HD Notebook

Three little red ladies

Wed, 11/24/2010

We recently received a note from Scott Crandell, a dairy nutritionist in Mifflintown, Pa. One of his clients, Centerview Farm also of Mifflintown, experienced a remarkable delivery this fall. Read more

Western herds show a profit during early 2010

Tue, 11/23/2010

For the first time in over two years, many western U.S. dairy herds began showing a small profit. While these positive numbers are a welcome sight for many dairy farmers, they fall way short of making up for losses during 2008 and 2009.

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Confidence and Competence

Mon, 11/22/2010

While driving home yesterday, I heard the end of a radio show with some interesting content. It prompted me to look into the topic a bit more. Read more

World's first robotic rotary parlor announced

Fri, 11/19/2010

Once upon a time, all cows were milked by hand and the job got done just fine. Then one day technology brought a new tool for dairy producers to consider: milking machines. The evolution of technology never stops, so in 1992 another option arrived to consider: individual robotic milking stalls. Read more

Should we buy more cows for the Hoard farm?

Thu, 11/18/2010

There is always something going on at the Hoard’s Dairyman Farm. This week, one of the irons in the fire has been looking at the impact of buying 35 Jersey cows.

Here’s how we approached the issue: First, our Jerseys are eating 40 pounds of dry matter, which we value at 9.6 cents per pound or $3.84 per cow per day. For the group, feed cost would be $134.40 per day. Read more

Something consumers have to be thankful for: low-cost dinner

Wed, 11/17/2010

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is just a week away? I almost did until of course, I spent a good hour of my evening going back and forth with family about what time the big "to-do" should be. One of my favorite parts of this all-American holiday is helping plan the menu. Of course, it will include the traditional turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing. Read more

The best man for the job

Tue, 11/16/2010

This title is an often-heard phase. It tells us to select the best person to accomplish a given task. It makes sense. If you are good with numbers, work with finance. Good with your hands, choose tasks where your fingers do the work. Do you need to share with consumers how your farming operation works? The best option might be a woman! Read more

Set higher goals when breeding Holsteins

Mon, 11/15/2010

Holstein breeders need to set higher goals when it comes to reproduction, said Neil Michael, D.V.M., with Vita Plus when speaking to those attending the fifth annual Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council meeting in St. Paul, Minn., on November 11 and 12. Read more

Dairy is Arizona’s first to go solar-powered

Fri, 11/12/2010

According to the National Weather Service, Arizona is the sunniest state in the country (followed in order by California, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas). That makes it the perfect place for solar electricity production; yet it is only now that a dairy there has begun harnessing the power of the sun. Read more

Most signs point to tougher times ahead

Thu, 11/11/2010

Margins are going to be squeezed for those of us in the dairy business. The cheese and butter prices that drive our milk prices are on the way down, and corn prices are on the way up. Butter prices dropped from nearly $2.20 per pound in early October to just $2 on Monday. Also, earlier this week, the Cheddar block price was down to $1.40 a pound after being as high as $1.77 in mid-October. Read more

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