HD Notebook

What the heck is going on in China?

Wed, 12/28/2011

Producers and consumers in North America should be very happy to have strict standards and trustworthy (generally, we hope) businesses in terms of both human and animal health.

Are you going to be SMART in 2012?

Tue, 12/27/2011

Setting goals for your dairy can be done at any time, but take the time this New Year to write them down.

Yesterday, I worked with high school students preparing their 2012 livestock project goals. The goals were specific to their individual projects and work responsibilities. Read more

A pair of tenth-lactation cows are raised to Excellent

Mon, 12/26/2011

Fresh less then a month, both calved before their 13th birthday.

High hay prices causing dairies to feed less

Fri, 12/23/2011

Average daily intake per cow in California is down 22 percent since 2002

High feed prices continue to dominate coffee shop dairy talk these days, with no item more discussed than alfalfa hay. Read more

Cow comfort: a big impact on the bottom line

Thu, 12/22/2011

Sometimes, subtle changes can have a big impact on how your cows perform

Stupid Camera Tricks

Wed, 12/21/2011

As editors, we know it doesn’t take much editing to use a comment fully out of context. By cutting the beginning or ending of a quote, whole speeches can be turned on their head. With video, it’s even easier.

It’s no surprise, November milk production is up over last year

Tue, 12/20/2011

November total milk production was up 2.2 percent over 2010

The dairy industry can be unpredictable at times, but the milk production trend from the major states is one of the most predictable, even at the month level. With genetic progress and new management techniques to increase production, gains are expected. Review this three-year chart of monthly production. Spot on, I’d say! Read more

California’s Doug Maddox passes away Monday morning

Mon, 12/19/2011

An outstanding dairyman, Maddox also gave much to the industry.

One of the dairy industry’s best-known personalities, Doug Maddox, passed away this morning in his office after a massive heart attack. A vibrant person until his last day, Doug had a personality that simply caused people to gravitate to him. Read more

A 400,000 SCC milk limit after all

Fri, 12/16/2011

All dairy products sold into Europe must comply by March 1.

Much of the U.S. dairy industry wanted it, but milk quality officials didn’t have the guts to do it earlier this year. Now here it comes anyway: a stricter but entirely doable 400,000 SCC limit on at least some U.S. milk production starts January 1, 2012. Read more

Cracking down on residues

Thu, 12/15/2011


Antibiotic residues are a cause for concern. FDA bulk tank testing will begin in 2012

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