HD Notebook

Head out to the fair

Sat, 07/30/2011

With hay to make, machinery to repair, and cows to keep cool, this summer’s farm work may seem never ending. What better way to take a break than to head out to the fair. Read more

Nothing soft and fluffy about cottonseed prices

Fri, 07/29/2011

We visited several dairy producers in the last few days and, of course, feed prices didn’t take long to come up. That’s entirely fitting, since all that feed prices seem to do lately is go up. What was different, though, is this time instead of corn or hay being the main topic of discussion, it was cottonseed. Read more

Israel reforms dairy market

Thu, 07/28/2011

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu adopted the recommendations of the dairy sub-committee Wednesday aiming to slash dairy prices significantly.
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Will we be planting dry manure?

Wed, 07/27/2011

Imagine a world where spreading manure on a field doesn’t also spread odor. Think about retaining 90 percent of the nutrient value of the manure once it is on the field.

Is it possible? Read more

Red and Polled are gaining popularity!

Tue, 07/26/2011

The National Red & White Dairy Cattle Association's annual convention was held in Sauk Rapids, Minn. from July 20-23 at the Benton County fairgrounds. It included a show, tours, annual meeting, awards banquet, and sale. Read more

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

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