HD Notebook

NMPF approves a revised approach to dairy policy reforms

Thu, 09/22/2011

Farmers could opt in or out of dairy price stabilization efforts.

After listening to nearly 1,300 dairy producers in a dozen-city swing this summer, the National Milk Producers Federation’s board of directors approved some changes to their Foundation for the Future proposal on September 21. Read more

Indonesia dairy farm rivals those found in California

Wed, 09/21/2011

This 3,000-cow state-of-the-art Indonesian dairy matches every thing found in California outside of labor efficiency.

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Making a dairy big difference

Tue, 09/20/2011

While it’s not June, it’s always in season to promote dairy.

Take time to assess frost-damaged corn

Mon, 09/19/2011


Symptoms may appear shortly, but full assessments should take place in a week.

9 tips for cooling dairy cows

Fri, 09/16/2011

If you can’t do everything at once, here’s where to start.

Dairy cows like cool weather; they do not do like heat or humidity. Some management experts have even described them as “little heaters inside a leather bag.”

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Bill introduced to improve food safety

Thu, 09/15/2011


In an effort to strengthen food safety in the U.S., Senator Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced a bill to improve consumer confidence and focus attentions on emerging pathogens.

Top dairy reproduction research to be presented this November

Wed, 09/14/2011

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DCRC’s two-day meeting gives us a chance to learn from top researchers and producers.

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What are your dairy challenges?

Tue, 09/13/2011

Dairy operations are as varied as the people who own them.

Various factors contribute to each herd’s success and challenges – financial footing, labor, feedstuff availability, weather, and family dynamics. Each operation must assess its current status and make decisions that are the best fit for them today and in the future. These may not be the ideal option for their neighbor. Read more

September 11 and dairy farming

Mon, 09/12/2011

Many lives have changed greatly since that fateful day.

We watched the September 11 special on the History Channel last night, “102 minutes that changed America.” It was moving, to say the least. Read more

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

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