of the greatest cattle in the world, walk the trade show to see the latest in dairy technology and equipment, and learn the latest from experts in seminars and virtual farm tours. Even better, it allows farmers to network with peers from all over the world.
Knowledge gained from all of this interaction can be put to good use back home. Control what you can control, and schedule in a few days for World Dairy Expo. I’ll see you there!
Jim Dickrell, Editor