HD Notebook

Dairy icon, Jim Cavanaugh, passes away

Tue, 04/06/2010

Jim CavanaughOne of the most successful leaders of the purebred dairy cattle industry passed away April 6 just eight days shy of his 93rd birthday. James F. Cavanaugh joined the American Jersey Cattle Association in 1947 and went on to become the longest-serving executive secretary in Association history, heading the organization from 1956 to 1985. Under his leadership, Cavanaugh helped guide the 1953 purchase of the Jersey Journal, the 1957 formation of National All-Jersey, the 1967 creation of the AJCC Research Foundation, and the 1971 addition of the Jersey Marketing Service. Truly a pioneer, Cavanaugh pioneered the adoption of the USDA sire summary for recognition of bulls and was a vigorous campaigner against using minus bulls. Additionally, he was a vocal supporter of the multiple component pricing movement. Read more

Nominations being accepted for top repro herds

Mon, 04/05/2010

The Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRC) is now accepting applications for the 2010 National Reproduction Awards. The one-page nomination form must be submitted by May 3 to be eligible for the awards program. The National Reproduction Awards were started last year to honor dairy producers who have implemented management procedures and protocols to achieve high reproductive efficiency. Read more

Raw milk: Consumer lives are at risk

Fri, 04/02/2010

It ought to be an old saying by now: Consumers have the right to make choices, but expect some of them to be dangerous or stupid. In the case of raw milk, they're getting both. Read more

Both corn and bean acreage could be up

Thu, 04/01/2010

Farmers plan to plant a record 78.1 million acres of soybeans this year, according to the Prospective Plantings report released by USDA yesterday. That would be a 1 percent jump in bean acres. Read more

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Wed, 03/31/2010

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The raw milk battle heats up

Wed, 03/31/2010

The Food and Drug Administration released a special warning late last week reminding consumers to forgo any consumption of raw milk. Read more

Hoard's visits with DMI board member Steve Maddox

Tue, 03/30/2010

We recently sat down with Steve Maddox of Riverdale, Calif., to visit with him about some of the current initiatives of your checkoff dollars. Maddox currently serves on the national DMI (Dairy Management, Incorporated — the umbrella organization of the checkoff) board. Read more

World Dairy Expo Announces 2010 Honorees

Mon, 03/29/2010

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How to lose the argument on animal welfare

Fri, 03/26/2010

All of us who make our living with livestock are strongly biased on the subject of animal welfare. Unfortunately, it’s a bias that can be our own worst enemy when we debate the topic with someone we disagree with. Read more

Price prospects, policy dilemmas cloud DFA meeting

Thu, 03/25/2010

Co-op business sort of took a backseat to current concerns when about 1,200 people gathered for Dairy Farmers of America annual meeting this week in Kansas City. In short, the co-op had net savings (earnings) of $65.6 million in 2009, and all business units of the co-op were profitable. (See our April 25, 2010, issue for more on DFA activity and the annual meeting. Read more

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