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Dairy Financial Drivers

Jun 03, 2021

There is no question that the state of the dairy industry, as it has been since my time began at Premier in 2017, has been nothing short of a rollercoaster ride. While there are plenty of moving parts not in a consultant’s or producer’s control, there are still several ways to improve profitability on our dairies today.

Propane Contracts

June Energy News

Jun 02, 2021

June is Dairy Month. It’s also propane contracting month at Premier Cooperative. Anyone eligible for a propane contract should receive them by the third week in June. Considering gasoline prices are up $1.50 per gallon over last year, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the propane price. It will be up over last year but it is still very reasonable in relation to gasoline. If you’ve used an average of over 400 gallons the last two years, you should receive a contract this month. Contracts will be due June 29th. 

June Dairy Month

From the Manager's Desk

Jun 01, 2021

A couple of weeks ago we finished mailing out our annual cash patronage and equity redemption checks. As I have in past years, I had the pleasure of rewarding a few of our longtime producer members with their equity redemption checks. These are always special to hand out in person because they represent the eligible equity typically accumulated in one of the former cooperatives that became part of Premier over the years. In some cases, they are quite surprised to receive the old eligible equity, and some are even more surprised by the amounts. 

School Bus

Save Your Budget with Propane Autogas

May 19, 2021

Your district shouldn't have to spend precious time or money worrying about things other than your students. Reduce the hassle and the cost of your fuel with Propane Autogas. Here's how we can save you thousands:

Beef calf

Have No Doubt If There's A Drought

May 19, 2021

Conditions have been very favorable for a successful calving season this year. Not having to battle mud and the associated challenges that present themselves when we calve in wet, damp, cold environments can lead to some benefits. However, our mindset will soon shift as concerns of plentiful precipitation, pasture quality and longevity may be of greater concern. This month we take a look at a few decision-making opportunities when our region is challenged with drought conditions.

Grain Bin

Market Update

May 03, 2021

We are entering an exciting season in the grain markets. Today’s prices are providing some great contracting opportunities for your 2021 crop. We have seen many producers contract a portion of their new crop corn and soybeans on the way up throughout this rally, and I would encourage all to make a plan and set selling goals prior to harvest. Whether that is selling a portion of your production today or having targets in mind, it is typically better to have a plan and be prepared. As the weather and other factors impacting prices change, so can your plan. 

From the Manager's Desk

May 03, 2021

Welcome to spring 2021. The piles of snow along the edge of the parking lot outside our Mt Horeb Do it Best store are now gone and will soon be replaced with mountains of fresh mulch, dozens of lawn and garden soils, fertilizer, bark, and stone options, as well as a freshly stocked greenhouse full of some of the best flowers, vegetables, trees and shrubs the area has to offer. A little further north our Westby ACE store is also busy packing away the leftover snowblowers and shovels, and ready to showcase the latest grills and just about anything to spruce up your backyard living space. 

Propane Tank

May Energy News

May 03, 2021

I just got back from a week off of work. It’s funny how a few days off can get you more focused and energized. I spent most of my time on my farm. I managed to get a couple of chicken coops completed, some wood cut and a good start on fencing in between bouts with my turkey hunting addiction. As usual, no turkeys were harmed during my hunting adventures. 

From the Manager's Desk

Apr 02, 2021

Welcome to spring 2021. The piles of snow along the edge of the parking lot outside our Mt Horeb Do it Best store are now gone and will soon be replaced with mountains of fresh mulch, dozens of lawn and garden soils, fertilizer, bark, and stone options, as well as a freshly stocked greenhouse full of some of the best flowers, vegetables, trees and shrubs the area has to offer. A little further north our Westby ACE store is also busy packing away the leftover snowblowers and shovels, and ready to showcase the latest grills and just about anything to spruce up your backyard living space. 

Propane Tank

April Energy News

Apr 02, 2021

I called it on my last newsletter. Spring is officially here. Every spring it sure feels good to go outside and feel a warm breeze, doesn’t it? The birds, including the snow birds, are heading back north after their annual migration. I’ve noticed a kestrel flying around my buildings. I’m hoping it’s the female that has come back the last couple of years and nested in my icehouse. They’re great mousers. 

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