HD Notebook

No magic bullet to the drop in summer’s components

Wed, 05/13/2015

Ration tweaks can soften the blow

By Patti Hurtgen, Hoard’s Dairyman Online Media Manager

May 2015 Webinar“You cannot make a Holstein a Jersey,” teased Tom Jenkins during the Hoard’s Dairyman monthly webinar. Genetics plays a big role in components. We can fine-tune our rations to take advantage of a few scenarios, but there’s no management silver bullet to dramatically bolster components during the hotter months of the year. Read more

Take the best milk sample you can

Tue, 05/12/2015

Before you send in mastitis and milk quality samples, focus first on what you plan to do with the results.

By Abby Bauer, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

bulk tanks

Milk culturing can be used to identify mastitis pathogens, troubleshoot milk quality problems, monitor pasteurizer systems and more. To get the most benefit from the results, one should keep the end goal in mind even before taking the sample. Read more

Communication and culture are key

Mon, 05/11/2015

A strong workplace environment requires daily attentiveness to clear communication and a strong employee culture.

by Maggie Seiler, 2014 Hoard’s Dairyman Editorial Intern

A surprise for California dairy producers

Fri, 05/08/2015

Now that they’re pushing for a federal order, the state is willing to look at raising Class 4b prices.

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor

With California’s milk pricing attention turned to the just-started drive for a Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO), Sacramento dropped a big surprise in dairy producers’ laps last Friday: A public hearing on June 3 in Sacramento to consider temporary adjustments to the Class 4b (powder) component of the state’s pricing formula. Read more

Weaned heifers aren’t TMR ready

Thu, 05/07/2015

Compared to their component-fed counterparts, it took TMR-fed heifers a bit longer to catch up.

By Amanda Smith, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

HeiferLittle research exists regarding the best strategies for feeding post-weaned heifers. Driven by feed costs, heifer-feeding dogma has long been to transition young animals to a forage-based, low-cost diet shortly after weaning. Read more

Grilled cheese challenges chefs

Wed, 05/06/2015

Sandwich artists get creative with dairy products.

By Patti Hurtgen, Hoard’s Dairyman Online Media Manager

4th Annual Wisconsin Grilled Cheese ChampionshipGrilled cheese sandwiches are pretty basic – two pieces of bread and a slab of cheese. But the making of a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich is more of an art form. Selecting just the right bread, with the ideal cheese and the complementary condiments, gives the creation a unique flavor. Read more

Animal care actions speak louder than words

Tue, 05/05/2015

Livestock deserve quality care and perform better when they receive it; it’s in our best interest to make every day the best it can be for our animals.

By Abby Bauer, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

Holstein laying down

When Dee Griffen, a veterinarian and professor at the University of Nebraska, was growing up on his family’s farm, he remembers his mother bringing calves and pigs that needed extra attention into the house. The compassion both his mother and father had for animals left a long-lasting mark on Griffen. Read more

Sowing seeds of truth

Mon, 05/04/2015

Greg Peterson of the Peterson Farm Bros shares tips on how we can all be better “agvocates”.

By Brittany Statz, 2015 Hoard’s Dairyman Editorial Intern

Greg Peterson of the Peterson Farm Bros
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California FMMO battle lines drawn

Fri, 05/01/2015

USDA will hold three Federal Milk Market Order proposal outreach meetings in the state next week.

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor

The milk pricing circus starts in California next week.

On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, USDA will hold public outreach meetings in three different locations across the state to review multiple proposals that have been submitted regarding the establishment of a Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) in the nation’s largest dairy state, to explain the FMMO rulemaking process, and to allow proposal sponsors to explain their ideas. Read more

Farmers celebrate Earth Day every day

Thu, 04/30/2015

University of Wisconsin-Madison students connected Earth Day to agriculture with the fifth annual Ag Day on Campus.

By Kate Griswold, University of Wisconsin-Madison

University of Wisconsin Collegiate Farm Bureau Members at Ag Day
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