HD Notebook

New York dairy farms required to report large quantities of water use

Thu, 01/05/2012

Compliance with a new law can help producers avoid water-permitting hurdles later on.

McDonald’s needs us, too

Wed, 01/04/2012

Are we now at the point where the largest of the large will go to bat for us? McDonald’s has stepped up; will others follow?

Enter Hoard’s Dairyman’s 2012 Cow Judging Contest

Tue, 01/03/2012

For the 82nd Year, readers can test their dairy judging skills

Net incomes are up for western dairy herds

Mon, 01/02/2012

Feed costs range from $8 to $10 per hundredweight.

Net farm incomes are rising in the West, according to reports assembled by Frazer, LLP. However, profits must continue for the foreseeable future in order to recover from the substantial losses that took place during 2008 and 2009. Read more

California dairying reinventing itself as a global exporter

Fri, 12/30/2011

77 percent of state’s production is now made into nonperishable products

Emerging from the rubble of the dairy industry’s economic collapse in 2009, California milk production is not only bouncing back, but the state is also reinventing itself as a global exporter of products. Read more

Plant population per acre rising in grain corn

Thu, 12/29/2011


Ears per acre jumps concurrently. An average row width of 30 inches most common.

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

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