HD Notebook

Dairy Day at the “Moo-seum”

Wed, 06/17/2015

Historical museum hosts June is Dairy Month event

By Patti Hurtgen, Hoard’s Dairyman Online Media Manager

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Looking forward to a more digestible alfalfa

Tue, 06/16/2015

Through breeding and genetic modifications, new varieties of reduced lignin alfalfa have the potential to improve digestibility in dairy cattle diets.

By Abby Bauer, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

tractor working the fieldWhether it’s made into dry hay or silage, alfalfa is a common ration ingredient that provides dairy cattle with a number of valuable nutrients. Unfortunately, there are parts of the alfalfa plant that are simply not digestible, and lignin is one of them. Read more

Don't sweat it

Mon, 06/15/2015

With many farmers spending long hours outside this summer, heatstroke is an ever-present threat.

by Brittany Statz, 2015 Hoard’s Dairyman Editorial Intern

blue sky

Everybody knows that farming can be a perilous job in all seasons of the year. When the outdoor activities of summer months are taken into consideration, such as field work, it can be argued that summertime may be the most dangerous of seasons on the farm. Operating machinery can be dangerous enough, but there is another real and present danger that isn’t often discussed. Read more

New BSE case rocks Ireland

Fri, 06/12/2015

Timing could not be worse as the country ramps up its dairy and beef export efforts.

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor

Ireland is reeling after yesterday’s announcement by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine that it has found a suspected case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), its first since 2013.

Confirmatory tests have already begun and final results are due next week. Ireland Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has said the results are 80 percent likely to be positive. He added that there is no reason to believe other animals are infected. Read more

Tread carefully when replanting

Thu, 06/11/2015

If water logged fields have made replanting top of mind, first consider if the effort is worth the reward.

By Amanda Smith, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

growing crop

According to USDA’s Crop Progress report, 91 percent of the U.S. corn crop had emerged, as of Sunday. While most stands are in good condition, some areas of the country are dealing with heavily saturated soils. Read more

Raised solo or in groups, calves have the same basic needs

Wed, 06/10/2015

Hoard’s Dairyman webinar covers calf care

By Patti Hurtgen, Hoard’s Dairyman Online Media Manager

June 2015 WebinarThe basic concepts of raising calves applies to both individually and group-raised animals. The importance of proper nutrition; dry and comfortable bedding; and well-ventilated areas are universal. Sandra Godden, D.V.M., University of Minnesota, shared these messages during the June webinar, while providing insight into group feeding of preweaned calves.

The “hole” truth about Swiss cheese

Tue, 06/09/2015

New research reveals the real reason Swiss cheese is full of holes, and why those holes are getting smaller.

By Abby Bauer, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

Swiss cheeseSwiss cheese is known for its flavor, its texture and its one-of-a-kind holes.

For more than a century, it was believed that the holes were created by carbon dioxide given off by bacteria. This original theory is credited to chemist William Mansfield Clark, who used an apparatus of glass cylinders and mercury to capture the gas back in 1912. Read more

Thinking beyond chocolate

Mon, 06/08/2015

New and unique flavors of milk could be part of the solution to reversing a slump in fluid milk consumption.

By Brittany Statz, 2015 Hoard’s Dairyman Editorial Intern

flavored milk

Dairy products come in an assortment of flavors for people to enjoy. For example, Baskin Robbins touts its 31 flavors of ice cream in nearly all of their advertisements, and that same variety can be appropriated to yogurts and cheeses as well. Read more

Safety does not take a summer vacation

Fri, 06/05/2015

Farms can be dangerous places

By Patti Hurtgen, Hoard’s Dairyman Online Media Manager

farm saftey

On working farms, there’s constant movement of people and equipment. And with summer, that means more activity and more people.

We have signs posted to remind people of dangers. Roll bars and seatbelts are designed to protect drivers in case of accidents. Covers exist to shield power take-off shafts. But, they must be used in order to be effective. Read more

Reserve fungicides for disease extremes

Thu, 06/04/2015

Applying fungicide to alfalfa may result in a yield bump, but that gain may not be enough to cover application costs.

By Amanda Smith, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

Over the past few weeks, a number of alfalfa fields have been cut and preserved for later feeding. Behind corn silage, alfalfa is one of the most commonly incorporated forages in dairy cattle diets.

Foliar diseases in alfalfa can damage leaves and stems, resulting in leaf loss (defoliation), along with yield and quality losses, note University of Wisconsin Extension researchers. Read more

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