HD Notebook

Corn, soybean markets down after USDA’s crop report

Thu, 01/12/2012

chopping crop

Most analysts expected a smaller crop, but estimates came in higher than expected.

Quadruplets: a 1-in-180 million story

Wed, 01/11/2012

The birth of healthy twin heifer calves with a healthy mother cow is a gift on any dairy farm. Multiply that by two, and what do you get? 179,200,000.

quadruplet calves
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Going green in the dairy industry

Tue, 01/10/2012

Decisions made at the farm and processing level make a difference.

When discussing going green, I am not referring to pasture-based dairies or profit. Rather, I’m looking at the processing side of producing and distributing milk. Recently, a friend mentioned she purchased milk in bags. An interesting concept, but I have always preferred to purchase my milk in a carton or jug. Read more

Bacteria fair poorly at lower pasteurization temperatures

Mon, 01/09/2012

A 16° drop slows bacterial regrowth.

A temperature reduction of 16° F may not seem like a big deal. But, such a reduction, as researchers with Cornell University’s Milk Quality Improvement Program found, could reduce bacterial counts during storage. They shared their results in the January 2011 Journal of Dairy Science. Read more

2012 hay forecast sees only slight price relief

Fri, 01/06/2012

Costs may dip a little, but they’ll still be painful for buyers.

Seth Hoyt
Alfalfa hay probably won’t be as expensive in 2012 as it was a year ago, but don’t look for anything close to a repeat of the low prices in 2009, according to longtime market analyst Seth Hoyt (pictured here). Read more

New York dairy farms required to report large quantities of water use

Thu, 01/05/2012

Compliance with a new law can help producers avoid water-permitting hurdles later on.

McDonald’s needs us, too

Wed, 01/04/2012

Are we now at the point where the largest of the large will go to bat for us? McDonald’s has stepped up; will others follow?

Enter Hoard’s Dairyman’s 2012 Cow Judging Contest

Tue, 01/03/2012

For the 82nd Year, readers can test their dairy judging skills

Net incomes are up for western dairy herds

Mon, 01/02/2012

Feed costs range from $8 to $10 per hundredweight.

Net farm incomes are rising in the West, according to reports assembled by Frazer, LLP. However, profits must continue for the foreseeable future in order to recover from the substantial losses that took place during 2008 and 2009. Read more

California dairying reinventing itself as a global exporter

Fri, 12/30/2011

77 percent of state’s production is now made into nonperishable products

Emerging from the rubble of the dairy industry’s economic collapse in 2009, California milk production is not only bouncing back, but the state is also reinventing itself as a global exporter of products. Read more

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