HD Notebook

Western milk production costs dropped in 2010

Fri, 09/09/2011

Milk prices were up, feed was down, and dairies were profitable once again


Battered and bruised, but also leaner and wiser, most large Western dairy farms made a profit in 2010. It was a much-needed turnaround from the financial disaster a year before.

According to income and cost summaries from Genske, Mulder & Co. LLP, the nation’s largest dairy accounting firm, profits were generally good, but not spectacular.

Average profit per cow for all of the firm’s clients was $279. It was a crucial turnaround from the $655 loss suffered the previous year and an important first step toward rebuilding lost equity. But a few more years like it are needed for milk producers to recoup all of their losses. Read more

Be thankful for a dairy infrastructure

Thu, 09/08/2011

For some dairymen a stable dairy infrastructure is a luxury they don’t have.

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“Useless majors” aren’t so useless

Wed, 09/07/2011


The Daily Beast (www.thedailybeast.com), an online news site which merged with Newsweek this year, printed their list of the "20 Most Useless College Majors." Let’s just say, we don’t think they nailed it.

Perception of dairy as “bigger is better” has some merit

Tue, 09/06/2011

A report was published in the August 2011 Journal of Dairy Science that found milk produced on large-scale dairies had lower levels of bacteria than milk produced at smaller ones, although all of the dairies met Grade A requirements.

Steve Ingham, food science professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison, was the lead researcher and is now a food safety administrator with the state. Read more

Manure composting: Great benefits don’t come easy

Fri, 09/02/2011

Cash, convenience, compliance and perception are reasons why dairies should consider doing it.

U.K. enhances milk promotion campaign

Thu, 09/01/2011

The newest element of the “make mine Milk” campaign includes notable athletes sharing why they choose to drink milk.

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Wild ruminants burp methane, too

Wed, 08/31/2011

IN NORTH America, there are many native ruminants, that is, herbivore animals white-tailed deerwith a complex digestive system, a major compartment of which is the rumen. Read more

Dairy Down Under: Find your passion, and you’ll never have to work again

Tue, 08/30/2011


WSU student Anna Gibson shares more adventures from working on a dairy in Tasmania.

Working in the dairy industry, I have witnessed amazing moments: a calf’s first breath, perfect sunrises, cows recovering from illness, and countless moments where I can Read more

People really do think their food comes from the store!

Mon, 08/29/2011

Cans, boxes, and bottles are not food sources. We have the world’s largest food supply, thanks to farmers.

by Kelly Wood, administrative assistant, Hoard’s Dairyman editorial department

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Start thinking about next summer's internships

Sat, 08/27/2011

Although it may not seem like it, application season is right around the corner. Preparing well can land you your dream internship.

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