HD Notebook

Roundup Ready alfalfa awaits two rulings

Date: 
Wed, 05/26/2010

Three years have passed since a U.S. district judge in San Francisco ruled that a more thorough evaluation of potential environmental impact was needed on Roundup Ready alfalfa. That ruling took the product off the market and sent interested parties back to the drawing board in an effort to update the product's Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Read more

Elite semen producers hit million-unit mark

Date: 
Tue, 05/25/2010

Since Fisher-Place Mandingo first produced 1 million units of semen in 1994, 42 other Holstein bulls have been able to join him in this elite club. At the turn of the century, merely nine others had reached this mark; today that number has more than quadrupled. Read more

Remarkable six-legged calf born in New York!

Date: 
Mon, 05/24/2010

Just last week, a dairy farm in Troupsburg, N.Y., was home to a miracle. A difficult calving, thought to end with a dead calf, actually ended up with a live, healthy bull calf with some unique accessories. The farm is home to Brian and Lisa Robinson and their children, Logan and Shante. Read more

Raw milk reason prevails just in time

Date: 
Fri, 05/21/2010

Political reason and common sense, which were nowhere to be seen in recent months as a proposal to allow dairy producers in Wisconsin to sell unpasteurized raw milk directly to consumers successfully worked its way through both the State Senate and Legislature, surfaced just in time when Governor Jim Doyle vetoed the measure on Wednesday. Read more

Practice safe farming this summer

Date: 
Thu, 05/20/2010

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Milk production keeps climbing

Date: 
Wed, 05/19/2010

April milk production in the top 23 dairy states was up 1.7 percent over last year, according to the USDA NASS Milk Production report released yesterday. This rise in milk production surprised many industry observers. The combination of higher cull cow prices and low milk prices was expected to result in a larger drop in cow numbers and, perhaps, a drop in milk output. Read more

How bulk tanks are made

Date: 
Tue, 05/18/2010

Think back to those wonder-filled days of childhood — the days when a walk around your family's farm was filled with shock and awe of everything you stumbled upon. That large, shiny stainless steel tank in the milk house was likely no exception. Channeling the inner youth of our 125-year magazine, we wanted to know how those shiny dairy farm hood ornaments are made. Read more

Despite lower feed and energy costs, dairy farm losses mount

Date: 
Mon, 05/17/2010

Now that the tax filing season is complete, farm accounting reports are beginning to be compiled and distributed to the dairy world. Those reports only quantify what we already know, 2009's losses were much higher than the previous year. Read more

Colorful trend is underway in U.S. dairy herds

Date: 
Fri, 05/14/2010

A growing A.I. trend is literally changing the look of the U.S. dairy industry: Herds are becoming more colorful. Read more

Reading the milk price/feed cost tea leaves

Date: 
Thu, 05/13/2010

Two releases in recent days help shed light on the milk price and feed cost scene in the months ahead. USDA's monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates and USDA's Crop Production were released earlier this week. Read more

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