HD Notebook

Dairy exports above historical levels

Thu, 06/16/2011

U.S. dairy exports are on the upswing, according to the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service’s Summary of U.S. Dairy Exports released June 9, 2011. During the February to April 2011 time period, exports of dry ingredients (milk powder, whey, lactose), cheese, and butterfat were 394,581 tons. Read more

It is STILL June Dairy Month!

Wed, 06/15/2011

Most June dairy celebrations have come and gone, but June Dairy Month still has 15 days to go. Are you finding ways to celebrate, educate, or at least partake in three servings of dairy each day? Read more

Heat Stress: 65 is the new 72

Tue, 06/14/2011

When summer arrives, we know how warm and uncomfortable we can become. We look forward to the shade of a big oak tree, a chance to have lunch in an air-conditioned home, or the feel of the breeze on our face as we drive a fast-moving tractor in the open air. Dairy cattle also feel the heat but rely on us to make them more comfortable. Read more

Phosphorus deserves our attention

Mon, 06/13/2011

It may be an essential nutrient for growing crops, but phosphorus (P) can wreak havoc when it flows to noncropping areas like streams, rivers, and lakes. Once in waterways, it can lead to algal blooms.
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Somatic Cell Count Tools Available

Sat, 06/11/2011

Lowering the somatic cell count (SCC) limit has received a lot of press lately, but reducing SCC has many benefits for dairy producers regardless of regulations. Higher premiums and improved cow health are just a few of the advantages. So, what are some of the best ways to reach a lower SCC? Read more

California dairy goes solar in a big way

Fri, 06/10/2011

It’s just a tiny trickle so far, but solar power projects are slowly beginning to pop up on Western dairies. The latest one to begin generating electricity for the power grid is a big one, more than 200 times the size of installations typically seen on houses.

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Dairy earns special spot on the nation’s table

Thu, 06/09/2011

Our well-respected dairy products got special recognition when the USDA released its new, MyPlate nutrition education tool. Read more

Internet options for dairy farms

Wed, 06/08/2011

Paul Dyk, who recently left University of Wisconsin Extension for a job in the private sector, wrote a good article in a recent UWEX newsletter titled Higher Speed Internet Options for Fond du Lac County. Read more

Cows head to the Capitol

Tue, 06/07/2011
Last weekend several members of the Hoard's Dairyman staff had the opportunity to attend and volunteer at Cows on the Concourse on the square surrounding Madison’s capitol building.

It will take years to recover from 2009

Mon, 06/06/2011

Western herds’ net income ranged from $89 to $252 per head last year, reports Moore, Stephens, Wurth, Frazer, and Torbet, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants. That compares to $585 to $962 losses per cow experienced during 2009. Based on the small profits earned last year, it could take between four to six years to earn back equity lost during 2009. Read more

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