HD Notebook

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

Sharing the Road

Sat, 06/04/2011

Farm safety is always an important discussion topic, but sometimes we forget about farm safety when machinery leaves the farm to travel on public roads. Tractor and machinery traffic has risen now that the weather has begun to cooperate. Read more

Just getting better with age

Fri, 06/03/2011

That’s how we enthusiastically feel about one of our favorite websites celebrating its first birthday. HumaneWatch.org turned 1 recently, and what a present it has been for everyone who hates deceptive and misrepresentative attacks on animal agriculture by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Read more

Milk sales revenue was up 24 percent last year

Thu, 06/02/2011

Cash receipts from milk marketed last year totaled $31.36 billion. That was a 24 percent rise over 2009’s $24.34 billion. Milk sales totaled $34.85 billion 2008. These numbers come from USDA’s annual publication Milk Production, Disposition, and Income. Read more

Book review: The Land Remembers by Ben Logan

Wed, 06/01/2011

Down Under: Learning – One part books, one part hard work, and one part hands-on experience.

Tue, 05/31/2011

Earlier this month, we were introduced to Anna Gibson, a Washington State University student who is working on a dairy in Tasmania, an Australian island. She shares stories from her first week “down under.” We will continue to keep you updated on Anna’s adventure as the summer (her winter) progresses. Read more

Support for Rural and Small-Town Schools

Sat, 05/28/2011

My hometown has a population of about 5,000 people, and it is the largest town in my county. There were almost 450 students in my high school, and the surrounding schools had fewer students and were located in much more rural areas, some literally in the middle of a cornfield. Read more

A new attitude about growth in California?

Fri, 05/27/2011

California took over as the largest U.S. dairy state in 1994 and for the last nine years has made more milk than No. 2 and No. 3 combined. For over 40 years, it thrived by embracing a business philosophy of “operate on a big scale and expand constantly,” but the 2009 recession appears to have made a profound change to that attitude. Read more

We’re the real animal welfare authorities

Thu, 05/26/2011

“A few special interest groups have managed to hi-jack the term ‘animal welfare’ and managed to create the illusion that they are the animal welfare experts”, said Jennifer Walker, D.V.M., at the Minnesota Dairy Health Conference last week. “I think that it is time that we re-gain ownership of the term and become the welfare advocates and experts the public expects us to be.” Read more

USDA gives environmental nod to pasture

Wed, 05/25/2011

In recent years, it seems that more opinions have given credence to the notion that raising high-producing cows in freestall barns, storing manure in lagoons, and storing silage in bunkers are all better for the environment.

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