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Hoard 2-year-olds up nearly one point

Mon, 08/09/2010

Late last month, the entire Hoard Guernsey herd was appraised as part of June's scheduled rotation in Wisconsin. The youngest cow to receive a score was Dairyman Ben Neater, #1167. She calved on May 31 and will not reach her second birthday until September 19. She is a well-grown heifer that scored VG-82, with an 80-point udder, and an 87-point foot and leg. Read more

Hoard Farm pregnancy rate improves by leaps and bounds

Tue, 07/06/2010

“In the summer of 2009, the Hoard Farm was on the verge of single-digit pregnancy rates,” noted Jason Yurs, Hoard’s Dairyman farm manager. Prior to the 2009 World Dairy Expo, the farm was sitting at a 10 percent pregnancy rate. Read more

Hoard Jerseys see the appraiser

Wed, 06/30/2010

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Hoard Guernsey herd has four new Excellent cows

Tue, 06/29/2010

In addition, to unveiling the new Foster Mothers of the Human Race painting earlier this month, the Hoard's Dairyman Farm appraised both the Hoard Guernsey and Jersey herds. Here are a few highlights from classification day:

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Making the corn crop wager at the Hoard Farm

Thu, 04/29/2010

Trying to guess the corn market in the months ahead was among the topics when the financial management team for the Hoard's Dairyman Farm met yesterday. The good news was that our cows just finished eating up the $4.69 per bushel corn that we had contracted for over a year ago. When corn was between $6 and $7, booking corn at $4.69 seemed like a good idea. And, of course, it might have been. Read more

Watch the cows, and use a tape measure

Thu, 03/04/2010

You may have noted that the Hoard's Dairyman Farm has benefited from having a management team that has met regularly over the past 1-1/2 years (February 10, 2010, issue, page 108) and having converted our heifer free stall barn to a bedded pack area for our close-ups (March 10, 2010, issue, page 177). We also tweaked the prefresh ration to reduce sorting. Read more

Challenge daughters lead Hoard Farm 2-year-olds

Tue, 02/23/2010

On Monday, March 15, American Guernsey Association executive secretary, Seth Johnson, was at the Hoard's Dairyman Farm to appraise the Hoard Guernsey herd. Scoring began at 6 a.m. and continued during the ensuing day, Johnson evaluated 64 2-year-olds that received their first-ever score. The 64 first-score cows averaged 79.03 for final score, 80.56 on udders, and 80.17 on feet and legs. Read more

Welcome to the HD Herdbook Blog

Fri, 01/01/2010

Welcome to our new HD Herdbook blog. This blog relates to activities that are happening at the Hoard's Dairyman Farm with the Guernsey and Jersey herds.

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