Dairy cows can produce two batches of milk a day [Photo]

Cows eat a healthy cassarole mixture of alfalfa, straw and several other ingredients. Eating around 80 pounds a day, the cows produce two batches of milk.

Cows are milked twice a day [Photo]

Grey Battershell, left, and Aaron Maberry prepare to clean the udders of the first batch of dairy cows at Foremost Dairy Farm. The farm's 200 cows are milked twice a day using these machines.

Foremost Dairy Farm home to 200 cows [Photo]

The MU Agriculture School's Foremost Dairy Farm is home to 200 cows, several heifers and calves. The farm's two 2,000-gallon tanks hold the milk until it is sold.

Crowd gathers at forum on sharing the road [Photo]

More than 100 people attended a forum on bike and motorists safety at Columbia's Activity and Recreation Center on Wednesday. The gathering allowed people to voice concerns about the legal and practical issues facing motorists and cyclists who must share the road.

Resident speaks up about cycling [Photo]

Dennis Payne voices his concerns for cyclists during a meeting at the Activity and Recreation Center on Wednesday. The crowd reacted to Payne's opinion when he issued the challenge of cyclists being restricted to using the Katy Trail for recreational riding.

Bike rider speaks up at meeting [Photo]

Janet Godon, center, refutes the idea that cyclists can't hear what's coming up behind them while riding next to Columbia traffic at the public forum on bike/motorist law. "In fact, I feel even more conscious," said Godon, who is an avid bike rider.

Neighborhood residents speak up [Photo]

Attorney Skip Walther listens to a resident of the neighborhood surrounding West Broadway and West Boulevard explain that parking for any new developments in the area should be in the rear of buildings.

Great Hang-ups slated for reconstruction [Photo]

The owner of Great Hang-ups, Mark Nichols, is planning to replace the current structure at the corner of West Broadway and West Boulevard. Neighbors voiced concerns about Nichols' plan for rezoning and possible demolition of the building and adjoining properties.

Volatile milk prices squeeze Missouri dairies [Graphic]

The average price dairy farmers were paid for 100 pounds (approximately 11.6 gallons) of milk has dropped sharply after hitting record highs in recent years, imperiling Missouri dairies and triggering federal Milk Income Loss Contract payments. MILC payments are distributed when benchmark prices drop below a certain level and cover 2,985,000 pounds of milk, or the production of about 130 average cows. With an average herd size of 63 cows as of 2008, the vast majority of Missouri’s 1,760 dairy operators receive the MILC subsidy for all the milk they produce. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has also responded to plunging prices by taking the highly unusual step of setting a federal support price for some cheese and dry milk.

Mello trains with her father [Photo]

Nicole Mello trains with her father, Cesar Mello, early Wednesday morning. Nicole Mello, who will be a freshman at Hickman High School this fall, would like to run cross country at the high school level and has been recognized for her past track and field achievements.

Track and field competitor Nicole Mello [Photo]

Nicole Mello stretches before her Wednesday morning workout, which consisted of a rebuilding phase where Mello focused on agility, plyometrics and injury-preventing exercises.

Norman breaks away [Photo]

Khris Norman, in gold, breaks away past the green team's Brian Harmon.

Goalies feel the heat [Photo]

Keith Lane, who tended net for the red team, wipes sweat from his brow in between games. With temperatures in the nineties Sunday evening, the goalies may have suffered a bit more than the other players because of all the protective gear they wear.

Timbrook plays goalie in Hallsville [Photo]

Goalie Jordy Timbrook has been playing hockey for nearly three years in Hallsville.

Championship tournament held Sunday evening [Photo]

A view from the press box at Whitney Briggs Memorial Hockey Arena in Hallsville. The only hockey league in mid-Missouri, the Twister Hockey League, held its playoffs and championship tournament Sunday evening.

Brown suits up [Photo]

Christi Brown puts on her protective padding. She was one of two women playing hockey Sunday evening in Hallsville.

Duran stretches before beating the gold team [Photo]

Dustin Duran stretches before his team's first game Sunday afternoon. Later, the gold team would come from 3 goals down late in the second period to defeat the green team.

Poteet waits in the penalty box [Photo]

Morgan Poteet spends time in the penalty box near the end of the first hockey game of the Twister Hockey League playoffs Sunday evening in Hallsville.

The Black Diamond [Slideshow]

Columbia native Theron Denson brought his show "The Black Diamond Experience" back to Missouri on Aug. 6 after touring and performing in Las Vegas. The homecoming show at Boone Tavern marked Denson's first performance in Columbia in four years. Claiming to be the "planet's only" black Neil Diamond impersonator, Denson entertained a crowd of about 100 to Neil Diamond songs.

Hear the 'Hounds Howl [Video]

The Rockin’ Hounds are a rockabilly band based in Fulton that plays around mid-Missouri, including public spaces such as the sidewalk on 9th Street south of Elm Street. The band uses a car battery to power their audio equipment, which enables them to play at non-traditional locations.