HD Notebook

National 4-H Week: A time to celebrate our roots

Date: 
Tue, 10/05/2010

This week, October 3 through 9, marks National 4-H Week — a week to celebrate what 4-H contributes to our family, our community, our country, and our world. At first thought, 4-H may have seemed like a social activity as a youngster and a reason to be at the fair every day. But 4-H really did yield more than summer softball games or project meetings. Read more

Achievers Crowned

Date: 
Tue, 10/05/2010

World Dairy Expo 2010 has come to a close. In a matter of a just a week, shows, sales, and contests were all held in Madison, Wis.

Total attendance was up, with 65,136 attending. International visitors came from 87 countries. The commercial trade show booth also had an international flavor, with exhibitors from 26 countries.

Total dairy cattle on the grounds tallied 2,411 head. Holsteins top the list with 652 head, followed by Jersey and Brown Swiss. Exhibitors came from nearly every corner of the continent, representing 36 states and 6 Canadian provinces. Read more

A meal fit for a king

Date: 
Fri, 10/01/2010

With any great event comes tradition and there are certain things that have become tradition during World Dairy Expo. Many regular visitors have their favorite eating establishments, of which the Prime Quarter is a perfect example. This cook-your-own steakhouse is one of the most popular restaurants in Madison during Expo. Read more

24-hour cattle check-in begins at World Dairy Expo

Date: 
Fri, 09/24/2010

Cattle will start rolling into World Dairy Expo today. And, as they arrive on the grounds, all trailers must go through the Rimrock Road gate and stop by the Arena Building to not only receive stalling locations, but present the health and registration papers for all animals on the trailer. If everything checks out, the check-in team will escort cattle to stalling locations. Read more

What will you do when milk hits $20 again?

Date: 
Thu, 09/23/2010

The Class III roller-coaster cycle we’ve come to hate will eventually swing back to $20. Count on it. Every down has been followed by an up, so it’s important to plan for the inevitable recovery that’s coming; otherwise you may miss the opportunity it brings. Here are five possibilities to consider:

Pay back debt. Read more

Our industry now knows its carbon footprint

Date: 
Wed, 09/22/2010

The results are in, and all gasses are accounted for. Yes, today, the industry-supported group, Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, has officially announced the completion of an unprecedented life cycle assessment study that measured all greenhouse gas emissions associated with one gallon of milk. Read more

Money Grows on Trees?

Date: 
Tue, 09/21/2010

Last week, I received a newsletter from my local bank giving parents financial tips for their college students. Some of the items were common sense, but, if their children have never had to handle a budget, balance a checkbook, or hold a job, those students could be in for a huge shock. Read more

Milk production up big again in August

Date: 
Mon, 09/20/2010

Despite the higher-than-normal temperatures experienced in many areas, U.S. milk production in August shot up 2.7 percent over a year ago. During August, there was a 2.9 percent rise in milk per cow over last year. That more than offset a 24,000-head (0.26 percent) drop in cow numbers. There was a 9,000-head drop in cow numbers from July. Read more

This could be a quantum leap in cow milking

Date: 
Fri, 09/17/2010

Rotary milking parlors were invented in the 1920s. The first industrial robot went into operation at a General Motors auto assembly plant in 1961. The microprocessor was invented by Intel in 1971. Robotic milking stalls first appeared on dairies in the early 1990s. Read more

Milk price outlook for 2011 improves somewhat

Date: 
Thu, 09/16/2010

USDA's forecast milk production for 2010 and 2011 was raised from last month in the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates released late last week. Producers continue to add cows to their herds, and the national dairy herd is expected to increase into mid-2011. The rate of growth in milk per cow also is expected to be higher than earlier thought. Read more

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