HD Notebook

Dairy Down Under: Working with Wildlife

Tue, 08/02/2011

More adventures from the student working on a Tasmanian dairy. Here in Tasmania, I have been blessed with one-on-one contact with some of Australia’s native wildlife. I was introduced to the wallaby as it leapt in front of my car. That poor wallaby never saw what was coming. Read more

Beef sales could net you even more money

Mon, 08/01/2011

Record high cull cow prices could be enhanced further with more attention to quality.

Dairy producers have paid a great deal of attention to milk quality for a number of years. However, we have been a little slower on the uptake on beef quality when compared to our full-time, beef-producing neighbors. Read more

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

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