HD Notebook

Give calves a jumpstart on life

Date: 
Tue, 07/08/2014

A dairy cow's long, productive life starts with the care she receives from the minute she is born.

calf

by Abby Bauer, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

In an ideal world, every calving would happen unassisted and result in a perfectly healthy, active calf. However, as all dairy producers know, that sometimes is not the case.

“We can have a critical impact in the first 24 hours,” said Sheila McGuirk with the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. She addressed the crowd at the Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference in Dubuque, Iowa. Read more

Robotic rotary parlor count is now 11

Date: 
Mon, 07/07/2014

All are in Europe and Australia. Herd sizes range from 300 to 850.

rotary milking parlor

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor

If robots are the next evolution of milking cows on a large scale, then the future is here already. Except it is happening slowly and not at all in the U.S. . . . yet.

Several companies have sold single- or multiple-stall robotic systems since the 1980s, but all have been aimed at small dairies. DeLaval is the only firm that has married robotic technology to the rotary parlor format that is popular with big herds. At the heart of its automatic milking rotary (AMR) system is a computer that controls multiple robots to perform teat preparation, milking unit attachment and postmilking teat spraying for up to 24 stalls. Read more

Should your cows stand longer?

Date: 
Thu, 07/03/2014

Additional standing time postmilking could lower your herd’s mastitis risk.

by Amanda Smith, Hoard's Dairyman Associate Editor

cowFor the U.S. dairy industry, mastitis carries a $1.7 billion to $2 billion price tag. Reducing the infection risk takes a multi-pronged approach, but keeping cows on their feet a bit longer postmilking could be one piece of the prevention puzzle. Read more

Internships bring value to Distinguished Junior Members

Date: 
Wed, 07/02/2014

All 6 DJM Finalists have summer internships in their career field.

By Patti Hurtgen, Hoard’s Dairyman Online Media Manager

Last Saturday, six outstanding youth were recognized for their Holstein projects and named National Distinguished Junior Member Finalists, the highest honor given by the Holstein Association USA. Announced in Dubuque, Iowa, at the Junior Awards Luncheon, the winners were Hayleigh Geurink, Michigan; Sara Kitchen, Pennsylvania; Cassandra Krull, Wisconsin; Jaylene Lesher, Pennsylvania; Ryan Pralle, Wisconsin and Josh Simon, Iowa.

2014 National Distinguished Junior Holstein Members

2014 National Distinguished Junior Members: Hayleigh Geurink,
Jaylene Lesher, Ryan Pralle, Josh Simon, Sara Kitchen, Cassandra Krull
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Jersey producers honor unknown fallen soldiers

Date: 
Tue, 07/01/2014

Members attending the American Jersey Cattle Association’s annual convention witnessed a special wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

wreath at Tomb of Unknown Soldier

by Abby Bauer, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

The 2014 meetings of the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc., took place in Alexandria, Va., just miles away from the nation’s capitol.

As part of the convention, attendees visited historic Washington D.C., including a stop at the Arlington National Cemetery. There, association members had the opportunity to witness a special wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Read more

Hoard’s Farm home to nation’s top cheese producer

Date: 
Mon, 06/30/2014

Efforts of the farm staff were recognized last weekend at the American Guernsey Association’s annual meeting.

Dairyman Iceman Rosebowl

by Maggie Seiler, Hoard's Dairyman Editorial Intern

Fort Atkinson’s historic Hoard’s Dairyman Farm was recognized by the American Guernsey Association for having 28 of the 100 top Guernseys nationally for milk and components production. The Association reviewed the farm’s 147 Guernsey lactation records in 2013 to make its ranking.

Of the 28 award-winning cows at the Hoard’s Dairyman Farm, Dairyman Iceman Rosebowl was recognized as the best of the best by being named the nation’s highest-producing Guernsey cow. The American Guernsey Association’s formal name for these elite cows is “Component Queen.” Read more

Agriculture: the strongest piece of the U.S. economy

Date: 
Fri, 06/27/2014

With 16.4 percent growth, agriculture had a good year in 2013.

by Amanda Smith, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

Despite slower economic growth overall in the U.S., the agricultural sector is finally on the upswing. Real GDP (gross domestic product) rose 1.9 percent in 2013, down from the 2.8 percent growth rate that was experienced in 2012.

After a stagnant year in 2012 with a mere 0.3 percent growth in output, agricultural outputs grew 16.4 percent after inflation last year. The strong growth in 2013 is primarily attributed to farming, as it reflects a weak 2012 that was affected by a severe Midwest drought. This value, determined by the Bureau of Economic Analysis includes data from agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting sectors.

The closest sectors to this impressive GDP growth were information technology and manufacturing at 3.2 percent and 3.1 percent, respectively. Read more

Breed’s newest Excellent-95 calls Hoard’s Dairyman Farm home

Date: 
Thu, 06/26/2014

Bella Blue, a fifth-lactation Guernsey, is on pace to make back-to-back 34,000-plus-pound milk records. She is the first Guernsey to classify Excellent-95 since 2008.

Rolling Prairie Bella Blue

by Corey Geiger, Hoard's Dairyman Managing Editor Read more

It’s a week for competitions, but more significantly, memories

Date: 
Wed, 06/25/2014

Six breeds hold their annual meetings in a short-window.

By Patti Hurtgen, Hoard’s Dairyman Online Media Manager

junior friendshipThis is one busy week for the Hoard’s Dairyman editorial team. It’s all hands on deck to cover the latest in breed developments at this week’s breed conventions and report on the details in our print magazine. In addition to the adult sessions, youth contests will be held, and it's the memories that will last longer than the shine on the trophy.

They say it is about the journey and not the destination. And for me, that holds true. Read more

In search of the most feed-efficient cow

Date: 
Tue, 06/24/2014

While looking for characteristics that contribute to feed efficiency, we must not lose sight of traits, like milk production, that we know are profitable.

cows

by Abby Bauer, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

As our industry looks for the most efficient dairy animal, some are turning towards the idea of a smaller cow. But size isn’t everything, some researchers are saying.

“I want an animal that produces a lot of milk from the food she eats,” said Michael VandeHaar, Michigan State University, when he spoke at the Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference held in Dubuque, Iowa. Read more

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