400 licensed herds average 23,589 lbs. milk on 1077 cows
Texas weather seems to be the main topic of discussion this spring, with freezing temperatures one day, warming to the 80s the next.
Recently, icy conditions in Central Texas caused some dairy farmers to miss milking their herds for a few hours to even days on a couple of operations. East Texans are dealing with an extremely wet spring, while drought conditions in the Panhandle are becoming a huge concern for farmers planting crops. On a brighter note, dry weather in the Panhandle has helped keep milk production at high levels for the majority of the region’s dairies.
Texas milk production has been climbing since Winter Storm Goliath two years ago. Texas now is the fifth largest dairy producing state, continuing to climb as our production grows.
Texas’ weather will impact the 2019 legislative session as well. Even though lawmakers don’t convene until January, the impacts of last fall’s Hurricane Harvey will be felt in discussions on the state budget. The huge impacted area of the Gulf Coast continues to need much rebuilding assistance and will not be back to normal for many years to come.
Rain or shine, the Texas weather conditions never stay the same for long. The dairy industry is never sitting still in both pricing and issues that can impact farmers. Texas Association of Dairymen continues to help ride out the storm of regulations that affect today’s dairy farms.
This column appears in the April issue of the Texas Association’s newsletter and is used here with permission. More detail can be found at http://milk4texas.org/