HD Notebook

Social media overload

Wed, 02/15/2012

Still learning Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn? Pinterest has come to take its own space on the web.

Facebook and Twitter have virtually taken over the world as text-based ways to communicate with the world. LinkedIn is like Facebook for professionals. Google+ (Google “plus”) has worked to make sharing pictures, video, and other media easy, but the crowd hasn’t followed.

Then, Pinterest appeared. We realize you may be asking, “I need to learn something else?” No, you’re not required to do anything. But for those who want to interact with others online, Pinterest is a new social media outlet that might be worth your time. It creates a virtual bulletin board, connecting people with images they enjoy.

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Hoard’s Dairyman Farm Jerseys excel in 2011

Tue, 02/14/2012

Nationally, the breed set new production averages.

Based on a record of 91,028 lactations, the Jersey breed set new category records for pounds of milk, fat, and protein. In 2011, the breed averaged 18,633 pounds of milk, 889 pounds of fat, and 676 pounds of protein. Average yield on a Cheddar cheese equivalent basis was record-setting, as well, at 2,294 pounds. Read more

Genetic groups begin to share public comments. However, more still needed.

Mon, 02/13/2012

There are now two options on the table for a new structure to carry out genetic evaluations.

Many dairy producers still hesitant about risk management

Fri, 02/10/2012

Cost and complexity cause many to simply take their chances with risk.

You can explain risk management and its potential benefits to milk producers all day long, but if they go away thinking it’s too expensive or too complicated, then they probably won’t try it. Read more

Corn versus ethanol: continuing the debate

Thu, 02/09/2012

China needs it. Ethanol plants need it. And so do American’s dairy producers. With a smaller-than-anticipated corn crop, how do we balance domestic, global, and industry needs for corn?

Why on earth would you own dairy cattle?

Wed, 02/08/2012

Hoard’s Dairyman columnist, Gary Sipiorski, reminds us why milking cows is still a worthwhile endeavor. And yes, we’re talking economics.

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Pennsylvania dairy producer receives Dairy Beef Quality Assurance (DBQA) Award

Tue, 02/07/2012

Logan Bower is a leader in dairy cattle care

”LoganThe Beef Checkoff’s annual awards were recently announced. Read more

Dairy replacement numbers drop slightly from last year

Mon, 02/06/2012

But by historical standards, the heifer population is quite high.

The connection between agriculture and defense

Fri, 02/03/2012

Helping nations feed themselves promotes internal stability and global security.

Forget oil. For thousands of years, more wars have been fought over food and water than for any other reason. It’s a history that forecasters at the United Nations and other organizations say will likely be repeated in years ahead. Read more

Potassium, the rumen, and milkfat depression

Thu, 02/02/2012

Altered rumen fermentation, a key cause of milkfat depression, could be alleviated with potassium supplementation in the diet.

Milkfat depression (MFD) has a major economic impact in the dairy industry. Read more

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