HD Notebook

Genomics accurately predicts class rank

Mon, 07/25/2011

“I became a believer in genomics when I saw how it consistently predicted how young, nonprogeny-tested bulls would rank to one another,” Charlie Will, manager of Select Sires’ Holstein sire selection group told those attending Wisconsin Holstein Association’s Genomics Forum on July 21. Read more

You-tube proof your dairy

Sat, 07/23/2011

The Bucknell Nutrition Conference, held in Lewisburg Pa., concluded with a presentation by Andy Vance, an agricultural journalist, commentator, and entrepreneur. One of the first questions he posed to the audience was, “When you first began your career how many of you cared about ag policy?” Few individuals raised their hands. Read more

Aggressive calf feeding makes more milk

Fri, 07/22/2011

Research has been piling up for nearly 20 years that the old mantra of one pound of regular replacer powder per calf per day does little more than just keep them alive – and that’s if the weather is ideal; when the weather is nasty, it can actually help kill them. Read more

Happy Birthday, Gregor!

Thu, 07/21/2011

Yesterday, the popular search engine Google celebrated the 189th birthday of Gregor Mendel with this creative “doodle.” (Google often celebrates milestones and holidays by working their name into a piece of themed artwork.) If the name rings a bell, it should. Read more

National Dairy Shrine to award $40,000 in scholarships

Wed, 07/20/2011

The National Dairy Shrine announces the winners of its scholarships for 2011. The scholarships will be presented at the Awards Banquet at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis., on October 6. Read more

Sharing Time and Talent to Teach

Tue, 07/19/2011

Volunteers are a special gift to many organizations and clubs – especially youth organizations. Not all parents have the time to be a soccer coach, club scout leaders or Sunday school teacher. Parents try to see their children receive a solid classroom education, but there is a lot of knowledge to be learned outside a classroom. Read more

It’s hot out there!

Mon, 07/18/2011

Those of us in the Plains may want an extra application of sunscreen this week. The National Weather Service is predicting spots from Oklahoma through South Dakota to match temperatures in Death Valley, Calif. Following a roasting of the Plains and Mississippi River valley, the east coast will feel the heat later this week. Read more

Providing relief in food deserts

Sat, 07/16/2011

What is a food desert? (desert, not dessert) It is a relatively new term that originated in the early 1990s but has become more mainstream in recent years. Read more

Stumping for support

Fri, 07/15/2011

Nine thousand miles, 11 states, 6 weeks and 1 very big idea is going to add up to an extra-busy summer for National Milk Producers Federation President and CEO Jerry Kozak, who is heading up a cross-country tour to boost producer understanding of Foundation for the Future’s sweeping new approach to U.S. dairy policy. Read more

Cornell’s “Got Milk”

Thu, 07/14/2011

In the dairy industry, we have our own version of the “Big 10” schools. These are the four-year universities charged with the task of generating some of the latest research and producing future industry leaders. Read more

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