HD Notebook

Dairy market volatility will be persistent

Tue, 01/17/2012

The dairy industry could see a shakeout between those who can and cannot manage volatility.

IDFADuring IDFA’s Tuesday morning session at Dairy Forum 2012, Rabobanks’s Tim Hunt and Blimling and Associate’s Phil Plourd discussed the topic of “Dairy Market Outlook” with nearly 800 conference att Read more

Dairy farmer’s daughter is 1st Runner-Up in Miss America Contest

Mon, 01/16/2012

Betty Thompson grew up on a Jersey farm in Oklahoma.

”Betty Miss Thompson earned the title of Miss Oklahoma several months ago and competed this weekend in the Miss America competition. She is a senior at Oklahoma State University majoring in senior elementary education. Read more

Carbon footprint dairy researcher returning to England

Fri, 01/13/2012

Dr. Judith Capper

Judith Capper accepts key position at U.K. equivalent of Dairy Management, Inc.

Corn, soybean markets down after USDA’s crop report

Thu, 01/12/2012

chopping crop

Most analysts expected a smaller crop, but estimates came in higher than expected.

Quadruplets: a 1-in-180 million story

Wed, 01/11/2012

The birth of healthy twin heifer calves with a healthy mother cow is a gift on any dairy farm. Multiply that by two, and what do you get? 179,200,000.

quadruplet calves
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Going green in the dairy industry

Tue, 01/10/2012

Decisions made at the farm and processing level make a difference.

When discussing going green, I am not referring to pasture-based dairies or profit. Rather, I’m looking at the processing side of producing and distributing milk. Recently, a friend mentioned she purchased milk in bags. An interesting concept, but I have always preferred to purchase my milk in a carton or jug. Read more

Bacteria fair poorly at lower pasteurization temperatures

Mon, 01/09/2012

A 16° drop slows bacterial regrowth.

A temperature reduction of 16° F may not seem like a big deal. But, such a reduction, as researchers with Cornell University’s Milk Quality Improvement Program found, could reduce bacterial counts during storage. They shared their results in the January 2011 Journal of Dairy Science. Read more

2012 hay forecast sees only slight price relief

Fri, 01/06/2012

Costs may dip a little, but they’ll still be painful for buyers.

Seth Hoyt
Alfalfa hay probably won’t be as expensive in 2012 as it was a year ago, but don’t look for anything close to a repeat of the low prices in 2009, according to longtime market analyst Seth Hoyt (pictured here). Read more

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?

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