HD Notebook

Dairyland Initiative partners farmers, construction, and bankers

Wed, 12/22/2010

Building a new barn may seem like a glamorous idea. Eventually, you may end up with a sparkly, beautiful new barn, but not until going through countless stressful decisions. What size will the stalls be? What type of bedding will be used? What height do we want the curb to be? Should we pour cement brisket boards? Read more

Learning from the country cousin

Tue, 12/21/2010

The holidays are usually spent with family and friends,sharing stories and reminiscing about recent activities. If you have a small holiday gathering with just those you work with, you will likely learn very little on how others think and behave. Read more

Milk price forecast backed off slightly

Mon, 12/20/2010

Forecast milk production for 2010 and 2011 is little changed from last month, in last week's USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate. In November, the agency forecast 2011 milk production at 195.6 billion pounds. This month's estimate was 195.5 billion. The milk production estimate for 2010 remained unchanged at 192.8 billion pounds. Read more

Roundup Ready Alfalfa may be cleared for market

Fri, 12/17/2010

USDA just announced they are set to publish their 2,300-plus page Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in the Federal Register, nearly four years after U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer halted the sale of Roundup Ready Alfalfa. Publication of the EIS satisfies the Ninth Circuit Court ruling by Judge Breyer and enables USDA to make a decision about deregulating Roundup Ready Alfalfa. Read more

Senate votes to extend ethanol tax credit

Thu, 12/16/2010

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate approved (81 to 19) the big tax package that extends Bush-era tax rates and includes a number of other measures. One of those measures would extend the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) for one year at the same 45 cent-a-gallon rate. Read more

How safe are your bunkers?

Wed, 12/15/2010

Years ago, bunkers were only known as a military hide-out. Those bunkers were safe. The bunkers on our dairy farms can be anything but. Deaths can and do occur because of poor face management, accidental slips when pulling back plastic or tires, and poor silage compaction. Based on a market study completed by our magazine, it was estimated that over 30 percent of dairy farms in the U.S. Read more

Stay warm in cold temperatures

Tue, 12/14/2010

Winter is here. . . and so is the cold and snow that can be harmful to those of us who work outdoors with livestock. “Bundle up, dress in layers, put on your hat” are familiar sounds to many children who grew up in cold weather climates. But, those wise words apply to people of all ages. Read more

A hard change for World Ag Expo's Dairy Center

Mon, 12/13/2010

World Ag Expo’s first permanent exhibit building, the Dairy Center, turns 20 this year and has been upgraded for 2011 in two very exciting ways: The dirt floor is now concrete, and the one remaining wall of canvas curtains has been replaced with sheet metal. Read more

Hoard's Dairyman Bull List is ready to download

Fri, 12/10/2010

The December sire evaluations are ready for your review. We have created lists for all seven breeds. In the Holsteins, the Top 100 bulls for Net Merit are listed. All bulls must be in the top 40 percentile for Net Merit to be listed in the top lists for Fluid Merit, Cheese Merit, udders, feet and legs, productive life, somatic cell score, pregnancy rate, conception rate, and sire calving ease. Read more

China wants more milk; subsidizes A.I. use

Thu, 12/09/2010

Chinese milk production will reach 67 billion pounds in 2011, up 5 percent from 2010. This is among the forecasts of a USDA Foreign Ag Service GAIN report (Global Agricultural Information Network). Read more

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