HD Notebook

February milk was up . . . but not as much

Thu, 03/24/2011

Milk output during February in the top 23 states was up 2.4 percent over a year ago. But the growth rate was down slightly from 2.5 percent in January. Nationally, February output was up 2.0 percent compared to 2.1 in January. During 2010, U.S. milk production was up 1.8 percent. Read more

Government accountability in 2011

Wed, 03/23/2011

Want to know what the administrator of the EPA is up to today?

In the past few months, it has become evident that many farmers, agricultural organizations, and agribusinesses have become suspect of the EPA’s intentions to interfere with business-as-usual. Sometimes, we’d all like to know, “Just what are they thinking?” For today, here’s your answer: Read more

Food Safety a Priority

Tue, 03/22/2011

With the recent events of an earthquake and tsunami, the safety of the human food supply in Japan is getting much attention. The World Health Organization official claims the food safety situation is “more serious” than originally thought. Read more

Alfalfa, CAFO litigation makes headlines

Mon, 03/21/2011

After completing the most comprehensive study on a genetically engineered (GE) crop in the nation’s history, the organic community is still not satisfied with USDA’s recent decision to make Roundup Ready alfalfa available to the nation’s alfalfa growers. So dissatisfied with the decision, a coalition led by the Center for Food Safety (CFS) and Earthjustice filed a new lawsuit against the USDA. Read more

2010 was another record year for dairy exports

Fri, 03/18/2011

Any doubt that the U.S. is once and for all a major player in global dairy exports can be put to rest by its record achievements in 2010. According to the U.S. Dairy Export Council:

• Total milk solids exports were 3.04 billion pounds, up 40 percent from 2009.
• Total export value was $3.71 billion, up 63 percent. Read more

We’re welcoming 150 visitors

Thu, 03/17/2011

Today, we are expecting at least 150 visitors at the Hoard’s Dairyman Farm as part of a tour sponsored by M & I Bank for its dairy clients. At the suggestion of M & I loan officers and because of the current dairy situation, we will be focusing on how we have made use of some of our older facilities to expand our herd and provide better care for our close-up cows. Read more

Events in Japan impact the farm

Wed, 03/16/2011

We are globally connected. The earthquake, tsunami, and pending nuclear crisis in Japan have reminded us of that. Read more

Third Time is a Charm!

Tue, 03/15/2011

Hoard’s Dairyman’s third webinar was a great success! Dr. Mark Stephenson, Director of Dairy Policy Analysis for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, presented “How milk production control plans compare.” He focused on three of the control plans, the Costa/Sanders bill(s), NMPF’s Foundation for the Future, and Marginal Milk Pricing. Read more

Hoard Jerseys see the appraiser

Mon, 03/14/2011

Last Tuesday, the Hoard Jersey herd which now numbers 147 cows was appraised by AJCA appraiser, Leah Johnson. We purchased the Jerseys from three Wisconsin herds, one Illinois herd, and one in Ohio. Most Jerseys are housed in our old tie stall barn that recently made a complete transformation into a free stall facility; a few dozen can be found in the new free stall barn, as well. Read more

Higher milk prices dominate talk at WDMC

Fri, 03/11/2011

Higher milk prices and the optimism they inspire are translating into a large, positive crowd this week at the 10th Western Dairy Management Conference in Reno, Nevada, that concludes today. Read more

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