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FROM THE EDITOR
Believe it or not, it's supposed to be spring
right now but one would never know it with
these twenty-degree mornings we're still
having and four to six inches of snow falling in the middle of April. But one thing is
for certain, and that is warmer weather will
come and so will the flies!
2018 has started off as a very challenging
year for everyone with extremely low milk
prices. This issue has affected all demographics of dairy farming across the United
States. To add insult to injury, the agricultural industry seems to be the one being
penalized by the U.S. steel and aluminum
tariffs imposed on foreign imports. We can only hope that this will be a shortlived situation and that the U.S. government and other global powers will
work it out.
It's hard to get blood from a stone, but dairy farmers always seem to manage
it because they're a resilient breed of folk. It's in their genes to survive with
little and make things work. How many people would be willing to get out
of bed every day to work at a loss and then continue doing that for a week, a
month, or even a year? Nobody would-that's who! This is why it's so painful
to recently read and hear all the negativity and hate about dairy farmers, who I
respect so greatly, in some local papers, radio programs, and out of Vermont's
state capital in Montpelier (and Vermont is not the only state where this is
happening, of course).
These people must be oblivious to the technologies used by farmers in today's
world. What are they thinking when they write articles stating that a tax needs
to be imposed on cattle feed so that it costs even more and then farmers will
be "encouraged" to use precision feeding? What the heck have we been doing
for the past twenty years? Haven't these people and researchers heard about
the Cornell feed model? What dairy farmer wants to overfeed grain because
they think it's a great thing to do?
If you feel the same as I do about farmers, then get out there on social media
and in your communities and support them and let everyone know it. And if
you don't, try not to complain about farmers with your month full of food!
And the other thing to remember is that your beer, whiskey, tobacco, weed,
and some clothing start with a farmer.
David Santos
Editor
Perspectives Magazine
Owner and General Manager
Phoenix Feeds & Nutrition

CORRECTION BOX
In the winter 2018 issue of Perspectives, we misstated the name of the author(s) in the "Swing the Odds to Your Favor When Choosing Your Supplemental Fat" article on page 36. The correct author names are Matthew
D. Sellers, PhD and Tyler L. Harris, PhD, Milk Specialities. For this same
article, on page 38 the call out text should read, "Comparing the odds of increasing milk fat concentration by 0.075% across the supplemental fat sources, it is clear that palmitic acid supplements provide the greatest potential for
increasing milk fat concentration" instead of "It is clear that palmitic acid
supplements provide the greatest potential." Also on page 38, in the table at
the bottom of the page, there is a correction in the first column labeled "Palmitic/Stearic Acid": Milk Protein, % should read "-0.02" instead of "-0.2."
We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

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