HD Notebook

More fuel for the anti-ethanol fire

Fri, 05/20/2011

Opposition to the federal government’s seemingly single-minded support of ethanol production as a solution to help the U.S. become more energy self-sufficient reached a new boiling point last week, with introduction of a broadly supported bill in the Senate that calls for an end to all ethanol subsidies.

It’s about time. Read more

Our milk production growth slowed

Thu, 05/19/2011

April milk production in the top 23 states was up just 1.7 percent over a year ago. This represents a slowing of milk production growth from earlier this year. Milk production nationally during the first quarter of 2011 was up 2.2 percent. Across the U.S., milk production was up 1.5 percent in April. Read more

Cost-benefit of an Idaho digester

Wed, 05/18/2011

While at the sixth annual AgSTAR conference last week, Jerry Bingold had plenty to announce. First, he explained all the initiatives that the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy was taking part in, and they were plentiful. Beyond their own initiative to map the carbon footprint of the U.S. Read more

Brachyspina – *BY Carriers Identified

Tue, 05/17/2011

Holstein Association USA recognizes the importance of identifying heritable, sometimes undesirable, unique genes in Holstein cattle, to provide breeders with the tools they need to make informed breeding decisions. Hoard’s has dedicated a page in the May 25, 2011, issue to Brachyspina, but, more recently, specific bulls have been identified. Read more

What could the 2012 Farm Bill look like?

Mon, 05/16/2011

Will the 2012 Farm Bill actually be written and passed in 2012? What will it look like? That was the focus of the discussion at the opening session of the National Dairy Producers Conference in Omaha, Neb., on Monday, May 16. Read more

USDA trims milk price forecast for 2012

Thu, 05/12/2011

Milk production for 2012 is forecast to climb as the decline in milk cows is expected to be offset by growth in milk per cow, according to USDA’s World Supply and Demand Estimates released yesterday. Although dairy product inventories are expected to expand this year, weakening milk prices and relatively high feed costs will set the stage for the U.S. dairy herd to shrink slightly. Read more

Digesters: dream investment or pipe dream?

Wed, 05/11/2011

At the Environmental Protection Agency’s AgSTAR (http://www.epa.gov/agstar/) conference this week, we will hear from experts on the latest and greatest things happening with anaerobic digesters. Yesterday, we took a trip to Big Sky Dairy near Gooding, Idaho. Read more

If dairy cows could talk

Tue, 05/10/2011

If your herd could talk to you about their pen dynamics, what would they say? Would they compliment the soft, bedded freestalls, the wide alley ways, and the roominess of the feedbunk? Read more

Iowa, Nebraska getting corn crop planted

Mon, 05/09/2011

American farmers have an incredible ability to plant corn once favorable weather conditions exist. In Iowa, corn planting progressed from 8 to 69 percent in just seven days. That represented by far the largest gain in planting based on the May 9 Crop Progress report released by USDA. And, for those looking to buy corn, it comes as welcome news since Iowa leads the nation in corn production. Read more

Maryland cow is new Jersey lifetime production leader

Fri, 05/06/2011

Longevity and milking persistency finally paid off for a Maryland cow on Wednesday, when the American Jersey Cattle Association named her the breed’s Living Lifetime Production Leader for 2010. She had been runner-up the previous two years. Read more

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