HD Notebook

Tougher organic milk and meat rules

Date: 
Fri, 02/26/2010

The organic milk and meat world will change significantly on June 17, when stricter new regulations defining it go into effect. The new standards were announced by USDA earlier this month after several years of study and discussion requested by organic producer groups, food companies, and consumer organizations. Read more

Smaller drop in cows and milk expected

Date: 
Thu, 02/25/2010

Cow numbers and milk production may not drop as much this year as expected earlier, according to USDA's dairy outlook report released yesterday. The size of the U.S. dairy herd is expected to decline from an average of 9.2 million head in 2009 to an average of 9.015 million
this year. The big heifer inventory suggests that the decline in herd size will be more gradual than earlier forecast. Read more

A fatal flaw in cheese making that you could be causing

Date: 
Wed, 02/24/2010

Black spot defect is known as a fatal flaw in cheese making. These minute flecks of black in aged cheeses mean serious devaluation of cheese. They are formed because of the metallic nature of compounds that find their way into the milk line. The likely cause is poor removal of internal teat sealants. Read more

We believe in the future of agriculture — Happy National FFA Week

Date: 
Tue, 02/23/2010

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Farm numbers fall just 3.8 percent to 54,952

Date: 
Mon, 02/22/2010

Despite low milk prices and rising costs, the majority of dairy producers continued to milk cows last year. What remains to be seen is how the recent depressed economic conditions, both on the income and expense side of the ledger, will affect long-term dairy farm numbers. Read more

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Date: 
Fri, 02/19/2010

Ladies and gentlemen it’s showtime at last. Read more

Dairy farmers join with NFL and USDA

Date: 
Thu, 02/18/2010

As you watched National Football League games this past season, you probably saw the commercials promoting Play 60. That’s the NFL’s initiative to promote 60 minutes of activity every day for youngsters. Read more

Ben and Jerry's stance on the environment, BST, organics, and farm profitability: You might be surprised

Date: 
Wed, 02/17/2010

Ben and Jerry's ice cream of Waterbury, Vt. is home to the largest tourist attraction in the state of Vermont. Nearly a half million visitors walk through their processing facilities each year. Let's not forget to mention their nationwide popularity, too. Outlandish flavors like Cherry Garcia are among the most popular. But with this popularity comes a responsibility, they think. Read more

Holstein has a new milk production record-holder

Date: 
Tue, 02/16/2010

Ever-Green-View My 1326 -ET now holds the record for most milk produced in one single lactation by a Holstein. She is bred and owned by Thomas J. Kestell of Waldo, Wis. After a 365-day lactation, 1326-ET produced 72,170 pounds of milk, with 2,787 pounds of fat and 2,142 pounds of protein. That' a lot. A whole lot. Read more

Veal producers adopt ethics standards

Date: 
Mon, 02/15/2010

Delegates to the 2010 American Veal Association (AVA) annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas, adopted a statement of ethical principles and code of conduct as a way to articulate veal industry principles and confirm an industry commitment to “veal raised right.” Read more

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