HD Notebook

"Give a kid a calf"

Date: 
Mon, 09/13/2010

This is one of my favorite quotes. Past National Holstein Association president and dairy producer Doug Maddox of California encourages adults to see the value in giving a young person the chance to work with “their very own” animal. Read more

Dairy situation better, but no celebrating yet

Date: 
Fri, 09/10/2010

Slowly, but surely, modest profitability is returning for U.S. dairy producers. Even so, few are relaxing just yet. Read more

Dairy consumption numbers look good

Date: 
Thu, 09/09/2010

Recently released dairy product consumption figures for 2009 are encouraging. Looking at consumption on a per-person or per-capita basis always is informative, because that accounts for changes in the population. Last year, there was per-capita growth in consumption of all products on a milk-equivalent, milk-fat basis. The total was 611 pounds per person, highest in many decades. Read more

21 Knights until World Dairy Expo

Date: 
Tue, 09/07/2010

For some, that day cannot come quickly enough. For others, there is simply not enough time. World Dairy Expo is the event that so many producers, cattle owners, allied industry representatives, and young adults anticipate all year. "Crowning Achievements - Golden Opportunities" is aptly themed for this year’s World Dairy Expo and is especially true of the youth dairy judging contest. Read more

We’re seeing signs of optimism out West

Date: 
Fri, 09/03/2010

The deep financial cuts suffered by Western dairy producers last year still have a long way to go before they heal, but attitudes out there really do seem to be getting better.

In recent weeks, we’ve visited producers in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. No one is close to doing cartwheels, but at least some optimism has crept back into their attitudes. It’s an important start. Read more

Milk supply will offset export demand and domestic use

Date: 
Thu, 09/02/2010

The most current USDA forecast continues the trend of lower cow numbers that has been more than offset by higher output per cow in 2010. Output per cow is expected to rise by 2.5 percent compared with 2009, pushing current-year production to 192 billion pounds. Read more

Brian Krull - Words of Remembrance

Date: 
Wed, 09/01/2010

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Purple ribbon cows, purple ribbon kids

Date: 
Mon, 08/30/2010

In the rush of the end of summer, most of us find ourselves at some sort of fair or another. For Minnesotans, it usually means the State Fair — twelve days of fun that always end on labor day. During the first four days of the fair, you can find 4-H dairy project members filling the cattle barn. Each 4-H member is allowed to exhibit one animal, and this year that numbered at 508. Read more

California extends heat safety rules to ag workers

Date: 
Fri, 08/27/2010

Now when temperatures heat up in California, so will the responsibility of dairy and other farm owners to provide heat safety protection for their employees. Read more

Many vets headed to Albuquerque

Date: 
Thu, 08/26/2010

Nearly 2,000 people associated in some way with bovine veterinary medicine headed to Albuquerque, N.M., last week despite the promise of midday temps approaching 100 degrees or more. The occasion was the 43rd annual conference of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners. Read more

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