HD Notebook

Cow Judging Contest – A lesson in communication

Tue, 02/01/2011

It is early February and we are just about at the half-way point in the 81st Hoard’s Dairyman Cow Judging Contest. So far in 2011, you have seen the Brown Swiss and Holstein classes on our January issue covers, with the Guernsey class due to arrive next week. Read more

Roundup Ready Alfalfa now for sale

Mon, 01/31/2011

Late last week, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) granted nonregulated status for alfalfa that has been genetically engineered to be resistant to the herbicide commercially known as Roundup. That means producers are free to plant the crop this spring. Alfalfa is the nation’s fourth-largest field crop. It is grown on about 20 million acres. Read more

From Confinement to Grazing

Fri, 01/28/2011

Like many of us in the dairy business, our roots are planted deep in history. Not only did Dad grow up on a dairy farm and milk cows daily, but so did Grandpa. That story was true for Bill Payne of Knob Lick Farm in Lincoln County, Ky, but after evaluating the goals of his future along with the challenges of their farm — he decided to stick with dairy, but go in a new direction. Read more

Cell count limits; milk antibiotic testing highlight 50th NMC meeting

Thu, 01/27/2011

Meeting in Arlington, Va., near the nation’s capital, the 50th Annual Meeting of the National Mastitis Council was both festive and productive. There was plenty of fun and reminiscing sprinkled amid the science-based, roll-up-your sleeves agenda that has been a trademark of that unique organization. Read more

The four milk quality myths of Southern dairy farming

Wed, 01/26/2011

It must be a busy week for dairy meetings. Read more

Stop learning is to stop living

Tue, 01/25/2011

As people get older, some believe that they have learned all they need to know and forego any further education, whether formal or informal. And with the hectic lives that dairy producers lead, many focus their time on completing the daily tasks at hand and don’t ponder expanding their knowledge in a classroom or at a conference. But, as some say, if you stop learning, you really stop living. Read more

World demand for dairy keeps growing

Mon, 01/24/2011

“There’s a love affair with dairy around the globe,” said International Dairy Foods Association’s Chief Executive Office, Connie Tipton at the 26th annual Dairy Forum in Miami, Fla., on Monday, January 24. Read more

Why we’re wary of high futures prices

Fri, 01/21/2011

Do you watch daily Class III milk futures prices at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange? We do. While it’s exciting to see rosier financial prospects for the industry in 2011, we’re skeptical . . . and wary. There are a few reasons why: Read more

Lots of dairy news lately

Thu, 01/20/2011

Three reports came available recently. So, instead of focusing on one topic, today we will touch on three.

Last week, the Dairy Industry Advisory Committee (DIAC) met in Washington and reviewed a final draft of its recommendations. There are 20 some recommendations that will made to the Secretary of Agriculture. Here are some that are most timely in terms of current dairy policy discussions. Read more

NAEMS details and data released by EPA

Wed, 01/19/2011

If you read our most recent issue, you would've noticed an article by Frank Mitloehner from the University of California- Davis who is taking the time to set the record straight on the dairy industry's greenhouse gas emissions. At one point, the facts were misconstrued by those at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Read more

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