HD Notebook

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

A quantum leap in automated dairy data collection

Date: 
Fri, 02/12/2010

Technological breakthroughs and new automation are what dairy producers have come to expect at World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif., but an announcement by the world’s largest dairy equipment company during the 2010 show this week still has our heads spinning. Read more

USDA bumps up milk price forecast a bit

Date: 
Thu, 02/11/2010

Cheese and butter price forecasts for 2010 are little changed from last month in USDA's World Agricultural Supply Demand Estimates. But the Class III price estimate for 2010 was raised about a dime from last month due to higher forecast whey prices. The forecast for the Class III midpoint was $15.25 ($14.90 to $15.60) compared to $15.15 ($14.75 to $15.55) a month earlier. Read more

Rubber-lined sand pump has longer life

Date: 
Wed, 02/10/2010

After a rain-soaked opening day at the World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif., the clouds are starting to break and sunshine is in the forecast for the remaining two days of the 80-acre show. At 11 a.m., the traffic in the Dairy Center as well as the Hoard’s Dairyman booth was very brisk. Read more

Vote for your favorite new product at World Ag Expo

Date: 
Tue, 02/09/2010

Tracking hoof health just got a bit easier thanks to a newly introduced product called Hoof Supervisor. The computer program that utilizes touchscreen technology allows hoof trimmers to enter hoof health data cowside. World Ag Expo officials thought so much of the software program that they selected it as one of the Top 10 New Products out of 70 entries at the show which began on Tuesday, February 9.

The Hoof Supervisor program hit the market last year. The program’s hoof health coding system is based on the work of the International Lameness Committee. That committee developed international dairy language to properly code not only hoof health disease, but also the location of the foot problem. Read more

Milk quality: the international dairy language

Date: 
Mon, 02/08/2010

No matter where they are located or what size farms they have, dairy owners around the world are increasingly speaking the same language: higher milk quality. Read more

"Temple Grandin" makes HBO movie debut February 6

Date: 
Fri, 02/05/2010

Temple Grandin, one of the world's foremost humane livestock handling specialists, is the focus of an HBO movie that debuts on cable television on Saturday, February 6, 2010. Airing time is 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific Time. We have watched the movie trailer, and, if you are at all concerned about animal handing and agriculture, we think it is a must see. Read more

What consumers want

Date: 
Thu, 02/04/2010

Dealing with consumer perceptions of their food, farmers and, more specifically, animal care was the topic of two presentations during the pre-conference symposium at the annual meeting of NMC, formerly the National Mastitis Council. Read more

Dairy farming is not a spectator sport

Date: 
Wed, 02/03/2010

Have you ever heard the phrase "politics is not a spectator sport"? Dairy farming isn't either. We're not talking about actually working on the farm or not — rather — standing up for what we as dairy farmers do on a daily basis. Read more

HSUS starts countermeasure in Ohio, Humanewatch.org to be relauched

Date: 
Tue, 02/02/2010

Shortly after a "win" was made in Ohio for animal agriculture, it now looks like the battle isn't quite won yet. Last fall, Ohioans approved a constitutional amendment that created the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board known to many as Issue 2. The board is to be consisted of family farmers, consumers, the state veterinarian, and others. Read more

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