HD Notebook

Learn from our mistakes

Tue, 03/01/2011

We are quite familiar with the phase, “We all learn from our mistakes.” Nothing smacks you in the face as a poor decision, but, once that mistake is made, it is rarely repeated by the same person. We need to learn from the decision and move forward. Read more

Cow judging entries due in less than four weeks

Mon, 02/28/2011

In a few short weeks, the March 10 issue featuring the Jersey contest class will hit your mailbox. If you would like to enter as an individual or a family, there is a postage-paid entry card in that issue. Read more

Winners and Losers

Sat, 02/26/2011

I had a pretty expensive week. First I went to the co-op and picked up new tires for the truck. Then, I went to the dentist for my new crown. Finally, I filled up my truck with fuel!

That joke, or lack thereof, was courtesy of my grandfather. Read more

Dairy Financing Conference strikes a chord with producers

Fri, 02/25/2011

The size of the turnout spoke volumes about interest in the subject material at the “Dairy Financing Conference" February 22 in Visalia, Calif. Read more

U. of Illinois economist speculates on 2011 corn acreage

Thu, 02/24/2011

Most of the focus on 2011 U.S. planted acreage centers on corn acreage. There are a number of reasons for that focus, according to Darrel Good, an agricultural economist at the University of Illinois. Read more

We are beef producers, too!

Wed, 02/23/2011

Twenty-two percent of the beef in the US is from dairy cattle. And while only 6 to 8 percent of dairy producers' total dairy income is from the dairy beef, it is an important component in dairy operations.
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Only 1,805 fewer dairy farms last year

Tue, 02/22/2011

Dairy producers proved they are a resilient lot. Despite tough economic
conditions during the past two years, most producers kept milking cows as
only 1,805 licensed dairy farms called it quits last year. Not only did this
represent the smallest drop in permitted dairy farms since tracking began in
1992, last year also marked the smallest percentage drop at 3.3 percent. The Read more

The Brightest Blue and Gold

Mon, 02/21/2011

It is National FFA Week! It always begins on the Saturday preceding George Washington's birthday and runs through the following Saturday. National FFA week started in 1947. This year, it is celebrated February 19 to 26, 2011. Read more

A big manure check

Sat, 02/19/2011

Imagine a world where the manure check equals the milk check. No one is saying it is possible, but there is hope on the horizon for profiting from the waste end of the cow, and some are doing it already. Read more

A candid look at U.S. farms: Most are a hobby

Fri, 02/18/2011

TV newscasts and city newspaper articles dote on the idyllic image of small farms while deriding commercial agriculture, all the while blissfully ignorant about which group actually feeds America. But numbers don’t lie: Without big farms most consumers would starve. Read more

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