HD Notebook

Phosphorus deserves our attention

Mon, 06/13/2011

It may be an essential nutrient for growing crops, but phosphorus (P) can wreak havoc when it flows to noncropping areas like streams, rivers, and lakes. Once in waterways, it can lead to algal blooms.
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Somatic Cell Count Tools Available

Sat, 06/11/2011

Lowering the somatic cell count (SCC) limit has received a lot of press lately, but reducing SCC has many benefits for dairy producers regardless of regulations. Higher premiums and improved cow health are just a few of the advantages. So, what are some of the best ways to reach a lower SCC? Read more

California dairy goes solar in a big way

Fri, 06/10/2011

It’s just a tiny trickle so far, but solar power projects are slowly beginning to pop up on Western dairies. The latest one to begin generating electricity for the power grid is a big one, more than 200 times the size of installations typically seen on houses.

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Dairy earns special spot on the nation’s table

Thu, 06/09/2011

Our well-respected dairy products got special recognition when the USDA released its new, MyPlate nutrition education tool. Read more

Internet options for dairy farms

Wed, 06/08/2011

Paul Dyk, who recently left University of Wisconsin Extension for a job in the private sector, wrote a good article in a recent UWEX newsletter titled Higher Speed Internet Options for Fond du Lac County. Read more

Cows head to the Capitol

Tue, 06/07/2011
Last weekend several members of the Hoard's Dairyman staff had the opportunity to attend and volunteer at Cows on the Concourse on the square surrounding Madison’s capitol building.

It will take years to recover from 2009

Mon, 06/06/2011

Western herds’ net income ranged from $89 to $252 per head last year, reports Moore, Stephens, Wurth, Frazer, and Torbet, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants. That compares to $585 to $962 losses per cow experienced during 2009. Based on the small profits earned last year, it could take between four to six years to earn back equity lost during 2009. Read more

Sharing the Road

Sat, 06/04/2011

Farm safety is always an important discussion topic, but sometimes we forget about farm safety when machinery leaves the farm to travel on public roads. Tractor and machinery traffic has risen now that the weather has begun to cooperate. Read more

Just getting better with age

Fri, 06/03/2011

That’s how we enthusiastically feel about one of our favorite websites celebrating its first birthday. HumaneWatch.org turned 1 recently, and what a present it has been for everyone who hates deceptive and misrepresentative attacks on animal agriculture by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Read more

Milk sales revenue was up 24 percent last year

Thu, 06/02/2011

Cash receipts from milk marketed last year totaled $31.36 billion. That was a 24 percent rise over 2009’s $24.34 billion. Milk sales totaled $34.85 billion 2008. These numbers come from USDA’s annual publication Milk Production, Disposition, and Income. Read more

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